Why’d it Bomb? Power Rangers (2017)
Kevthewriter wonders why the new Power Rangers fizzed out.
Considering it was based on a big franchise, you’d think the 2017 version of Power Rangers would be a hit. In fact, Lionsgate was so confident in this movie they announced that it would get 5 sequels before it even came out. But, when it did come out, it underperformed at the box office and Lionsgate says they are not sure the sequels are going to happen. But why did this would-be franchise stumble right out of the gate?
4. Does anyone care about Power Rangers anymore?
Power Rangers used to be really, really popular…in the 90’s. Nowadays, while the franchise is still going on, even having TV shows continuing to this day, the franchise isn’t as popular as it used to be so fewer people probably cared.
3. Power Rangers movies have never been big at the box office
Before this movie, there were two Power Rangers movies that went to theaters. The first came out during the Power Rangers phenomenon in 1995 and yet it still made only $38 million domestically and $28 million worldwide. Considering it was made on a budget of $15 million dollars, it definitely was a success but the numbers weren’t anything special, even by the standards of the 90’s. Turbo: A Power Rangers Movie was a bomb, though, making $9 million domestic and worldwide despite opening on over 2,000 theaters. This, being made on a budget of $100 million dollars, was the most pricey Power Rangers movie ever and, when you consider what the other Power Rangers movies made, it seems like it was a bad idea making a big budget Power Rangers film in the first place.
At the time it came out in theaters, the Beauty and the Beast remake was still making truckloads of money at the box office and it ended up having competition from, of all movies, Boss Baby. Not only that but The Fate of the Furious came out a few weeks later, further burying the movie.
1. That. Damn. Teaser Trailer
You know why I think this movie didn’t do as well as expected? This trailer:
It made the movie look like it was taking itself too seriously and many people probably thought that, of all things to give a gritty reboot to, Power Rangers wasn’t one of them. The fact that the reviews were mixed at best probably didn’t convince anyone to go see this movie (even though the few I know who did see it liked it).
Unfortunately, Power Rangers doesn’t seem like it’s going to be a movie franchise anytime soon. Oh well. Who wants to get some Krispy Kreme now?