Elizabeth Banks’ Perfect Response to ‘Charlie’s Angels’ Opening Weekend ‘Flop’

You know about Charlie’s Angels. Chances are, you also know about the new Charlie’s Angels film. But chances aren’t high that you actually saw it on opening weekend. The box office numbers are in, and they’re not great. Here’s what director Elizabeth Banks has to say.

Elizabeth Banks directed ‘Charlie’s Angels’

Elizabeth Banks attends "Charlie's Angels" premiere
Elizabeth Banks attends “Charlie’s Angels” premiere | Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic

You may be most familiar with Banks as an actress. She’s starred in such films as Zack and Miri Make a Porno and The 40-Year-Old Virgin. However, she has also taken to stepping behind the camera in recent years, directing movies like Pitch Perfect 2.

Banks chose to take on an existing IP for her most recent directorial feature. Charlie’s Angels is a continuation of the previous movies starring Lucy Liu, Drew Barrymore, and Cameron Diaz, but manages to expand upon the world to focus on new characters.

Here’s who starred in the film

The three Angels at the center of it all are Kristen Stewart’s Sabina, Ella Balinska’s Jane, and Naomi Scott’s newcomer, Elena. Banks also portrays one of the films many Bosleys (assistants to the eponymous Charlie, who are responsible for directly interacting with the Angels).

Additional cast members include Djimon Hounsou and Patrick Stewart as other Bosleys, Noah Centineo as Langston, and cameo appearances by Hailee Steinfeld, Lili Reinhart, and many more as other Angels.

‘Charlie’s Angels’ box office opening weekend

The new film opened on Friday, Nov. 15, 2019, in theaters across the U.S. That first weekend is a vital one for films, especially big-budget ones like Charlie’s Angels. Another major release this past weekend, Ford v Ferrari, easily surpassed it at the box office.

Charlie’s Angels numbers aren’t the only thing it has going against it. The movie received only mixed critical reviews. An existing IP losing out to a fresh sports-centered flick (though one with a notable cast) isn’t typically good news for the future of the franchise.

Banks responded to the numbers

It can be difficult for directors to know what to do in these instances. A bigger marketing push isn’t likely to help. In most cases, once it’s out there, it’s out there, and you have to cut your losses and hope for the best.

Banks perfectly captured this sentiment capped by her trademark wit in a tweet on Monday, Nov. 18, 2019, after the box office loss was revealed. She wrote, “Well, if you’re going to have a flop, make sure your name is on it at least 4 [times,],” referring to her credits as actress, writer, director, and producer. She continued, “I’m proud of Charlie’s Angels and happy it’s in the world.”

Will there be a ‘Charlie’s Angels’ sequel?

Given the numbers, it seems unlikely that Sony will want to go all-in on adding another entry to the Charlie’s Angels franchise. However, the mid-credits scene of the film did include quite a few other Angels, so you might be thinking, what will come from that?

There doesn’t appear to be anything in the works, though. Banks told the LA Times that her movie is “standing on the shoulders” of those that came before it, adding, “my hope is that we inspire another filmmaker and another set of Angels in another 10 years.” So don’t expect to hear about another sequel anytime soon.