Jem And The Holograms Flops At The Box Office, Director Receives Death Threats
Jem and the Holograms has had disastrous time at the box office. The Huffington Post reports that the movie “opened to $1.3 million to become one of the worst debuts of all time for a major studio movie opening in over 2,000 locations. Based on the 1980s animated series, the film opened on 2,413 screens, averaging $545 per screen, to take 15th place.”
To give some perspective, the film’s budget was $5 million. But, the film’s performance issues are perhaps only somewhat tied to the low budget. Early criticism was the film’s bearing little resemblance to its source material.
Director Jon M. Chu has been feeling the heat for the contrast, as he’s confirmed that certain members of the fanbase have been taking the adaptation particularly seriously.
“I get fans sending me hate mail, I get death threats, I get racist remarks — it’s a really fun business,” Chu stated during a keynote at the Film Independent Forum in L.A. “Reviewers have been harsh, to say it lightly.”
Alas, we’ll need to wait to deliver a verdict ourselves as the Ireland and UK release is set for February 2016.