The new Hellboy film hit theatres this weekend, and it’s turned out to be an epic flop.
Director Neil Marshall’s film took in a seriously disappointing $12 million USD over its opening weekend, according to U.S. box office figures. This falls far short of its modest projections of between $14 million and $20 million.
This weekend, Shazam! once again took the top box office spot with another $25 million USD, while Little racked in $15 million USD.
There’s no doubt a huge part of Hellboy’s failure is due to the onslaught of negative reviews. Right now, the reboot holds a dismal 15% on Rotten Tomatoes and a score of 31 on Metacritic.
Exclaim!’s own review came with the headline “Hellboy Is Terrible and Makes No Sense Whatsoever,” with our reviewer giving it a 3 out of 10.
The newly released Hellboy comes after 2008’s much-loved Hellboy II: The Golden Army. That older film, of course, came at the hands of Guillermo del Toro and starred Ron Perlman as the titular character.
Following some behind-the-scenes drama, however, both del Toro and Perlman ultimately abandoned plans for Hellboy 3, leaving British director Neil Marshall (The Descent, Centurion, Game of Thrones) to eventually take the reins with Stranger Things star David Harbour.