Like most of us, I quite enjoyed the two Hellboy films directed by Guillermo del Toro and starring Ron Perlman as the titular dark superhero. I never really understood why del Toro and Perlman weren’t allowed to make a third installment, despite wanting to.
Whatever the reasons that prevented them from doing that truly were, Lionsgate’s new Hellboy reboot movie is now upon us, having released in theaters this past Friday. Unfortunately, the film sank like a stone at the box office, coming in down at #3.
The new film stars Stranger Things favorite David Harbour as Hellboy, and is directed by The Descent’s Neil Marshall. Milla Jovovich and Ian McShane also star. Those big names seemingly weren’t enough to save it from the effects of terrible reviews though.
Hellboy performed below even already pretty underwhelming industry expectations, earning a mere $12 million domestically over its opening weekend, and coming in behind both the DC superhero movie Shazam! and the wacky de-aging comedy Little.
Hellboy reportedly cost about $50 million to make, not including marketing, so its opening haul is disastrous, and likely dooms the prospect of a sequel. On the plus side, Pet Sematary is quietly turning a profit already, crossing the $76 million mark.