2019's HELLBOY Reboot Is Being Released In China This November Despite Flopping At The Global Box Office
Hellboy flopped at the global box office with just over $44 million, but with theaters in China open again, the film is finally being released there next month. Could it earn enough to justify a sequel?
Hellboy was released in theaters last April, and it bombed domestically with $21.9 million. It didn't perform much better overseas with a $22.76 million haul, and thanks to a reported production budget of $50 million, the film was deemed to be a flop (that figure doesn't include marketing and distribution costs).
Critics didn't like Hellboy - it boasts a terrible 17% score on Rotten Tomatoes - and neither did fans, though star David Harbour would later blame the negative response on fans of Guillermo del Toro's films.
Despite all of that, Variety confirms that the plan is for the reboot to be released in China on November 9. There, it will compete with the likes of Digimon Adventure: The Last Evolution Kizuna and Back to the Wharf, two titles likely to be major box office hits in the Middle Kingdom.
If Hellboy was somehow a runaway success in China, there's a chance a sequel could happen.
However, like theaters across the globe, those in China are struggling to bring patrons back. While Hellboy might add a few more million to its current box office total, even that number is somewhat optimistic when the film has been widely available for the better part of a year at this stage.
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