Director Jon M. Chu upset about Jem and the Holograms hatred
Director Jon M.Chu admitted that he hasn’t found it easy after hearing the box office figures for his latest movie’s opening weekend.
Moviemaker Jon M. Chu is licking his wounds after his Jem and the Hologram movie became one of Hollywood's biggest flops on Sunday (25Oct15).
The film opened with a disappointing $1.3 million (£812,000) - the worst ever haul for a movie opening on 2,400-plus U.S. screens - and Chu was far from upbeat as he addressed movie fans at the Film Independent Forum on Saturday (24Oct15).
"This is a bit awkward only because I'm supposed to be here this morning talking about how great it is to be in the movie business," the director told the crowd during his Filmmaker Keynote speech. "I don't know if you've looked at box office numbers, this morning specifically, it hasn't been the greatest (weekend)."
Chu then revealed he and producer Jason Blum had received death threats from fans of the 1980s cartoon series, which they adapted for their new film.
The G.I. Joe: Retaliation director explained, "I get fans sending me hate mail, I get death threats, I get racist remarks. It's a really fun business. Reviewers have been harsh, to say it lightly."
He added, "We only made the movie for five (million dollars), but it doesn't get easy when you hear those (box office) numbers."
While Jem and the Holograms suffered, Matt Damon’s latest movie The Martian returned to the top after another strong week at the box office. The Ridley Scott directed space drama took an estimated $15.9 million( and $166.4 million total) in its fourth week of release. The movie regained the number one spot from last week’s top movie Goosebumps, which stars Jack Black. A $15.5 million take helped it achieve second place, while Steven Spielberg's Cold War drama Bridge of Spies came in third with $11.4 million and $32.6 million to date.
Meanwhile Vin Diesel’s The Last Witch Hunter debuted fourth with takings of $10.8 million.
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