Wednesday, April 24, 2024

Horror Movie Sequel to “Hellboy” Turns into Horror Story at Box Office for Lions Gate with Just $12 Mil Weekend


Back in 2004, Guillermo del Toro made his name with the original “Hellboy.” His fifth film, “Hellboy” made $60 million in the US and scored another $30 internationally. del Toro followed it up with “Pan’s Labyrinth,” and went on to win the Oscar in 2018 with “The Shape of Water.”

But this weekend, without del Toro at the helm, a third “Hellboy” horror film turned into a horror story at the box office. The new installment made just $12 million on a reported $50 million budget. For Lions Gate, which is looking for hits (and will have them again soon), it’s a sore disappointment.

The new “Hellboy” really hurts because the second movie, the first sequel, del Toro released in 2008 and made $75 million US, total $160 worldwide.

The new “Hellboy” scored just a 15 on Rotten Tomatoes. That didn’t help. It’s so bad, apparently, that del Toro didn’t even take a producer’s credit.

Oh, the horror!

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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