Saban’s Power Rangers movie has officially hit theaters, and fans can check out the current box office results below.
Midnight Opening – $3.6 million
Friday – $14.9 million
Saturday – $14.6 million
Sunday – $7.2 million
Monday-Thursday – $10.3 million
Friday – $4.0 million
Saturday – $6.1 million
Sunday – $4.1 million
Monday-Thursday – $4.1 million
Friday – $1.7 million
Saturday – $2.7 million
Sunday – $1.8 million
Domestic Total (Final) – $85.4 million
International Total (Final) – $56.5 million
Worldwide Total (Final) – $141.9 million
Lionsgate’s re-imagined Power Rangers has officially closed its worldwide box office run, ending the film’s lifetime gross at $141.9 million.
On July 15, the movie made its final stop in Japan, where it failed to make much noise. The movie earned under $1 million in its opening weekend and lost to Japanese competitor titles including Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man Tell No Tales and Cars 3.
Despite being the home country of Super Sentai, the original source footage for Power Rangers, Japan ultimately capped off the story which summarized Lionsgate’s run with the Power Rangers: an inability to gain any traction internationally.
In May, the movie opened in China, earning only $3.5 million on its opening weekend. It placed fifth in China’s weekend box office, falling behind Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, King Arthur: Legend of the Sword, and two Asia-based films.
China’s number also came in as a massive disappointment, with recently released movies such as Smurfs: The Lost Village and Ghost In The Shell earning at least $19 million in their China debuts. The film’s performance in China unfortunately adds to the story making it hard to argue that Saban’s Power Rangers movie was anything short of a massive flop internationally.
Still, hopes for a potential sequel remain alive as Lionsgate has yet to issue any official word.
The movie did cross the $100 million club worldwide, which matches the film’s budget, but does not guarantee a sequel due to a more complicated box office process. Although Saban’s Power Rangers pulled in a respectable $85 million in the United States, Lionsgate could find themselves hard pressed to convince foreign distributors to invest in a potential sequel due to the movie’s lackluster international performance.
In its second week in theaters, Saban’s Power Rangers saw a steep drop off, its first sign of future turbulence. While most studios hope for a 50% second week drop, Power Rangers suffered one the size of 64%. It fell to 4th place behind Beauty & the Beast, and theater newcomers Boss Baby and Ghost In The Shell.
However, with a $40.5 million domestic opening weekend, box office analysts had originally called Power Rangers’ opening weekend performance incredibly positive, with Hollywood Reporter claiming it “morphed into a bigger player than expected”, and Variety labeling it “the new superhero franchise on the block”.
The film came in second place at the domestic box office on its opening weekend, as it trailed Beauty & the Beast’s $89 million, but stayed far ahead of its opening weekend competitors in Life and CHIPs. Saban’s Power Rangers safely topped the analysts’ opening weekend projections, who only forecasted $38 million.
Saban’s Power Rangers nearly matched the midnight opening for Kong: Skull Island, which earned $3.7 million. Power Rangers also surged far ahead of Lego Batman, which opened to only $2.2 million in its midnight release. Life and CHIPs, both of which opened alongside Power Rangers, failed to meet even $1 million in their midnight openings.
Internationally, Saban’s Power Rangers has struggled mightily from the start, pulling in a weak $18.7 million opening weekend in over 62 countries.
The turnout for Power Rangers thus far has consisted of 65% male, and 49% millennials according to studies performed by CinemaScore.
Power Rangers fans will have to stay tuned for news on a potential sequel.