Sorry folks, all three of you. I’ve been really tired/not feeling well the last two days and thus not much interested in doing these updates. I’ve had to sleep, yada yada yada. I’m sure you care.
So anyway, according to the director of this abomination, Dean Israelite, the PG13 rating killed interest in the film, from all respective ages.
Speaking to Screen Rant, when Israelite was asked if he thought the rating had affected Power Rangers‘ box office success, he was emphatic in his response:
“Yes, definitely. Definitely. And not only do I think it, but there’s been market studies on it, and the findings have been that if the movie were rated PG- I don’t want to go into the specific numbers- but if the movie had been rated PG, there would have been more traffic. I think parents were unsure if they could bring their kids to the movie, which surprised me, because the movie is a tame PG-13.
We did a lot of preview screenings, and to me, it felt like a seven-year-old might be scared, but in a good way. They liked that they were scared of Rita, but they still came out of the movie enjoying it, they liked what was going on. I think we really tread that line well, so it was disappointing that parents didn’t know that they could take their kids to it. I’m hoping now, with it coming out on DVD and Blu-ray, and On Demand, that parents will feel more comfortable. That maybe they’ll check it out for themselves and then see that it’s suitable.”
Nah. A shitty film based on a nearly forgotten property killed Power Rangers. What were you thinking anyway, making a Power Rangers movie? Yeah, a G rated film might have been better I guess, for the kids, but you would have had to market the shit out of that motherfucker, no doubt, just to get the little darlings screaming at their parents to take them to the theaters.
Sure, the toys are currently immensely popular, somehow, and the Nickelodeon show is also doing well, but did you really think a Power Rangers movie would do all that well in theaters against such massive fare as we’ve seen this year? They brought their big guns, you brought what? A pink Super-Soaker?
I just doubt one grade in rating made that huge a difference, and I think the fact it received 46% on RT means that it just wasn’t a good movie that attracted people. If Transformers can make billions on a PG-13 rating, and still appeal to kids and adults alike, why couldn’t Power Rangers?