Space Jam: A New Legacy gross at the box office this week
The film Space Jam: A New Legacy is predicted to get a very extraordinary box office income. Various observers predict this film’s revenue with a very large amount even though this year there are many box office films released.
The film Space Jam: A New Legacy or Space Jam 2 is predicted to pocket revenues of US $ 20 million or around Rp. 290 billion during its debut screening week on Wednesday (14/6) local time in North America.
As reported by Variety, Wednesday (14/7), Space Jam: A New Legacy is scheduled to hit 3,950 theaters across North America. The number of cinemas is fairly large for films that are shown in the middle of the corona virus pandemic.
However, the $20 million revenue won’t be easy for Space Jam: A New Legacy as it will also release on the HBO Max streaming service on the same day for the next 31 days. That way the audience has the potential to be divided.
Even if it manages to pocket an income of US $ 20 million, that number is relatively small for a film in the class of Space Jam: A New Legacy. Because the sequel to the film, directed by Malcolm Lee, was produced at a cost of US $ 150 million or around Rp. 2.1 trillion.
Space Jam: A New Legacy itself is a continuation of the legendary film Space Jam (1996). In this film, Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James plays the main character, replacing Michael Jordan.
This film still tells the story of their actions playing basketball against enemies in the Looney Tunes world. In the trailer, LeBron gathers players and trains to face his opponent.
Until now, the record for the highest revenue on debut in North America is still held by Black Widow with US $ 80 million or around Rp. 1.1 trillion. This achievement was achieved by Black Widow within three days of its release on July 9, 2021.
The film also managed to earn US$60 million from streaming platforms on Disney+ with a breakdown of US$30 per subscriber. It is known, Black Widow can be watched through Disney+ for an extra fee from the regular subscription fee.
Prior to Black Widow, the record was held by Fast 9 or F9, which earned US$70 million or equivalent to Rp1 trillion through views in 4,179 places. It was the highest grossing for a film at the North American box office during the pandemic.
Critics Only Give 45 Percent Rating
The first review for Space Jam: A New Legacy was at 45 percent on the Rotter Tomatoes page. Given that 1996’s Space Jam remains the highest-grossing basketball film of all time, there’s always a chance Warner Bros.
After the first film star Michael Jordan refused to reappear in the sequel, his position was offered to Tony Hawk, Tiger Woods, and even NASCAR driver Jeff Gordon. In 2014, Miami Heat star LeBron James was announced as Jordan’s replacement. Filming began in 2019, and is releasing in theaters and HBO Max in 2021.
In the end, the film was not a sequel but a reboot, with no direct plot expansion on the 1996 film. In A New Legacy, James and his son Dom are trapped in a digital world by the evil AI, Al-G Rhythm (algorithm pun, played by Don Cheadle) . To escape, James must collect the Looney Tunes for a game of basketball against the Rhythm team. Produced by James, Ryan Coogler of Black Panther, Maverick Carter of More Than a Game, and Duncan Henderson of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, the film seems to have its dream team to make the classic, family-friendly basketball game for modern audiences.
Critics have given Space Jam: A New Legacy a review with a score of 45 percent on 11 reviews. Wenlei Ma at News.com.au gave it a 2.5/5 score.
A spark of nostalgia and reverence can be great stuff, but this sequel doesn’t give it a chance to stand alone,” Jamieson said.
However, some critics enjoyed the intellectual property fanfare, with Stuff.co.nz’s Graeme Tuckett framing it as a love letter to the film and its creators, as well as awarding the film a 3.5/5.
Space Jam itself also has a 45 percent critical rating on Rotten Tomatoes. At the time, critics also denounced it as a means to peddle Looney Tunes and Happy Meals stuffed animals, with no real substance. In fact, the film is called a propaganda piece of Michael Jordan who is considered the greatest performer of all time.
Pandemic restrictions have been relaxed, and moviegoers can return. Black Widow had its highest-grossing opening since Stars Wars Episode IX, and F9 just made Fast & Furious the fifth highest-grossing franchise ever, surpassing the X-Men.