Hmm, I dunno there was definitely a stink created by anti-feminists about Fury Road and calls for boycotting the movie.
Now, if the movie was released during an election year instead of before, it might have done worse, but let's not forget the Fury Road still had lots of cars and explosions 'to trick the audience' as this article says.
https://www.businessinsider.com/mad-max ... &r=US&IR=T
Clarey feels Hollywood and Miller tricked him by making a movie that "visually looks amazing."
"Let us be clear. This is the vehicle by which they are guaranteed to force a lecture on feminism down your throat," writes Clarey. "This is the Trojan Horse feminists and Hollywood leftists will use to (vainly) insist on the trope women are equal to men in all things, including physique, strength, and logic."
He calls for a boycott:
"So do yourself and all men across the world a favor. Not only REFUSE to see the movie, but spread the word to as many men as possible. Not all of them have the keen eye we do here at [Return of Kings.] And most will be taken in by fire tornadoes and explosions. Because if they sheepishly attend and 'Fury Road' is a blockbuster, then you, me, and all the other men (and real women) in the world will never be able to see a real action movie ever again that doesn’t contain some damn political lecture or moray about feminism, SJW-ing, and socialism
As we can see from the article, anti women / gay organisations do exist, and have lots of subscribers.
Does that mean politics or misogynists ruined the BO? No, I don't think so. But it didn't help either, hence the conclusion this article makes. I don't think the anti women organisations are big enough to tank a movie.
But I feel the biggest problem here is GB:ATC had a perfect storm around it, containing much more problems any other 'feminist' movie had:
Sony was hacked, and it made up a big stink
It was a reboot, not a sequel
It was an election year with a man vs women for the first time.
Men were 'replaced'
I remember GB:ATC being promoted on Ellen and people here furious it was a political piece because Clinton was on the same show afterwards. So it definitely factored in.
I'm also sure those mysogynists who failed to tank Fury Road tried to boycott ATC the year after. Perhaps got better at it and trolling the audience.
I'm also sure bots had a big say in this and how social media works (by showing you controversial articles you have to respond to).
The hack was a big thing as well. This was done because N-Korea hated the Interviews and wanted revenge on Sony if I rememeber correctly. Either way, someone wanted to seriously hit Sony. Who knows how much they tried to rain on their biggest blockbusters for a while?
All of these problems factored in, some more then others. It's obvious that for most GBfans, a reboot instead of the long awaited sequel was a hard pill to swallow. Ofcourse they dislikes that, but they also seemed more acceptable to the fake news being created by the other parties wanting to bomb the movie.
I'm sick and tired of this whole discussion though. All has been said. People from both sides to easily use the controversy as an excuse. ('Paul is calling me a women hater because I dislike his movie', ) I've heard that line so many times when he didn't. He was targeted hard.
The media to easily focused on just that part of the pie and made it bigger. Here as well, Feig says it's just a part, not the sole reason, but that's not how it's gets picked up. Quite a few people focus just on the political part and go from there, and there goed the hate train.
Mad respect to Paul Feig for tweeting his support of Jason and how excited he is based off the trailer. That's awesome of him. There's a lot of fans who could really learn a thing or two from him. You can dislike his movies, but he's a truly good guy and he behaves way better than a lot of people in this fandom.