Despite the durability of its titular hero, Lionsgate's Hellboy reboot is far from fireproof. After a little over a month in release, the film has ended a disappointing domestic run at the box office with a dismal total $21.9 million.
When Hellboy debuted in April, it's opening weekend indicated the film was in trouble after taking in just $12 million. While the studio's decision to open the film between Captain Marvel and Shazam! almost certainly impacted its box office potential, the negative reviews surrounding the film likely didn't entice audiences.
Unfortunately for Hellboy, it appears the film has not fared much better overseas in the international box office either. The film has reportedly only earned just $18 million internationally, bringing its worldwide box office to a dismal $40 million globally. With the film having a reported budget of $50 million, it will almost certainly go down as a losing proposition for Lionsgate.
Even before it hit the big screen, Hellboy already faced a difficult production cycle.
Many fans less than eager to see the reboot, as they'd been holding out hope for a third Hellboy installment from director Guillermo del Toro. The film was also at the center of a highly-publicized casting controversy. Deadpool actor Ed Skrein had originally joined the film as Benjamin Daimio, a character of mixed Asian heritage, but went on to leave the project after addressing concerns over white-washing the character. Daniel Dae Kim eventually played the role in the final film.
Since then, reports have surfaced that suggest that there were problems between the film's director, Neil Marshall, and the film's star, David Harbour. Marshall is also said to have clashed with two producers on the reboot as they were said to want more control over the film.
Director Neil Marshall’s Hellboy stars David Harbour as Hellboy, Ian McShane as Trevor Bruttenholm, Milla Jovovich as Nimue, Sasha Lane as Alice Monaghan, Penelope Mitchell as Ganeida and Daniel Dae Kim as Ben Daimio.