“The Predator” limps into first place at the Box Office

When director Shane Black was announced he was coming back to the franchise fans had high hopes. Then came The Predator. Despite some decent action and gore, the tone of the film was all over the place and the latest film failed to capture the lightning in the bottle the franchise has been chasing since its original film. This last fan might just be the final nail in the coffin of the Predator franchise.

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Despite coming in number one at the box office, the weekend haul was a mediocre at best 24 million. The lowest debut in the franchise. The budget for the Shane Black sequel ballooned to 88 million when he requested to reshoot the entire third act of the film.

The reasoning behind the extensive reshoot was due to the fact Black believed the ending looked cheap and unrealistic. The original ending had a group of predators helping the main characters fight the Uber-Predator, a genetic hybrid that is bigger, faster, and stronger than the average Predator.

It added a little bit of money overseas with a 30 million dollar debut, which isn’t horrible. However, the film will need to get equal to or more than its weekend debut at the box office just to break even. The combination of the Hurricane Florence and the last second Olivia Munn sexual allegation probably didn’t help the film either.

Munn was supposed to be in a scene early in the film where she is hit on by actor Steven Wilder Striegel, a friend of the director’s but also a sexual predator.

Per Variety:

In an exclusive interview with Variety, Olivia Munn says that Fox initially didn’t return her call after reporting “The Predator” actor Steven Wilder Striegel to the studio.

“When I called, (Fox) was silent for two days,” the actress told Variety’s Jenelle Riley at the Toronto Film Festival.

“I did have to reach out again and say I didn’t feel comfortable presenting at the MTV Awards with Keegan (Michael Key) unless this guy was out of it.”

Fox later deleted the scene, which featured Striegel’s character hitting on Olivia Munn’s character.

Striegel pleaded guilty in 2010 to two felonies — risk of injury to a child and enticing a minor by computer — after facing allegations that he attempted to lure a 14-year-old female into a sexual relationship through the internet. He served six months in jail.

What do you think? Is the Predator franchise dead? Let us know what you think in the comments.