China pandering NBA star, Lebron James just got a good dose of karma. Not only did his new movie bomb in the US it also took a dump in China.
Back in 1996, Michael Jordan’s Space Jam movie, featuring characters from the “Looney Tunes” earned $27.5 million (that’s not adjusted for inflation and there more than a thousand fewer theaters).
In comparison, LeBron James’ new movie, “Space Jam: A New Legacy” fell like a hot rock earning $32 million, the movie cost $150 million to produce.
Recently, Hollywood has catered their movies toward China hoping to cash in on their massive box office market. The move has save a lot of Hollywood production companies from financial devastation.
LeBron James has also pandered to China, last October the NBA star supported the CCP over the Hong Kong pro-democracy protesters.
Basketball fans have taunted James who touts himself as a social justice warrior yet is silent over China’s oppression of the Uyghur’s and their actions in Hong Kong.
Unfortunately for James China isn’t returning the favor, the CCP has yet to grant Warner Brothers permission to release the show in China. The refusal is a big blow to the studio and the steady flow of negative reviews will more than likely kill any hopes of the film covering its costs.
ABC News’ Peter Travers pointed out that the movie has a 37% score on Rotten Tomatoes, calling the film a “corporate ad campaign. Mary Sollosi from Entertainment Weekly said, “You will be amazed by how little the basketball game resembles an actual sport, and how hard it is to sit through.”
Overseas views are just as bad, the UK’s Independent called the film “nauseating” and The Guardian said the movie is a “garish and soulless stinker.”
Lebron was doing all kinds of virtue signaling in hopes of cashing. That has now disintegrated and he’s left holding the bag.