LeBron James of the Los Angeles Lakers can really do it all. James has lived up to the enormous expectations placed on him in high school, won a championship for Cleveland, and created a school during his career. But arguably his greatest achievement occurred on Saturday, when James demonstrated that he could get people to come out and watch a terrible movie.
According to Deadline, “Space Jam: A New Legacy” outperformed “Black Widow” at the movie office, grossing $32 million in its first weekend. That was enough for James, who tweeted a link to Deadline’s story with the remark, “Hi Haters.”
During the COVID-19 pandemic, it was the best opening weekend for a Warner Bros. film. “Space Jam: A New Legacy” outperformed “Godzilla vs. Kong,” which earned $28.2 million in its first weekend.
While fans came to watch James on the big screen, the film was met with severe criticism from critics. On Rotten Tomatoes, “Space Jam: A New Legacy” has a 31 percent approval rating. Metacritic has given the film a 36.
The first “Space Jam” film, starring Chicago Bulls icon Michael Jordan, received mixed reviews as well, yet millennials of a certain age will still defend it. Perhaps James’ rendition will enjoy a similar level of popularity among young admirers.