It’s not often that a film’s director publicly acknowledges their own box office bomb, especially while the film is still opening in cinemas, but Elizabeth Banks made a brave exception this week after her Charlie’s Angels reboot humiliatingly crashed.

“Well, if you’re going to have a flop, make sure your name is on it at least 4x,” the writer-director-producer-star tweeted to her 2.3 million followers. “I’m proud of Charlie’s Angels and happy it’s in the world.”

Kristen Stewart, Ella Balinska and Naomi Scott are the new Charlie's Angels.

Kristen Stewart, Ella Balinska and Naomi Scott are the new Charlie’s Angels.

The film, made for an estimated $US75 million ($110 million), has claimed back under half of that since opening last week, including a dismal $US8 million ($12 million) opening weekend in the States. In Australia, the film was outpaced at the box office by Ford v Ferrari, a movie that’s like Cars 3 but for grandpas.

Online discussions have furiously debated the possible reasons for the film’s collapse. There’s the lack of star power outside an oddly cast Kristen Stewart; Banks’ awkward press tour in which she denigrated the pioneering female box office power of DC’s Wonder Woman and Marvel’s Captain Marvel; and that the internet’s usual misogynists have laid the blame at women doing women things on-screen and why can’t all movies just be tough man-robots punching other tough man-robots before the man-robots hug each other, toughly?

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