“Space Jam: A New Legacy” was officially released in theaters Friday, and many have taken the opportunity to watch LeBron James star in the second segment of the iconic “Space Jam” that Michael Jordan starred in.
It’s the first movie James has ever had a leading role in as he teams up with Bugs Bunny and the Looney Tunes squad to win a basketball game in order to save his son.
However, the movie has received criticism for not living up to the first installment, and the ratings on various sites are lower than the originals.
In spite of those downfalls, James’ Space Jam earned top acknowledgments in the box office department, via Deadline:
“Even with Space Jam: A New Legacy in homes on HBO Max, Warner Bros. proves again that when they shell out on TV spots, they can open the film in movie theaters to a solid number, and in this case it was the best 3-day we’ve seen for a family film during the pandemic with $31.65M. That’s also the best for Warner Bros. beating Godzilla vs. Kong‘s big Easter opening of $31.625M by a smidge.”
“Space Jam: A New Legacy” also topped Marvel’s “Black Widow” — in its second week in theaters — for the No. 1 spot, which isn’t easy to do given it being the most recent Marvel movie to hit theaters since “Avengers: Endgame” in 2019.
James posted the article on his Twitter with a message to the critics:
Hi Haters! 😁 https://t.co/ayPGnBZGQU
— LeBron James (@KingJames) July 17, 2021
The opposite side of the low ratings are spectators saying this film is specifically targeted towards children and a family audience, so rating it as an adult movie is unfair.
Nonetheless, as James said in his response, and just like he does on the court, the numbers will back it up.