Lionsgate has set a home box-office release date for the latest “Saban’s Power Rangers” film. The popular heroes will hit Blu-ray, 4K, and DVD on June 27th (Amazon for $21). The film follows five ordinary high school kids who must become something extraordinary when they learn that their small town of Angel Grove – and the world – is on the verge of being obliterated by an alien threat. The studio teased the film stating, “Chosen by destiny, the unlikely group of teenage heroes are the only ones who can save the planet but first, they have to band together in order to harness their super powers and become Power Rangers.”
The new installment to the franchise did moderately well in theaters, but to be fair it had some tough completion this year. The film opened at #2 with a $40M debut, behind “Beauty and the Beast” which made $90M that same weekend. “Power Rangers” went on to make $84M domestically in theaters, and close to $139M worldwide. The film did become the highest-grossing film in the franchise’s history, the previous title-holder was “Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers” back in 1995. That film made $38.18M domestically, and went on to make over $66.43M worldwide. The sequel, released two years later called “Turbo: A Power Rangers Movie,” only made $8.36M at the domestic box-office and finished its theatrical run with just $9.61M total. That ended the franchise in theaters, until this most recent release.
“Power Rangers” was directed by Dean Israelite, working off a screenplay written by John Gatins. The original story that the film was based on was written by Matt Sazama. The film stars Dacre Montgomery, Naomi Scott, RJ Cyler, Becky G., and Ludi Lin. Also featured in the film are the talents of Elizabeth Banks, Bryan Cranston, and Bill Hader. While fans may be hoping for a sequel, the likelihood of another installment is slim. “Power Rangers” had a disappointing debut in China, where the franchise is typically the most popular, and didn’t have a spectacular profit. While the film did gross over $135M in theaters, it was created on a $100 million budget. If a sequel is in the works, it will have to make-do on a limited budget.