‘Hellboy’ bombs at the box office after bad reviews

It made a paltry $12 million on its opening weekend

Hellboy has bombed at the US box office after taking in just $12 million (£9.2 million) over its opening weekend.

Neil Marshall’s 2019 reboot of the graphic novel franchise was expected to bring in between $16 (12.2 million) and $20 million (£15 million).

But following a string of savage reviews across the board, it fared much worse figures for a movie that cost $50 million to make, according to Forbes – with NME’s own review giving the movie one star out of five and describing it as “a godless movie summoned straight from the depths of hell.”

The reboot also currently holds a lowly 15% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, and a humble Metacritic score of 31.

It also emerged that the production of the movie was equally tumultuous – with some reports claiming that there was a raft of behind-the-scenes tension between director Neil Marshall and producers Lawrence Gordon and Lloyd Levin.

In another surprising twist, it’s also been reported that David Harbour – who portrays Hellboy himself – actually walked off set during filming.

It is the third film to adapt Mike Mignola’s graphic novels, after two outings directed by Guillermo del Toro and starring Ron Perlman.

The reboot stars Stranger Things actor David Harbour in the titular role, Milla Jovovich as Nimue (a.k.a The Blood Queen), and Ian McShane as Professor Broom, Hellboy’s adoptive father and the film delves into Hellboy’s backstory, as well as other important characters’ origins.