The new romantic comedy “Bros” enjoyed glowing reviews from critics, but also saw low box office numbers on its opening weekend, which lead actor and co-writer of the film Billy Eichner blames on homophobia and the apathy of straight people.
Taking to Twitter on Monday after the film debuted over the weekend to only $4.8 million in ticket sales, Eichner ranted that he believes the film did not open more successfully.
“Last night I snuck in and sat in the back of a sold out theater playing BROS in LA,” Eichner wrote. “The audience howled with laughter start to finish, burst into applause at the end, and some were wiping away tears as they walked out. It was truly magical. Really. I am VERY proud of this movie.”
The actor then continued, “Even with glowing reviews, great Rotten Tomatoes scores, an A CinemaScore etc, straight people, especially in certain parts of the country, just didn’t show up for Bros. And that’s disappointing but it is what it is.”
He went on to challenge people to show their alliance with the gay community by going to see “Bros.”
“Everyone who ISN’T a homophobic weirdo should go see BROS tonight!” he said. “You will have a blast! And it *is* special and uniquely powerful to see this particular story on a big screen, esp for queer folks who don’t get this opportunity often.”
“Bros” is the first widely-released gay rom-com with an almost all LGBTQ+ cast, and enjoyed a 91 percent positive rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
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