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UPDATED: 12:29 EST, 15 January 2016


Are the NYPD to blame for The Hateful Eight's dismal box office receipts? Police claim their boycott is the reason the Tarantino film is performing so poorly

  • The film, which was released on Christmas day, has grossed $49.2 million
  • Boycott is in response to Tarantino's controversial statements at an anti-police brutality rally in October
  • The film was not only rejected by its usual flock of fans, it was also snubbed an Oscar nomination

By ALEXANDRA KLAUSNER FOR DAILYMAIL.COM

'With nearly one million law enforcement officers in this country who have families and friends who support them, the impact that police have economically on a product or project is immense. The law enforcement boycott of cop-hater Quentin Tarantino’s movie is one demonstration of that economic power,' said Police Benevolent Association President Patrick J. Lynch who was the first union official to call for a boycott of the film.

The boycott is in response to Director Quentin Tarantino's controversial statements at an anti-police brutality rally in New York City in October.

The esteemed director, who in the past has said that film is 'fantasy' and has no bearing on real life violence, blasted law enforcement for the killing of 12-year-old Tamir Rice in Cleveland, Ohio.

The director also highlighted the death of Freddie Gray, a 25-year-old unarmed black man who died in the back of a police van.

He mentioned Antonio Guzmán López, a 38-year-old unarmed man shot dead by San Jose State University Police as well as Michael Brown, an 18-year-old black teen shot by a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri, whose death also sparked violent protests.

'I’m a human being with a conscience,' Tarantino said at the Rally. 'And when I see murder I cannot stand by . . . I have to call the murderers the murderers.'

Lynch says he thinks that he and other police officers who were  can take credit for the film's box office failure.

'Can we take full credit for the stinker’s failure?' Lynch said.

'Well, one thing we can attest to is that many, many good citizens have told us that they were offended by Tarantino’s ignorant, anti-police remarks and, as a result, have refused to spend their money on this movie.'

The film was not only rejected by its usual flock of fans, it was also snubbed an Oscar nomination.

Following on from his SAG Awards and the Golden Globes disappointment, Tarantino once again missed out on being recognized in the top categories.

This comes after the filmmaker admitted he was feeling confident about the controversial film's chances, calling it 'a contender' for the Oscars and calling the screenplay his best script ever.

The film tells the story of eight strangers who seek refuge from a blizzard in a stagecoach stopover some time after the American Civil War.

The film earned praise from critics, many of whom remarked on the Tarantino's signature blend of action, humor, and over-the-top violence.

It stars Samuel L. Jackson and Kurt Russell.