Updated: January 15, 2016, 12:34 AM
BY THOMAS TRACY
|Quentin Tarantino has been under fire from police officers after his comments in an October rally to protest against police brutality.|
The Quentin Tarantino Western boycotted by the NYPD after the controversial director called cops “murderers” has suffered a royale with cheese-sized beating at the box office, officials said Thursday.
Tarantino’s “The Hateful Eight” has only earned $41 million in the first three weeks since its release, according to the website Box Office Mojo — far less than the director’s previous film, “Django Unchained,” which earned more than $125 million during the same time period in 2012.
The Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association called for a boycott of “Hateful Eight” after the acclaimed director of “Reservoir Dogs,” “Kill Bill” and “Pulp Fiction” railed against the police last October during a rally against police brutality in Washington Square Park.
"I'm a human being with a conscience," Tarantino said at the rally, which remembered the deaths of Eric Garner, Akai Gurley and Anthony Baez. "And if you believe there's murder going on then you need to rise up and stand up against it. I'm here to say I'm on the side of the murdered."
Police unions in other major cities, including Los Angeles and Philadelphia, joined the boycott before the movie’s release on Christmas Day.
PBA President Pat Lynch said there was no way to confirm if the boycott of “Hateful Eight” caused the box office slump.
Several factors like, so-so reviews, the movie’s three-hour running time — which means fewer screenings — and a little movie called “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” may have led to the movie’s drop in sales.
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|Quentin Tarantino's three Oscar nominations could mean an uptick in sales in the month to come.|
Still, Lynch would like to think the boycott had an impact.
“Can we take full credit for the stinker's failure?” Lynch asked. “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."
Ed Mullins, president of the NYPD’s Sergeant’s Benevolent Association, agreed.
“If I was (Tarantino), I’d be asking myself, ‘What did I just do to my career?’” Mullins said. “People don’t realize that there are hundreds of thousands of people in law enforcement. Take into consideration their family and friends and all the people who support them, and you have a massive silent majority.”
But the movie’s slump might soon be over.
On Thursday, “The Hateful Eight” received three Oscar nominations for best score, best cinemotography and best supporting actress by Jennifer Jason Leigh — which could mean an uptick in sales in the month to come.
An email to Quetin Tarantino’s agent was not immediately returned.