The fans ate it up, and created a huge amount of free advertising. They made clothing, posters, and did everything they could to support the film.
It wasn’t enough. The rabid and vocal fan base didn’t translate into big box offince numbers. Sure, you could point to the fact that the movie was just so-so, but that smacks of defeatism. No, what’s needed here is a strategy that makes absolutely clear who was responsible for the failure.
Clearly, there’s only one thing for the studio to do.