Actor Billy Eichner is pointing toward homophobia as the reason why his new romantic comedy “Bros” faced challenges during its opening weekend.
Eichner, who co-wrote the screenplay and stars in what’s marketed as the first gay rom-com from a major Hollywood studio, took to Twitter on Sunday to address the film’s box office performance.
The film played in 3,350 theaters and earned $1.8 million on Friday alone, according to the news site.
Eichner, who stars alongside actor Luke Macfarlane in the film, tweeted about a Los Angeles audience’s reaction to the film before addressing the “straight people” who didn’t show up for the film.
“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,” Eichner wrote.
“And that’s disappointing but it is what it is.”
The “Billy On The Street” host later wrote that everyone who isn’t “a homophobic weirdo” should go see the film.
“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,” Eichner noted.
You can read his entire Twitter thread on the movie’s opening below.