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Box Office Bombs

These are the movies that didn't do so well. For one reason or another, when the movie opened in theaters, they just didn't fill the seats. Some of them become more famous for being flops than they ever would have been had they broken even. Note that these aren't necessarily bad movies, just ones that failed to make money and in some disastrous cases actually lost millions of dollars for the producers.

Why do movies fail? the answer is different for each work. Some movies are indeed just that bad, and the negative reviews and bad word of mouth catches up to it. But for the rest, sometimes the movie was released at the wrong time and place and got trampled by a much more popular movie. Sometimes the studio fails to promote the movie at all, and it opens and closes before anybody knows it existed. Sometimes there's a special interest group who protests a movie when it comes out, keeping the viewers away. Many movies that initially fail at the box office later become vindicated by rentals and foreign sales, such as with Waterworld. Regardless, box office bombs make a fascinating category all their own.

  • 2011 Atlas Shrugged: Part I
    Atlas Shrugged: Part I Director: Paul Johansson
    Starring: Taylor Schilling, Grant Bowler, Matthew Marsden, Graham Beckel, Edi Gathegi
  • 2012 Atlas Shrugged: Part II
    Atlas Shrugged: Part II Director: John Putch
    Starring: Samantha Mathis, Jason Beghe, Esai Morales
  • 1998 Big Lebowski, The
    Big Lebowski, The Director: Joel Coen
    Starring: Jeff Bridges, John Goodman, Julianne Moore, Steve Buscemi, David Huddleston
  • 1986 Blue City
    Blue City Director: Michelle Manning
    Starring: Judd Nelson, Ally Sheedy
  • 1993 Dazed and Confused
    Dazed and Confused Director: Richard Linklater
    Starring: Jason London, Ben Affleck, Matthew McConaughey, Parker Posey, Milla Jovovich
  • 1998 Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
    Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas Director: Terry Gilliam
    Starring: Johnny Depp, Benicio Del Toro, Tobey Maguire, Ellen Barkin, Gary Busey
  • 1986 Howard the Duck
    Howard the Duck Director: Willard Huyck
    Starring: Lea Thompson, Jeffrey Jones, Tim Robbins, Ed Gale, Chip Zien
  • 1946 It's a Wonderful Life
    It's a Wonderful Life Director: Frank Capra
    Starring: James Stewart, Donna Reed, Lionel Barrymore, Thomas Mitchell, Henry Travers
  • 2011 Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer
    Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer Director: John Schultz
    Starring: Heather Graham, Jordana Beatty, Cameron Boyce, Parris Mosteller, Preston Bailey
  • 2013 Movie 43
    Movie 43 Director: Elizabeth Banks, Steven Brill, Peter Farrelly, Wil
    Starring: Elizabeth Banks, Kristen Bell, Halle Berry, Leslie Bibb, Kate Bosworth
  • 1993 So I Married an Axe Murderer
    So I Married an Axe Murderer Director: Thomas Schlamme
    Starring: Mike Myers, Nancy Travis, Anthony LaPaglia, Amanda Plummer, Brenda Fricker
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