The year just started yet we already have a couple of box office bombs that definitely deserve some attention. The year 2019 was quite rich in huge box office bombs. Terminator: Dark Fate, Charlie’s Angels, Hellboy, Replicas, and Dark Phoenix all managed to underperform or straight-up lose money in the box office. One would assume that Hollywood will catch a break after finishing with “bang” when Cats hit the theaters. However, the list of box office bombs keeps growing even during relatively quiet winter months of 2020.
There are already flops with big names attached to them. Either stars do not attract people anymore or filmmakers must learn to make better movies appealing to wider audiences. Regardless of the reasons, here’s the list of flopped Hollywood projects that came out in 2020.
Not many expected this movie to do well, but a total financial disaster wasn’t in the projections either. Kristen Stewart performs her role moderately well which is great after her really weak performance in Charlie’s Angel that also flopped just a couple months ago. However, the movie, despite its strong sides including the good atmosphere and excellent use of horror tropes, was not really liked by audiences around the world.
The flick did not impress critics either. The vast majority of people in trades gave the movie mixed reviews praising some aspects of the movie and not really liking the others. With a very low C CinemaScore rating, the film barely made $7 million on its opening weekend and slowly faded into obscurity after collecting about $41 million worldwide. Against its costly $60 million production, the numbers just don’t tell a good story.
Robert Downey Jr. does not seem to be a huge box office draw when he is not wearing a suit of cybernetic armor. He decided to produce and star in an adaptation of a beloved Lofting’s book of stories about one Doctor Dolittle who can speak to animals. It seems that Downey learned how to speak to investors yet forgot how to speak to audiences while learning various animal languages. With a budget of over $175 million, anything below $500 million worldwide would have been a huge failure…
Well, the film made less than $220 and was pandered by critics who laughed at some scenes and did not catch the humor of the movie. At the same time, the movie didn’t even get a release in China due to the Coronavirus outbreak. When the dust settles, Downey Jr. may stare at a loss of $100 million.
When Hollywood producers want to make money, they usually make horror films. They are cheap, relatively easy to make and make good numbers in theaters. Unfortunately, The Turning turned out to be a big disappointment. The budget was far from big, going just a tip over $14 million. However, its haul in the box office was just $18 million in all markets. Not a big loss as the ancillary market will likely allow the movie to make some money back, but a disappointment nonetheless.
The Rhythm Section
The troubled production of the movie paired with various scandals that attached themselves to the film made The Rhythm Section a big failure that quietly was released in 3000 thousand American theaters and was quickly removed from their schedules after collecting less than $2.8 million in its first weekend. A record-breaking number, as this is the first feature film that grossed so little with a wide release.
The lack of marketing is explainable. The execs watched the pre-screenings and were sure that adding even a couple of bucks to the marketing budget would have been a mistake.
The Call of the Wild
Is a CGI pet good addition to a feature film starring a decorated actor? Well, turns out that using a well-animated dog alongside a very real man is a sure way to make everything seem like an uncanny valley. It was just not working for audiences. People simply skipped this film and gave it less than $83 million. The budget ballooned to a whooping $135 million thanks to all that CGI…