Top 5 Great Films That Failed at the Box Office

Julia | 11 - 01 - 2022
Great Films That Failed at the Box Office

Since the beginning of the cinematic era, Hollywood delivered numerous films that were instant hits and celebrated by fans. From spine-chilling thrillers to breathtaking action, some movies received overwhelmingly positive reviews but performed poorly at the box office. Blame the marketing campaigns or the absence of popularity, but these films deserved so much attention for their brilliant plot. Here are five Hollywood movies that flopped at the box office.

#5 Blade Runner 2049 (2017)

It is heartbreaking to say Blade Runner 2049, one of the best sci-fi films of all time, is one of the biggest movie flops in box office. The Denis Villeneuve blockbuster held a compelling story, with the film winning the Academy Awards for cinematography and visual effects. Yet, Blade Runner 2049 didn’t succeed in the theaters, collecting less than $100 million at the domestic box office.

#4 Ad Astra (2019)

Ad Astra is a widely praised epic space odyssey but it is disheartening to see the movie become one of the great films that failed at the box office, receiving poor collections. It is even more saddening to see a Brad Pitt starrer flop at the box office with just around $55 million.  

Who directed Blade Runner 2049?
  • A. Steven Spielberg
  • B. Francis Ford Coppola
  • C. Denis Villeneuve
  • D. Damien Chazelle

#3 The Suicide Squad (2021)

With the 2016 Suicide Squad disappointing fans, the James Gunn version of the dangerous team sparked hope for the fandom. The movie delivered thrill and amazement, but underperformed at the box office, grossing only over $55 million at the domestic box office. 

#2 The Shawshank Redemption (1994)

The Stephen King adaptation is praised as one of the greatest movies of all time, yet, can you believe the film is one of the biggest flops in history at the box office, grossing only around $28 million? Unfortunately, yes. On the bright side, The Shawshank Redemption is an absolute fan-favorite for years in Hollywood. 

#1 Fight Club (1999)

Controversies revolved around Hollywood before Fight Club was released, as rumors spread that the executives didn’t prefer the film’s final version. The cut down in marketing made the film less popular, gaining only $37 million, making it one of the biggest movie flops of all time at the box office. Only fans know the worth and praise the movie deserved. Well, it’s something we can’t talk about…

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