10 unfairly failed films

Anastasia Sergeeva
21.06.2016

10 unfairly failed films

To begin with, we will clarify how to understand whether the motion picture has failed or not. It is considered that the film should be considered a payback if its box office is at least twice the budget. The real numbers of fees are unlikely to anyone know, because the real accounting of the film business is not available to everyone, and therefore our list is based only on officially published data that can be found on the Internet.

Dead Man (1995)

Frame from the film "The Dead"

This is now all sorts of forums and the best movie sites are replete with enthusiastic reviews of this film, where Johnny Depp played one of his best roles. But in 1995, the melancholic, philosophical-mystical and completely atypical work of authorship by the famous film director Jim Jarmusch collected in the world box office just a little more than one million dollars - with a budget of nine million. Nevertheless, this did not prevent the “Dead”, whose genre is difficult to determine unequivocally, to become the cult film of Jarmusch and receive the main award of the European Film Academy.

Gattaka (1997)

Shot from the movie "Gattaka"

Creating "Gattaku", director Andrew Niccol was inspired by the success of genetic engineering. Thus, the future world appeared in the plot, where the main privileges belong to people born in the laboratory, and not in love - the main character falls into the second category and therefore decides to pretend to be another person. However, then this idea did not seem too interesting to the audience: the picture could not even collect half of the budget funds spent on it ($ 36 million), not to mention making a profit.

But in 2011, fourteen years after the release of the film, NASA employees paid special attention to Gattaku and called the film that had failed in hire one of the most reliable science films from the point of view of science, where all theories are fairly plausible.

American History X (1998)

Frame from the film "American History X"

The film tells about two brothers who are members of a neo-Nazi skinhead group: the older one is taken to prison once, and the younger one continues to admire his hateful attitude until he returns home. Despite the fact that the picture touches on such important topics for society as racial discrimination and Nazism, the film’s total box office has just exceeded the budget by a few million.

Perhaps it was the heavy atmosphere of this movie, the presence of cruel but truthful scenes in it that became the factor that frightened the mass audience from going to the cinema. Nevertheless, the picture subsequently received its recognition, besides here you can see the famous and talented actor Edward Norton in a completely new light.

13th floor (1999)

Frame from the movie "13th floor"

Another film that failed at the box office is the “Thirteenth Floor”: its sixteen million budget has not paid off. Everything could have turned out differently, but at the same time the Wachowski sisters' cult film The Matrix was rolled out - it was immediately clear who had the box office in his pocket. At the same time, the similarity of the themes of both films is also traced, since both there and here the alternative virtual reality is affected, but the incredible visual effects of “The Matrix” could not boast of this film failure.

Planet Ka-Pak (2001)

Shot from the movie "Planet Ka-Pak"

And this disastrous film in the genre of fantastic drama tells how a man gets into one of the psychiatric hospitals of New York, who quite seriously claims that he is actually a stranger from the mysterious planet Ka-Pax.Doctors do not believe him, but the man turns out to be more convincing, and this makes one of the doctors think: what if the “newcomer” does not lie? But the picture's advertising campaign, apparently, was not too convincing: the film’s box office amounted to 65 million, and the film’s budget was 68 million. Only after it was released on DVD and videotapes did the audience appreciate this failed film.

Donnie Darko (2001)

Shot from the film "Donnie Darko"

Who would have thought that such a cult film of the beginning of the 2000s was originally more like a failure movie, and gained popularity only after being released on videotapes? Donnie Darko was unable to pay off even in half in the box office: six million were announced in the budget, but in fact this underestimated film gathered only a little more than one million. And by the way, this mystical picture considers an interesting topic of movement in time: according to the plot, a teenager named Donnie Darko will have to face a parallel world and influence the time and fate of his loved ones.

Equilibrium (2002)

Frame from the film "Equilibrium"

The soul of the fans of “Equilibrium” hurts as well, if they remember the box office that this underestimated film has collected: only 5 million global fees against 20 million declared in the budget.

They say that the absence of an original idea ruined it - lovers of reading dystopian literature immediately recognize in the Equilibrium the ideas of the same Orwell, Huxley, Bradbury and Zamyatin. But, on the other hand, aside from the not always successful film versions of these dystopias, a wide audience is unlikely to find another such film that transmits such an atmosphere as well. After a while, this film also gathered its army of fans, who finally saw in the Equilibrium an excellent movie in its genre.

Route 60 (2002)

Shot from the movie "Route 60"

Separately, it is worth remembering this film, which failed at the box office just with a bang: it was not able to collect cash even in ten thousand dollars with seven million budget. And the presence among the cast of the famous Gary Oldman failed to attract viewers to the cinema. Many have groundlessly dubbed “Route 60” a second-rate cinema, although it is not as simple as it seems at first glance: it is based on the idea of ​​finding your goal, a true human purpose, and the picture itself exposes almost all human vices and is full of many intricate allegories.

Scott Pilgrim vs all (2010)

Frame from the film “Scott Pilgrim against all”

The next movie that fell through on our list was shot by Brian Lee O'Malley’s comics, but unlike superhero comics, where the main character saves the whole world from evil, the plot in Scott Pilgrim focuses on the boy who just needs to win seven former lovers of his new girlfriend.

A special feature of this movie is the visual design: it is shot in the exact same manner that is characteristic of comics and old computer games, with the appropriate text labels and soundtrack right on the screen. But perhaps due to the fact that this cheerful youth comedy affected too narrow an audience, after spending $ 60 million on filming, it could only bring 46 creators.

Cloud Atlas (2012)

Frame from the film "Cloud Atlas"

It would seem that everything about this film was beautiful: the names of the directors, the star cast, the script, and the visual component; No one was sorry for the advertising campaign of forces and means either. However, the expected success did not happen: it was difficult to cover the costs of shooting, not to mention making a profit - only 102 million against 130.

Obviously, the mass audience was not ready to accept the complex plot of the movie, which lasted nearly three hours, in which six stories from different eras intertwined and even the same actors play different characters. However, a little later, and this film, which fell through at the box office, was overwhelmed with a lot of positive reviews from viewers.


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  • 10 unfairly failed films

    10 unfairly failed films

    10 unfairly failed films

    10 unfairly failed films

    10 unfairly failed films

    10 unfairly failed films

    10 unfairly failed films

    10 unfairly failed films

    10 unfairly failed films

    10 unfairly failed films

    10 unfairly failed films

    10 unfairly failed films

    10 unfairly failed films

    10 unfairly failed films

    10 unfairly failed films

    10 unfairly failed films

    10 unfairly failed films

    10 unfairly failed films

    10 unfairly failed films

    10 unfairly failed films

    10 unfairly failed films

    10 unfairly failed films

    10 unfairly failed films

    10 unfairly failed films