No matter how much it costs to make a movie, there is never any guarantee that it’s going to be a success. Some movies become near blockbusters using only a small budget, while others have unlimited amounts of money at their disposal – only to become flops in the end. The following is a list of films that were, at one time or another, considered flops.
5. Sunshine (2007)
Danny Boyle has enjoyed enormous success as a director, producing blockbuster hits such as 127 Hours and Slumdog Millionaire. However, back in the year 2007, Boyle produced the movie Sunshine, and despite being incredibly shot – as well as being an action thriller that kept viewers on the edge of their seats – the film failed to earn back the 40 million dollars it spent in production. The movie centered on a crew on a spaceship traveling to a dying sun in the hope of reigniting it. Sunshine included Cillian Murphy, Chris Evans, and Rose Byrne on the list of cast members.
4. Fight Club (1999)
In 1999, the movie Fight Club, which was only the third film produced by David Fincher, was one of the greatest movies to hit the big screen. Although today many people absolutely rave about the movie that featured Brad Pitt, Helen Bonham Carter, and Ed Norton, the film did not reach the success that executives at 20th Century Fox expected it to. The film was about men who start a “fight club” to fight recreationally. Despite being loved by some people and hated by others, Fight Club became the most talked about film of 1999. Today the film is considered a cult-classic and has enjoyed massive success during the past decade. The film cost 63 million to make and only grossed 37 million in the U.S. and Canada.
3. Blade Runner (1982)
Blade Runner is considered one of Ridley Scott’s greatest films ever produced. Harrison Ford had the central role in the film, which was based on Dr. Philip K. Dick’s novel DO Androids of Electric Sleep? The plot involves a desperate group of escaped replicants hiding in Los Angeles and the Blade Runner, Rick Deckhard(Harrison Ford), who reluctantly agrees to take on the task to hunt them down. Blade Runner split the critics and had difficulty finding an audience during its first release in the United States. However, over the years Blade Runner managed to earn cult status in the science fiction genre and is considered a classic today. The movie cost 28 million to make and only made 27 million at the box office.
2. It’s A Wonderful Life (1946)
This is another movie that struggled for success at the box office. Directed by Frank Capra, the film follows the life of George Bailey, who discovers what life would be like if he had never existed from an Angel. It’s A Wonderful Life had difficulty recovering its initial budget, although over the years has become a classic and must-see during the Christmas holiday season and went on to get nominated for a host of Oscar awards including Best Picture but lost to The Best Years of Our Lives.
1. Wizard of Oz (1939)
The Wizard of Oz paved the way for others with its use of Technicolor and is considered one of the best movies ever produced, although it struggled at the box offices in the beginning. At the time of production, the movie was MGM’s most expensive endeavor ever, and the studio struggled to recover the money they spent; however, the additional re-releases made the movie one of the most popular musicals of all time and was eventually added to the National Film Registry in 1989 for being historically, aesthetically, and culturally significant. The Wizard of Oz cost 2.7 million to make and only grossed 3 million at the box office.