Good Movies That Bombed at the Box Office

Heathers

"Greetings and Salutations."

This is an awesome movie about a high school student who also happens to be a psychopathic killer.  Murder made funny.  When a movie has you laughing at premeditated homicide, well that's just dark humor at it's best.  Heathers is the template for brilliant black comedies.  Sadly, this movie probably could not be made in this pathetic PC world we live in today.

$2,000,000 budget

$1,108,462 box office

55.40%


The 6th Day

Interesting sci-fi movie about human cloning that is set in the not-to-distant future.  A man is surprised to discover that he has been replaced by and clone, and that clone is now living with his family as him.  Before he could confront this clone, an attempt on his life is made.  He now must go on the run, all the while trying to discover who would want to "replace" him and their motive for doing so.

$82,000,000 budget

$34,543,700 box office

42.10%


Thirteen Days

Well made account of the Cuban Missile Crisis and JFK's actions to avoid nuclear war.  I found it interesting to see the inside perspective of that incredibly tense period.

$80,000,000 budget

$34,566,746 box office

43.20%


Grindhouse

Death Proof and Planet Terror double feature. Very entertaining!  Must see for Tarantino and Rodriguez fans.

$67,000,000 budget

$25,037,897 box office

37.30%


Moonlight Mile

Great movie about parents dealing with the murder of their daughter and her fiancé trying to move on with his life.  This is one of my favorites "laugh and cry" movies. 

$21,000,000 budget

$6,835,856 box office

32.60%


The Island

Awesome movie about Scarlett Johansson and her long blonde hair and skin-tight suit.

(That was what it was about -- wasn't it?)

$122,200,000 budget

$35,799,026 box office

29.20%


Slither

Super-gross horror/sci-fi/comedy movie.  Very fun to watch.  How could it not be?!?!  It's an alien invasion movie with a zombie apocalypse twist!  You top that off with genuinely funny stuff  and lots of gross-out scenes.

$29,500,000 budget

$7,802,450 box office

26.40%


Get Carter (2000)

I like this movie and I don't care who knows!

$63,600,000 budget

$14,967,182 box office

23.50%


The Alamo (2004)

I was surprised to see how poorly this movie did at the theaters.  I thought it was really good.


$107,000,000 budget

$22,414,961 box office

20.90%


Idiocracy

This movie shouldn't be on this list because it actually wasn't released nation-wide. I just wanted to profile it because I think it is freakin' funny!

It's about how stupid this world is getting and if we keep it up, in a few hundred years, we will all be on the verge of mental retardation.

$30,000,000 budget

$444,000 box office

1.50%

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Cris A 7 years ago from Manila, Philippines

I think for the first time in a long time, we are in agreement! I haven't seen Idiocracy, Slither and Moonlight Mile, (they'll be on my list now) but the rest yeah, they're good movies alright. Specially Heathers and The Alamo. If The Island was about Scarlett, they did a pretty good job I agree. I do hope these movies had at least ROI-ed from their video releases.

Cool list! Thanks for sharing :D


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imadork 7 years ago from St. Peters, MO Author

Thanks for the idea Cris!


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Cris A 7 years ago from Manila, Philippines

Btw, the Slither here is NOT the Sharon Stone Slither, right? Though it is a gross movie, too! :D


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imadork 7 years ago from St. Peters, MO Author

The Sharon Stone movie was Sliver, not Slither. Sliver was horrible!


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Cris A 7 years ago from Manila, Philippines

Oh right.... I think Casino's the only movie she did worth mentioning :D


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imadork 7 years ago from St. Peters, MO Author

Basic Instinct was pretty good.


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Cris A 7 years ago from Manila, Philippines

Well yeah, at the superficial level. I mean the hype and the buzz delivered but what did you get after? (and I don't mean THAT!) :D


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imadork 7 years ago from St. Peters, MO Author

True, but it was entertaining and it gave me a boner.


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Cris A 7 years ago from Manila, Philippines

Okay, got your point. Entertaining enough to avoid getting some razzies! Unlike the sequel which swept everything I think! :D


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imadork 7 years ago from St. Peters, MO Author

I haven't had the pleasure of seeing that gem.


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Cris A 7 years ago from Manila, Philippines

You should, But save it for your Halloween movie marathon. Should fit in nicely between Waterworld and Battlefield Earth :D


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imadork 7 years ago from St. Peters, MO Author

OMG, I tried watching Battlefield Earth one day and could not get through 5 minutes before turning it off.


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Cris A 7 years ago from Manila, Philippines

LOL I remember watching it in the cinema. Had to finish the whole mess - I got an extra large popcorn and bottomless Pepsi, oh you get the picture. I know, I read the reviews beforehand but it's free tickets so there! LOL

Btw, I have another assignment for you. Why not do one-hit wonders but this time do actors and not musicians. Like say Bo Derek in "10". It would require research though and not just your taste or cinematic preferences :D


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imadork 7 years ago from St. Peters, MO Author

That sounds interesting. Thanks for another great idea!


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justmesuzanne 7 years ago from Texas

I haven't seen the others, but I loved The Alamo. I was just thinking about renting it again today! I will check out some of the others! :) Thanks!


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VioletSun 7 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie

I am inclined to watch the "6th Day", but would avoid, "Slither", as I dislike anything that is gross and horrific. "The Island" sounds like an escapist movie when one is feeling lazy.

Hey, Cris says we have a hubber who worked with Kubrick... can you guys share the link to the hub?


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Pam Roberson 7 years ago from Virginia

Heathers IS a great movie! I haven't seen the others, but I'll put them on my list of movies to check out. Thanks for alerting me to some that I might have overlooked!


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Keny Luger 7 years ago

I like eXistenZ and I think it only made like 2 million USD but had a budget of 31 million CAD. That has to be a box office bomb but was a good movie.


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Teresa McGurk 7 years ago from The Other Bangor

Heathers was hilarious; I'll check out some of the others. Thanks for recommending them.


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MissJamieD 7 years ago from Minnes-O-ta

Thank you, this is an awesome list. Some i've seen, some I haven't, but I will. I loved Heathers and The Sixth Day; can't wait to see Moonlight Mile. Saw the Island, it was cool but I actually noticed the special affects, not SJ, sorry. I mean, she's gorgeous, but I remember the story also...*smiles*


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imadork 7 years ago from St. Peters, MO Author

Thanks for reading everyone. Yeah, I highly recommend Moonlight Mile to anyone that hasn't seen it.


eaasi3574 7 years ago

Great post.


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Cris A 7 years ago from Manila, Philippines

just checkin if you listened to me! LOL thanks :D


Janetta 7 years ago

The 6th Day was great, LOVED the Island, and what person on the planet hasn't at least seen a snippet of Heather's in their lifetime?? Can't believe some of those didn't do better! :D


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Artisan Walker 7 years ago from Springfield, Oregon

Wow ... I'm totally out of the loop. Haven't seen any of these. Most of my B-movie fare is usually in the hack-n-slash genre.

Friends and I make make an event of it: with lots of chocolate and champagne. "Let's Make Fun of a B-Horror Flick and Get Drunk!"


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imadork 7 years ago from St. Peters, MO Author

Thanks Janetta. I can't believe it either.

AW: I love the dumb horror movies!


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Artisan Walker 7 years ago from Springfield, Oregon

Hey, we're chatting over at the "Artisan" hub, a bit. Come join if you'd like.


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earnestshub 7 years ago from Melbourne Australia

I want to watch idiocy, I have seen a couple of the others, but idiocy is a funny idea.


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imadork 7 years ago from St. Peters, MO Author

Idiocracy is very silly but I think it is funny. Did you watch the trailer I posted on the hub. You'll get an idea if you might like it or not from that.


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agvulpes 7 years ago from Australia

In Australia i'm pretty sure "Thirteen Days" was released as 'made for TV' and played as a mini-series. In the 10.30pm slot. rated really......well I don't think it rated at all.


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Cris A 7 years ago from Manila, Philippines

A female black lab. Turning 2 on October. Sorry off topic. Kill me later :D


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cindyvine 7 years ago from Kyiv, Ukraine

Have some of them but haven't watched them yet. Buy movies for under a dollar but just don't have the time to watch em all.


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imadork 7 years ago from St. Peters, MO Author

I want pics Cris!

Cindyvine: where do you buy movies for under a dollar?


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Cris A 7 years ago from Manila, Philippines

I think I have one or two pics of Coco when she was but two months old. I'll look for it. But I have a Maltese too, Lila. I have several pics of her on my PC - she's the "show" dog afterall! LOL


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goldentoad 7 years ago from Free and running....

I drink my electrolytes


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imadork 7 years ago from St. Peters, MO Author

LOL GT!


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Cris A 7 years ago from Manila, Philippines

get up get up your interview's out!


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blondepoet 7 years ago from australia

Loved your sleek interview. Gee two hottys in the one Hub.Interviewer and interviewee, boy oh boy,I fainted,LMAO


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imadork 7 years ago from St. Peters, MO Author

:-)


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Anna Marie Bowman 7 years ago from Florida

Heathers is one of my absolute favorites!!!! It really is a twisted, and wonderful movie!!! You are right, it could never be made today. I also loved Grindhouse and Idiocracy!!! Every time my daughter tells me she ate at Carl's Jr. I just laugh. For those of you who don't live on the west coast, it is a real place.


Adam B 7 years ago

I loved a bunch of those movies on your list...Slither, Idiocracy, get Carter & Grindhouse. I always enjoyed Waterworld also...I don't know know...maybe it's my guilty pleasure.


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imadork 7 years ago from St. Peters, MO Author

AMB: thanks for commenting.  Idiocracy cracks me up!  "Ow!  My balls!"

Adam B: I wouldn't mind seeing Waterworld again.  I've only seen it once and that was when it first came out on cable.


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SUSIE DUZY 6 years ago from Delray Beach, Florida

I'm surprised Idiocracy did so badly! It had stupid moments, but overall I thought it was watchable!


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CarltheCritic1291 5 years ago

I agree with Susie Duzy, when I saw "Idiocracy" I thought was hilarious, and good, but there are a lot of stupid moments. In addition, I think the Trailer gave too much away, in terms of what the movie is about, heck the Title alone "Idiocracy" pretty much sums up what the movie is about. It's a real shame, but it happens even to movies that are even better than this one..


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imadork 5 years ago from St. Peters, MO Author

"Go away, 'batin!"

LOL! Great stuff in that movie. I fear that it may turn out to be quite prophetic.


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Peggy79 5 years ago

I just watched the movie 'Idiocracy'. It was hilarious! I don't know how it bomebed. Some people don't know a good movie when they see one.


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mariahpoo 5 years ago from Northern California

Great hub. Heather and Idiocracy are at the top of my list. I own them both. I view Idiocracy as kinda a horror movie... we are headed in that direction. Truly scary.


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trusouldj 5 years ago from Indiana

A good movie is a good movie, despite the receipts. There are a lot of movies that I like despite what the critics say. PLUTO NASH anyone ...? No ... Just me ... okay.


ruffridyer 5 years ago from Dayton, ohio

I heard Wizard of Oz bombed, Also Bringing up Baby starring Gary Grant & Kathrine Hepburn.

A lot of Classic movies were duds at the box office.

I seen The Alamo At the theatre, Much more accuracte then the disney or John Wayne versions. I learned a lot from that movie.


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lust maker 5 years ago

dude should totally add half-baked


Casimiro 4 years ago

Well, here's a movie that actually made money, but few have seen, The Stunt Man, with Peter O'Toole, Barbara Hershey, and Steve Railsback. Budget $3.5M, grossed twice that. It simply didn't get widespread distribution, but it was a great movie!


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adecourv 3 years ago

Idiocracy is so underrated. It doesn't help that the studio BURIED that movie.

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