Average people like you and I hold the true power in the world of Hollywood. We are the ones who ultimately determine whether a movie is successful or not. We are the ones who go and buy tickets, and we are the ones who tell our friends whether or not the movie is worth seeing. Sometimes, Hollywood gets it completely wrong, thinking that they can read our minds – thinking they know what we want, and then realizing their attempts to sell us stupid movies won’t fool us.
But sometimes, they get it right. They understand exactly what to sell us, at precisely the right time. After all, they spend millions of dollars in market research to figure out what movie the average joe wants to see. And we’re not complaining. If gathering info on our habits and opinions means that they create good movies, so be it. At the end of the day, we just want to see a good movie, and walk out of the theatre feeling like we didn’t just waste our money.
But what happens when it’s not actually a good movie? Well, no one goes to watch it, right? Sometimes, that is simply not the case. Sometimes, for reasons everyone is still trying to figure out, people become obsessed with some of the crappiest movies of all time. How does this happen? Did we get fooled by trailers that made the movie seem way better than it actually was? Was the movie a sequel that paled in comparison to the original. Or are we just so dumb that we actually enjoy watching really, really bad movies?
15. Saving Christmas
At first glance, this movie seems like your average Christmas comedy. But it’s actually a religious movie. The catchphrase for this film is “Putting The Christ Back In Christmas.” It is basically a Christian educational movie masquerading as a comedy. The lead actor was an evangelical Christian, and the plot revolves around a guy who sets out to prove that Christmas is actually all about the bible, and not about buying stuff.
It received some of the worst reviews in history. It got a 0% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, and it is currently the worst rated film on IMDB. Lead actor Kirk Cameron went on Facebook, encouraging people to “storm Rotten Tomatoes” and write their own reviews. This actually backfired, as more people just went to the site and gave it an even worse rating. Despite all of this, the film was a success at the box office because lots of Christians went to see it. It had a budget of only $500,000 and it made over $2.8 million when all was said and done.
14. Disaster Movie
This movie was a parody of all those films about the world ending, tornadoes destroying the world, and aliens coming to kill us all. Released in 2008, it is one of many movies that took a leaf out of the Scary Movie book. Alongside a strong cast, it featured Kim Kardashian in her acting debut. In theory, this film was supposed to make fun of films like Day After Tomorrow, and 2012. The problem was that it turned out to be one of the worst movies ever made.
This film won plenty of awards, but not the good kind. It was nominated for six Raspberry Awards, and was featured on three separate “Worst Movies Ever” lists compiled by Metacritic, Empire, and Total Film, along with many others. But the funny thing is that a ton of people went to see it. It made $7 million in the first weekend alone. After a while, people started catching on to the fact that it was one of the worst movies ever made, but in the end, Disaster Movie made over $30 million. Considering it had a budget of $20 million, this movie actually made a lot of money.
13. Baby Geniuses
Baby Geniuses revolves around a pretty bizarre concept, and the main feature is talking babies. The idea was that babies were much more intelligent than people realized. It sounds stupid because it was stupid. The only impressive part of this film was the fact that it was one of the first movies to use computer graphic images transposed onto human faces – in order to make the babies look like they were actually talking.
The film received some of the worst reviews in history. It is currently on the list of IMDB’s “100 Worst Rated Films” list. One reviewer called it the worst film of 1999. But that didn’t stop it from being a huge commercial success. It was the highest grossing PG-rated film of 1999. With a budget of only $12 million, and a worldwide gross of over $36 million, this film actually managed to make a ton of money.
Crossover is a typical sports movie. The plot is pretty standard: Talented basketball player gets a scholarship to UCLA, and has to choose between a university education and a career in sports. Along with a pushy sports agent, he also had to deal with the struggles of living in the ghetto. It’s fine to make a stereotypical movie, but when it’s stereotypical and a crappy movie, well then people are just going to hate it
The movie received some of the worst reviews in history. It has a 2% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. But the weird thing is that it actually made a decent amount of money. It had an extremely low budget of only $5.8 million, and although it only made about $7 million, that still makes this film a box office success.
11. Epic Movie
This movie was made by the same people that made Disaster Movie and it continued the tradition by being a truly terrible film. As the title implies, it was intended to make fun of “epic movies” like Harry Potter and X-Men. But this movie turned out to be neither for funny or entertaining.
Still, people packed the movie theatres to watch this abomination. It had a budget of $20 million and made almost $90 million. This is incredible, seeing as the film is considered one of the worst ever to see the light of day. It received a rating of only 2% on Rotten Tomatoes, with many reviewers saying that there was barely any funny parts throughout the entirety of the film. At the end of the day, we payed to watch this film, and allowed a stupid movie to make almost $70 million.
10. Dragonball: Evolution
Everyone knows about the cartoon Dragon Ball Z, and everyone was very excited when it was announced that there would be a live-action film version of Dragon Ball Z, called Dragonball: Evolution. But it turned out to be a huge disaster, and a massive disappointment. It was so bad that no one has ever tried to make a Dragon Ball movie since. This is a shame, because the Dragon Ball universe is one that has mesmerized audiences worldwide, and it’s still a very popular series.
The critics absolutely destroyed this movie. It received an average rating of 14% on Rotten Tomatoes, and an average review of 45 out of 100 on Metacritic, with reviewers saying that it lacked the magic of the original series. It did feature some impressive fight scenes, but it wasn’t enough to save this film. There is some discrepancies about the film’s budget. Initially, it was reported that the budget was $100 million. Later, this figure was claimed to be $50 million, and finally, production reported that the actual budget was $30 million. If this last figure is true, then the film was actually a huge success at the box office, with a gross of almost $58 million.
9. Pearl Harbor
The epic war movie Pearl Harbor was intended to follow the lead of films such as Saving Private Ryan, Titanic, and Top Gun. Although it was a massive commercial success, it is widely viewed as one of the worst films of all time. A huge budget ensured that the movie featured some stunning action sequences, but something didn’t quite click. All the ingredients for success were there, but they failed to come together and make this a memorable film experience.
It received negative reviews from pretty much everyone. It has a 25% rating on Rotten Tomatoes and a score of 44 out of 100 on Metacritic. People criticized everything from the acting to the historical accuracy. Kenneth M. Taylor, one of the real-life war heroes that provided the basis for the lead actor’s on-screen accomplishments, called the film “a piece of trash… over-sensationalized and distorted.” The film changed the Japanese planes from white to green, so that people could tell the good guys from the bad guys. The film also showed the Japanese deliberately attacking a hospital, which never actually happened. Despite all this, the film grossed over $450 million worldwide on a budget of $120 million, making it a massive commercial success.
8. Meet The Spartans
Meet The Spartans was another film that was made by the same guys who created Disaster Movie and Epic Movie. It was just as bad, if not worse, and it made even more money. It basically references a variety of films that were popular at that time, although it focuses mainly on being a parody of 300. This really is a film that never should have been made.
Just like similar movies that were made by the same people, this film got some of the worst reviews of all time. It received an average score of 9 out of 10 on Metacritic. It received many scores of zero out of 10 worldwide, with one publication calling it “as funny as a burning orphanage.” It had a budget of $30 million, and grossed a total of almost $85 million, making it a huge commercial success.
7. Indiana Jones And The Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull
This movie really let a lot of people down. We had just suffered through the disappointment of the Star Wars prequels, and some of us even got our hopes up at the prospect of a new Indiana Jones film. But the film we were given was not only the worst Indiana Jones movie, it was one of the worst films of all time. This movie had nothing in common with the first three Indiana Jones, but it did share one thing – huge success in the box office.
The film received mixed reviews. Some people loved it, and thought it was even better than some of the original Indiana Jones films. Others felt that it was a lifeless copy of the original. It actually won a bunch of actual awards, but it also was listed as one of the 10 worst sequels in one publication. I think most people will say that it was a huge disappointment, and nowhere near as good as the original. In any case, the movie was massively successful at the box office. It had a budget of $185 million, and made a whopping $787 million dollars.
6. Twilight: New Moon
Everyone knows how bad the Twilight films are, but a Twilight sequel? Now that’s just a recipe for disaster. Say what you will about the movies, the franchise definitely has a ton of fans. (Predominately the preteen female variety.) A lot of people will say that this sequel should never have been made. A lot of people will say the original film should never have been made. And some people will even say that the books that the movies were based on should never have been made. Regardless, this movie actually happened, and it didn’t do too bad in the box office either…
The general consensus is that this movie may satisfy die-hard fans of the Twilight series, but to everyone else, it’s just a terrible movie. It received a score of 28% on Rotten Tomatoes, and Metacritic gave it a 4.7 out of 10. Similar negative reviews were common with many other publications. But the Twilight faithful loved it, and that resulted in this film doing inexplicably well in the box office. With a budget of a meagre $50 million, this movie managed to pull in nearly $710 million in total, with over $26 million in one night alone.
5. Date Movie
Date Movie is yet another creation of the guys who made Meet The Spartans, Epic Movie, and Disaster Movie. As you might have guessed, critics hated it and people actually went and saw this film in droves, making it a commercial success. In a way, you have to admire the people who made this film. They have figured out a formula that works, and it enables them to sell people crap and make a ton of money off it. As the title implies, this movie aims to poke fun at romantic comedies.
This movie got a rating of 7% on Rotten Tomatoes, and an average rating of 11% on Metacritic. Most people reported “overwhelming dislike” after watching this film. But maybe critics aren’t the best indicator of how the people actually feel. One reviewer walked out of the theater after half an hour of watching it without laughing once. But he was amazed to see that most of the theatre was laughing hysterically. He later contemplated whether the American audience had become what he called “deranged howler monkeys.” With a budget of $20 million, and a gross of almost $85 million, this movie was a huge financial success.
4. Transformers: Revenge of The Fallen
The second Transformers movie starts off where the first movie left of. It uses the same formula, following a young man as he helps the Autobots claim victory against the Decepticons. Although it used the same basic concept as the first movie, it shared little with the original in terms of quality and watchability. It had a huge budget, and the special effects were stunning, but otherwise it was a little lifeless. It did manage to make a ton of money, though.
The amount of time and effort they put into filling this movie with crazy special effects and even more transformers than ever before did not translate into a better end product. In fact, it actually made the film worse. It just turned into a confusing mess, there was too much going on and it was hard for audiences to even follow what was going on. It has a Rotten Tomatoes score of 19%, and a Metacritic rating of 35 out of 100. Even though it had a budget of a whopping $200 million, it still absolutely delivered at the box office, making over $836 million.
3. Shrek Forever After
Shrek Forever After pretty much sums up a sequel that is a complete shadow of the original. This movie is just a couple people trying to cash in on the success of the original Shrek. Yes, it’s true that many people actually love this film. Many people even think that this was the best Shrek film ever, even better than the first. But there is no beating the original Shrek. Instead of making this film, they could have imagined something new. After a while, people just get sick and tired of the endless sequels. It’s time we started actually creating films instead of recycling them.
Rotten Tomatoes gave this film average views, but said that the movie felt like it was just a rehashed version of the original. Entertainment Weekly echoed this, saying that Shrek had lost its magic. But there is no denying the incredible success this movie had at the box office. With a budget of about $155 million, this movie made almost $753 million with an opening night of over $20 million. It comes in at number 52 as the highest-grossing film of all time, and number 12 as the highest-grossing animated film of all time.
2. Alvin And The ChipMunks The Squeakquel
With a title like this, it’s really no surprise that Alvin And The ChipMunks The Squeakquel was a terrible film. If you are like 99% of the population, and extremely high-pitched voices drive you insane after a few minutes, then sitting through a full movie of this would be worse than torture. It’s one of those movies that drive kids wild with excitement, but for parents and any other sane being, this was one of the worst, most infuriating movies of all time.
It has an average rating of 3.9 out of 10 on Rotten Tomatoes, and a rating of 41 out of 100 on Metacritic. Many of the reviewers warned parents not to take their kids to see this film, because they were worried that it might actually make them less intelligent. Despite all of this, many people were left how it was possible that this film was making so much money. There were plenty of other kids movies that were 10 times as good as Alvin And The ChipMunks The Squeakquel, but these films were doing poorly in the box office. It just wasn’t fair, and frankly it made humanity look bad. With a budget of only $70 million, this film made over $443 million. Although no one could figure out exactly how it happened, this film was a huge success financially.
1. Grown Ups
Adam Sandler has made some great films throughout the years. Grown Ups is not one of those films. This film had an extremely talented cast, as most of them were ex-performers on the television show Saturday Night Live. But for some reason, this film just didn’t deliver comedically. This just goes to show that if you are a guy like Adam Sandler, and you have a history of creating funny films, then you can get away with making half-baked films and still make a ton of money – based on brand recognition alone.
This movie has a score of 10% on Rotten Tomatoes, and a score of 30 out of 100 on Metacritic. The problem wasn’t the cast – it was the lack of effort in the making of the script, and the direction provided by the director. It seemed like no one really cared about putting that much work into this movie. But guess what, it didn’t matter because it still made a ton of money. On a budget of $80 million, it grossed over $271 million, making a lot of people rich for essentially doing very little. It did so well that Sandler even made a sequel. We’re not even going to talk about that movie.