2015 was a big year for the movie industry. A new Star Wars film is capping off a year in which the world was presented with Mad Max: Fury Road, Avengers: Age of Ultron, Inside Out, Furious 7 and other successful and popular movies. The calendar year may not yet be over, but there is already hope that 2016 will bring even more fun times to those who routinely make treks to movie theaters. One would not need to be an avid reader of comic books to be hyped for the Batman vs. Superman blockbuster that is going to be released next year.
Just as with any form of entertainment, not every movie that is released is going to be a memorable gem that causes fans to flock to theaters. Before this year’s Thanksgiving Day holiday, Natalie Robehmed of Forbes released that website’s list of the biggest movie flops for 2015. As Robehmed points out in her piece, a studio choosing to cast a big name as a selling point for a movie is not always enough to put customers in theater seats. Bad reviews and lackluster previews can be enough to convince a would-be viewer to instead save his money and wait until the film is released via On Demand or DVD.
10. Hot Tub Time Machine 2
There are some movies that, simply stated, are not worthy of sequels. You may not be all that surprised to learn that Hot Tub Time Machine makes the list. Hot Tub Time Machine 2 made, according to Forbes, $13.1 million at the box office. The problem there is that the movie’s estimated production budget was $14 million. Those who have gone out of the way to watch Hot Tub Time Machine 2 were not all that impressed. The movie currently has a rating of 14 percent on the Rotten Tomatoes website. 81 of 94 reviews have put Hot Tub Time Machine 2 in the “Rotten” category.
9. American Ultra
American Ultra is a movie that has, on paper, an impressive cast. Jesse Eisenberg, Kristen Stewart, Connie Briton, Topher Grace, Bill Pullman, John Leguizamo were all involved in the film. Those names were not enough to draw fans to theaters. American Ultra had what Forbes has reported to be an estimated production budget of $28 million, but the movie only managed to make $24.7 million at the box office. Users on Rotten Tomatoes have, as of the posting of this piece, given American Ultra a rating of 44 percent. 79 out of 141 reviews listed the movie as “Rotten.”
Origin stories can go one of two ways as it pertains to movies. They can be the start of something monumental such as Batman Begins. It appears, according to the information presented by Forbes, that Pan will be at the opposite end of the spectrum. The movie about a young Peter finding his feet in Neverland managed to make $119.8 million at the box office. That would be a noteworthy sum except for the fact that Pan had an estimated production budget of $150 million. Those who use Rotten Tomatoes have given Pan a rating of 26 percent.
It appears that Internet users are not on the same page as it pertains to rating the Mortdecai movie. Those who flock to IMDB have given the film a 5.5 overall rating, which is solid if not good. Rotten Tomatoes users have been more harsh as it pertains to Mortdecai. They have given the movie a rating of 12 percent, and the average rating for the movie is 3.4. The movie that starred, among others, Johnny Depp, Gwyneth Paltrow and Ewan McGregor had, per Forbes, an estimated production budget of $60 million. Mortdecai made around $47.3 million at the box office.
Aloha is a romantic comedy that features big names such as Bradley Cooper, Emma Stone, Rachel McAdams, John Krasinski, Bill Murray and Alec Baldwin. What could possibly go wrong? The answer, according to the information that was presented by Forbes, is apparently “plenty.” Aloha was a movie with an estimated production budget of $37 million, but the movie only made approximately $26.3 million at the box office. That is good for a return of 71 percent. Rotten Tomatoes users who spent money and/or time to watch Aloha gave the movie a rating of 19 percent.
5. Jem and the Holograms
Jem and the Holograms could be a tale taken from real-life events. The story centers around a girl who becomes a sensation after a video of her singing a song goes viral. While it would not be a stretch to watch such events unfold in real life, Jem and the Holograms was a movie that not a lot of people wanted to watch. While Jem and the Holograms had, per Forbes, an estimated production budget of only $5 million, the movie made $2.3 million at the box office. That represents a return of only 46 percent, making it the first movie in this list to be under the 50 percent return threshold.
4. Unfinished Business
Unless the movie becomes a cult classic among fans, it appears that Unfinished Business will not be a reason why we remember actor Vince Vaughn. Forbes has reported that Unfinished Business had an estimated production budget of $35 million. That’s rough considering that the movie made around $14.4 million at the box office. Rotten Tomatoes users who took a chance on Unfinished Business were, for the most part, unhappy with that decision. The following is the “Critics Consensus” Rotten Tomatoes presents for the movie:
“Unfocused and unfunny, Unfinished Business lives down to its title with a slipshod screenplay and poorly directed performances that would have been better left unreleased.”
3. The Gunman
Movie goers explained, by not going to theaters to watch The Gunman, that maybe we don’t need any more action movies that feature heroes who are realistically closer to retirement than to their physical primes. The Gunman brought in $13.6 million at the box office according to the data listed by Forbes. That amount represents a 34 percent return for a movie that had an estimated production budget of $40 million. Rotten Tomatoes users were about as unkind to The Gunman as they were to other movies in this piece, giving the film a rating of 16 percent. The Gunman has thus far received 129 “Rotten” votes.
Perhaps the problem with Blackhat was that viewers could not suspend their disbelief enough to see Chris Hemsworth as a hacker. Whatever the issues were, this movie was not, according to Forbes, financially worth the effort. Blackhat had an estimated production budget of $70 million, but the movie made a reported $19.4 million at the box office. Those figures show a 28 percent return, which is downright terrible. One bright spot here is that Blackhat was not completely buried by users on Rotten Tomatoes. They gave the film a rating of 34 percent.
1. Rock the Kasbah
Rock the Kasbah stars Bill Murray playing a tour manager who finds himself working in Kabul. Maybe this was a better idea on paper than what viewers were presented. Forbes has claimed that Rock the Kasbah had an estimated production budget of $15 million, and also that the movie made only $2 million at the box office. That 19 percent return is the worst on the list. 78 out of 85 reviews on Rotten Tomatoes listed Rock the Kasbah as “Rotten.” Regardless of what information you use, Rock the Kasbah is worthy of at least a mention on any list of the biggest movie flops of 2015.