Every year, Hollywood and the movie industry as a whole, make billions of dollars off of audiences going to the theaters. The reason why movies generate so much money is because, for the most part, there is a plethora of films from every genre that are genuinely entertaining. Whether it be a Pixar animated adventure, an action-packed thriller, a gruesome horror, a laugh inducing comedy, a thought provoking drama, or an inspirational true story, audiences will flock to see any type of movie as long as it is good.
A Hollywood blockbuster is typically described as a movie which had a large production budget assigned to it. The hopes of the studios who finance these movies, are that they will be able to regain their investment as well as turn a hefty profit from it. Quite often, studios get what they want and more; just look at movies such as Avatar, Titanic, Jurassic World and The Force Awakens which all brought in massive box office revenue. Where there are multiple success stories though, there are also many failures, and in the movie industry, those failures are classified as ‘bombs.’
There have been many movies that have bombed, with the most recent being the newly released Gods of Egypt. Most of the movies that bomb, do so because they are terrible films; however movies that are actually good, have also been known to sometimes bomb as well. There are many reasons as to why a movie performs poorly at the box office, some of which include a lack of public interest, a poor marketing campaign, and general dislike about what the movie has to offer. Here is a list of 10 blockbusters that will bomb in 2016.
10. Alice Through The Looking Glass
It is true that in 2010, despite not being all that entertaining, the movie Alice In Wonderland managed to become a massive financial success, making over 1 billion dollars at the box office. The sequel Alice Through The Looking Glass however, has a high probability of not being even remotely as successful as its predecessor. For starters, this sequel comes six years after the original, and in today’s world, that type of time gap does not help reignite interest in a franchise. Tim Burton who brought the 2010 film to life, is not back to direct this sequel, and Johnny Depp, as popular as he is, has not had that much success at the box office for a few years now. What truly does not bold well for this movie though, is the fact that it has the unfortunate luck of hitting the big screen on the same day as the highly anticipated X-Men Apocalypse; and good luck to any movie that has to compete with a popular superhero franchise.
9. The Huntsman: Winter’s War
The Huntsman: Winter’s War, is a prequel to the 2012 movie Snow White and the Huntsman. Granted the first movie made over 400 million dollars at the box office, but it was not well-received critically, and was at best a mediocre movie. In fact, what people probably remember most about the original movie, is the off-screen scandal which involved Kristen Stewart having an affair with the movie’s married director. Neither of those two are back for this movie however, but Chris Hemsworth and Charlize Theron (who was the best part of the first movie) do reprise their roles. Emily Blunt and Jessica Chastain may be a part of the cast this time around, but it is still hard to believe that this premium ensemble of actors will be enough to make audiences care about this world and its story. Hopefully, the recently released trailer will spark interest for this movie, but it is highly doubtful that this movie will make anywhere near as much money as the first one.
8. Star Trek Beyond
J.J. Abrams did a great job in bringing the Star Trek movie franchise back into relevance with 2009’s Star Trek and 2013’s Star Trek Into Darkness. Both movies were well-received and financially successful, however they were not as successful as the movie studio wanted them to be. Star Trek Beyond will see all the actors from the previous films reprise their roles, and this time, the hugely popular Idris Elba will step in to play the main villain. Abrams though, was not in the director’s chair for this installment, and instead, Justin Lin (known for directing many Fast & Furious movies) was rushed in to fill the position. Combine that with the fact that the script underwent a complete rewrite right before production, and that the recently released trailer revealed an uninteresting plot, Paramount may again find themselves disappointed in the movie’s return. Luckily though, with this being the franchise’s 50th anniversary, it will likely do well; just not as well as the two movies that came before it.
7. Angry Birds
The Angry Birds video game franchise made its debut in 2009, and since then, it has been freely downloaded billions of times and made millions of dollars off of in-game feature, making it one of the most successful freemium game series of all time. It may have been a fun way to pass the time while on the phone or tablet, but a movie based on this game does not really make sense. The game has you flinging upset birds at constructs in order to destroy the pigs that the birds do not like; how you turn that premise into an interesting 90 minute story is mind-boggling, and that in itself is a huge red flag considering the amount of bad video game movie adaptations that already exist. Little kids might love animated movies, and this movie may be targeted to them, but even little kids do not flock to movies that have a questionable story; just look at what happened with The Good Dinosaur and its lackluster performance. Sony may hope that this movie will do as good as movies like Minions, but this movie will definitely fall short of Minions’ earnings.
Warcraft is based off the massively popular online role-playing game World of Warcraft and takes place in the world of Azeroth where humans, orcs, and other races live together and fight one another. The movie will focus on the initial meetings and confrontations between the orcs and humans. The large amount of CGI in this movie is actually a huge positive for this movie, as the environments, and characters look very good, and the cast itself is pretty solid as well. The problem this movie faces however, is the actual game it is based on. Yes, those who are fans of the game (of which there are millions) will undoubtedly go watch the movie, but they may be over critical of the changes made to the story to make the franchise appeal to a wider audience. At the same time however, the franchise may delve far too deep into the fantasy genre to appeal to most casual movie-goers anyway. Hopefully, this movie will break the curse of video game movies doing poorly, but it may have to overcome quite the hill to do so.
5. Independence Day: Resurgence
Independence Day: Resurgence is the long anticipated sequel to the 1996 blockbuster Independence Day. The first movie made over 800 million dollars, but there is a high chance that this sequel will not be able to achieve the same level of success. As mentioned earlier, it does not tend to benefit sequels when they are released many years after the original movie; and in this case, the sequel is being released twenty years after the original. This means that there is an entire generation of people who may not have even seen the original movie to begin with, and do not care about it; while those who did watch it, may have lost interest in the story’s premise entirely, or do not want to basically watch the same movie again. Also adding to this movie’s possible struggles is the lack of a big name star after Will Smith chose not to return for the sequel; granted, most of the original cast has returned for this movie, but none of them have the ability to draw in audiences like Smith can.
Inferno is based on the Dan Brown book of the same name, and is a continuation of the Da Vinci Code series. The first movie was released in 2006, and became a big success earning over 750 million dollars. The second movie, Angels & Demons however, made almost 300 million dollars less than its predecessor; and this was with both director Ron Howard and star Tom Hanks returning (the duo are back with this installment as well). Based on the performance of the second movie, it is apparent that audiences may have grown tired with this series’ complex religion-based mystery story lines, which may not bold well for Inferno’s box office earnings.
As far as horror movie franchises go, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre is one that should be remembered for being good, but aside from the original 1974 movie, there were few good things about the franchise. The killer in these movies is known as Leatherface, who wears masks made from the skin of his human victims who he later goes on to eat. This new entry in the franchise, simply titled Leatherface, is being directed by two people with relatively little directorial experience, and is supposed to serve as an origin story for the chainsaw wielding cannibal. The problem facing this movie though, is that the franchise as a whole has never been a huge money maker to begin with; combine that with the fact that audiences do not tend to enjoy watching these sorts of origin stories (Leatherface will be a teenager in this movie), and this movie is already poised to take a huge loss at the box office.
2. The Legend of Tarzan
Alexander Skarsgard, Margot Robbie, Christoph Waltz, and Samuel L. Jackson make up a stellar cast for The Legend of Tarzan. This movie takes a different approach to the classic Tarzan story, and has Tarzan returning to the Congo, after living in civilized England for quite some time, in order to stop a vengeful Belgian military captain from carrying out his evil intentions. This movie has to overcome a few things to be truly successful though. For starters, based on the recently released trailer, the actual story, despite the cast, does not seem all that appealing; and the excessive use of bad looking CGI does not help garner any appeal. It also has to deal with the fact that Tarzan as a whole has not had much success at the box office, with the last Tarzan movie in 1998 doing horribly. Lastly, it may suffer from its timing. The Legend of Tarzan comes out on 4th of July weekend, and has to compete with a family friendly Spielberg movie and the third installment of The Purge franchise
In 1959, one of the greatest movies ever made debuted on the silver screen: that movie was Ben-Hur. At the end of its run, it accumulated over 145 million dollars (which is equivalent to 1.2 billion in today’s currency) and went on to win a record eleven Academy awards including best picture. This August will see a remake of this iconic movie hit theaters; and based on what was shown in the trailer, there is no way this Ben-Hur will come anywhere close to matching the financial success of the original – and it definitely will not be winning any Oscars. Hollywood has made it a bad habit of remaking old iconic movies for modern audiences in hopes of cashing in on their success a second time, but they almost always fail because the remakes almost never live up to the quality and performance of the original. Ben-Hur will likely be an addition to that list of failures.
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