An overpaid actor, a provocative title, a massive marketing budget and one very special ingredient: a mediocre film. That's all that's needed, it seems, to create a box office smash hit.
2014 gave us more than a few memorable titles and box office explosions, and we're promised more before the year’s out (you're going down Smaug). But remembering the stinkers is the least we can do to rub Hollywood’s nose in its bunk. With boundless free content on the web, film standards should be going up considerably; people won't flock in droves to see the latest piecemeal throwaway made in a CG lab. Today, audiences hold out for the unique and exceptional releases before parting with their dollars for tickets and over-priced popcorn.
Among all the competition this year, the following 18 just didn't make the cut. They had the big budgets, they had the big names, but they just didn't have the welly to make it big at the box office. In all fairness, we didn’t see most of these and neither did you, but here at TheRichest we preach box office wisdom: millions of dollars lost can't be wrong. And by that standard, according to budget and gross figures from boxofficemojo.com, these were the biggest flops of 2014.
18 Winter’s Tale
16 The Expendables 3
15 A Million Ways to Die in the West
14 Sin City: A Dame to Kill For
12 Tyler Perry’s The Single Mom’s Club
A title and tagline is about the sum effort put into the latest fast-food melodrama from Tyler Perry’s cinematic assembly line. The Single Mom’s Club could not have been more insignificant, no less to Perry himself whose films have grossed nearly $750 million.
11 The Legend of Hercules
For some reason Hollywood gave us two Hercules films this year; this is the one without Dwayne “the Rock” Johnson. Should The Legend of Hercules have been a good movie? Perhaps the question is: Should filmmakers rely on $70 million in battle sequences to make a movie worth seeing? Evidently not.
10 I, Frankenstein
9 Sex Tape
8 Draft Day
7 3 Days to Kill
6 Edge of Tomorrow
5 Dolphin Tale 2
3 Million Dollar Arm
2 Deliver Us From Evil
1 Legends of Oz: Dorothy’s Return
The biggest bomb of the year goes to this animated Dorothy of Oz spin-off, proving once again that tried-and-true doesn't always pay off (even in 3D). Fully lambasted by critics for unmemorable music numbers, gaudy and cheap-looking CG animation and a tedious storyline, it failed to do justice to cinema's most enchanting neverland and grossed just $26 million worldwide on a $70 million budget.
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