There is nothing like watching a story unfold on film. When it comes to movies, sometimes there are gems so successful that they're considered immortal masterpieces. With blockbuster hits, though, comes the inevitable temptation for film producers to recreate that success, by unearthing an old story and giving it an updated interpretation. And so, the remake is born. Remaking a classic, successful movie is always a risky endeavor - and often the remake is a major flop because it's doomed to be compared to the original. Generally, fans of the original will hold the remake up to impossibly high standards: They love the characters, actors, and stories of the past, so it can be hard to accept a new adaptation.
An original film's success is normally about much more than a good story. A successful film has much to do with the production., the creative team and the context in which the film was released. Recreating that dynamic is, of course, nearly impossible, so while a new and fresh adaptation can bring something different but equally interesting to the table, many remakes end up falling short as nothing more than bad imitations of the original.
A remake of a successful movie, then, inevitably draws huge attention from the immense fan base of the original. And when a movie is so anticipated, it has a long way to fall: So, of course, there are some movie remakes that flopped and failed to epic proportions. Here's the list of the top ten movie remakes that didn't manage to recapture the magic, and instead immortalized a failed attempt at creating movie gold. With any opinionated top ten lists based on reviews there will be disagreements - but the numbers don't lie when it comes to box office gross. These are the remakes that, whether you like them or not, failed to measure up and both bombed at the box office AND in the opinion of the critics, in comparison to the success of the original.
10 Godzilla 2000 (2000) - $10,037,390
9 Blues Brothers 2000 - $14,051,384
8 The Invasion (2007) - $15,074,191
7 Conan the Barbarian (2011) - $21,295,021
6 Psycho (1998) - $21,456,130
5 Arthur (2011) - $33,035,397
4 Footloose (2011) - $51,802,742
3 The Omen (2006) - $54,607,383
2 Poseidon (2006) - $60,674,817
1 The Amityville Horror (2005) - $65,233,369
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