The age of online movie ratings has brought about a change in the way we choose and watch films. With just a simple search, movie reviews and movie ratings will tell us what the world thinks about a film. Before that, we would either read our favorite film reviewer and take their opinion, buy into the word of mouth, or just trust our gut. Sites like IMDb, Metacritic, and Rotten Tomatoes collect audience and critic ratings and keep a running tally. We get an idea of how the average fans feel by looking at these final numbers. But they don't always tell the whole story about a film's success.
Box office numbers are the true desired result. It doesn't matter if the average fans love or hate the film as long as they see it. Studios only really care about these final numbers, though critical consensus does have a lingering effect on any sequels. Certain movies, like high-octane action films usually do well no matter what their ratings are. We wanted to uncover which movies were the least liked ones. The ones that everyone saw and mostly hated. For the most part, the films on this list are ranked by the ratings, but there are some that are adjusted to reflect sequels. We discuss the box office numbers of each within those entries. Each of these films are within the top 300 selling films of all time and none of them received more than a 6.2 on the IMDb rating system. These are the popular unloved. They're the Amy Schumer of films. Here are the 15 Biggest Blockbusters with The Lowest IMDb Rankings.
15 Spider-Man 3 – 6.2
If you really think about it, Spider-Man 3 having an IMDb ranking of 6.2 isn't all that bad. It's much too convoluted with subplots. The script was also messy and there were too many bad guys. Originally, the director, Sam Raimi, didn't want to include Venom in the film, but he was convinced to add the popular villain for the fans. This was a mistake as the iconic villain was rushed and his storyline was crammed into a film that was already too complicated to begin with. It would seem that the mixed reviews were not felt at the box office though, as the film brought in $890.9 million worldwide. Today, Spider-Man 3 is the 44th highest grossing film of all time.
14 Shrek the Third – 6.1
After the critical success of Shrek, Dreamworks got the sequel into production as soon as they could. Not only did Shrek 2 live up to the critical success of the first film, but it basically doubled the box office numbers of the first film, bringing in an astounding $919 million—good for 42nd of all time. That success would end there. Sure, Shrek 3 brought in a crazy amount of money, $799 million, sitting 61st of all time, but the ratings were not nearly as good. Compared to the first two films, the third entry never really uncovered what it wanted. Whereas the first two were childish with some humor for the parents. Shrek the Third has a scathing quality to it that made it seem like it's a movie for adults. It's not or at least it shouldn't have been. IMDb's rankings of 6.1 is actually quite a bit higher than Rotten Tomatoes (41%), so it has that going for it.
13 Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian – 5.9
The original Night at the Museum surpassed everyone's expectations, earning $574 million at the box office. While the film didn't blow any reviewer's socks off, it fared a lot better than the sequel would. In fact, Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian, the second of three films, fared the worst with critics of all three films. Earning a paltry 5.9 with IMDb users, most reviewers suggested that the film was a fun kid's film but completely over-the-top and too zany to ever be taken seriously. Really, if it weren't for Amy Adams' performance in the film, it would have been received a whole lot worse. In total, the film brought in $413 million worldwide, 213th place on the all-time list.
12 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014) – 5.9
Jonathan Liebesman's reimagined Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014) was destined to fail from the very beginning. Ever since Michael Bay's name was attached to the film as producer (though most still think he directed this film), fans were rolling their eyes. Still, the film deserves the harsh criticism it received. The 5.9 rating the film has on IMDb is a heck of a jump from the 4.1 it has on Rotten Tomatoes. However, users everywhere have the same things to say. The film is passable at best and forgettable at worst. It exists in this strange limbo where there's really no direction or heart behind the movie. It just takes place and your eyes follow the images onscreen, but you never connect emotionally to anything that happens. In the theaters, TMNT brought in 493.3 million, good for 170th of all time.
11 Clash of the Titans (2010) – 5.8
IMDb's ranking of the 2010 remake of Clash of the Titans is pretty bang on. A 5.8 rating says that the film is good enough to watch, but you won't love it and you probably won't remember it. There was a charm in the original film that made it a cult classic. All that charm, however, is completely stripped in the remake. Like TMNT, the script was written as if created with a mathematical formula. It checks all the boxes but it has no soul in it. This was also a film that seemed to abuse the use of 3D as well. In the end, it brought in just less than TMNT, $493.2 million, putting it 172nd of all time.
10 2012 – 5.8
The disaster film, 2012, was really a masterpiece when it comes to action and grand-scale special effects, but what a terrible story it was. For a film that made just under $770 million at the box office, many fans would expect that 2012 is some kind of epic, fit with action, character, and plot, but that's not with this film is at all. It's an action film on steroids with no brain. The reason it performed so well at theaters is because this is the type of movie we’ve been conditioned to enjoy and desire at the movies—loud, energetic, visual but not necessarily thought-provoking. What the term 'popcorn flick' has morphed into. You might not think once during the entire movie, but your eyes will watch it. The 5.8 ranking on IMDb is perfectly apt. This film is satisfactory and built for a theater or a high-quality home theater system but not human love.
9 Ice Age: Collision Course – 5.7
Can you believe there are five Ice Age films? Here's how they all break down. The first Ice Age set the tone, making $383 million worldwide and doing well critically. The second film, The Meltdown, sits 100th on the worldwide earnings list, bringing in $660 million. It wasn't received as well, but no one cared. The next two films, Dawn of the Dinosaurs and Continental Drift are both in the top 50 of all time, earning more than $875 million each (45 and 48, respectively). Dawn of the Dinosaurs was received very well by critics, while Continental Drift fell off a bit. Then comes Collision Course, the fifth entry in the series. This one brought in $408 million, less than half of the two films that came before it. It feels like the cheap and dirty version of the Ice Age films, like the Little Mermaid sequel with Ariel's sisters. It should have never happened and may have killed a film franchise that seemed like it would never die. Actually, the 5.7 rating seems like a pretty kind assessment.
8 Transformers: Age of Extinction – 5.7
The reason why people hate Michael Bay is because his films make money hand over first, but they're often terrible. The very first Transformers performed well and set the stage for an onslaught of brutal sequels to follow. The first film made $709 million at the box office (88th of all time) and was viewed as a fun film with plenty of visual effects and action (7 on IMDb). Then things got worse, but everyone and their second cousins kept watching the films in theaters. The second film, Revenge of the Fallen, received a 6 on IMDb and made more than $836 million worldwide (55th of all time). Both of the next two films, Dark of the Moon and Age of Extinction, broke the elusive billion-dollar mark. Dark of the Moon made $1.123 billion, despite having a 6.3 rating on IMDb, and Age of Extinction made $1.104 billion, with a 5.7 IMDb rating, the weakest in the franchise. These two films sit 13th and 16th on the all-time earnings list.
7 Planet of the Apes (2001) – 5.7
Tim Burton's Planet of the Apes is a film that most people would like to forget. Even though it brought in $362 million, fans weren't thrilled with anything about it. Some might say that the film is entertaining and fun to watch, but it’s also strange and nonsensical. The 5.7 rating it has on IMDb fits in with the rankings it received on other sites. In retrospect, these ratings are probably pretty high. Now that we’ve seen the quality that the new Planet of Apes films have brought, this film just seems like the deformed brother of the franchise, the one that's kept in the attic—Bart's twin, Hugo, from The Simpsons.
6 Sex and the City – 5.5
It's incredible to us that a film version of Sex and the City could bring in $415 million worldwide. Somehow, all the Sex and the City fans thought that a movie would work. Well, it didn't. Though die-hard fans flocked to drive up the ratings on IMDb, the 5.5 it holds is enough to speak about how the film actually turned out. It's too long, too boring, and too much of the same thing. To be honest, the only things that changed from the show were things that never should have. Rather than have characters evolve in their transition to the big screen, the characters devolved and returned to something that no longer made much sense. Bleh!
5 Godzilla - 5.3
Remember Godzilla? Not the new one that was actually pretty good. The one from 1998 with Matthew Broderick and that P. Diddy song from back when he was still Puff Daddy. That film made a whopping $379 million worldwide. It does make a little sense. Action films do well in the theaters. But c'mon, have you watched this movie lately? The 5.3 rating on IMDb is much too kind. This film has to have one of the worst plots ever. The film's entire purpose was to show off its crazy special effects; special effects that aren't that much better than Jurassic Park from five years earlier.
4 The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor – 5.2
If you ever wanted to watch a set of movies that are just brainless fun, The Mummy trilogy is your go-to. Unfortunately, the third entry in the franchise, The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor, is a total turd. Making over $400 million worldwide, fans spent money giving it a chance, but the critics hated every second of it. Fans did too for the most part. The 5.2 rating it has on IMDb is about as bad as it gets for action blockbusters. In fact, it's the worst of all time for action blockbusters. The first and second films made about the same amount of money at the box office, but they were much better films. Yes, even The Mummy Returns. Honestly though, this third entry is still entertaining. The special effects are laughable and the plot is asinine, but it's a hell of a lot better than some of the other films on this list.
3 Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel – 4.5
It's unlikely that anyone thought that the Alvin and the Chipmunks films would be good, even for kids. They're just colorful movies for little children eyes. Kids movies often do very well in theaters. They give us about two hours of silence. Who are we kidding? We love them too. The first Chipmunks film came out and made more than $360 million. No, IMDb users weren't in love with it, but that's probably because little kids don’t have the ability to go on and vote themselves. It got a rating of 5.2. That's bad, but the sequel, Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel, and it's 4.5 rating is much worse. Of all the films on this list, that 4.5 is the second worst rating. That's pretty crazy when you consider that the hilariously named Squeakquel is 205th of all time in worldwide sales. We won't be too hard on this one though. IMDb users already ensured no internet-using adult will ever watch it alone already.
2 Twilight Franchise – 5 Average
In a startling twist, the Twilight films are some of the most hated of all time. The average IMDb rating for all five films is 5. That's horrible. We don't need to talk a whole lot of smack about these films. The ratings of each film will speak for themselves. Here's the breakdown: Twilight brought in $393 million worldwide (245th) and has an IMDb ranking of 5.2 (second best of the five films). The sequel, New Moon, earned $709 million (87th) and received the worst individual ranking of the franchise at 4.6 on IMDb. Then came Eclipse, which earned $698 million and Breaking Dawn Part 1, which earned $712 million. Both of those films received a 4.9 ranking. After all those terrible reviews and all that money spent, the final film, Breaking Dawn Part 2 earned $829 million worldwide, good for 56th all time. This one got a 5.5 from IMDb reviewers. What the hell are you people thinking?
1 Fifty Shades of Grey – 4.4 Average
If you thought that Twilight films had bad ratings on IMDb, the Fifty Shades franchise is on pace to obliterate their terribleness. The first film received one of the worst rankings possible for a theater film on IMDb. Receiving only a 4.1, Fifty Shades of Grey proves that box office results ($571 million worldwide) mean nothing. You would think that the sequel learned from the first film's mistakes, but nope. It didn't. It came in and took a crap on the concept of a good movie just like its predecessor did. It did, however, do better in the eyes of IMDb users, earning a 4.7 rating. So far, the film has earned $378 million and is steadily rising. It's unlikely to do as well as the first film in sales, though, because, unlike the filmmakers, the people did learn from their mistakes.
Sources: Wikipedia; IMDB; Box Office Mojo; RottenTomatoes