The dawn of each new year brings with it the torrential onslaught of newly released movies. From blockbusters backed by film studio giants to indie flicks that are the product of a labour of love from obscure independent newcomers, there is no shortage on the amount and kaleidoscopic array of films that are available today. From time to time, we see some well-loved films and cult classics, who for one reason or another, perform poorly at the box-office.
Below we’ve gathered a list of four fascinating films that have flopped at the box-office despite receiving a warm and generous reception from audiences.
The Shawshank Redemption
Released in 1994 to critical acclaim, The Shawshank Redemption received Academy Award recognition that same year. So, it’s hard to believe that a movie of its calibre failed to make an impact at the box office. With a budget of $25 million, it only managed to rake in a less-than-impressive $16 million at the box-office. A true classic, it has since established itself as a firm favourite and has even snatched the coveted title of number one film on IMDb.com’s Top 250 list.
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Fight Club is without a doubt a modern day classic and has become a significant touchstone in pop culture, morphing awkwardly into the zeitgeist of our generation. Directed by David Fincher and released in 1999, the film was made for $63 million and only barely managed to earn little over a half back. A movie ahead of its time, it shone a harsh fluorescent spotlight on misguided masculinity and consumerism-uncomfortable topics that Twentieth Century Fox just didn’t know how to sell to audiences. Despite bombing at the box-office it soon enjoyed a growing cult following due to its DVD release.
Children Of Men
The dystopian science fiction film, Children of Men, staring silver-screen heavyweights such as Michael Cane, Julianne Moore and Clive Owen, is a gritty yet visually stunning satire. Thought-provoking and emotionally stirring, this overlooked masterpiece didn’t make much of an impact on general audiences in the States. Making just over $35 million of its $76 million budget it was one of 2013’s critical flops. It had all the makings of a hit – great cinematic style, fresh plot and encouraging reviews – it just didn’t catch on.
John Wick is a revenge saga that stars our favourite stoic action hero, Keanu Reeves. It has everything you could ask for in a dramatic, revenge-laced, action drama. Not only does Reeve’s character loose the love of his life, he is forced to watch the brutal and senseless murder of his Beagle puppy – the last connection he has left of his wife. They kill his goddamn puppy! You best believe that some intense payback is about to go down. It fell short at the box-office but generated enough of a cult following to get John Wick: Chapter Two released in 2017.
Any films you can think of that you thought were great, despite their dismal box office turnover?