Although they are considered bad movies with very low ratings, some of these movies have achieved success at the box office. Success, of course, cannot be achieved with all the movies that are released every year. There were several factors that later made the movie a success in the market and fans wanted to see it.
However, there are also not a few movies that ultimately have to flop even though they have poured huge funds into making the movie. The interesting thing is that there is a unique phenomenon where even though some of these movies are considered bad or no good with their low ratings, they still succeed at the box office. Anything?
One of the classic movies starring actor Robin Williams, Hook. This is a movie released in 1991 and directed by Steven Spielberg. Hook is a sequel project to the previous movie, Peter and Wendy. The film tells of an adult Peter Pan who has forgotten his childhood adventures. However, he must return to Neverland to save the children from Captain Hook.
Unfortunately, many critics gave negative reviews about this movie. In fact, Hook is called a “boomboom fantasy film” with a lack of magic and even this film is not considered a Spielberg film. However, this film itself managed to achieve quite fantastic figures, namely around 300.9 million US dollars.
Geeks might wonder why Jumanji is on the list of bad movies that did well at the box office. This other movie starring Robin Williams centers on a magical board game that can bring anything written on it to life. However, many people think that this movie is not good enough. One reason is the excessive use of special effects.
The error in determining the rating is also a scathing criticism of this film, because it is considered too scary for children. The film itself managed to pocket revenue of 260 million US dollars. And the interesting thing is that, although it was considered a failure, Jumanji produced a series of cartoons, including a “spin-off” called Zathura, and even a rebooted version starring Dwayne Johnson, Karen Gillan, Jack Black and Kevin Heart.
Fifty Shades of Grey
Adapted from the popular novel by EL James, Fifty Shades of Gray is a film that centers on a mysterious businessman named Christian Grey. He has a special relationship with his former college colleague, Anasatasia Steele. This film presents a controversial erotic and romantic nuance by showing a sadomasochistic relationship.
With this unusual friend, it’s no wonder this film directed by Sam Taylor-Johnson piques people’s curiosity. Unfortunately, this film is considered by many to be less interesting, and many negative reviews have appeared. Rotten Tomattoes even features a 24% critic score for the film. However, Fifty Shades Of Gray managed to earn revenue of 500 million US dollars worldwide.
Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace
After the plot of the first Star Wars trilogy was completed, 16 years later, George Lucas again came up with another story, namely Star Wars: Episode I: The Phantom Menace. Released in 1999, this movie is a prequel to several popular characters from the Star Wars franchise like Anakin Skywalker, Obi-Wan Kenobi, C-3PO, and many others. This is what makes fans interested in watching the movie.
What is interesting is that in terms of revenue, The Phantom Menace movie managed to pocket a considerable figure, namely 1 billion US dollars. However, in fact this movie received extraordinary reviews such as changing the plot that had existed before, even introducing something that had never existed in history. The characters Jar Jar Binks and Watto are also considered to be racially specific stereotypes.
Suicide Squad is one of the movies that appear in the DCEU and is the work of David Ayer. It tells the story of a group of supervillains who are deliberately recruited to form a team and try to save the world from destruction in exchange for reduced prison sentences. Unfortunately, a lot of people are really disappointed in this movie.
Suicide Squad is known to have grossed 746 million US dollars worldwide, making this movie one of the highest grossing movies of 2016. What is interesting is that one of the reasons why this film is considered Less appealing is how the trailer and story are drawn, presented very differently. Some people think the trailer is one of the best. And they also suspect Warner Bros. meddling which makes this movie a flop.
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice
Another DCEU movie that was also considered a flop on the market was Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. Many fans are excited to see the moment Batman fights Superman for the first time in a live-action version. And many fans are also happy about Wonder Woman’s first appearance on the big screen.
This movie had even become one of the highest starting earning movies ever. However, fans were later disheartened when criticism surfaced over the unusual story, reasons for the odd characters, and Jesse Eisenberg’s deemed less appealing appearance as Lex Luthor. This film earned revenue of US$870 million with a break-even value of US$800 million.
The Lion King
Ever since Disney first announced that they would be introducing a live-action version of The Lion King, many fans have been both happy and confused. They’re happy because Disney is finally introducing one of their favorite movies of all time. On the other hand, some parties wonder how they will present the “live action” of these animals.
And finally, the movie that was released in 2019 appears in a 3D CGI version. Many fans argue about this movie, because Disney is basically considered to have lied to fans with the word “live action”. A different story is also a negative review of this movie. Regardless of this, The Lion King managed to record revenue of 1.663 million US dollars.
Transformers: Age of Extinction
Michael Bay was originally considered the right director to work on the Transformers franchise films. However, this is not the case with the fourth Transformers: Age Of Extinction movie and subsequent movies. Many consider this movie far from being a good movie. The story itself centers on the Autobots asking other humans for help after Optimus Prime becomes a human target.
Although the film was considered highly uninspiring, its box office numbers say otherwise. Commercially, this film can be considered very successful. The proof is that this movie managed to earn revenue of 1.104 million US dollars with a value of 17% on Rotten Tomatoes website.
The last Airbender
Avatar: The Last Airbender is one of the animated series produced by Nickelodeon that is very popular even today. In 2010, director M. Night Shymalan attempted to work on a live-action version of this film adaptation, namely The Last Airbender. The premise itself is pretty much the same, where Aang has to practice all of his elemental control skills to stop the fire nation invasion.
On its release, The Last Airbender not only received a lot of sharp reviews from critics and even the public, this movie was even considered one of the worst movies ever. The sub-optimal looks, a lot of white cast playing in this movie, and the poor direction gave rise to hate on the movie. The amazing thing then was that this movie actually became one of the highest earning movies of 2010.
The various points above seem to be proof that even if they are considered as bad or not very good movies, both in terms of plot and visuals, it proves that these movie titles have managed to succeed at the box office with huge revenue. . However, this does not actually cover the fact that these movies get negative reactions from people.