Every 2017 Movie That’s Tanked at the Box Office (So Far)
Though 2017 has already seen some big box office hits (Beauty and the Beast, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, and Wonder Woman, to name a few), it’s also seen its fair share of bombs. It’s been a rocky few months for some of Hollywood’s biggest studios, with several blockbuster hopefuls — including new projects from A-list stars like Matt Damon, Scarlett Johansson, and Ryan Reynolds — failing to draw audiences to theaters.
So which films have proven to be the biggest commercials disappointments? Now that we’re well into the year, here’s a look at every movie that’s tanked at the box office in 2017 (so far):
1. King Arthur: Legend of the Sword
After years of starts and stops and undergoing various iterations, Warner Bros. finally released King Arthur: Legend of the Sword this year. The movie, directed by Guy Ritchie, stars Charlie Hunnam as Arthur, who must embrace his destiny to become a legendary leader after fate leads him to pull the Excalibur sword from stone.
The studio went all-in on the project, spending $175 million on the film that they hoped would serve as the starter for a new action franchise. Unfortunately for Warner Bros., things didn’t go quite as planned. The film opened to disastrous box office results (a pitiful $14.7 million domestic opening in over 3,700 theaters) and equally embarrassing reviews (a 28% Rotten Tomatoes rating).
Though it went on to perform slightly better overseas, it ultimately earned a worldwide total of $137.8 million — a figure that fell notably short of its sky-high production budget.
2. A Cure for Wellness
This sci-fi psychological thriller, directed by Gore Verbinski, stars Dane DeHaan as a young American executive who is sent to a mysterious rehabilitation center in the Swiss Alps.
Scoring a 42% on Rotten Tomatoes, the film earned mostly negative reviews, with critics slamming the poor pacing and overly predictable storyline. This lackluster response may have been a factor in the movie’s not-so-great performance at the box office. A Cure for Wellness only recouped about half its $40 million budget, grossing $26.2 million worldwide.
3. Monster Trucks
Lucas Till stars in this Paramount Pictures action comedy, which follows a high schooler who finds an escaped monster living in his truck. Though the film features a strong supporting cast, including the likes of Rob Lowe and Danny Glover, that apparently wasn’t enough to draw moviegoers to theaters.
The flick ended up tanking at the box office, raking in only $64 million worldwide against a whopping $125 million budget. It also earned a mediocre 32% score on Rotten Tomatoes, with reviewers calling out the “tone-deaf mix” of action and animation, and the “lack of credible writing, directing, acting and FX.”
4. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul
The fourth installment of the Diary of a Wimpy Kid franchise didn’t go over quite as well as its predecessors. Though the movie takes place one year after the events of Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days, the cast members from the first three films did not reprise their roles. That may have ended up hurting the film, as The Long Haul ended up barely making an impression at the box office.
This action comedy reboot, based on the TV series of the same name, stars Dax Shepard and Michael Pena as two officers who join the California Highway Patrol in Los Angeles, but for very different reasons.
Despite its charismatic stars, the film — also written and directed by Shepard — earned overwhelmingly bad reviews, with critics labeling it “aggressively lowbrow” and not anywhere near as endearing as its original source material. This negative reaction surely didn’t help attract audiences, leaving the film to gross only $25.5 million worldwide against its already low $25 million budget.
6. Ghost in the Shell
Scarlett Johansson has proven to be a big box office draw over the last several years, but her winning streak came to an end with this year’s sci-fi action flick, Ghost in the Shell. Based on the Japanese manga of the same name, the movie stars Johansson as a cyborg supersoldier, Major, who yearns to learn about her past, despite living in a future where humans and robots co-exist.
The movie earned some backlash even ahead of its release, as both critics and fans accused the studio of whitewashing after Johansson’s casting. It seems the controversy may have had a negative impact on the film’s performance, as Ghost in the Shell was both a commercial and critical disappointment in its spring debut.
Poor Katherine Heigl. The actress just can’t seem to get out of her career rut. Her CBS show, Doubt, was canceled after just a few episodes last fall, and she’s not faring much better on the big screen.
Case in point? Heigl starred opposite Rosario Dawson in this erotic thriller, following a divorcée who begins to torment the new fiancee of her ex-husband. Unfortunately for both stars, the movie bombed in theaters, earning only $15 million against a $12 million budget.
It also failed to impress critics, scoring a dismal 26% on Rotten Tomatoes.
Directed by Baran bo Odar, this crime drama stars Jamie Foxx and T.I. as two corrupt Las Vegas cops who team up to search for a teenage boy who has been kidnapped. The film also features its fair share of talented supporting actors, including Michelle Monaghan, Dermot Mulroney, and Gabrielle Union.
Despite the solid cast, the movie failed to find an audience in its early 2017 debut. After earning a negative response from critics (and a 21% on Rotten Tomatoes), Sleepless majorly underperformed at the box office, grossing just $28.9 million worldwide — under its $30 million budget.
9. The Great Wall
Matt Damon is generally a pretty bankable movie star, with recent films like The Martian and Jason Bourne both raking in big bucks at the box office. But the same can’t be said about his latest project, The Great Wall.
The Zhang Yimou-directed action epic was a massive hit in China, earning over $171 million, but proved to be hugely disappointing in almost every other major market, including the United States and Canada. The film ultimately ended up grossing $332 million total worldwide against a $150 million budget.
Add in the film’s global marketing expenses (which is reportedly above $80 million) and The Hollywood Reporter estimates that the film could result in a $75 million loss for its production companies.
Baywatch earned a lot of hype in the lead-up to its premiere, thanks to its star-studded cast, including Zac Efron, Dwayne Johnson, Priyanka Chopra, and Alexandra Daddario. But with reboot fatigue at an all-time high, it seems even the promise of a group of beautiful people running in slow motion on a beach couldn’t make this remake appealing to audiences.
The movie was not only savaged by reviewers (earning a brutal 19% on Rotten Tomatoes), it also proved to be commercially disappointing. The film grossed $119.5 million worldwide — the bulk of which came from international territories. That may sound strong, but considering it cost $69 million to make (not including the extensive marketing fees), it’s certainly not the summer blockbuster hit that Paramount was aiming for.
Jake Gyllenhaal, Rebecca Ferguson, and Ryan Reynolds star in this sci-fi horror film, following a crew of the International Space Station that uncover what seems to be new evidence of life on Mars, but turns out to be something much more terrifying.
With a stacked cast and the writers of Deadpool behind the screenplay, the movie had all the makings of a potential hit. But it ultimately failed to impress at the box office. Though the film earned decent enough reviews (a 67% on Rotten Tomatoes), it only managed to gross $30.2 million in the United States.
Life did perform better overseas, raking in $68.7 million in other territories for a total of $98.9 million. Thought that helped it ultimately earn back its production budget of $58 million, it’s still considered a disappointment for distributor Columbia Pictures.
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