Looking back at 2017, quite a few films that everyone was looking forward to ended up being colossal disappointments both on a critical and a financial level, including The Mummy and The Dark Tower. In 2018, we shouldn’t expect any different.
Sure, 2018 will see the release of some guaranteed hits, like Avengers: Infinity War. But even a few of the films you’re most excited about appear to be headed toward disaster. Here’s a look at the 2018 movies that are on pace to disappoint audiences and/or lose a lot of money. For the purposes of this list, we’ll be focusing primarily on the big blockbusters.
Tomb Raider — March 16
It’s extraordinarily rare for a video game movie to actually be good. Assassin’s Creed, the most recent high-budget video game adaptation, did not buck that trend, despite its stellar cast and talented director.
Tomb Raider, similarly, boasts an impressive cast, with Alicia Vikander starring in the title role. But so far, there has been no real sign that this will be anything more than a generic action film; the trailer is painfully generic, complete with its focus on an organization trying to bring about global genocide. Plus, its director is unproven in the United States, as are the screenwriters.
The movie is also sandwiched between the much bigger releases of A Wrinkle in Time and Ready Player One. If A Wrinkle in Time is a huge hit, Tomb Raider might not even be No.1 in its opening weekend. Expect this one to just barely break even at best and not be remembered by the end of the year.
Update: As we expected, “Tomb Raider” had a lackluster opening weekend, taking in just $23 million domestically and coming in at number two — although it was “Black Panther,” not “A Wrinkle in Time,” that defeated it.
Next: This highly anticipated sequel likely won’t live up to the original.