During the summer movie season there are numerous hits. However, during that same period there are also a bunch of films that fail to connect with audiences and are classified as disappointments.
This summer there were a barrage of movies that fit that category, and some were pretty surprising considering they starred some of the biggest actors in Hollywood. The biggest financial disappointment was “RIPD” starring Ryan Reynolds and Jeff Bridges.
The movie cost an estimated $120 million to make, and has only made $35 million domestically. The film wasn’t well marketed and had a similar plot to the original “Men in Black”. “The previews made the film look really campy and the special effects looked poorly done,” says Terran Drey.
The second most disappointing movie was “The Lone Ranger” starring Johnny Depp. The western cost a reported $200 million to make, and has only made $87 million. The movie underperformed for a number of reasons.
The reviews were terrible and painted the movie as an overlong mess. Next, westerns generally do not generally connect with audiences. There are some exceptions such as “True Grit”, “Django Unchained”, and “Dances with Wolves”. However, no western has ever made over $200 million at the US box office.
The Will Smith film “After Earth” comes in as the number three disappointment of the summer. The film made half of its budget back and recouped some of the budget costs at the foreign box office, but the film marks a low point in Smith’s career.
“This is the first Will Smith movie I didn’t have any desire to see in a while,” says Nicole Ybarra. The film was poorly received and Smith was only a supporting actor in favor of his son Jaden. This is his first box office disappointment since “The Legend of Bagger Vance” in 2000.
In fourth place was the white house invasion thriller “White House Down”. With an estimated $150 million dollar budget the film has not made back its budget worldwide. The movie had an uphill battle as a similar movie “Olympus Has Fallen” debuted earlier this year.
That film was a hit and could be attributed to White House Downs poor performance. In fifth place was the thriller “Paranoia” which had the worst debut of any wide release over the summer. The film opened to $3.5 million, and had a budget of $40 million. The marketing made the film seem confusing and the film won’t make its production budget back.
Coming in sixth place was the comedy “The Internship” starring Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn. The film marked the first time the duo starred together since their megahit “Wedding Crashers” eight years prior. The film was weighed down by its PG-13 rating as other movies of the same rating haven’t found an audience this year.
The concept of the film seemed outdated and fans of the two had probably hoped for something in the same vein as “Wedding Crashers”. In seventh place was the comedy “Tyler Perry Presents Peeples”. The film opened the same weekend as “The Great Gatsby”, and got lost in the wave of competition it faced. The film had a low budget of $15 million, but had the second worst opening of a wide released summer film.
The eighth most disappointing film of the summer was “The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones”. The film like many other young adult novels converted into movies hasn’t found an audience. It joins “Beautiful Creatures” and “The Host” as potential “Twilight” like series that have failed.
In ninth place was the animated film “Turbo” which despite a $140 million dollar budget has only recouped $80 million. The film has done decently in foreign markets, however, which means it won’t lose as much money as some of these other films.
In tenth place is “The Hangover Part 3” because it lost over half of its audience in the span of two years. “The Hangover” made $270 million, Part 2 made $250 million, and Part 3 fell all the way to $115 million. Every summer there will be winners and losers, and there were a surprisingly high number of box office duds this year.