Top 5 Box Office Bombs Of 2015
Going to the movies has officially become a “to do.” With so many great TV shows and home entertainment options, the allure of “Netflix/Hulu/Amazon Prime/HBO Go and Chill” is keeping more people (Buzznet staff included!) on the couch instead of in the movie theatre.
Sure, 2015 saw some blockbusters. Jurassic World killed it thanks to the one-two punch of a beloved Spielberg franchise and America’s swoon worthy sweetheart, Chris Pratt. We also got in the car, bought $20 tickets, and braved annoying strangers crunching on popcorn and texting on their cell phones to see Avengers: Age of Ultron, The Martian, and The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2, but we ignored plenty of movies this year, which came and went in 2015 without finding an audience.
WE ARE YOUR FRIENDS – This Zac Efron joint had plenty of things going for it, namely it’s leading man. I’m pretty sure studio executives were convinced that “EDM is so hot right now!” so they released this movie widely on 2,000 screens. It was also written and directed by MTV Catfish darling, Max Joseph, and the totally stunning Emily Ratajkowski played Efron’s love interest. Unfortunately for the people involved in this project, it turns out EDM fans don’t want to see Efron try to become a DJ, and people that don’t listen to EDM won’t go near a film that promises to be all about those womp womp womp Skrillex breakdowns.
The movie opened in 13th place raking in only $1.8 million dollars. That’s $900 per movie theatre. I think my high school production of “Bye Bye Birdie” saw bigger returns. LOL.
FANTASTIC FOUR – As it turns out, not every single Marvel superhero movie based on a comic book is guaranteed box office gold. Fantastic Four was a big time disappointment. The adorable Miles Teller and hunky Michael B. Jordan couldn’t save this big budget movie. This film, rumored to be full of behind-the-scenes turmoil, lost Fox about $75 Million.
At least Chris Evans can feel a little better about the 2005 version he starred in. Yeah, that movie was a turd, but it was a successful turd, people!
JEM AND THE HOLOGRAMS – Any girl born in the late ’70s or early ‘80s has a giant, glittery soft spot for Jem And The Holograms. That cartoon was the best. When it was announced there would be a live action movie version, the Internet exploded with joy and nostalgia. Then, casting was announced and it was a little confusing. Then we saw a trailer and the Internet turned #dark. We suddenly become a throng of Whitewalkers beyond the wall, Game of Thrones style. We revolted. Things got heated and emotions ran rampant.
They turned Jem into a YouTube star. DAFUQ.
It was ugly. And in turn, the movie flopped. On the plus side for the We Are Your Friends crew, Jem And The Holograms I had an even worse opening weekend. Released on over 2,400 screens, this little number averaged just $570 per theatre. Ouch. That’s what happens when you try to ruin our childhood!
ALOHA – Better known as the movie where Emma Stone was cast to play an Asian woman, cost $37 Million to make and earned about $20 Million at the box office. Ten years ago, inaccurate racial casting probably wouldn’t have been a big issue, but today a move like that will put you in hot water. Despite a star-studded line-up that also included Bradley Cooper, Bill Murray and Rachel McAdams, this Cameron Crow filmed flopped hard. Emma took a lot of heat for her role in it, but always a good sport, she poked fun at herself on a recent episode of SNL:
MORDECAI – This Johnny Depp film was just a big, fat, hot mess. Johnny, Gwenyth Paltrow, Olivia Munn, and Ewan McGregor did everything in their power to get this thing up and running. They did all the press. Their faces were plastered everywhere. But turns out, when the critics universally pan your movie, people do listen. This $60 million movie grossed less than $8 million domestically. #FAIL.
Box Office honorable mentions go to Black Hat, Child 44, The Seventh Son, and that movie where Channing Tatum had a really, really bad goatee. If you’re reading these titles and thinking “Huh? Are those even movies?” you have successfully helped in proving my point. In a crowded marketplace and in the age of awesome television, more and more movies have joined the “skip it” list.
What’s the worst movie you saw this year?