Every year several big Hollywood movies get released in hopes of becoming a box office success, and sometimes those wishes are answered like in the case of the highly successful Avengers Endgame, Spiderman Far From Home, Lion King, and Aladdin. However, for every box office hit, there are always going to be box office bombs. Here are five box office bombs so that have gone out with a whimper that have come out this year.
Men in Black: International
What should have been a no brainer box office success for Sony tuned out to be a huge dud for both the movie studio and the very popular franchise. When Will Smith was the leading face of the franchise the three MiB films he starred in grossed a combined total of 1.6 Billion dollars world wide. Even though Will Smith no longer was leading the franchise Chris Hemisworth of the Thor and Avengers series seemed like he could be the next leading man to take the MiB franchise to the next level. But critics and audiences both reacted less than enthusiastic to the new entry, which only made $80,001,807 in the United States and $173,888,894 worldwide, which in total was a series low of $253,890,701. This can only put the future of the franchise in doubt as another project, MiB 23, a Men in Black 21 Jump Street crossover film as reported to have been canceled.
This 2019 reboot of the popular comic book of the same name by Mike Mignola had a troubled history right out of the gate when it was first announced in 2017. The Hellboy film franchise while not a box office hit drew respectable numbers when the first two films were directed by Guillermo Del Toro. When production stalled on a third movie and actor Ron Perlman dropped out when it was unclear if Del Toro would return Lionsgate decided to go in a different direction. On paper the films cast and crew looked like they could have a potential hit on their hands, with director Neil Marshall of Game of Thrones fame at the helm and David Harbor of Stranger Things fame, along with Ian McShane and Milla Jovovich. Audiences didn’t warm up to Hellboy as its opening weekend debt was only $12,045,147, a far cry from its two predecessors. It also scored the lowest of the three Hellboy films on review site Rottentomatoes, only scoring 17%. Once again this leaves the Hellboy franchise in doubt once again.
Keanu Reeves has had a huge comeback with the John Wick film franchise and becoming an internet darling this year with the announcement of his role in the upcoming 2020 video game Cyberpunk 2077. However, the film Replicas which came out in January of this year was not the same kind of success that Reeves has been experiencing. On the contrary, the film which was shot back in 2016 was dumped into theaters in January with not success critically or financially. The film had a sad opening weekend, only making $2,375,325, a far cry from its $30 million budget. Worldwide didn’t do the film any better, making a total of $5,160,49. It also scored a very abysmal 9% on the rotten tomatoes website. Let’s hope the next couple projects for Keanu Reeves don’t slow down the massive amount of success he’s experienced these past couple of years.
The Beach Bum
Matthew McConaughey, like Keanu Reeves experienced a massive career comeback with projects like True Detectives, Dallas Buyers Club, and Interstellar. The 2019 film The Beach Bum wasn’t exactly the best film to come out of the actors recent career comeback. Nor was it a success for director Harmony Korine, whose last film Spring Breakers, was a small hit for the director, bringing in over $31 million at the box office. The Beach Bum only made a small $4,552,695 worldwide on a reported budget of $5 million. Most critics praised how McConaughey’s performance was the biggest standout this movie had but felt the plot was lacking. The overall score on rotten tomatoes was 54%.
The last entry in Fox’s X-Men franchise should have been a smashing hit, but after stumbling with X-Men Apocalypse and the merger of 20th Century Fox and Disney only put further doubt that the movies last entry was going to be a hit. After a third act reshoot and the movie dropping the traditional X-Men moniker it seemed like the was going to be no good fortune for the film. It didn’t help too that there were rumors that Disney might release the movie as part of their new service Disney+ in lieu of a theatrical release. Luckily for X-Men fans the film was finally released this year in June of this year. The film unfortunately was a series low, only making $14,035,959 its opening weekend and a domestic low of $65,845,974. Critically it didn’t fare well either, only scoring 23% on Rotten Tomatoes. Fans of the X-Men there is hope that now Disney owns the rights to the movie that a Phase 4 movie will be on the horizon.