It doesn’t take long for the audience to figure out whether they are fond of the movie or not. Right from the time the concept of the movie is announced, the audience eagerly awaits the cast, the posters and even the trailers. The audience gobbles up all the information and shoots out judgment even before the movie is out. Especially when the movie is inspired by a book or some other source material, the fans of the source have their own views on how the movie should look and they are rarely happy with the product. With the increasing popularity of social media, it doesn’t take long for them to shout their opinion out and argue with the defenders ensuring a war, which is entertaining for all. It is getting difficult for the filmmakers to please everyone at the same time, a task which is impossible but everyone hopes to achieve.
With the release of the movie, word of mouth spreads quickly like fire regarding the quality of the movie and when these opinions reflect on the bottom line, the movie is declared a flop. A few movies that are bashed by the critics may turn out to be audience favorites or vice versa. But sometimes even if the critics and the audience are in agreement that the movie is not a good work, and it is declared a flop. These movies manage to earn all that has been spent on them and then some more. Sometimes the movie’s international popularity may lead to that or sometimes the curiosity of the audience to give it a try helps them in getting those numbers.
No, this is not the new and improved 2008 movie starring Edward Nortan, which is a part of the current series of Marvel Cinematic Universe. This movie was released in 2003 starring Eric Bana and directed by Ang Lee. The movie wasn’t rejected outright and received mixed reviews but was heavily criticized for outdated CGI effects and the dark story elements. It earned about 100 million in profit, which is not much compared to the profit margins of the current Marvel Cinematic Universe but it certainly is enough to not be considered a flop.
Batman and Robin
This is definitely the movie that the Batman franchise neither needed or deserved. People who have seen this would happily like to erase it from their memories. It was the fourth movie in the then WB Batman series starring George Clooney, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Uma Thurman (they should have stopped at three). The movie was heavily criticized for the storyline and the script. While some critics tried to appreciate the costume and set design, it wasn’t enough. George Clooney was quoted saying that “They had killed the franchise”. But to everyone’s delight that is not the case with the 2005 Christopher Nolan reboot and the current DC extended universe series. In spite of the heavy criticism, it managed to earn about a 100 million dollars.
This movie proves that the quote Too many cooks spoil the broth is true. One of Stanley Kubrick’s projects completed by Steven Speilberg should be considered one of the best movies, shouldn’t it? But it isn’t. It was considered one of their worst movies and the black sheep of their respective legacies. The movie was not appreciated because of its odd combination of emotions that it packaged which were neither Stanley’s nor Steven’s signature styles. It did manage to earn some profit due to Speilberg’s popularity and fan following hence, cannot be considered a flop.
A story that was born out of a 17-year old Christopher Paolini’s brain was an immediate success as a series of novels because it piqued the interest of the audience to read a masterfully crafted story coming out of a boy so young. Of course, the filmmakers decided to cash in on the growing popularity. Alas, they didn’t manage to convey even a part of the magic of the story and was not loved by the general audience and fans alike. To their delight, the filmmakers didn’t even attempt to make a movie on the second part of the series. Boasting of star cast of the likes of Jeremy Irons, John Malkovich and Robert Carlyle, the film failed on the story and dialogues where the critics and audience drew a lot of parallels between the Lord of the Rings and Star Wars series.
A dystopian film during the 90’s, when the genre was not overused, should have become an instant success due to the novelty in the concept. But the concept is not enough for the audience. It has to be matched by performance of the actors and the script. It was also one of the most expensive film made during that time and was declared an immediate flop. It only managed to earn about 30 million dollars in profit with the help of the money earned from video releases post the release of the movie.
Last Action Hero
This movie was only considered a flop because it had decided to open against Jurassic Park and people found the dinosaurs more desirable than Arnold Schwarzenegger. The movie had based its concept on Arnold’s popularity post his Terminator fame and introduced some comedy with it making it a perfect combination for a Sunday afternoon flick. In spite of people considering it a flop, the movie managed to earn about 50 million dollars.
A flop should ideally mean that the film was not loved by the audience. These movies have managed to stay above the threshold. Have you seen any of these movies? Let us know your views in the comments below and don’t forget to share.