Movies in 2017, such as “It” and “Wonder Woman,” broke box office records, but not every film had the same success.
“It” made more than $120 million on its opening weekend, making it the highest-grossing R-rated horror flick of all time. “Wonder Woman” became the highest-grossing superhero origin film, as well as the highest-grossing film for a female lead and female director.
While “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” is raking up big bucks this month, indie films such as “Ladybird” are also finding major box-office success.
However, ensconced in a year of successful films, there were plenty of duds, too.
The two-and-half-hour horror flick, “A Cure for Wellness,” starring Dane DeHaan, Jason Isaacs and Mia Goth, only made $8.1 million at the box office on a $40 million budget. Critics called the film a “bust.”
Another flick with a $40 million budget was a comedy movie starring Amy Poehler and Will Ferrell, “The House.” The premise involves parents running an underground casino in their home to pay for their daughter’s tuition. The movie received poor reviews and only made $25.5 million in theaters.
Big budget blockbusters “King Arthur: The Last Sword” and “Ghost in the Shell” had budgets of $175 million and $110 million, respectively, but only produced $39 million and $40 million in box office returns. They were lambasted by critics in review ratings, despite featuring power actors Charlie Hunnam and Scarlett Johansson.
Two other movies with big star power, “Mother!” starring Jennifer Lawrence and Javier Bardem, and “Life,” starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Ryan Reynolds, really felt short.
“Life,” a movie about an invasive alien on a space station, only produced $30.2 million against a $58 million budget. The Darren Aronofsky film, “Mother!” having an unclear premise that confused critics, made $17 million on a $30 million budget.
Other big flops this year include the forgettable “Unforgettable,” starring Katherine Heigl; the poorly directed “CHiPS” remake; and “Tulip Fever” and “Valerian,” both, yet again, starring Dane DeHaan.
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