15 Box Office Flops Not Worth Your Time or Money

If you’re anything like me, you enjoy an afternoon at the movies. It’s a great way to escape reality and entertain yourself for hours. However, one of the worst experiences is seeing a movie you’re hyped for only to fall flat. Unfortunately, every year, there are always highly anticipated movies that bomb completely. These are some of those movies in 2023.

1. “Expend4bles”

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The Expendables franchise knows what works. They feature classic action movie stars, a sinister plot, and a lot of gunfire and explosions. Unfortunately, there were no explosions at the box offices this time around. The film only made back $51 million of its $100 million budget. Moviegoers wondered why the film was even made, considering the third install was also a bust. This may be the end of the franchise.

2. “Freelance”

Freelance (2023)
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This movie bombed so badly that I had to look it up to ensure it was in the theaters in 2023. It was — for a short stint in late October. Allison Brie and John Cena couldn’t charm their way through this mess, so the studio dumped it on the big screen early, hoping to make whatever they could out of it. It holds a 7% on Rotten Tomatoes and only made a dismal $8.8 million worldwide. Ouch!

3. “Haunted Mansion”

Haunted Mansion
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It’s hard to believe a studio like Disney could hit a home run with The Pirates of the Caribbean but strike out when turning other rides into movies. Disney made two mistakes with this release. First, it premiered in July instead of October, where it would make sense since it’s Halloween. Second, it came out at the same time as Barbie and Oppenheimer, arguably the two biggest movies this year. Sadly, it only made $117 million of its $150 million budget.

4. “Hypnotic”

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This movie was doomed from the get-go. Originally slated to come out in 2021, production halted several times due to the pandemic. The rising cost of these shutdowns might have led to a lesser marketing push because no one went to this movie. It opened to just $2.4 million, a fraction of its $65 million budget. Even the acting chops of A-lister Ben Affleck couldn’t save the film.

5. “Renfield”

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It’s hard to say if Nicholas Cage is making a comeback these days or if he’s just churning out movies for the paycheck. Cage is praised for his performance as a vampire in this movie, which isn’t surprising. We haven’t seen much of him in a while. Maybe he is a vampire. Still, the movie floundered, and audiences passed on seeing it. The film only made $26 million against a $65 million budget.

6. “Wish”

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Disney animated movies don’t usually bomb. Every family takes their kid to see the new one. Disney hopes Wish will help them once it gets on their streaming platform because it tanked in the theatres. The film made $106 million, but that’s a low number compared to its $200 million budget.

7. “Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny”

Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny
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It truly pains me to put Indiana Jones on this list. It’s one of my favorite franchises, and I liked the final movie. But, Indy, it’s time to hang up the fedora and whip. Maybe fans just don’t want to see one of their all-time favorite heroes as a 75-year-old man pretending to be a young man. The film made over $350 million, but the fourth film, Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, made almost $800 million and came out over a decade ago. Even movies with giant sales can be considered a bomb.

8. “The Marvels”

The Marvels
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Motion Pictures.

In 2023, it is hard to imagine that a movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe could be considered a flop, but Disney Studios learned that the hard way. Captain Marvel, the film’s prequel, brought in a staggering $1.2 billion just four years ago, but this release isn’t even scratching the surface of that figure. It has yet to recoup its $220 million budget. Hopefully, this doesn’t hamper the MCU because most of those movies are instant hits. Still, Disney might take another look at their choices in the future.

9. “Fast X”

Fast X
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Dom and the family have come a long way from pulling off semi-truck heists and racing tuned-up cars for pink slips. Over a run of 10 different films, he and his crew have become more like superheroes than small-time crooks. The superpowers may be over because the 10th installment of this series stalled out at the box office. The studio claims to have still made a profit, but the dismal ticket sales of $136 million against a $340 million budget says otherwise.

10. “The Flash”

The Flash
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Another character in the MCU that failed to live up to the hype is The Flash. Audiences may be done with the abundance of superhero movies. No one sprinted to the theater to see this film. In fact, the studio admitted the film lost almost $200 million. Is it time for the MCU to disappear for a while and let moviegoers get over their superhero fatigue? We will see.

11. “Ruby Gillman, Teenage Kraken”

Ruby Gillman, Teenage Kraken
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This Dreamworks story of a little girl finding out she was related to an undersea royal family, then forced to fight a mermaid, wasn’t as popular as the writers thought it would be. The film had positive reviews, but ticket sales were below sea level, as it was an $80 million loss for Dreamworks Studio.

12. “The Machine”

The Machine
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Comedian Bert Kreischer has made his career based on the same old story of being caught in the mob. The shtick might have run its course because he made a movie no one wanted to see. Fans have heard the story a thousand times; we don’t need a film about it. It made $10.5 million, but that didn’t recoup its minimal budget of only $20 million.

13. “Mission Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part One”

Mission Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part One
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The reliable Mission Impossible franchise took a hit with its new installment this year. Ethan Hunt might be a thing of the past, as this movie is estimated to have lost $100 million. Also, to add fuel to the fire, the sequel set for 2024 has been pushed back to 2025. We’ll see what happens.

14. “Shazam! Fury of the Gods”

Shazam! Fury of the Gods (2023)
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Coming off the success of the 2019 film, producers and studio executives thought the second film would be an easy hit. Boy, were they wrong.?Moviegoers found the plot and the jokes to be bland and boring. The rumor was Warner Brothers lost over $100 million on the film. I think it’s safe to say this character has been put to bed.

15. “65”

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The film 65 proves you can’t always combine big-name stars and CGI dinosaurs to print money. I was hyped for this movie, and while I liked it, others didn’t follow me into the theater. Maybe the vague name, minimal commercial exposure, or the fact that it went up against the second Avatar added to its failure. At the end of the day, moviegoers passed on it, and the film bombed. Source: Slashfilm Source: Screenrant

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The Day After Tomorrow
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