Box-Office Failures That We Loved

We don’t know and we don’t care how much money these films made. They made it to our hearts and that’s all that should matter.


Written by Andrew Niccol, this critically acclaimed 1997 sci-fi film chronicles a genetically incompetent Ethan Hawk who is limited to meaningless, menial jobs. Determined to travel to the stars, he takes on the identity of an ideal genetic specimen, learning to outsmart urine and DNA tests.

Despite the fact that critics loved it and an impressive 82% Rotten Tomato rating, the film was not a box office success. Nonetheless, Gattaca was noted for talking about the ethical dilemma of interfering with human genetics. 


Made in 1990, Tremors follows natives of a small secluded town who must fight off bizarre underground creatures which are killing them. In relation to its vast popularity, the film didn’t do as well as expected (financially) but is regarded highly.

Enter the Void

Set in Tokyo, a U.S. drug dealer and heavy user named Oscar is deceived by his best friend and shot dead in a drug deal. That’s how the movie initiates the ensuing psychedelic encounter that underscores this film.

 Once Oscar meets his fate, his consciousness escapes his body and floats above.  He, and thereby you, experience a dissociative state of observing his life, his childhood and the corollaries of his death from a peripheral perspective. 

The film had garnered a 72% approval from Rotten Tomatoes but was a financial disaster with an estimated 1.25% return of investment. 

Sunshine by Danny Boyle

 Sunshine is a 2007 science fiction thriller directed by noted screenplay writer Danny Boyle who is also the mastermind behind massively successful screenplays including Slumdog Millionaire and 127 hours. 

Sunshine featured an impressive ensemble cast including the likes of Cillian Murphy, Chris Evans and Rose Byrne. The compelling storyline shows a team of international astronauts being sent on a dangerous mission to reignite the dying Sun with a nuclear fission bomb in 2057. 

Death to Smoochy

This 2002 black comedy stars Robin Williams as a kids show host who is disgracefully fired, while his replacement does exceedingly well – but not for long. 

Despite a wide release, the film was a box office flop.


Directed by Martin Scorsese and set in 1930s Paris, the film is about an orphan dwelling in the walls of a train station. He is heavily involved in an obscurity involving his late father and an automaton. It received an extraordinary 94% "Fresh" Rotten Tomatoes rating but was one of the greatest financial flops of 2011.

The 13th Warrior

The 13th Warrior is a 1999 American historical fiction action film featuring Antonio Banderas as Ahmad ibn Fadlan and Vladimir Kulich as Buliwyf. It’s an adaption of the novel Eaters of the Dead by Michael Crichton and the tale of Beowulf. 

Despite making a colossal loss of almost $100 million and a lousy 33% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, the movie left an impression on viewers.

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