Category Archives: Why’d it bomb?
Kevthewriter wonders why the new Power Rangers fizzed out.
Kevthewriter looks at two Guy Ritchie movies and asks who one was a hit while the other wasn’t.
Kevthewriter wonders why the live-action movie based on Dr. Seuss’ most popular character bombed at the box office.
Kevthewriter examines the fates of two similarly themed summer comedies. Why did one hit and the other bomb?
This movie was basically the beginning of the end for Rob Schneider. The former Not-Ready-For-Prime-Time-Player has never been beloved by critics…or audiences…or anybody except maybe his friends and family. But Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo was a huge hit, making $92 million on a $17 million dollar budget! His next two films, The Animal and The Hot Chick, however, weren’t quite as successful. So, in a last-ditch attempt to save his career, Schneider made a sequel to Deuce Bigalow and it bombed at the box office and got terrible reviews. But why didn’t the gigolo’s second attempt go down smoothly?
Right now, there are two sci-fi sequels out (two admittedly otherwise very different movies), Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 2 and Alien: Covenant. Therefore, it’s the perfect time to mention Sony’s failed attempt from a few years ago at reinvigorating a big sci-fi franchise. Men in Black was somewhat of a surprise hit in 1997. Based on an obscure comic book starring someone whose more of a character actor and someone who, though he already had a couple of hits under his belt, was still more so known for his sitcom and rap career, it ended up becoming beloved by critics and audiences and it was a huge hit at the box office (and basically made Will Smith a movie star). It was then followed up with a cartoon that was successful enough to run for a few years.
For a new section, I’m going to do the opposite of Why’d it Bomb? and look at movies that did much better at the box office than most people expected. I don’t think I’ll crank out as much of these as I do with Why’d it Bomb‘s, because I think most movies that were hits were movies people expected to do well, but I’ll definitely write a few of these.
A few years ago, Dreamworks was in a rut. Their movies, for the most part, were getting good reviews but most of them were flopping at the box office. Lately, though, their fortunes have been reversed and their movies have been doing better as of late. Two of these movies were Trolls and Boss Baby, both of which also looked awful and I have no interest in seeing either.
Ted (2012) was a surprising success at the box office, grossing over $200 million dollars in America alone! While Ted 2 didn’t exactly bomb, it failed to make quite as much as its predecessor. In fact, it made $216 million worldwide while the original made $218 million domestically. What happened?
In the 90’s, 2000’s, and even the early 2010’s, there were a lot of live action family movies based off of popular cartoons. Some of these flopped and/or underperformed at the box office like Mr. Magoo, Inspector Gadget, Dudley Do Right, The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle, Josie and the Pussycats, Underdog, The Last Airbender, Jem and the Holograms, etc. However, many of these were hits including both the 1990 and 2014 versions of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, The Flintstones, George of the Jungle, Scooby Doo, Garfield (if it counts), Alvin and the Chipmunks, Transformers, G.I. Joe, Yogi Bear, and The Smurfs, among others.
Some of these movies even spawned sequels and most of them flopped. Some of the sequels (like Secret of the Ooze, all of the Alvin and the Chipmunks sequels, and all of the Transformers sequels) were box office hits but others, like The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas, Scooby-Doo 2, The Smurfs 2, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows, etc. underperformed or outright bombed at the box office. But why is this? Why didn’t these sequels do better at the box office when their predecessors were huge hits?
I’ll just get it out of the way and say why this movie bombed: Katherine. Heigl.
Last summer, Spider-Man made his debut in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (or MCU for short). This summer, the web-slinger will be headlining his own movie. But before his “homecoming”, Spidey was the star of two of Sony’s franchises. First, Sam Raimi a trilogy starring Tobey Maguire and Kirsten Dunst. Then Marc Webb rebooted the series in 2012 with Andrew Garfield taking over the mantle. In both cases, the franchise’s started off well but then, through executive meddling, things didn’t go so well.
Then came The Amazing Spider Man 2, which had the lowest grossing domestic gross of any Spider Man film, grossing $202 million domestically. That being said, it was technically a hit at the box office, making $709 million worldwide. However, while that wasn’t much different from the first movie’s worldwide gross of $757 million, Sony was expecting the movie to make more money and, when it didn’t, they ended up firing Garfield (though the fact that he had a falling out with the head of Sony didn’t help matters either), they cancelled their plans for an Amazing Spider-Man franchise, and decided to reboot the whole thing all over again. But why wasn’t it the huge hit Sony was hoping for? Let’s find out!
The Fantastic Four are Marvel’s first family. With that honor, you think they would’ve gotten a movie that was great, something that could rival Batman, Superman, and Spidey’s best. Yet the Four’s outings on the big screen have been rocky to say the least. It’s been so bad that the first attempt at a Fantastic Four movie didn’t even get released.
For one reason or another, Roland Emmerich and Fox decided to wait 20 years to make a sequel to the blockbuster Independence Day. In hindsight, that might’ve not been the best idea. Domestically, Independence Day made $306 million and $817 million worldwide on a budget of $75 million (and this is 90’s money were talking about) while the new one made half that, if not less, making $103 million domestically and $389 million worldwide. But why was it such a disappointment at the box office? Let’s find out!