Category Archives: Why’d it bomb?
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!
Back in October, I wrote a couple of articles about how the Frozen phenomenon kind of left the other modern animated Disney movies in the dust. For the first article, I focused on the merchandising aspect of Disney and didn’t really talk about what I thought was really interesting, which was not only that the other movies lacked merchandise but it felt like Frozen was the only one that really had any staying power while the other movies were pretty much forgotten after a while. In the second article, I talked more about my feelings towards this (as well as the lack of merch for the other films) but I feel like I might have underestimated the popularity of some of the movies I mentioned in that article as I later realized that some of the movies that “used to be popular but have been forgotten” I mentioned in the article (like Up or Inside Out) aren’t really forgotten and are still pretty popular. However, today were going to talk about a Disney movie whose merchandise sold pretty well yet Disney still found to be a disappointment because hardly anyone went to see the movie itself.
Hey, remember Epic? Y’know, that one movie about the little fairy people from a few years ago who kicked the bug people’s butt? Anyone?
Yeah, I’m going to guess no one remembers it existed. Just one look at the message boards for its IMDB page have shown that hardly anyone posts on its board anymore. It was also a box office disappointment. Technically, thanks to its worldwide gross (and no doubt DVD/Blu-Ray sales), it was modestly successful but, domestically, it only made $7 million more dollars than its budget, as it made $107 million dollars on a $100 million dollar budget. But why was it such a disappointment? Let’s find out!
At one point in time, Entourage was a popular TV show with critical acclaim and Emmy nods. As time went on, however, the show got less and less popular. It got to the point where it seems like no one really cared when it got a movie, as it barely made any money at the box office. In fact, if it wasn’t for worldwide numbers, it basically bombed. In America, it made $32 million on a $30 million budget and, even when you put in worldwide numbers, it made $49 million on a $30 million budget. If we’re being generous, Entourage was a disappointment at the box office in not an outright bomb. Why did it fail to duplicate the success of another long-running HBO show adapted to the big screen, Sex and the City??
Before you correct me, I know Bridget Jones’s Baby is technically a hit because, while it’s a box office bomb in America, it’s making a lot of money in other countries. However, I’m still counting this because, while it’s not bombing everywhere, I am kind of interested in counting down the ways Americans are ignoring it. So here we go!
Alice Through the Looking Glass is arguably one of the most surprising box office bombs this year. While I don’t think anyone predicted that it was going to replicate the box office success of its predecessor, I don’t think anyone thought it was going to bomb just as badly (if not worse) as The Lone Ranger and John Carter.
But why did it bomb?
Here are my theories:
For the first in a possible new series, I’m going to look at movies and make theories about why they might have bombed at the box office. I’m going to be mostly focusing on why the movie bombed in the US because, seeing as I don’t live in Europe, I’m not sure what could’ve affected it’s European gross. For the first one, I’m going to look at a movie that really has only bombed in the states but has done well in other countries…yet, considering the European box office grosses of its predecessors, also comes off as a bit of a disappointment.