Category Archives: Why’d It hit?
On the eve of the release of Sherlock Gnomes, Kevthewriter looks back at the original animated gnome movie.
Kevthewriter sings and dances about Hugh Jackman’s unlikely hit, The Greatest Showman.
Kevthewriter wonders why audiences danced to the first Happy Feet but sat out the sequel.
JefftheWildman wonders why we still can’t get Smash Mouth’s “All Star” out of our heads.
Kevthewriter questions the box office appeal of Madea’s holiday movies.
Kevthewriter looks at two Guy Ritchie movies and asks who one was a hit while the other wasn’t.
Kevthewriter examines the fates of two similarly themed summer comedies. Why did one hit and the other bomb?
Kevthewriter wonders why Tim Burton’s Willy Wonka remake was a hit.
You’re probably wondering…Illumination Entertainment? What’s that? Well, they are the studio behind The Minions/Despicable Me movies, The Lorax, The Secret Life of Pets, and more. Aside from the Despicable Me movies, which produced the pop culture icons The Minions, a.k.a. those little yellow men that always appear on Facebook memes, every time Illumination releases an animated feature, the following usually happens:
- Their movies get marketed to death for over a year
- When the movie finally comes out, it gets average to decent reviews
However, Illumination has yet to release a great movie. Although many have performed well at the box office, most of them are quickly forgotten. Since most people over the age of 10 consider these movies to be disposable, why do they always do so well?
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.