Each week Phil, from Phil’s Quick Capsule Review, takes a look at a different movie or TV related Top Five. This time out: Best Movie Flops.
Yup those films that despite the fact nobody went to the cinema to support them were actually really damn good. And remember a film needs to make at least 2-3 times it’s budget to be considered a hit these days…
Close but no cigar: Hugo, Children OF Men, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, Ed Wood, The Wizard Of Oz, Edge Of Tomorrow
5 – Dredd (2012)
Worldwide takings of just $36 million USD on a production budget of $45 million made Dredd a huge bomb. Yet the critics loved it, everyone that saw it loved it. It’s a bloody great film.
4 – Blade Runner (1982)
With initial takings of under $10 million, studio edits and footage from The Shinning inserted, Blade Runner was poorly handled on it’s initial release. But it grew and a cult of fans with it which saw more definitive versions and a much belated upcoming sequel.
3 – Big Trouble In Little China (1986)
One of my favourite films ever (and one of the best of the 80’s) this barking made comedy action mish-mash made just $11.1m in the US on its $25m budget. Yet it’s brilliant. Shame on you all.
2 – Serenity (2005)
The Fans demanded it. Everyone demanded it. Everyone wants dates movie sequel to the cult hit Firefly. Then no one turned up. The series was officially dead. $39 Million USD budget with takings of just $38 million USD.
1 – The Shawshank Redemption (1994)
Took just $16 million USD of a $35million USD budget on it’s initial run. Now heralded as one of the heartiest modern films ever made. Sometimes even the best films are growers…