Hollywood is not the world’s leading film industry for nothing, the audience reach for even a small budget movie in Hollywood is exponentially large than even the biggest films of other film industries throughout the world. Given this wide reach it is relatively easier for a Hollywood film to garner huge revenues irrespective of the critical response of the title. Although some hit films never fulfill the expectations but that doesn’t mean a few rotten apples should be allowed to give a bad name to the whole barrel.
Filled with criticism and discouragement, the following list consists of 20 worst movies that rocked box office surprisingly despite being panned by critics all over the world:
1. The Godfather Part III
Francis Ford Coppola’s Godfather trilogy changed the very complexion of American crime families. The first part was a masterpiece and the second part became one of the rare examples of a sequel being better than the predecessor.
Surrounded with anticipation, the third film became a huge disappointment for the fans but still earned $136,766,062 at the box office.
2. X-Men Origins: Wolverine
The X-Men trilogy was a unique and a perfect tale of extraordinary people having a desire to be accepted in the society. Then a Wolverine flick came which was nothing more than a circus filled with mutants just waiting for a chance to prove why they are outcasts.
The fourth X-Men film still managed to earn $373,062,864 worldwide.
3. The Matrix Revolutions
It was the twenty first century and it already seemed that the Matrix films were way ahead of their time. Technology, action, speed, thrills, kills, blood spills; the science fiction trilogy had it all but if you try the same old tricks over and over again, then somebody needs to tell the director that it is going to take a lot more than petty camera tricks to impress Matrix fans for the third time.
The film still to much surprise made $427,343,298 throughout the world.
4. Spider-Man 3
Marvel Comics owes a great deal to Spider-Man. The teenage superhero has been a fan favorite ever since its creation and success was inevitable when it entered the big screen.
Unfortunately, the third film could be best described as a satirical version of Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde? Three movies and Peter Parker still has nothing better to do than trying to avenge poor Uncle Ben? Move on, Spidey. The third part made an impressive amount of $890,871,626.
5. Rush Hour 3
The humor, the excitement and quite frankly, the first two parts of the series had it all but making something unique a cliché is not a wise idea as the third part was just another Jackie Chan flick filled with too much action and a weak plot.
The film still fetched in an impressive $258,022,233 at the box office.
6. Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides
And just when you thought the trilogy reached an epic conclusion, a new director becomes the captain of the ship and decides to sink it along with the popularity of the franchise. More ugly pirates and another man-mermaid love story filled with expected betrayals and predictable events – Just what we needed.
The film still earned a handsome amount of $1,043,871,802 at the box office despite massive critical backlash.
7. Wild Hogs
No worst-movies-list is complete without including this work of pointless excuse for a comedy flick directed by Walt Becker. Starring big names in the comedy business such as Martin Lawrence and Tim Allen, the movie failed to appeal to the audience.
Despite various negative and mixed reviews, the comedy film impressively managed to earn $253,625,427.
8. Batman Forever
Billionaire playboy Bruce Wayne and his alter-ego Batman were the coolest character in Hollywood cinema when director Tim Burton and actor Michael Keaton were the key people in the Batman franchise.
After immense parental reactions as a result of dark themes in the movies, Joel Schumacher took the seat of the director and that was just the beginning of the end of something special. To make matters worse, the boy in tights made his debut in the film and destroyed the reputation of the once-revered series.
The film earned $336,529,844.
9. The Happening
Fans of horror films around the world will never be able to forgive director M. Night Shayamalan for this much anticipated film. Cheap suicide and toxicity scenes left the film with a memory of being one of the most disappointing horror flicks in Hollywood history.
Apart from a few killings, the only horrific thing about it was the reviews it received. The film still managed to earn a whooping $163,403,799.
10. Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa
Madagascar took the entertainment of anthropomorphic animals to a whole new level. We got a wise cracking Zebra, a fat hippopotamus, an ill giraffe, hungry lion and cunning penguins desperately trying to escape.
The sequel marked the return of the New York Zoo’s best attraction but unfortunately, the same could not have been said about the charm.
The film amazingly still managed to earn $602,308,178 despite disastrous reviews from critics.