Many publications seem to project their opinion of a film when compiling biggest bombs of the year lists, so to set the record straight by applying basic math, here’s a list of the 8 most incorrectly cited box office bombs in 2014.
Another film that has somehow leaked over from worst of the year lists into biggest bombs of the year lists. A Haunted House 2 cost $3.5m and made $23.9m worldwide, in what alternate reality does that multiplier constitute a box office bomb?
More projected hatred of the film than basic arithmetic. Sure, it’s reviews were damning, its trailers vomit inducing, but people did show up and pay for tickets. Annie cost $65m and made $134m worldwide, leaving Sony with $73.7m after theaters take their percentage of the gross. Production costs covered? Check. Part of the ad spend covered? Check. Will it probably just about break even after worldwide home video sales and TV rights? Yes. Was it a disappointment? Probably, but it’s not a box office bomb.
Budget $40m. Worldwide gross $126m. Box Office Bomb? Do you need to borrow a calculator?
Franchise fatigue definitely began to show some wear on this series and a leaked copy of the film well before its release date didn’t help its box office prospects, but the $90m film still pulled in $209m worldwide. Yes, it tanked in the US, but that’s just one market and the film pulled in a healthy enough worldwide total.
Sure, it’s tempting to pick on terrible films aimed at the faith based market and it can be fun too – but keep Mom’s Night Out on your worst of the year list and not biggest bombs of the year. It cost less than $5m to produce and made over $10m.
Need For Speed made plenty of biggest money losers lists on publications who forget there is a movie going public outside of the United States. Budget $66m. Worldwide total $203m. Basic math keeps this film off any box office bombs lists. Feel free to add it to any worst of the year lists.
Despite a troubled production, drawn out editing and studio interference, RoboCop was not even close to a financial disaster. Sure, its very existence ignited serious fanboy blowback, but no matter how much one might hate the film, basic arithmetic still keeps this remake off the box office losers list of 2014. With its budget at an estimated $100m, RoboCop pulled in $242m worldwide, leaving about $130m after theaters take their percentage of the gross – which covers the production costs and some of the worldwide ad spend. After home video sales and TV rights (usually around 10% of the gross in that specific territory) this remake went into the black. While not a rousing success that would have MGM throw another $100m+ at a sequel, the film did not loose money at the end of the day.
Why this little $6m film is appearing on biggest bombs of the year lists seems more like projecting hatred of the project. Was it a box office success? No. But what was one expecting with a film being released simultaneously on VOD with a tiny marketing spend? Warner Bros lost a hell of a lot more with the $20m Inherent Vice and it’s $15m+ P&A costs.