7 Popular But Box Office Flop Movies for all time. Innovation is one way that large budget film can stay competitive in a rapidly changing marketplace, but it doesn’t always work out. Below are what we consider to be biggest film flops of all time. We combed through thousands of media articles to select these film flops across major movie industries.

Box Office Flop Movies

1. Willy Wonka And The Chocolate Factory (1971)

  • Budget: $3 million
  • Box Office: $4 million
Willy Wonka And The Chocolate Factory
Willy Wonka And The Chocolate Factory

“Charlie And The Chocolate Factory” were the adaptation of Roald Dahl’s book which was proved too dim for cinema viewers. “Willy Wonka And The Chocolate Factory” is considered a family classic today, audiences did not strongly respond to it when it was released in 1971. That’s when Warner Bros. bought the rights for $500,000 in 1977and licensed “Willy Wonka And The Chocolate Factory” for TV broadcast where it found a widespread audience after repeated airings and further home video sales.


2. Blade Runner (1982)

  • Budget: $28 million
  • Box Office: $27 million
Blade Runner

One of the most influential science fiction movies ever made is “Blade Runner”. Production of this sci-fi thriller went over-budget to $28m from a planned estimate of $13m. “Blade Runner” only took in $6.5 million during its opening weekend. At that time theaters were flooded with iconic genre movies such as Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, The Thing, and, most importantly, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, which was the highest-grossing movie of the year. Director Ridley Scott put out a ‘Director’s Cut’ in 1992 and a ‘Final Cut’ in 2007 and that’s how they became two of the most popular home releases ever.


3. Shawshank Redemption (1994)

  • Budget: $25 million
  • Box office gross: $28.3 million
Shawshank Redemption

In spite of very positive critical response and Academy Award recognition in 1994, The “Shawshank Redemption” was disastrous in theaters. “Shawshank Redemption” is ranked No. 1 on IMDb’s Top Rated Films list. Every human being should watch this movie. “Shawshank Redemption” is a masterpiece and shockingly, it did awfully at the box office, despite all the love from critics and the seven Oscar nominations, including Best Picture. The “Shawshank Redemption” is currently on the American Film Institute’s best 100 movies of the past 100 years.


4. The Big Lebowski (1998)

  • Budget: $15 million
  • Box office gross: $17 million
The Big Lebowski

“Big Lebowski” continues to enjoy even after a decade of its release, does speak of something. “Big Lebowski” is one of the best comedies of the last 25 years. Although this film made only $2m profit at the American box office of this film now studied by film students and critics. It’s not only a good film but an important film. So, success is not determined by box office sales.


5. Fight Club (1999)

  • Budget: $63 million
  • Box office gross: $37 million
Fight Club
Fight Club

“Fight Club” is based on Chuck Palahniuk’s experimental novel. With the fascinating story-line, the story compares the human values. “Fight Club” is considering as one of the modern-day classic and David Fincher’s best movie.Executive producers and Presenter Rosie O’Donnell of “The Rosie O’Donnell Show” hated “Fight Club” so much that she revealed its twist ending on her talk show. “Fight Club’s” early reviews didn’t help houseful theaters either, as it stocked a mixed response from film critics. This film didn’t bring in the type of cash we would expect from a film that has the biggest plot twists of all time. “Fight Club” ultimately found an audience on home video, and Fox sold more than 6 million copies and took in an additional $100 million.


6. Iron Giant (1999)

  • Budget: $70 million
  • Box office gross: $ 23.13 million
Iron Giant

It was the first film from Brad Bird the genius, who was behind Ratatouille, Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol and The Incredible. Iron Giant hardly made money in movie theaters. This film’s failure is particularly heartbreaking, with Brad Bird’s clear-eyed, warm sense of character. At the end of the day, that movie found success with Home Video and on cable.


7. Children of Men (2006)

  • Budget: $76 million
  • Box office gross: $ 35.28 million
Children of Men

“Children of Men” could not bring in the big bucks, with the bucket of big and talented actors and actress. The cinematography, the screenplay, the acting it’s all there but didn’t make much of an impact. It is such a humiliation because it’s a remarkable movie. However, it received positive reviews and an Academy Award nomination for Best Adapted Screenplay. Eventually “Children of Men” found moderate success on home video with a notable $25.5 million to add to its overall gross profit.


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