The biggest movie flops of 2017
The biggest movie flops of 2017
Movies are a billion-dollar business. As consumers, we spend a lot of money going to see them and owning them or at least streaming them. Studios put a ton of money into them (some obviously more than others) in a game of trying to get the best bang for their buck. It’s all a numbers game and these movies are the biggest flops of 2017.
King Arthur: Legend of the Sword
When the trailer for King Arthur: Legend of the Sword came out, not many people were excited about it. The trailer made the movie seem ridiculous instead of ass kicking. There were huge names attached to this project. Charlie Hunnam played King Arthur. Jude Law was also in it and David Beckham even made a cameo. Guy Ritchie was the director and we’ve come to expect great things from him, but this movie just sank at the box office. There were a couple of reasons for this, the first one being that many people aren’t interested in the story of King Arthur at the moment, and the other reason is that it got just terrible reviews. Rotten Tomatoes only gave it 28%. This is a movie that if people are kind of interested in watching, they will be watching it on Netflix because at least then it won’t cost them much. The studio ended up losing about $150 million over this movie. It was definitely not legendary.
The Promise is a movie about the Armenian Genocide. Firstly, there’s a lot of contention in certain parts of the world about the Armenian Genocide – mostly in Turkey. Between 1914 and 1923, the Ottoman Empire (which is now Turkey) exterminated 1.5 million Armenians. Turkey, to this day, denies that it happened and gets incredibly upset when it gets mentioned. This movie was not a favorite of theirs. To Armenians, it’s incredibly important to remember what happened because no one should be able to kill 1.5 million people and get away with it. While the subject matter of this movie is intense the movie itself flopped at the box office. It took $90 million to make the film and when the film was released it only made $8 million in total.
Ghost in the Shell
There’s been a lot of talk over the past couple of years about how Hollywood whitewashes a lot of characters that are different ethnicities. This is what happened when Scarlett Johansson was cast to play the lead character Major in Ghost in the Shell. Ghost in the Shell is based on a Japanese manga series, so obviously, the main character was Japanese. The plot of the movie is that Major almost dies in a car crash and is saved by being turned into a human experiment and super soldier. The premise of the movie was interesting and it might have spurned people to try and find the manga series in English, but the movie itself just flopped partly because there was too much plot and not enough time, but also because of the Hollywood whitewashing. People were really upset about it and a lot of those people didn’t go see the movie. The studio spent approximately $110 million making the movie and ended up making about $40.5 million.
The Great Wall
Another movie to fall in part because of Hollywood whitewashing was The Great Wall. The movie starred Matt Damon who is most definitely not Asian in any way. How Hollywood thought that they could make a movie about The Great Wall and not cast an Asian actor as the lead is beyond us. The movie also flopped because of the supernatural element to it. There were dragons that the wall was built to protect people from, but the thing with anything supernatural is that you have to be able to tell a very good story and have good CGI. Those apparently were lacking in this movie. So, between the whitewashing, the bad storyline, and the CGI that people were just not believing, this movie crumbled. The studio for this movie is looking at an approximate $75 million loss.
The Circle had a great cast, but it just goes to show you that a great cast won’t save you from a flop. Tom Hanks, Emma Watson, Bill Paxton, and John Boyega are all in this movie and they’re great actors, but they couldn’t save what ended up being a flop of a movie. The Circle is essentially about a tech company that ends up turning into Big Brother. Someone is always watching you, commenting on what you’re doing, and nothing is safe or secret. The movie is based on the book The Circle by Dave Eggers which was really engaging. It also raises some really important questions that humanity and society have to answer about how we view our privacy and what should be private and public in this age of technology. Those questions either didn’t come across in the movie, or people just weren’t interested in answering them at the moment. The only thing good that came out of this for the studio is that it cost about $18 million to make and the movie almost broke even.
All I See Is You
What happens to your life when you’re blind, but suddenly you’re able to see again? That’s the question that All I See Is You tried to answer, but no one cared. This movie starred Blake Lively and is probably her greatest flop. It cost $30 million to make and the movie only made $200,000.
It’s hard to know what movies will be successful and which ones will flop. There isn’t a magic formula. Casting famous actors isn’t a guarantee that the movie will be awesome as many of these filmmakers found out. What seems to matter the most is the story and telling an engaging one. Perhaps studios should focus more of their time on that.