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12 Movies That Totally Flopped That Should Have Been Massive Hits

The Man From U.N.C.L.E. (2015)
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It is genuinely upsetting when movies with incredible content, acting, and plot never end up being a hit due to logistics or marketing failures. Online film enthusiasts share twelve titles they feel didn’t deserve to flop.

1. The Emperor’s New Groove (2000)

The Emperor's New Groove (2000)
Image Credit: Walt Disney Pictures.

This cinematic gem flopped in theaters and took years to reach popularity. A viewer recalls watching it for the first time as an adult with their nephews. “I started crying because of laughing too hard at the jokes. The nephews thought that something bad was happening and ran to get help. I got smacked with a kitchen towel for scaring kids. Fun times!”

2. Galaxy Quest (1999)

Galaxy Quest (1999)
Image Credit: DreamWorks Pictures.

A user describes it as an “absolutely fantastic movie.” Galaxy Quest is a memorable movie for many, featuring the evergreen and iconic Alan Rickman. For Alan Rickman fans, a member mentions Never Surrender: A Galaxy Quest Documentary (2019) for having excellent stories about Alan Rickman. “He had a brilliant sense of humor.”

3. Idiocracy (2006)

Idiocracy (2006)
Image Credit: 20th Century Fox.

Many speculate that studios purposely sabotaged the movie release because of how it portrayed various brands. Fortunately, it turned into a cult hit anyway because it’s hilarious. One mentions how the film is aging like fine wine. A second member used to think it was such a “juvenile edge-lord thing” to consider the movie accurate. However, their view has shifted: “Right now, the world is waiting with bated breath to see if the two most famous billionaires will cage fight. We’re living in the stupidest timeline.”

4. Treasure Planet (2002)

Treasure Planet (2002)
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A user recalls how Treasure Planet was pitted against Harry Potter’s initial release, while another speculates that Disney, who wanted to do away with their 2D production and only pivoted to 3D after Pixar’s success, sabotaged the movie at every turn. Many feel that every “bad” decision surrounding the film was malicious and deliberate.

5. Dredd (2012)

Dredd (2012)
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Described as a “solid” movie, many rave about Dredd for its action, effects, and brutality. One viewer was shocked that Billy Butcher, played by Keith Urban, never revealed his face throughout the film. The movie was a faithful adaptation, leaving audiences craving a sequel.

6. Stardust (2007)

Stardust
Photo Credits: Matthew Vaughn, Paramount Pictures

The fantastic fantasy film is a beautiful take on Neil Gaiman’s book. While Neil Gaiman is one of the great modern authors, many feel the movie is better than the original work as the book had a somewhat anticlimactic ending. Plus, one user remarks they’ll “never not love seeing Robert DeNiro in that role, and Henry Cavill is completely unrecognizable in this film.”

7. Mystery Men (1999)

Mystery Men (1999)
Image Credit: Universal Pictures.

Mystery Men poked fun at things such as the Marvel Cinematic Universe and Avengers before those things were mainstream. Perhaps it failed because it was ahead of its time. Another member highlights how the film “gave us ‘All Star’” the song by Smash Mouth. Not many know that this film did it before the Shrek franchise.

8. Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves (2023)

Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves
Image Credit: Paramount Pictures.

Despite being entertaining, this film didn’t do well at the box office. One viewer comments that he is surprised it didn’t do better outside the core DnD audience considering the film is “very accessible and well done.” Perhaps, poor marketing is to be blamed.

9. Edge of Tomorrow (2014)

Edge of Tomorrow
Image Credit: Warner Bros. Pictures.

Many are still hoping for a sequel for this one. The marketing was horribly done, according to a viewer. They share how they tried to buy tickets online for “Live, Die, Repeat” and couldn’t find any showings. At that moment, they realized the tagline was more popular than the title; it should’ve been the title all along!

10. The Iron Giant (1999)

The Iron Giant
Image Credit: Warner Bros.

A member is disappointed in humanity for letting this movie flop. They didn’t see it until years later when they watched it with one of their kids. It quickly became one of their favorite animated movies of all time. A second member shares how their little ones enjoyed it despite the “old school” animation style. Once again, the studio failed to market this masterpiece.

11. Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World (2003)

Master and Commander The Far Side of the World (2003)
Image Credit: 20th Century Fox.

“This absolutely breaks my heart,” remarks one viewer. For many members, the movie deserved not only a sequel but a series considering there was so much material. One user remarks that it is a shame it didn’t get four sequels.

12. The Man From U.N.C.L.E. (2015)

The Man From U.N.C.L.E. (2015)
Image Credit: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Television.

This was a decent movie that deserved to be a hit. While it may have been “a little laggy in the middle,” it doesn’t excuse the fact that nobody watched it. One member is bitter that no sequel was made, and it seems too late now that Armie Hammer has become a center of controversy.

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