There was plenty of money to be made at the box office in 2017… for superhero fare. For many other films? Not so much! Wonderwall.com is taking a look back at the biggest box office flops of 2017, starting with "The Promise." Christian Bale and Oscar Isaac starred in the Armenian genocide drama, which debuted in April. It reportedly cost $90 million to produce the epic, which went on to make a paltry $8 million in the States… total. Now keep reading for more of the year's biggest box office disappointments…
In fairness, even the studio didn't have much faith in "Monster Trucks." The live action/animated film's release date was pushed back a few times before it was eventually set for Jan. 13, which is never a good sign. The film, which starred relatively unknown actor Lucas Till, only made a little over half of its reported $125 million budget, bringing in just $64 million worldwide.
If you blinked, you might have missed "Rock Dog" in theaters! The Chinese-American computer-animated flick only had a seven-week run in theaters after it debuted in February. It garnered an embarrassing box office total during that time — just $9 million, despite reportedly costing $60 million to make.
If you missed the World War I drama "The Ottoman Lieutenant" — in which Michiel Huisman and Josh Hartnett starred — when it debuted in March, don't worry: You weren't the only one. The drama reportedly cost $40 million to make and made jus $240K at the domestic box office.
Blake Lively scored one of the biggest bombs of her career with the poorly reviewed "All I See Is You," which debuted on Oct. 27. The drama reportedly cost $30 million to make but earned just $208,000 at the domestic box office. Yikes.
Guy Ritchie's "King Arthur: Legend of the Sword" had an impressive cast that included Charlie Hunnam, Jude Law and Eric Bana, but that couldn't save the medieval action flick from bombing at the box office after its May release. Despite a marketing budget that was reportedly around $100 million on top of the $175 million it took to make the film, the movie only made $148 million in theaters. Ouch.
Jake Gyllenhaal starred in "Stronger," which debuted in September and reportedly cost $30 million to make. Unfortunately, the drama — which centers around a survivor of the Boston Marathon bombing — earned just $5.4 million at the worldwide box office.
The martial arts action film "Birth of the Dragon," which is based on the life of Bruce Lee and debuted in August, reportedly cost $31 million to make. But it earned just less than $7 million at the international box office.
Miles Teller headlined yet another 2017 flop: "Only the Brave," which debuted in October and reportedly cost $38 million to make. The firefighter drama earned just $14 million at the worldwide box office.
George Clooney directed Matt Damon and Julianne Moore in the flop "Suburbicon," which debuted in October and reportedly cost $25 million to make. So far, the crime comedy has earned just $3.8 million at the domestic box office.
Considering how many times the release date for "Tulip Fever," which finally debuted in September, was changed, is it any wonder the period piece flopped? Despite an all-star cast (Alicia Vikander, Christoph Waltz, Judi Dench and more), the drama pulled in just $7.6 million at the worldwide box office. But it reportedly cost $25 million to make.
The Kathryn Bigelow-directed historical drama "Detroit," in which John Boyega starred, might have performed well with critics, but it failed to translate good reviews into box office success. The movie cost $34 million to make and earned less than half of that ($16.7 million) at the worldwide box office.
Nicholas Hoult and Felicity Jones' film "Collide" had a rocky start, so it's no shock it's one of the biggest flops of the year. The studio that produced the action flick, Relativity, went bankrupt before "Collide" was originally scheduled to open in October 2015, so another studio picked up the movie for distribution and released it more than a year later in February 2017. Perhaps the super-delayed release put a curse on the thriller, because despite costing a reported $21.5 million to make, it brought in a dismal $4.8 million at the box office… worldwide.
"The Space Between Us," which centers around a boy from Mars (Asa Butterfield) who travels to Earth to meet a girl, debuted in February 2017 and made just $14 million worldwide. Heartbreakingly, the sci-fi love story reportedly cost $30 million to make.
Miles Teller headlined "Thank You for Your Service," which debuted in October and reportedly cost $20 million to make. The military drama banked a mere $5 million at the domestic box office.
Many film fans hoped director Gore Verbinski's February movie, "A Cure for Wellness," would rival his 2002 horror hit, "The Ring." The film, which starred Dane DeHaan, earned a pitiful $8 million in the States and $18 million at the foreign box office, which made it one of the bigger flops of the year considering it cost $40 million to make.
Despite good reviews, "Battle of the Sexes" has underwhelmed at the box office since it debuted in September. The tennis biopic, in which Emma Stone and Steve Carell starred, reportedly cost $25 million to make and has earned less than half of that at the domestic box office.
Charlie Hunnam was just not a bankable star in 2017. He headlined "The Lost City of Z," which debuted in April and reportedly cost $30 million to make. In spite of good reviews, the biographical adventure flick earned just $17 million at the worldwide box office.
Anne Hathaway starred in "Colossal," which proved to be a colossal failure when it opened in theaters in April. The sci-fi comedy reportedly cost $15 million to make and earned less than $5 million at the worldwide box office.
Matthew McConaughey starred in "Gold," which opened in a few select theaters on Dec. 30, 2016, before opening wide on Jan. 27, 2017. It reportedly cost $20 million to make the crime drama, which banked just $11 million at the worldwide box office.
There was no love for "Churchill," in which Brian Cox starred as the titular British Prime Minister, at the box office. The biopic, which debuted in June, reportedly cost $10 million to make and banked just $1.2 million at domestic theaters.
Naomi Watts starred in the major flop "The Book of Henry," which debuted in June and cost $10 million to make. The drama, in which child stars Jaeden Lieberher and Jacob Tremblay also appeared, earned just $4 million at the domestic box office.
Amy Poehler and Will Ferrell might have seemed like a recipe for success, but the house didn't win when it came to their comedy "The House," which debuted in June. It reportedly cost $40 million to make the flick, which pulled in just $34 million at the worldwide box office.
Cynthia Nixon starred as Emily Dickinson in "A Quiet Passion," which debuted in April. The biopic reportedly cost $7.3 million to make and grossed just $1.8 million at the domestic box office.
In April, "Free Fire" arrived in theaters not with a bang but with a whimper. The action-packed British comedy, which reportedly cost $7 million to make, grossed just $1.7 million worldwide. Brie Larson, Armie Hammer and Sharlto Copley were among the film's stars.
In spite of overwhelmingly positive reviews, "Marshall" made just $7 million at the domestic box office following its release in October. The Thurgood Marshall biopic, in which Chadwick Boseman starred, reportedly cost $12 million to make.
Woody Harrelson starred as the title character in "Wilson," which debuted in March and only cost $5 million to make. Unfortunately, that price tag proved to be way more than what the dark comedy was worth: It only made $600K at the box office.
Michael Fassbender failed to impress with "The Snowman," which debuted in October and reportedly cost $35 million to make. So far, the thriller has earned just $31 million at the worldwide box office.
Renee Zellweger headlined "Same Kind of Different as Me," which debuted in October and reportedly cost $6.5 million to make. The biopic only made $5.3 million at the domestic box office.
Michael Keaton starred as McDonalds founder Ray Kroc in "The Founder," which debuted in January and reportedly cost $25 million to make. Audiences were not loving it, though: The biopic earned just $24 million at the worldwide box office.
Rosamund Pike and David Oyelowo starred in "A United Kingdom," which debuted in February and reportedly cost $14 million to make. The biographical love story made just $13.8 million at the global box office.
"Friend Request" made few friends in theaters. The horror flick, which debuted in September, reportedly cost $9.9 million to make and banked just $9.7 million at the worldwide box office. "Fear the Walking Dead" actress Alycia Debnam-Carey starred in the film.
Anna Kendrick headlined "Table 19," which debuted in March. The rom-com reportedly cost exactly the same amount of money to make as it made at the worldwide box office: $5 million.
Though it's unclear just how much it cost to make "Amityville: The Awakening" — the October 2017 attempt to revive the long-running "Amityville" franchise — one thing is certain: It was probably more than $7.2 million, which is how much the horror flick made at the domestic box office. Bella Thorne, Jennifer Morrison, Jennifer Jason Leigh and Cameron Monaghan starred in the movie, which banked an additional $3.2 million overseas. Now THAT is scary!
Despite being based on a wildly popular television show, "CHiPs" didn't bring in the big bucks at the box office. Dax Shepard and Michael Pena starred in the film adaptation, which even featured a cameo from original star Erik Estrada. But it just didn't find an audience when it was released in March. Its worldwide box office take was $26 million on a reported $25 million production budget.
Star power doesn't equate to big profits these days. Though it starred Emma Watson and Tom Hanks, "The Circle" hardly earned back its production budget at the box office when it debuted in April. The thriller cost $18 million to make and grossed $20 million at the box office.
Jamie Foxx probably had a few sleepless nights over his dirty-cop thriller "Sleepless," which debuted in January and reportedly cost $30 million to make. The crime drama earned just $32.7 million at the worldwide box office.
Katherine Heigl marked a career milestone in April: She scored her worst career film opening ever when "Unforgettable" only brought in $4.8 million on its opening weekend. The thriller severely underperformed, scoring a measly $11 million in U.S. theaters total and $6 million overseas. That brought the total take to $17 million, which meant the film barely recouped its $12 million production budget.
Not even Jennifer Lawrence could spell success for "mother!" The Darren Aronofsky-directed thriller seriously disappointed at the box office when it debuted in September. It reportedly cost $30 million to make the film, which earned $43 million worldwide.
Amy Schumer and Goldie Hawn as a comedic duo? It sounded promising, but "Snatched" didn't live up to the hype. In fact, it tanked following its May release, earning a disappointing 37 percent fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes. It certainly wasn't the worst flop of the year, though, as it at least made $60 million on a $42 million budget.
Gerard Butler headlined "Geostorm," which banked $158 million at the worldwide box office after it debuted in October. That may seem impressive unless you consider this: The disaster flick cost $120 million to make and only earned $25.7 million in the States.
Jake Gyllenhaal and Ryan Reynolds were in a movie together? Penned by the writers of "Deadpool"? Clearly the film "Life" didn't make waves at the box office during its March release, because not many people knew about it — which is evidenced by its $30 million take at U.S. theaters. Overseas, it did a little better, garnering an additional $70 million, but the film cost $58 million to make so it didn't turn much of a profit.
More than two decades after "Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie" hit theaters in 1995, Hollywood attempted to resurrect the franchise with "Power Rangers," which debuted in March 2017. Unfortunately, this adaptation couldn't quite capture the magic of the original, which was based on the beloved superhero television show. Featuring a cast of relative unknowns, the new flick underwhelmed at the box office, raking in $85 million domestically, well below its reported $100 million budget. But the film wasn't a total bust: It made an additional $56 million oversears, making it far from the biggest flop of the year!
Even Rihanna couldn't save "Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets." The superstar had a cameo in the July sci-fi film, which was directed by Luc Besson and starred Dane DeHaan and Cara Delevingne, but the epic fantasy flick ended up performing way under expectations. It raked in $225 million worldwide, and though that sounds like a high number, consider that it reportedly cost $177 million to make. Womp, womp!
It was not a good year for Matthew McConaughey. He also starred in the August 2017 action flick "The Dark Tower," an adaptation of the popular Stephen King series of books. The film, in which Idris Elba also starred, reportedly cost $60 million to make and banked just $111 million at the worldwide box office.
Well before its March release, "Ghost in the Shell" was shrouded in controversy. The film, which is based on manga, starred Scarlett Johansson, which angered fans who thought the protagonist should be of Asian descent. This contributed to both the Chinese and Japanese box office hauls tanking, as well as American audiences failing to embrace the film. Worldwide, the movie made $169.8 million, which was well under original predictions.
Hot actors frolicking on the beach? "Baywatch" seemed like a slam-dunk summer blockbuster, but the adaptation of the popular TV show didn't translate to the big screen. Reviews weren't very forgiving and the fact that the film came out the same weekend in May as "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales" didn't help the flick, which ended up bringing in only $58 million domestically. Fortunately for Dwayne Johnson and Co., the film did better overseas, earning $118 million.
"Smurfs: The Lost Village" was a major disappointment in America. The animated flick, which debuted in April, grossed a meager $45 million domestically, which didn't come close to its $60 million production budget. Luckily, the film performed well internationally, earning $152 million — more than double its budget!