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The Biggest Box Office Bombs Of 2019 So Far


Although the biggest movies these days seem
to be making more money than most small countries, that doesn’t mean everyone is sharing in the
wealth. Sadly, quite a few 2019 movies — some with
big names and big budgets — have already been given the thumbs down from critics and
audiences alike. Here’s why these 2019 films bombed at the
box office. Replicas is one of those science fiction/horror
movies that seems to exist solely to warn the world’s mad scientists that dead people
are supposed to stay that way. Keanu Reeves plays Will Foster, a scientist
working on transferring the consciousnesses of the dead into new bodies. After his wife and children are killed during
a boating trip, he enlists the help of a fellow scientist to resurrect them via cloning. Predictably, things quickly go wrong. Replicas performed dismally at the box office,
grossing just a little over $4 million, and its aggregate Rotten Tomatoes score doesn’t
suggest this was an under-hyped gem, either. Critics ripped the sci-fi thriller to pieces,
calling out its preposterous story, its numerous plot holes, and the squandering of its novel
potential. A number of critics have suggested that Reeves
was horribly miscast as a grieving genius, and more than one argued that Nicolas Cage
would’ve made a much better fit. Amidst a storm of unkind reviews of Replicas,
perhaps the best takedown of them all came from The Los Angeles Times, which explained: “The filmmakers manage to avoid every potentially
interesting choice for far dumber, and far more inexplicable, conclusions.” Don’t worry, Joss Whedon fans: you haven’t
missed anything important. 2019’s Serenity is a very different beast
indeed than the 2005 sci-fi cult classic. “I am a leaf on the wind. Watch how I soar.” No, this movie follows Baker Dill, the captain
of a fishing vessel who is dragged back into his ex-wife Karen’s life when she tries to
hire him to kill her current husband. So far, so straightforward, right? Well, guess again. Because it is eventually revealed that Dill
is actually a character in a video game designed by a boy named Patrick. When Patrick’s real-life mother remarried
an abusive man, he redesigned his game to be about destroying the new man in her life. Some critics praised a number of fine performances
that nevertheless failed to save an absurd story. Most critics, however, agreed that Serenity’s
script was horribly written — and its premise was downright ludicrous. The biggest problem seems to have been the
film’s poorly executed reveals, which The Sunday Times called “shoddy narrative gimmicks.” Rather than adding depth or a fresh perspective
to the story, reviewers felt the twists were “self-indulgent”, while The Arts Desk wrote: “It’s as if you’ve been watching a movie
which wasn’t that great to begin with, and then the director crashes through the screen,
doubling up with laughter and telling you you’ve been had.” Louis Ashbourne Serkis plays a young boy in
present day England who stumbles upon the legendary sword Excalibur in 2019’s family-friendly
fantasy The Kid Who Would Be King. Unfortunately for Alex and his friends, King
Arthur’s old enemy Morgana knows Excalibur has been discovered and wants it for herself. Aided by the backwards-aging Merlin, Alex
and his friends embark on a quest to defeat the dastardly sorceress. Sadly, their victory against the forces of
evil couldn’t save the movie from grossing just a little over half of its production
budget of $59 million. Unlike most of the films that flopped in 2019,
The Kid Who Would Be King enjoyed mostly favorable reviews, earning an impressive 90% score on
Rotten Tomatoes. While writing about the film’s inability to
turn a profit, Forbes placed part of the blame on competing intellectual properties, pointing
out that Kid was forced to face off with films like Aquaman and Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. These movies featured characters audiences
were familiar with and wanted to see on the big screen, whereas audiences simply struggled
to care about King Arthur and his friends. For a long time to come, the thing most people
may remember about the darkly comic revenge thriller Cold Pursuit will be the interview
star Liam Neeson gave while promoting the film. During this interview, Neeson revealed that,
in the wake of the sexual assault of a close friend by a black man, he had once walked
the streets hoping any black man would start a fight with him so that Neeson could kill
him in retaliation. “It was horrible, horrible, and I think back
that I did that, and I’ve never admitted that and I’m saying it to a journalist,
God forbid.” The interview sparked a firestorm of controversy,
eventually prompting an apology from the actor. Cold Pursuit’s opening weekend pulled in $10.8
million — the lowest numbers for a Neeson movie debut since 2010’s The Next Three Days. Eventually, however, subsequent grosses helped
the film break even with its $60 million budget. It’s impossible to know how much of that poor
performance was influenced by the response to Neeson’s colossal public blunder, though
according to some critics, there was plenty in Cold Pursuit to dislike even if you’d never
heard his notorious interview. Whether it was Neeson’s interview or the film
itself that led to Cold Pursuit’s chilly reception, it’s probably safe to say that it’ll probably
be a while before Neeson is allowed to veer off-topic during a press interview. In the world of Captive State, 2019 is the
year aliens invade the Earth, ultimately leading to humanity’s capitulation to the extraterrestrials
who rule the planet from their underground “Closed Zones.” A decade later, two brothers join a resistance
force against the aliens and find themselves hunted by a shadowy Police Commander who has
dedicated himself to ending the resistance once and for all. Or so it seems… “No no no no. I’m going to watch it later. I’ve got it, mum’s the word.” Captive State eventually grossed an unimpressive
$8.6 million worldwide. Overall, the movie’s reviews agreed that the
plot was convoluted and that the film didn’t have the budget it needed to tell its story. Meanwhile, others felt the focus on the unwieldy
plot sacrificed believable characters. Reelviews’s reviewer wrote: “Characterization is perfunctory and unsatisfactory. We’re watching a bunch of pawns on a filmmaker’s
chessboard.” A remake of a 2011 Spanish film with the same
name, 2019’s Miss Bala stars Gina Rodriguez of Jane the Virgin fame. The film brings Rodriguez to unfamiliar territory,
casting her as a Los Angeles make-up artist who trains to fight a Mexican drug cartel
after her friend is kidnapped during a trip south of the border. While the casting of Rodriguez as an action
star may seem strange, most critics seemed to agree it’s just about the only thing that
ended up going right with Miss Bala — while the rest of this would-be thriller is merely
a watered down, uninspired, and cardboard cutout version of the 2011 film it reimagines. The Galveston Daily News wrote that Miss Bala
director Catherine Hardwicke “feels more like a director for hire” than in her previous
films. No doubt partly as a result of all the negative
critical buzz, Miss Bala’s gross barely broke even with its $15 million budget. In spite of its poor performance critically,
a number of critics saved space to praise Rodriguez’s performance in their reviews. While agreeing that Miss Bala is largely a
ho-hum movie, Rolling Stone wrote: “This Hollywoodized remake is mostly generic
and uninspired, but it also proves that Rodriguez has the makings of a true movie star. It’ll be exciting to see what she does next…
so long as it’s not a sequel to this.” 2019’s Hellboy reboot faced an uphill climb
from the start, and unfortunately it didn’t even come close to making its way to the top. With a worldwide gross of $21.8 million, the
movie failed to make up even half its production budget of $50 million. Hellboy’s hype machine got off to a rocky
start. Fans reaction to the release of the film’s
first trailer was mixed at best, and not even close to what any studio executive would want
for a superhero blockbuster. In a sense, however, the reboot’s toughest
competitors were the two previous Hellboy movies directed by Guillermo del Toro, which
starred Ron Perlman. The shadow of Hellboy’s predecessor was that
much darker for Perlman’s very public regrets over he and del Toro’s failure to get their
own third Hellboy movie. And although he held no evident ill will for
new Hellboy David Harbour, Perlman wasn’t shy about his disappointment; speaking to
Collider, he referred to someone else being cast in the role as an “open wound.” Considering the inherent difficulties in overcoming
these challenges, Hellboy would have needed to be very good indeed to establish itself
as the basis for a revived franchise. Sadly, it wasn’t. The Chicago Tribune warned readers Hellboy’s
pacing is such that: “…you don’t so much watch this movie as
submit to being pummeled by it.” Meanwhile, Book & Film Globe asked readers
to: “…imagine del Toro’s movies, except without
any spark, wit, fun, tension and excitement.” By all accounts, Hellboy is the kind of bad
film that invites a storm of brutal takedowns — so much so that the London Evening Standard’s
critic wrote that, if he were free to decide, he’d: “…write nothing about the movie and leave
this space blank for readers’ notes.” Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings trilogy
made cinematic history, and even the less well-received Hobbit movies made plenty of
money, but there’s at least one J.R.R. Tolkien movie out there that didn’t make a
splash — the one about the man himself. Starring Nicholas Hoult as Tolkien, and Lily
Collins as Tolkien’s future wife Edith Bratt, Tolkien is about the author’s early experiences
in school, how his life was rocked by the outbreak of World War I, and how all those
experiences informed his writing. Tolkien earned an unimpressive $2.2 million
on its opening weekend, and hasn’t gained much ground since. As Forbes’ review pointed out, as a biopic
without any A-list actors to support it, Tolkien never really stood a chance of making it big
at the box office. Unfortunately, the critical response wasn’t
much better, either. Critics tended to think the movie was unimaginative,
unoriginal, and boring. For example, Salon’s reviewer wrote that Tolkien
was doomed by a lack of vision, while The Young Folks warned that the movie simply couldn’t
escape the weight of its own tedium. Poms is a comedy about a group of older women
in a retirement community who start up a competitive cheerleading squad. And that premise would be difficult enough
to pull off at the box office, even if the movie hadn’t been faced with tremendous competition. But Poms was released the same weekend as
Detective Pikachu and another all-female-led comedy, The Hustle. It also faced Avengers: Endgame, which was
still busy breaking records when Poms was released. Factor in the skew towards an older audience,
who tend not to show up on opening weekends, and the movie’s limping opening weekend gross
of $5.6 million isn’t that much of a surprise. Regardless of its target demographic or its
stiff competition, Poms’ failure with the critics can’t exactly have helped the movie’s
chances. With an embarrassing Rotten Tomatoes score
of 32%, the movie apparently showed off a great cast burdened with lazy writing — with
the star power of Diane Keaton and Jacki Weaver being simply not enough to save the movie
from box office oblivion. Based on Nicola Yoon’s young adult novel of
the same name, The Sun Is Also a Star didn’t impress critics in the slightest. Reviewer consensus was that the teen drama
is poorly written, stretches believability, and full of cliches. CNN called it “half-baked,” The Observer called
it “contrived,” while Jackie K. Cooper described it as “sappy to the nth degree.” If nothing else, even the critics unimpressed
by the movie agree that the film’s leads likely have a bright future in Hollywood, but even
they couldn’t save a seriously disappointing script. These reviews likely contributed to the film’s
lackluster opening weekend of $2.6 million, across 2,073 screens. Not only that, but the fact that The Sun Is
Also a Star was released the same weekend as the incredibly successful John Wick: Chapter
3 may also have contributed to the teen romance’s failure. “You wanted me back – I’m back.” Check out one of our newest videos right here! Plus, even more Looper videos about your favorite
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100 Comments

  1. neil farnell Author

    the original movie cold pursuit is based on is very good, just not in English. I wonder why most Hollywood copies of other movies have such a poor success rate, and they never seem to learn

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  2. Giani Popescu Author

    Cold Pursuit is a good movie. Not great, but not bad also. Captive state is a booooring pretentious movie. I have tried to watch it but i have resisted till the half of it.

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  3. Giani Popescu Author

    Movies that are great but they are receiving bad reviews from critics: Polar. Go watch it. Those clowns they dare call himselfs critics have lost all their credibility with captain marvel and Dave Chapelle show. Don't listen to them anymore.

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  4. Aliksandr Daisuke Author

    I actually really liked Hellboy 2019. Del Toro's idea for Hellboy 3 was far too costly and they had their chance to work it out for several years. Not to mention Hellboy 2 had zero to do with the comic books, and 2019 used more material from them. I'd say most of the backlash is because people couldn't let Ron Perlman go and that's just a weak excuse because they missed out.

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  5. 2Bit Phuck Author

    Convoluted is my thoughts about your ideas and beliefs, when I watched this video. Why dont you take you back patting lack luster piece of crap and shove it. Videos like this that serve just to name drop your dicking partners make me sick.
    "If there is one thing movie fans can agree on."you are nothing but a several minute long Donkey Punch to all of us. Hope you choke on a bag. I hate you all.

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  6. far22186 Author

    The Liam nesson thing is so stupid. He was asked how he comes up with these characters for revenge. What he said wasn’t racist. A black dude raped his friend and he was mad

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  7. overlycreative1 Author

    I'm proposing a movie, titled, "Shakey's". The plot is around a man who takes his family to a similarly name family pizza restaurant instead of wasting his money at the local theatre, enjoys an evening without that disappointing experience to ruin the evening. In the closing scene they are settling back in their home theatre, fresh popcorn in hand, snuggled safely with his loved ones to watch a critically acclaimed movie on an inexpensive streaming service. This may not go over well in Hollywood but it was a hit at mine.

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  8. Repulse theMonkey Author

    Neeson admits to a bad thought – not actually doing anything bad – and the woke patrol jump up and down on him. This makes me want to watch his next film even if it is rubbish.

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  9. Dave Dom Author

    Serenity and Replicas wasn't that bad actually. Biggest let down was Captive State. I was waiting for that movie so long and then yea…. i got so dissapointed. It was literally all over the place and at the same time there was nothing at all they managed to tell..

    PS. Rottentomatoes? Fk em. Biased fixed faked reviews and ratings of the leftist progressive teenagers. Not lookin at their reviews after what happened with Chappelle.

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  10. Angus Scrimm Author

    Everyone has to wake and realize Hollywood and cinema is so over abundant and just filled of crap, brain fog.
    LIVE your LIFE, read a book, go outside, watch your old favorite films you truly enjoyed only instead. Stop wasting time, watching this make believe shit. …again Live YOUR Life.

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  11. ASTROCHRONIC Author

    Liam Neeson made no blunder and did nothing wrong. He admitted to having had racist feelings in the past. What he said was courageous. This channel just lost all credibility.

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  12. ScentlessApprentice7 Author

    WTF do people still cite Rotten Tomatoes as some kind of authority on the quality of a film? Anyone but the most fervent Fake News/Leftist devotee knows that Rotten Tomatoes' "critics score" is curated to push a particular political agenda; The most recent example to support this is the scoring of Dave Chappelle's Sticks and Stones comedy special.

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  13. Paul Drive Author

    It isnt Hellboy without Ron Pearlman and Guillermo Del Toro they should have had the 3rd film then a reboot IF needed? them not being in it just hurt it!.

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  14. Tommy Tomato Author

    cold pursuit = ugly cheap comedy
    the boy who would be king = too diverse cast
    replica = bad story

    hellboy = actually good ', 2nd best hellboy movie

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  15. KenanUchiha Author

    That's why I don't watch movies anymore, their not good like they use to be. I loved the 1980's and 1990's classic movies. Its just not the same anymore, its all about overusing CGI, too much action, very little on stories.

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  16. Dirge Author

    If two of these movies have taught me anything, its to never release a entirely new movie on the same weekend as a DC or Marvel Film. Seems like its a guaranteed financial disaster.

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  17. chief waKiL Author

    I still don’t get why ppl can’t respect what Liam did. As a very proud and aware black man whos disgusted by wtf goes on in this world regarding race …I think he did what many don’t have the balls to do. 🤷🏾‍♂️ it is what it is.

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  18. Andy Salter Author

    Liam Nesson did nothing wrong !! People easily offended and fake outraged did !!!!! If a black actor said the same thing about a white person no one would care !!!!!

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  19. caveman Versace Author

    I'm surprised people in America know who Jackie Weaver even is. One of Australia's best actresses who was sorely overlooked for decades before Animal Kingdom.

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  20. Jury C Author

    I thought David Harbour kicked ass as hell boy. Way better than i thought he was gonna be, and come on, Milla Jovovich. She is the queen of the undead. 🤘🤘🤘🤘🤘😈😈😈😈😈

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  21. Granela Aranda Author

    Roten Tomatoes has the same credibility as Donald Trump repeating over and over and over than "the economy is better than ever, thanks to his genious económic guidance"

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  22. MRswiftkow Author

    sooner or later rotten tomato reviews won't be used as examples lol
    i knew something was up when rockos modern life reboot got 100% even with negative reviews. then dave chappelle gets a 0%!! credibility, gone

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  23. gardini100 Author

    Cage be a better fit sounds like you think he is a bad actor ? ..Cage got the Oscar in a low budget movie , Cage is awesome Wild at heart , Arizona JR, the kiss of a vampire , Leaving Las Vegas """ face off

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  24. random observer Author

    It was the sheer mundaneness of Neeson's confession that did it- "ooohh, dude had 'racist feelings' in the past". No fanbase wants to be bored with trite nonsense.

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  25. Richard Mohan Author

    Replicas might have done better if it actually played in all cities? There was literally nowhere to watch it in Salem. It suffered the same issue as Overlord….under played.

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  26. KK DeVeauXgue Author

    I thought replicas was good
    $59 mil..??? really?
    Hellboy should not have been rebooted
    Toiken really that was a waste of film itselfAvengers and Aquaman and Star Wars Rise of Skywalker these are the main movies of 2019

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  27. Jim O'Donnelly Author

    "The Kid Who Would Be King" looked like a Harry Potter rip-off: the kid eventually recruits all his schoolmates to pick up swords and fight the monsters. It's reassuring to know audiences (including me) avoided it.

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  28. Reed Martin Author

    These videos have a major flaw, in that a film that cost $50 million to make does not “make back half its money” by grossing $25 million at the box office. Theaters keep roughly half of the theatrical box office take, so a film that costs $50 million to make needs to make $100 million (theatrically) to recoup its production cost. But this video makes this mistake four times, equating first weekend grosses with earnings or profits, which is just plain wrong, and a basic thing most people who cover the business actually know.

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