When a movie tends to make 100 mil at the box company it’s protected to be able to assume that it is a winner along with audience (regardless involving set up movie tends to make almost any profit). Despite essential hatchet-jobs, these movies built properly much more than dual that amount; just about every doing an obscene sum of money.
This specific list illustrates that movie critics have no electric power what-so-ever in affecting box-office efficiency. You’d actually possibly be hard-pressed to find numerous associates in the open public whom really loved from any of the movies that element, therefore maybe the lessons here is to look at movie
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15. Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (2011)
Critics baulked at its inane script, and Depp’s lack of chemistry with co-star Penelope Cruz. Regardless, it pirated a booty of over a billon dollars at the box-office.
Worldwide box-office: $1,045,713,802
Adjusted for inflation: $1,082,988,500
Rotten Tomatoes rating: 33% rotten
Best quote from a critic: “A movie so dark, dank and devoid of coherence that you’d swear it exists only to pillage gullible buckos of their bucks.” – Al Alexander, The Patriot Ledger
14. Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason (2004)
In the first Bridget Jones film, she was a plucky singleton who was determined to forge a successful career in cool Britannia. In this pointless sequel, Bridget was a largely incompetent klutz who couldn’t do anything without a man. Thankfully, The Edge of Reason received a much-deserved critical mauling.
Worldwide box-office: $262,520,724
Adjusted for inflation: $323,748,228
Rotten Tomatoes rating: 27% rotten
Best quote from a critic: “When a sequel has to hit the reset button and take all its characters back to where they started, it probably didn’t need to be made.” – Keith Philips, The A.V. Club
13. Godzilla (1998)
Lambasted for blatantly ripping off Jurassic Park, Godzilla also managed to pick up Golden Raspberries for Worst Remake or Sequel, and Worst Supporting Actress for Maria Pitillo. It made major bucks at the box office, but the critical reception was so poor than a planned franchise was cancelled.
Worldwide box-office: $379,014,294
Adjusted for inflation: $541,681,183
Rotten Tomatoes rating: 25% rotten
Best quote from a critic: “Emmerich and Devlin’s ‘Godzilla’ turns out to be almost as overblown as the 1977 revision of ‘King Kong.’ The only thing that might send you screaming from the theater is the horrifying Puff Daddy song heard over the end credits.” – James Sanform, Kalamazoo Gazette
12. Pearl Harbor (2001)
Historically inaccurate, and surprisingly mushy; critics warned audiences to stay away from the infamously dreadful Pearl Harbor. Though they can be forgiven for suspecting a bomb, it was wildly successful.
Worldwide box-office: $449,220,945
Adjusted for inflation: $712,928,945
Rotten Tomatoes rating: 25% rotten
Best quote from a critic: “The film has been directed without grace, vision, originality, and although you may walk out quoting lines of dialogue, it will not be because you admire them” – Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
11. The Da Vinci Code (2006)
Despite the award-winning combination of Ron Howard and Tom Hanks, The Da Vinci Code didn’t work on the big screen. The book’s acclaimed twists became garbled as actors rushed through silly and overly-complicated dialogue. With universal disappointment (and terrible reviews) the biggest mystery was how it managed to make so much money.
Worldwide box-office: $758,239,851
Adjusted for inflation: $876,176,989
Rotten Tomatoes rating: 25% rotten
Best quote from a critic: “Some protesters believe that if you see this film, you’ll go to Hell. They got it backwards. I think if you go to Hell, you’ll probably see this film while you’re there.” – Collin Souter, eFilmCritic.com
10. Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1 (2011)
It seems unfair to pick on a franchise that perfectly caters to the under-served demographic of teenage girls. That said, the first Breaking Dawn film irritated even the most sympathetic of film critics, who universally panned the film. Regardless, a critical mauling couldn’t stop this clunker from sucking the money right out of twihards‘ wallets.
Adjusted for inflation: $737,557,378
Rotten Tomatoes rating: 24% rotten
Best quote from a critic: “The whole idea of a vampire baby may strike non–fans as ridiculous. I think the problem with this movie is that the idea strikes Bill Condon, the director, as ridiculous…I’m a middle–aged man, I’m not going to pretend to be a Twilight fan, it would be creepy and bogus and patronising – but I do think that Twilight fans deserve better than this because I think they’re being laughed at.” – Danny Leigh, Film 2011
9. Bad Boys 2 (2003)
Bad Boys 2 was gratuitously violent, too long, not very nice in its portrayal of women, and vacuous. Sadly, this vacuum sucked in a mighty box office return. As they both feature multiple times in this list, perhaps Will Smith, and Michael Bay should never work together again.
Worldwide box-office: $273,339,556
Adjusted for inflation: $295,752,326
Rotten Tomatoes rating: 23% rotten
Best quote from a critic: “Way over the top, the film is morally off-kilter, designed for laddish lunkheads with a thirst for the lowest common denominator.” – Derek Adams, Time Out
8. Van Helsing (2004)
Van Helsing was basically put together by combining elements from a mix of classic gothic horror films. Sadly, critics lamented the fact that any semblance of horror had been removed in favor of daft action and less-than special effects. Silly looking and silly sounding; it made silly money.
Worldwide box-office: $300,257,475
Adjusted for inflation: $370,286,292
Rotten Tomatoes rating: 23% rotten
Best quote from a critic: “Writer and director Stephen Sommers is less interested in developing the characters and more interested in smashing them into things.” – Uri Lessing, kcactive.com
7. Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel (2009)
Everything about this ‘squeakquel‘ suggested that it was going to be terrible. The original film sucked, the trailer look irritating and the title clawed its way under the skin of film critics and audiences alike. It’s the definitive example of how there’s nothing that even the most haranguing review can do if a film has been marketed colorfully enough to children.
Worldwide box-office: $443,140,005
Adjusted for inflation: $481,187,703
Rotten Tomatoes rating: 21% rotten
Best quote from a critic: “This desperate sequel – sorry “squeakquel” – is such a blatant cash-in that the producers might as well have gone straight round to young viewers’ houses and stolen their piggybanks.” – Nicholas Barber, Independent on Sunday
6. Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (2009)
Revenge of the Fallen was decried as incomprehensible, bloated and (worst of all) deeply sexist, provoking genuine hatred and revulsion from critics. Action fans took no notice, and somehow Director Michael Bay managed to transform the outcry into hundreds of millions of dollars at the box-office.
Worldwide box-office: $836,303,693
Adjusted for inflation: $908,108,156
Rotten Tomatoes rating: 20% rotten
Best quote from a critic: “Its like seeing somebody just getting a towel with money in it and just squeezing the money out and you can hear the cash registers, they go: ‘OK, we’re hitting all the points, we’re doing all this stuff, we’re doing as far as we can get away with’ in a way that has no artistry, no invention, no wit, no nothing at all, it is just there to milk the money out of the largest possible audience in the most cynical, most dreary, most boring possible way. I hated it!” – Mark Kermode, BBC Radio 5 Live
Sex and the City 2 received a critical mauling for many reasons. Critics didn’t like its anti-muslim portrayal of the middle, its misogynism and its unblushing materialism. Sadly, we are living in a material world and it was a clear box office hit.
Worldwide box-office: $288,347,692
Adjusted for inflation: $308,053,534
Rotten Tomatoes rating: 15% rotten
Best quote from a critic: It’s an almost avant-garde adventure in aimlessness. – Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal
4. After Earth (2013)
M. Night Shyamalan squandered the potential of pairing father and son Will and Jaden Smith in a shallow sci-fi yawn-fest that impressed no one. Critics genuinely worried for Jaden’s career in their reviews, yet the film still took well over two-hundred million dollars at the box-office.
Worldwide box-office: $243,843,127
Adjusted for inflation: $243,843,127
Rotten Tomatoes rating: 11% rotten
Best quote from a critic: “As the story moves along with an almost medicating dullness, so antiseptic and square and insulated from any fun or spark or non-self-seriousness, the entire movie has that plastic-wrap feel of a hermetically-sealed Hollywood vanity project.” – Brian Gibson, Vue Weekly
3. Grown Ups 2 (2013)
Good comedies bring joy and laughter to people’s lives. Bad comedies are embarrassing and unfunny. Grown Ups 2 managed to transcend bad, with many critics writing as if they’d experienced real physical pain while watching it. Despite it being nominated for a whopping nine Golden Raspberries, it made significantly more money than most comedy sequels.
Worldwide box-office: $246,984,278
Adjusted for inflation: $246,984,278
Rotten Tomatoes rating: 7% rotten
Best quote from a critic: “Somehow, the word ‘sequel’ doesn’t fit: it would be like describing three months of agonising spinal surgery as the sequel to falling off a cliff.” – Robbie Collin, Daily Telegraph
2. The Last Airbender (2010)
As noted by critics at the time, in the United Kingdom, “bender” is a derogatory term for gay man. This caused unintentional hilarity when it performed outside of the United States. Juvenile laughs aside, The Last Airbender was torn to pieces by the critics. Bland and nonsensical to the point of despair, it’s often regarded as one of the worst films ever made. Not only was it bad, it outraged Asian-Americans by casting white actors in roles that’d originally been written as Asian.
Worldwide box-office: $319,713,881
Adjusted for inflation: $341,563,305
Rotten Tomatoes rating: 6% rotten
Best quote from a critic: “After the first five seconds, it seems as if you have been watching it for around two-and-a-half hours, and that this time has passed in four-and-a-half days.” – Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian
1. Cocktail (1988)
Cocktail is about a bar-tender who falls in love. As the plot lacked any other ingredients,it’s unsurprising that it was criticized for its lack of flavor. It’s as pedestrian as you can get from a romantic drama, yet Tom Cruise’s dazzling smile shook up box office and took home a figure that could pick up the cocktails tab for a hundred years.
Worldwide box-office: $171,504,781
Adjusted for inflation: $337,728,143
Rotten Tomatoes rating: 5% rotten
Best quote from a critic: “The philosopher Hannah Arendt once wrote a book about the banality of evil. After seeing Cocktail, I want to write one about the evil of banality.” – Ben Yagoda, Philadelphia Daily News
Author Bio: David Biggins is a film graduate and marketeer from England. He’s been published on the BBC website, and used to present a film radio show in Norfolk. Before joining Taste of Cinema he was a film critic for Reel Whispers.You can follow David on Twitter @MrMilktray.