The Biggest Box Office Bombs Of 2019 So Far

The Biggest Box Office Bombs Of 2019 So Far

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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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86 comments

  1. Anyone who listens to critics is an idiot. Critics are nearly always wrong, and politically motivated. Lots of really good movies are trashed, and terrible movies are praised. usually (not always) for political or ideological reasons. Critics should not be trusted, and Rotten Tomatoes is one of the worst.

  2. Why did Liam Nissen have to apologise for what he said?

    We've all had similar thoughts so why did he have to apologise for being honest about how he felt?

    Just proves he's human.

    I'm sure anyone in his position would feel the same way. It's not like he did kill anyone.

  3. The Real Reason These Looper needs content!!!!! You're NOT the financiers so WHY ARE YOU TALKING ABOUT THIS?! Because you know people who think taking box office's mean's "movie fans"! WRONG! out side of the studio box office MEAN'S NOTHING!.

  4. I've only seen cold pursuit, and to be honest I think it was really fun. Never heard anything about that interview ( and to be honest i couldn't care less ). The point is, give a shot, it's not going to be life changing or anything but the movie it's entertaining.

  5. I don’t know what the critics were seeing because The Kid Who Would Be King was terrible. One of the worst movies I’ve seen this year.

  6. ☹ Aw, but I liked 'Captive State'! I expect cult classic status someday.

    'Miss Bala' needed an R rating! It might be the most skittish action I've ever seen. I do agree about Gina Rodriguez though.

    'Serenity' was good in its first half but then it becomes a total mess. Steven Knight needs to stop directing and stick to writing.

  7. Of all of these movies, I only wanted to see Tolkien, but it was pulled from my local theater after 1 week. You have to give a movie like that more than 6 or 7 days. There is an awesome audio interview from the 1960s where Tolkien said that he conceived of the dragon Smaug during World War I while sitting in a bunker. The blow torches across the battleground and over the trenches looked like dragon fire. Knowing how authors come up with ideas is very interesting. At least interesting to me.

  8. Has Lilly Collins has made any successful movie at the box office? Why she keeps getting roles in Hollywood? Is her father so powerful in the industry?

  9. General audiences aren’t all that interested in those geriatric actors or actresses movies like ‘Poms’ or last year’s ‘Book Club’. That is aimed so bad at the elderly demographic (which if that’s your goal, okay)

  10. Cold Pursuit was really fun dark comedy movie. I also enjoyed Replicas, Captive State, and Miss Bala.

    Hellboy (2019) was absolute garbage

  11. How about never mentioning critic scores on rotten tomatoes unless you want to lose credibility. What did the audience think?

  12. Society has become sensitive to garbage money grabs Hollywood is famous for pumping out.
    PS: don't listen to rotten tomatoes. Their reviews are just advertising.

  13. Replicas was Hollywood telling the World what is actually happening behind closed doors.
    Rockefeller, etc. aren't truly dead, they've simply been download into a supercomputer.
    This Tech. will only be available to high ranking Luciferians.

  14. Hellboy was a mess. The real surprise is that Men in Black International was not a box office flop, it was so bad it made Hellboy look good

  15. Not gonna lie these movie's don't sound good and Hellboy wasn't great and the best bit in the movie was the ending scene

  16. Not gonna lie
    Serenity duped me. Especially the crappy last 3rd of it
    I wanted to like Hellboy and give it a chance. It just didn't happen. It sucked
    And lastly I still like Liam neeson. He's just on a really long slump

  17. 80% bad movies 20% good movies the ratio is scary and the fact that studios keep giving money to these movie directors is scary

  18. I could care less what movie critics think, most of them think really bad movies are great, and often they say what ends up being a good movie sucks. Some of these movies though, who wanted to see Poms? A bunch of old prunes as cheerleaders? If that isn't a counteractive to Viagra I can't imagine what would be. Might make a great appetite suppressant as well. As far as Liam Neeson's interview goes, whether you like what he said or not, at least he was honest about it, how many Hollywood actors are fakes and lie about what they think or believe? For the most part, it seems that most movies these days are awful and we only get a few that don't.

  19. Hellboy was a good movie, people needs to watch it for what it is rather than what they imagined it to be. A much gory and close to comics is it plus point and yes visuals are just ok.

  20. A – list actors/actresses have to start off some where though. Newbies need to be given a chance to prove themselves

  21. Well considering the sheer number of films being made, it means people will be more selective about seeing a movie, not to mention the cost of a movie popcorn and drink run for a single person…and sorry, remakes work, but not always…there is a growing distaste for remakes Robinhood, X-Men Dark Phoenix, Fantastic 4…people are just sick of someone else's take on an old stories…it is proof that not everyone who writes even if they write well are good writer's, you may have a degree, but there is something to be said about imagination…

  22. Wait Replicas is a horror movie I thought it was just sci-fi. Well if it is bad, that's horror enough. But Reeves has got this! He is still great of an actor!

  23. God who watches Hollywood propaganda/ reheated leftover garbage? That entire town is a cesspool of remakes, ripoffs and liberal tears.Outside of a precious few guys and girls, they have nothing to say.

  24. I enjoyed Cold Pursuit though. Forgot about it the minute I left the theater, but I did like it.

    The story was non-existent and the acting was either over the top (the big bad boss) or very lethargic (Neeson), but the movie knew that, and didn't take itself seriously so it made for a movie that is quite enjoyable to watch.

  25. ***ROTTEN TOMATO IS THE BUZZ FEED OF THE MOVIE SEEN, AFTER WHAT THEY TRIED TO DO TO DAVE CHAPPELLES AMAZING STICKS AN STONES COMEDY AND GIVING IT A 0% THEY LOST ALL CREDIBILITY AND ARE NOW ON THE BUZZFEED LEVEL, THEY RUINED A 20 YEAR REPUTATION WITH ONE SOCIAL JUSTICE FLEX BOY-COT ROTTEN TOMATOES****

  26. I don't understand why Nelson is still getting guff for this. He explained how in his history he did something and he says 'I can't believe I did that. It was wrong.' So he knows what he did and he is remorseful. This was far before he had to apologize for the remarks.

  27. Tolkien and Hellboy were actually pretty good. I wouldn’t pay too much attention to critic reviews and more consumer reviews, as they tend to be more accurate

  28. Tolkien was good. But it wasn't flashy or sexy. That alone doomed it amidst the competition. Its character development from front to back.

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