Geek Ink Thinks: Five great movies that bombed at the box office


Dredd 2012 Movie Poster

Maybe it was due to lack of marketing, or the fact that people still had nightmares from the original movie starring Stallone, but very few people went to see the new Dredd. This was a shame since it was a well crafted, stylish action sci-fi film. The only obvious problem was that Dredd’s plot was a bit too similar to that of The Raid, a martial arts action movie that was released in the US a few months earlier.


Hugo Movie poster

Hugo was a film lovers delight. Too bad that no-one knew what it was about and didn’t care much about the fact that it was directed by Martin Scorcese. Heck, I only went to see it after a friend watched it and told me I HAD to go watch it. Hugo turned out to be more of a historical film with a magical realism angle, which isn’t really the impression I got from the marketing material.

Pacific Rim

Pacific Rim movie poster

Giant robots smashing giant monsters. How fucking awesome is that? It was also directed by Guillermo del Toro (Blade 2, Pan’s Labyrinth, Hellboy 1 and 2). Clearly American audiences didn’t think much of this action sci-fi’s concept because it opened to pretty terrible box office numbers. Pacific Rim only made 37 million dollars on its opening weekend, which is pretty shocking considering Godzilla made $93 million on its opening weekend and is an absolute snoozefest in comparison. At least the foreign markets made up for the American box office and helped save Pacific Rim.

Scott Pilgrim vs The World

Scott Pilgrim vs The World movie poster

Scott Pilgrim was amazing but was unfortunately too nerdy for its own good. Based on the fantastic graphic novels by Bryan Lee O’Malley and directed by Edgar Wright (Spaced, Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, The World’s End), the film managed to capture the spirit of the books down to a T. Except for the fact that I really don’t feel like Michael Cera makes a good Scott, this film rightfully deserves its cult classic status.

The Iron Giant

The Iron Giant movie poster

Directed by Brad Bird (Mission Impossible 4, The Incredibles, Ratatouille), the ending of this movie will have everyone in tears, or at very least complaining that people shouldn’t be cutting onions while they’re trying to watch a movie. A family film that’s intelligent, funny, and still incredibly well animated, the Iron Giant is an exceptionally moving film with a heart of gold.


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