Over the past decade or so, the gap between the fanboy world and good-ol'-fashioned reality is growing ever-slimmer, but even so, there still remains an occasionally prominent gap between the way us fans view pop-culture in comparison to the rest of the world. Below you'll find five examples of movies that crashed and burned at the earthly box-office despite hitting every possible mark for their target demo.
1. Team America: World Police
What good comedy fan isn't familiar with the awesomely offensive charms of Trey Parker and Matt Stone's 2004 cult classic Team America? However, despite featuring ubiquitous musical numbers like "Everyone Has AIDS" and "America, Fuck Yeah," the off-beat puppet comedy actually posted disappointing numbers upon its release in 2004, raking in a meager $32 million at the domestic box office. In retrospect, the film's blend of cutting satire and grotesque scatological humor may have proved too potent for mainstream audiences.
Damn near the entire film fanboy community collectively squealed like little schoolgirls upon initially hearing of Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez's 2007 mash-up homage to the exploitation films of the 1970s. Strangely enough, even the combined charms of Death Proof and Planet Terror barely managed to clear $25 million in the US. Unlike their Internet-savvy counterparts, average moviegoers probably weren't even aware of the kitschy splatter-flicks the renegade auteurs behind the picture were referencing in the first place.
3. Snakes On A Plane
Perhaps the very first dank cinematic "meme," SOAP took the humor sites of the day (SomethingAwful, Fark, YTMND, et, al.) by storm with its gleefully on-the-nose name, irreverent tone, and inclusion of Samuel Jackson's infamous line about being tired of motherfucking snakes on his motherfucking plane. As it turns out, though, a dollop of ironic humor does not a hit movie make — Snakes only grossed $62 million Motherfuckin' dollars during its entire motherfuckin' theatrical run.
4. Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World
Don't shoot the messenger folks. I love this movie just as much as the rest you guys, and why shouldn't I? It's a visually trippy homage to video games that's based on an indie comic and directed by Edgar Wright for God's sake! Although that concept may seem perfectly crafted for a generation of Millennial cool-nerds, it seemingly lined up less with the interests of the masses, as Scott Pilgrim just managed to scrape in a disappointing $47 million against a whopping $85 million budget.
5. Hardcore Henry
Back in 2013, aspiring filmmaker Ilya Naishuller made waves after premiering his insane POV music video for Biting Elbows' "Bad Motherfucker." The intensely choreographed, action-packed clip almost immediately went viral, raking in millions of hits from adrenaline-junkie action fans. Soon, Hollywood came a'knocking, developing the video into a feature film, billed as the first action movie shot entirely from a first-perspective view. Unfortunately, average Joes seemingly found the video game-esque style nauseating, as the movie belly-flopped with an abysmal $9 million cume.
In keeping with the movies above, check out the video below for some of the most outrageous action scenes ever put to celluloid:
There you have it, fellow fanboys. We may think of ourselves as the taste-makers of tomorrow, but sometimes our own "likes" don't quite match up with the general tastes of today. Contribute to the comments and let me know if you have a different take on any of these films, or if you think I missed out on any other relevant selections.