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has joined a long list of musical movies that have hit high notes and danced their way into a coveted spot in the halls of Hollywood history.

However, not all song-filled cinema has been so lucky and a number of projects have tripped over their own feet after leaping onto the silver screen.

From heavy metal catastrophes to disappointing sequels, here are 10 of the biggest movie musical bombs that fell flat.

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1. Rock Of Ages

  • Directed by: Adam Shankman
  • Released: 2012
  • Production Budget: $75 million
  • Box Office: $59.4 million

Starring Tom Cruise, Julianne Houghe, Russell Brand, Paul Giamatti, Alec Baldwin and a number of other Hollywood heavy hitters, Rock of Ages surprisingly failed at the box office. With a $75 million dollar budget, the film only grossed $59.4 million. Though the movie flopped big time, its soundtrack fared better, debuting high on the Billboard charts and even receiving a Gold certification in Canada.

2. The Apple

  • Directed by: Menahem Golan
  • Released: 1980
  • Production Budget: $5 million
  • Box Office: N/A

I dare you to watch The Apple in one sitting. Considered by critics and general moviegoers alike as one of the worst movies of all time, The Apple is the awful disco version of with a pinch of Barbarella. The movie is so bad that critic Michael Dequina of said:

“No compassionate deity would ever allow such a monstrosity to be made (would He?).”

3. Xanadu

  • Directed by: Robert Greenwald
  • Released: 1980
  • Production Budget: $20 million
  • Box Office: $22.8 million

When a movie is the inspiration behind the awards, well what more is there to say? Starring Grease’s Olivia Newton-John and the late Gene Kelly, is the perfect example that a great cast doesn’t equal a great movie. However, film gave us the song “Magic” by Olivia Newton-John and did go on to become a cult classic. It was also re-imagined as a Broadway musical comedy in 2007 and ran for over 500 performances.

4. Paint Your Wagon

  • Directed by: Joshua Logan
  • Released: 1969
  • Production Budget: $20 million
  • Box Office: $14.5 million (Domestic)

Remember when Clint Eastwood sang about talking to trees? No? Yeah, me neither, but man what a voice! Paint Your Wagon may be one of the legend’s biggest flops, but you can’t deny Eastwood’s voice melts your soul like honey in the sun.

5. Glitter

  • Directed by: Vondie Curtis-Hall
  • Released: 2001
  • Production Budget: $22 million
  • Box Office: $5.3 million

Starring R&B superstar , 2001’s Glitter didn't just bomb at the box office, it was also panned by critics, fans and everyone's grandma. With a production budget of $22 million dollars, the movie only earned $5.3 million dollars. Ouch!

6. Nine

  • Directed by: Rob Marshall
  • Released: 2009
  • Production Budget: $80 million
  • Box Office: $53.9 million

Based on the Tony Award-winning musical of the same name, Nine received four nominations. Nevertheless, it’s one of cinema's biggest musical movie bombs. It stars Penelope Cruz, Marion Cotillard, Judi Dench, Nicole Kidman, Daniel Day-Lewis and Kate Hudson, but even their star power couldn't make this musical sing.

7. Burlesque

  • Directed by: Steven Antin
  • Released: 2010
  • Production Budget: $55 million
  • Box Office: $89.5 million

Sharing release week with Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 was probably a bad idea. Burlesque joined the talents of legends Cher and Christina Aguilera, and while the movie isn't as horrible as its reputation would have you believe, it bombed badly. Disney's Tangled also released on the same day as Burlesque, so that didn't help a bit either.

8. Jem And The Holograms

  • Directed by: John M. Chu
  • Released: 2015
  • Production Budget: $5 million
  • Box Office: $2.3 million

The original animated series from the 1980s was pure pop culture perfection with incredible music, glamour, glitter, fashion and fame. It was, outrageous. Truly outrageous, but the attempt to recapture that magic in an updated live-action movie was a colossal failure. A movie where the trailer is more memorable than the movie itself, Jem and the Holograms earned $2.3 million dollars at the box office with a $5 million dollar budget, and managed to piss off a legion of loyal fans in the process. At least the songs were alright.

9. Grease 2

  • Directed by: Patricia Birch
  • Released: 1982
  • Production Budget: $11.2 million
  • Box Office: $15.2 million

If you thought Independence Day: Resurgence was bad, give Grease 2 a chance to prove just what bad can be. Starring Michelle Pfeiffer and Maxwell Caulfield, the film does contain fresh songs that are catchy and fun. However, the sequel failed to bring new fire to the franchise and eventually flopped at the box office.

10. Shout

  • Directed by: Jeffrey Hornaday
  • Released: 1991
  • Production Budget: $11 million
  • Box Office: $3.5 million

John Travolta was king of the dance floor with Saturday Night Fever and Grease, but in 1991 everything changed with Shout. The movie tells the story of a teacher and his love for rock and roll, but no rocking and rolling saved Shout from bombing at the box office. With an $11 million dollar production budget, the movie only earned $3.5 million.

Which musical movie bomb did we miss that tops your list?

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[Sources: BoxOfficeMojo, IMDB]


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