Despite the major success stories of Jurassic World, Avengers: Age of Ultron, Inside Out and Furious 7 helping push 2015's box office numbers to the second highest level in its history, the other side of the coin saw some surprisingly underwhelming turnouts for a few movies the majority of us considered bonafide blockbusters.
Box office analysts Rentrak reported that between May 1st and Labor Day weekend, domestic ticket sales reached an awe-inspiring $4.48 billion - a 10.4% increase over 2014's box office average, with Disney and Universal being the veritable muscle behind the surge.
And when you bear in mind that we still have new a 007, Star Wars and the final part of The Hunger Games saga to come, I think it's safe to believe records will be properly slayed.
Despite the highs, Sony, alongside Fox, were two of the companies left smarting from a veritable box office battering, with Aloha and Pixels performing poorly.
Joining these two on this list of underachievers are the likes of Josh Trank's much discussed and ill-fated reboot of Marvel's first family, Brad Bird's original idea of a Land of Tomorrow, and Guy Richie's reboot of a classic spy series.
Right, enough words. Here are some numbers for your eyes:
This Summer's Top 5 Underachieving Movies
Movies with an * are still in release. Plus, the numbers take into account budget, marketing spend, expected revenue and are relevant up to Sep 7th:
5. Tomorrowland (Disney)
Estimated Budget - $190 million
Worldwide Gross - $208 million
Expected Loss - $120-$150 million
Thanks to Disney's subsidiaries Marvel and Pixar raking in over $2 billion with Age of Ultron ($1.4 bil) and Inside Out ($703 mil), Tomorrowland's failure will be akin to teeny, tiny drop in the water. Lucky, huh?
4. Fantastic Four* (Fox)
Estimated Budget - $125 million
Worldwide Gross - $146 million
Expected Loss - $80-$100 million
Will F4's failure see a will they/won't they situation play out regarding Fox's future with the franchise, especially with rumor of Bryan Singer being drafted in to save the ailing IP? Or is Marvel rubbing its hands silently in the shadows, waiting to pounce?
3. Pixels* (Sony)
Estimated Budget - (In excess of) $88 million
Worldwide Gross - $186 million
Expected Loss - (In excess of) $75 million
Though Pixels has suffered some serious lag in the box office, Adam Sandler is still one of the world's highest paid actors. At least someone is laughing on their way from the screens...
2. The Man From U.N.C.L.E.* (Warner Bros.)
Estimated Budget - (in excess of) $75 million
Worldwide Gross - $72 million
Expected Loss - (in excess of) $80 million
WB hasn't had the best of times this summer, with three of their big name IPs (Magic Mike XXL, Hot Pursuit & Entourage) suffering, but not all was lost seeing as San Andreas and Mad Max: Fury Road brought in almost $1 billion together.
1. Aloha (Sony/Fox)
Estimated Budget - (in excess of) $37 million
Worldwide Gross - $26 million
Expected Loss - $65 million
Despite a stellar A-list cast, confusing marketing, a poor critical reception and controversy surrounding the whitewashing of Hawaii, it seemed Aloha was destined to fail before it even released.
(Sources: Box Office Mojo, THR, Variety)