The Day the Earth Stood Still (2008):
This film, a contemporary re-make from the 1951 classic, performed poorly on the box office, and did not live up to its full potential. It had lazy action scenes, an unclear plot, and a flat romance which were just part of the recipe for disappointment. The film based itself heavily off special effects, without having a reliable story. Despite having good portrayals from its star cast, Jennifer Connelly, Keanu Reeves, and Kathy Bates, it obtained mediocre reviews, making it one of the many inessential Hollywood remakes.
Lone Ranger (2013)
This misstep, a reimagining from the radio show, was expected to perform well in the box office as well, for it was a beloved classic with Johnny Depp was one of its leads, and Armie Hammer as its protagonist. However, this long, bland movie did not perform as it wanted and lost its source’s charms. Its slow speed and much needed action lead to it being received with poor reviews, and low income.
The film Tomorrowland, with George Clooney as the promoted protagonist, lost Disney a fortune! It was Disney’s biggest flop since Lone Ranger, despite the large audience it expected to draw with a storyline based on the epic Disney Park. The confusion of whether the film was directed towards a family oriented audience or an adult audience, a mediocre marketing campaign, and the hyped-up plotline falling flat added to the list of factors for the film’s failure. Overall, Disney lost from $120-140 million.
Green Lantern (2011)
This DC superhero film was named “The Big Flop of 2011.” Reviews mocked the film for its lazy CGI and terrible characterization. The usually romantic lead, Ryan Reynolds, had risen critics’ expectations with a good performance in Buried, nevertheless he disappointed the comic’s fans with the comedic performance, and underperforming greatly after its first weekend.
Jupiter Ascending (2015)
This box office bomb became another of the Wachowskis’ continues fiascos. After Channing Tatum failed to attract younger audiences and the romantic storyline with Mila Kunis dropped as well, this film only looked like a science-fiction joke to critics with a difficult script to follow. What seems like a failed derivation of the Matrix series only made a difference of about $7 million dollars from its budget.