ByMatt Kranis, writer at
President of the Salacious Crumb Fan Club. Staff Writer at Movie Pilot. Twitter: @Matt_Kranis
Matt Kranis

The reviews for Suicide Squad are in, and things aren't looking so great for the latest entry in the DCEU. Many are still soured by the gritty style of DC's films, with some complaining that Suicide Squad feels tonally confused. Despite the complaints, the film's still tracking to be a huge box office hit.

While some might be worried about Squad's success, they have little to fear. This year's release of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice proved that fans care little about the opinions of critics when it comes to superhero movies. Even if the movie's deemed "bad," they'll still flock to the film.

The debate between fan appreciation and critical opinion might be raging now, but it's nothing new. Plenty of critically reviled films have made a killing at the box office. With that in mind, we're looking at some "bad" movies that made tons of money.

1. Godzilla (1998)

Production Budget: $130 million
Domestic Total Gross: $136,314,294
Worldwide Lifetime Gross: $379,014,294

Director Roland Emmerich's Godzilla ranks as one of Hollywood's most polarizing remakes, so it might be surprising to see that it actually made tons of money around the world. While the film might have been a critical flop, it had plenty of fan appeal. Godzilla brought cinema's most iconic monster to America for the first time, and fans wanted to see how Emmerich returned to the disaster movie genre post Independence Day. But the movie wound up being more of a disaster in terms of plot and character.

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2. Star Wars: Episode I — The Phantom Menace (1999)

Production Budget: $115 million
Domestic Total Gross: $431,088,295 After 2012 Rerelease: $474,544,677
Worldwide Lifetime Gross: $1,027,044,677

For many Star Wars: Episode I — The Phantom Menace is the worst film in the series thanks to a convoluted story centered on trade negotiations, plenty of perceived plot holes and of course the hated Jar Jar Binks. But in 1999 we didn't know what to expect, and fan anticipation helped the film gross nearly $1 billion in its initial run. Episode I crossed the billion dollar mark after its 2012 3D re-release, proving that hateful fans will go see anything they can complain about.

3. Planet Of The Apes (2001)

Production Budget: $100 million
Domestic Total Gross: $180,011,740
Worldwide Lifetime Gross: $362,211,740

Another one of Hollywood's most reviled remakes, director Tim Burton's 2001 take on Planet of the Apes isn't so terrible if you take it as a standalone work. But this one looks like a pile of monkey crap compared to its predecessor. Burton's attachment to the project, as well as impressive production design and ape prosthetics, were enough to help the film gross over three times its budget around the world.

4. Pearl Harbor (2001)

Production Budget: $140 million
Domestic Total Gross: $198,542,554
Worldwide Lifetime Gross: $449,220,945

Michael Bay's World War II drama Pearl Harbor made tons of money despite drawing criticism for its melodramatic plot, terrible dialogue and one-dimensional characters. That said, the film does highlight Bay's action style with its impressive sequence capturing the attack on Pearl Harbor. The promise of epic action coupled with a star-studded cast anchored by Ben Affleck, Josh Hartnett and Kate Beckinsale helped pack the theaters. Also, there's no doubt that the film's historic subject matter and patriotic tone ensured its success in the States.

5. Spider-Man 3 (2007)

Production Budget: $258 million
Domestic Total Gross: $336,530,303
Worldwide Lifetime Gross: $890,871,626

Fans had every right to expect Spider-Man 3 to be a great movie. After all, Sam Raimi previously delivered two solid Spidey flicks that stand as the web-slinger's best cinematic adventures (so far). But his third outing failed to impress both fans and critics, featuring an over-stuffed story that lumped in three different villains as well as campy elements that just didn't work. The franchise aspect made this one a hit, an impressive achievement considering its high production cost.

6. Alice In Wonderland (2010)

Production Budget: $200 million
Domestic Total Gross: $334,191,110
Worldwide Lifetime Gross: $1,025,467,110

The success of Alice in Wonderland was a clear factor in Disney's decision to pursue more live-action adaptations of its animated classics, a shock considering its poor reviews. Tim Burton once again brought his signature style to the big screen, many critics and fans saw this one as presenting more style over substance. In the end, the movie grossed over $1 billion worldwide and gave birth to the now notorious bomb that is Alice Through The Looking Glass.

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7. Clash Of The Titans (2010)

Production Budget: $125 million
Domestic Total Gross: $163,214,888
Worldwide Lifetime Gross: $493,214,993

2010's Clash of the Titans has the unfortunate distinction of helping spawn the remake craze we're still seeing today. The update of the 1981 fantasy adventure kept the Greek mythology setting and amped up the action with a cast including Sam Worthington, Liam Neeson and Ralph Fiennes. Despite a strong cast and increased action, the film couldn't be saved from complaints of a generic story and bland visuals. However, a spring release date gave the movie an open opportunity to slay at the box office.

8. Grown Ups (2010)

Production Budget: $80 million
Domestic Total Gross: $162,001,186
Worldwide Lifetime Gross: $271,430,189

Grown Ups is not one of Adam Sandler's best movies. It looks like a fake crappy movie out of a good comedy that sadly exists in real life. Sandler's feature length excuse to hang out with his buddies and make fart jokes only cost $80 million and made over $270 million worldwide, a seriously impressive take for a family comedy. Three years later Grown Ups 2 was another huge hit, pulling in nearly $247 million worldwide.

9. The Hangover Part II (2011)

Production Budget: $80 million
Domestic Total Gross: $254,464,305
Worldwide Lifetime Gross: $586,764,305

The Hangover was a huge hit that both critics and fans loved, so it only made sense to make a sequel. The only problem was The Hangover Part II was basically the same exact movie, with the biggest change transporting the cast from Las Vegas to Bangkok. Fans flocked to theaters expecting the same hilarious adventure, only to find a repetitive story. But the studio won out, raking in loads of cash and then shooting out the even more disappointing The Hangover III.

10. Transformers: Age Of Extinction (2014)

Production Budget: $210 million
Domestic Total Gross: $245,439,076
Worldwide Lifetime Gross: $1,104,054,072

None of the Transformers movies have fared well with critics, and Transformers: Age of Extinction might be the worst. Like the other films, plenty complained about a threadbare plot and useless human characters. Of course, the film had plenty of impressive special effects, but for many they ended up being a loud, cluttered mess. Unsurprisingly, Age of Extinction made loads of money, and with massive overseas grosses the film crossed the $1 billion mark.

11. Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice (2016)

Production Budget: $250 million
Domestic Total Gross: $330,360,194
Worldwide Lifetime Gross: $872,662,631

You can't deny that DC's predecessor to Suicide Squad was a big flop with critics. The Ultimate Edition cut has fared slightly better, but overall the film left a bad taste in the mouths of both professionals and a segment of the fan community. But as you guys know, bad reviews did little to stop the film's box office success, setting the stage for the current debate surrounding Suicide Squad's reception.

Did these movies deserved hate from critics? Let us know in the comments.


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