Box Office Disaster: Biggest Box Office Flops of 2017
Star Wars: The Last Jedi, the latest in the series, grossed over $611 million, putting it atop the charts for 2017. The live remake of Beauty and the Beast brought in over $500 million and the second entry in the Guardians of the Galaxy films grossed almost $390 million.
But what about those films that were carried by big-name actors and actresses, directors and screenwriters, or massive corporate studios? What about those films that barely made back their budget? Those films that bombed so hard at the box office that they became the laughing stocks of the film industry?
Well Filthy Rich has got you covered. We’re not going to let these flops go without any recognition.
Budget: $25 million
Box Office: $26.8 million
Synopsis: A remake of the hit television show from the late 70s and early 80s, ChiPs featured Dax Shepard and Michael Pena as officers Jon Baker and Frank “Ponch” Poncherello. The film follows the two officers as they investigate a heist involving crooked cops.
Why it failed: The nuanced love-hate relationship between Baker and Ponch on display in the original series was difficult to carry over to a film. Plus, the key roles were reversed, which likely caused confusion to fans of the series hoping to see a continuation from the small screen to the big screen.
King Arthur: Legend of the Sword
Budget: $175 million
Box Office: $148.7 million
Synopsis: Arthur rises from the back alleys to fulfill his role as King. But once he lifts the magical sword from the stone to show the world his true identity, will the new King Arthur be the one to right all the wrongs?
Why it failed: Instead of either bringing King Arthur to modern times or sticking with the original myth, this film attempted to bridge the two. An epic fail ensued, as the classic story of Arthur is left on the cutting room floor.
A Cure for Wellness
Budget: $40 million
Box Office: $26.6 million
Synopsis: When a brash and bright young executive is set on a mission to retrieve the company’s CEO in the Swiss Alps, interesting and mysterious adventures ensue from the “Wellness Center.” Are the ways of healing correct for those at the center?
Why it failed: For starters, the release date was a horrible one. The film was pitted against Moonlight and The Great Wall in its release month of February, a typically slow month for movies.