These movies weren't good-bad, they were just plain bad...
Mmkay, so let’s be real: Hollywood is really bad at quitting while they’re ahead. For some reason, studios keep insisting on making sequels rather than just leaving good enough alone. Sure, they think they’re going to be an easy paycheck, but history has shown time and time again that audiences are lukewarm on unnecessary sequels.
Case in point? Evan Almighty, the sequel to Bruce Almighty that literally nobody wanted. Sure, we all had a good laugh with Jim Carey and we all love Steve Carell, but seriously, audiences everywhere could see that the premise was played out. The only people who didn’t see that fact were the studio heads, who pushed forward regardless.
Not only did they make the movie, they spent millions and millions on special effects. It didn’t lose as much as most of the others on the list—the final loss was about $3 million—but the production budget was the biggest in history for any comedy at the time and proved that more money definitely doesn’t mean a good movie.
R.I.P.D. was a star-studded, supernatural adaptation of a mildly popular comic book series. Seriously, by all accounts, it should have been a hit!
Unfortunately, R.I.P.D. was pretty much regarded as a narrative failure that not even the amazing Jeff Bridges could save. The box office numbers were disappointingly low and R.I.P.D. only made about $78 million during its theatrical run despite spending at least $130 million on production.
Pan, Joe Wright’s 2015 prequel to the classic tale of Peter Pan, should have been a hit. It had a fairly big-name cast, beloved main characters, and a steampunk aesthetic that was en vogue at the time, but it just didn’t deliver. On any of that, really.
Despite its incredible visual accomplishments, the story and acting were universally panned as were the casting choices which had white actors playing all of the principle roles (even those that were traditionally depicted as people of color). The film failed to perform even close to as well as it was expected to considering its star power and budget.
The total loss is estimated as being in the range of $100 million with aggressive estimates saying it was more like $150 million.