The Biggest Box Office Bombs Of 2019 So Far

The Biggest Box Office Bombs Of 2019 So Far

Although the biggest movies these days seem
to be making more money than most small countries, that doesn’t mean everyone is sharing in the
wealth. Sadly, quite a few 2019 movies — some with
big names and big budgets — have already been given the thumbs down from critics and
audiences alike. Here’s why these 2019 films bombed at the
box office. Replicas is one of those science fiction/horror
movies that seems to exist solely to warn the world’s mad scientists that dead people
are supposed to stay that way. Keanu Reeves plays Will Foster, a scientist
working on transferring the consciousnesses of the dead into new bodies. After his wife and children are killed during
a boating trip, he enlists the help of a fellow scientist to resurrect them via cloning. Predictably, things quickly go wrong. Replicas performed dismally at the box office,
grossing just a little over $4 million, and its aggregate Rotten Tomatoes score doesn’t
suggest this was an under-hyped gem, either. Critics ripped the sci-fi thriller to pieces,
calling out its preposterous story, its numerous plot holes, and the squandering of its novel
potential. A number of critics have suggested that Reeves
was horribly miscast as a grieving genius, and more than one argued that Nicolas Cage
would’ve made a much better fit. Amidst a storm of unkind reviews of Replicas,
perhaps the best takedown of them all came from The Los Angeles Times, which explained: “The filmmakers manage to avoid every potentially
interesting choice for far dumber, and far more inexplicable, conclusions.” Don’t worry, Joss Whedon fans: you haven’t
missed anything important. 2019’s Serenity is a very different beast
indeed than the 2005 sci-fi cult classic. “I am a leaf on the wind. Watch how I soar.” No, this movie follows Baker Dill, the captain
of a fishing vessel who is dragged back into his ex-wife Karen’s life when she tries to
hire him to kill her current husband. So far, so straightforward, right? Well, guess again. Because it is eventually revealed that Dill
is actually a character in a video game designed by a boy named Patrick. When Patrick’s real-life mother remarried
an abusive man, he redesigned his game to be about destroying the new man in her life. Some critics praised a number of fine performances
that nevertheless failed to save an absurd story. Most critics, however, agreed that Serenity’s
script was horribly written — and its premise was downright ludicrous. The biggest problem seems to have been the
film’s poorly executed reveals, which The Sunday Times called “shoddy narrative gimmicks.” Rather than adding depth or a fresh perspective
to the story, reviewers felt the twists were “self-indulgent”, while The Arts Desk wrote: “It’s as if you’ve been watching a movie
which wasn’t that great to begin with, and then the director crashes through the screen,
doubling up with laughter and telling you you’ve been had.” Louis Ashbourne Serkis plays a young boy in
present day England who stumbles upon the legendary sword Excalibur in 2019’s family-friendly
fantasy The Kid Who Would Be King. Unfortunately for Alex and his friends, King
Arthur’s old enemy Morgana knows Excalibur has been discovered and wants it for herself. Aided by the backwards-aging Merlin, Alex
and his friends embark on a quest to defeat the dastardly sorceress. Sadly, their victory against the forces of
evil couldn’t save the movie from grossing just a little over half of its production
budget of $59 million. Unlike most of the films that flopped in 2019,
The Kid Who Would Be King enjoyed mostly favorable reviews, earning an impressive 90% score on
Rotten Tomatoes. While writing about the film’s inability to
turn a profit, Forbes placed part of the blame on competing intellectual properties, pointing
out that Kid was forced to face off with films like Aquaman and Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. These movies featured characters audiences
were familiar with and wanted to see on the big screen, whereas audiences simply struggled
to care about King Arthur and his friends. For a long time to come, the thing most people
may remember about the darkly comic revenge thriller Cold Pursuit will be the interview
star Liam Neeson gave while promoting the film. During this interview, Neeson revealed that,
in the wake of the sexual assault of a close friend by a black man, he had once walked
the streets hoping any black man would start a fight with him so that Neeson could kill
him in retaliation. “It was horrible, horrible, and I think back
that I did that, and I’ve never admitted that and I’m saying it to a journalist,
God forbid.” The interview sparked a firestorm of controversy,
eventually prompting an apology from the actor. Cold Pursuit’s opening weekend pulled in $10.8
million — the lowest numbers for a Neeson movie debut since 2010’s The Next Three Days. Eventually, however, subsequent grosses helped
the film break even with its $60 million budget. It’s impossible to know how much of that poor
performance was influenced by the response to Neeson’s colossal public blunder, though
according to some critics, there was plenty in Cold Pursuit to dislike even if you’d never
heard his notorious interview. Whether it was Neeson’s interview or the film
itself that led to Cold Pursuit’s chilly reception, it’s probably safe to say that it’ll probably
be a while before Neeson is allowed to veer off-topic during a press interview. In the world of Captive State, 2019 is the
year aliens invade the Earth, ultimately leading to humanity’s capitulation to the extraterrestrials
who rule the planet from their underground “Closed Zones.” A decade later, two brothers join a resistance
force against the aliens and find themselves hunted by a shadowy Police Commander who has
dedicated himself to ending the resistance once and for all. Or so it seems… “No no no no. I’m going to watch it later. I’ve got it, mum’s the word.” Captive State eventually grossed an unimpressive
$8.6 million worldwide. Overall, the movie’s reviews agreed that the
plot was convoluted and that the film didn’t have the budget it needed to tell its story. Meanwhile, others felt the focus on the unwieldy
plot sacrificed believable characters. Reelviews’s reviewer wrote: “Characterization is perfunctory and unsatisfactory. We’re watching a bunch of pawns on a filmmaker’s
chessboard.” A remake of a 2011 Spanish film with the same
name, 2019’s Miss Bala stars Gina Rodriguez of Jane the Virgin fame. The film brings Rodriguez to unfamiliar territory,
casting her as a Los Angeles make-up artist who trains to fight a Mexican drug cartel
after her friend is kidnapped during a trip south of the border. While the casting of Rodriguez as an action
star may seem strange, most critics seemed to agree it’s just about the only thing that
ended up going right with Miss Bala — while the rest of this would-be thriller is merely
a watered down, uninspired, and cardboard cutout version of the 2011 film it reimagines. The Galveston Daily News wrote that Miss Bala
director Catherine Hardwicke “feels more like a director for hire” than in her previous
films. No doubt partly as a result of all the negative
critical buzz, Miss Bala’s gross barely broke even with its $15 million budget. In spite of its poor performance critically,
a number of critics saved space to praise Rodriguez’s performance in their reviews. While agreeing that Miss Bala is largely a
ho-hum movie, Rolling Stone wrote: “This Hollywoodized remake is mostly generic
and uninspired, but it also proves that Rodriguez has the makings of a true movie star. It’ll be exciting to see what she does next…
so long as it’s not a sequel to this.” 2019’s Hellboy reboot faced an uphill climb
from the start, and unfortunately it didn’t even come close to making its way to the top. With a worldwide gross of $21.8 million, the
movie failed to make up even half its production budget of $50 million. Hellboy’s hype machine got off to a rocky
start. Fans reaction to the release of the film’s
first trailer was mixed at best, and not even close to what any studio executive would want
for a superhero blockbuster. In a sense, however, the reboot’s toughest
competitors were the two previous Hellboy movies directed by Guillermo del Toro, which
starred Ron Perlman. The shadow of Hellboy’s predecessor was that
much darker for Perlman’s very public regrets over he and del Toro’s failure to get their
own third Hellboy movie. And although he held no evident ill will for
new Hellboy David Harbour, Perlman wasn’t shy about his disappointment; speaking to
Collider, he referred to someone else being cast in the role as an “open wound.” Considering the inherent difficulties in overcoming
these challenges, Hellboy would have needed to be very good indeed to establish itself
as the basis for a revived franchise. Sadly, it wasn’t. The Chicago Tribune warned readers Hellboy’s
pacing is such that: “…you don’t so much watch this movie as
submit to being pummeled by it.” Meanwhile, Book & Film Globe asked readers
to: “…imagine del Toro’s movies, except without
any spark, wit, fun, tension and excitement.” By all accounts, Hellboy is the kind of bad
film that invites a storm of brutal takedowns — so much so that the London Evening Standard’s
critic wrote that, if he were free to decide, he’d: “…write nothing about the movie and leave
this space blank for readers’ notes.” Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings trilogy
made cinematic history, and even the less well-received Hobbit movies made plenty of
money, but there’s at least one J.R.R. Tolkien movie out there that didn’t make a
splash — the one about the man himself. Starring Nicholas Hoult as Tolkien, and Lily
Collins as Tolkien’s future wife Edith Bratt, Tolkien is about the author’s early experiences
in school, how his life was rocked by the outbreak of World War I, and how all those
experiences informed his writing. Tolkien earned an unimpressive $2.2 million
on its opening weekend, and hasn’t gained much ground since. As Forbes’ review pointed out, as a biopic
without any A-list actors to support it, Tolkien never really stood a chance of making it big
at the box office. Unfortunately, the critical response wasn’t
much better, either. Critics tended to think the movie was unimaginative,
unoriginal, and boring. For example, Salon’s reviewer wrote that Tolkien
was doomed by a lack of vision, while The Young Folks warned that the movie simply couldn’t
escape the weight of its own tedium. Poms is a comedy about a group of older women
in a retirement community who start up a competitive cheerleading squad. And that premise would be difficult enough
to pull off at the box office, even if the movie hadn’t been faced with tremendous competition. But Poms was released the same weekend as
Detective Pikachu and another all-female-led comedy, The Hustle. It also faced Avengers: Endgame, which was
still busy breaking records when Poms was released. Factor in the skew towards an older audience,
who tend not to show up on opening weekends, and the movie’s limping opening weekend gross
of $5.6 million isn’t that much of a surprise. Regardless of its target demographic or its
stiff competition, Poms’ failure with the critics can’t exactly have helped the movie’s
chances. With an embarrassing Rotten Tomatoes score
of 32%, the movie apparently showed off a great cast burdened with lazy writing — with
the star power of Diane Keaton and Jacki Weaver being simply not enough to save the movie
from box office oblivion. Based on Nicola Yoon’s young adult novel of
the same name, The Sun Is Also a Star didn’t impress critics in the slightest. Reviewer consensus was that the teen drama
is poorly written, stretches believability, and full of cliches. CNN called it “half-baked,” The Observer called
it “contrived,” while Jackie K. Cooper described it as “sappy to the nth degree.” If nothing else, even the critics unimpressed
by the movie agree that the film’s leads likely have a bright future in Hollywood, but even
they couldn’t save a seriously disappointing script. These reviews likely contributed to the film’s
lackluster opening weekend of $2.6 million, across 2,073 screens. Not only that, but the fact that The Sun Is
Also a Star was released the same weekend as the incredibly successful John Wick: Chapter
3 may also have contributed to the teen romance’s failure. “You wanted me back – I’m back.” Check out one of our newest videos right here! Plus, even more Looper videos about your favorite
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100 thoughts on “The Biggest Box Office Bombs Of 2019 So Far

  1. Looper`s perspective on the Liam Neeson comment , was the worst . Liam was being HONEST . He already admitted that what he felt at the time was wrong , but it was inspired by local violence upon one of his friends . The perpetrator happened to be black , suprise suprise .. All the stupid sooks in the world , have to make a big deal about someone reflecting honestly about their past feelings . Now we won`t get people being open and honest , about situations that really happen , because FOOLS run the media and the government now . I only watched this stupid video up to the comment on Liam .

  2. Opening weekend or anything similiar is the stupidest metric measurement a movie could have. Sad that most ppl these days are more interested in a number rather than what that would represend.

  3. The biggest bomb this year was Captain Marvel. Disney had to buy out theaters to look like it was sold out. Just look at terrible bluray sales.

  4. The kid who would be king, Hellboy, and Tolkien were all pretty good. Worth a watch when they hit streaming for sure. Box office is an irrelevant measure anyway

  5. Check the figures. Cold Pursuit's budget is 60M$ and it's total gross is 62M$. (as an example) so make the difference between "not a success" and "a flop".

  6. I love how even in sci-fi and the like, the critics still insist on using "ludicrous premise" as a point in their reviews.

  7. Despite the awesome leading cast, Serenity was garbage. There is no good way to put it. Probably the worst movie I have seen this year.

  8. So, Liam Neeson admits he was once a bit racist and is ashamed of it, and people reward him with punishment. That's why there's almost no one to put your trust in, it's all a bunch of 15 minute fame sob's.

  9. Hollywood puts out leftist propaganda crap. Most people know this, if only in a instinctive way. That’s one of the major reasons Hollywood is in decline.

  10. So, Nelson can't express his feelings about the situation that happened in his life. He has to shut his mouth when he sees absurdity that happen because black people will feels offended. Wtf.

  11. I honestly never even heard of some of these movies probably because they bombed. But, The Joker has overshadowed all other movies this year and it's better than Endgame and even IT part 2.

  12. I have NEVER, im my life felt more ripped off at the movies unitl I paid good money to see "SUCKER PUNCH"…I honestly thought the Director was gonna jump out from behind a seat and say GOT YA!

  13. 4:12 shows how sad we’ve become when to apologize for coming clean about a dark time. What’s next? Shame a ex-drug addict for talking about the dark times on drugs because it will upset current addicts? If we’re supposed to have an honest conversation about race, as I keep hearing, then the good and bad has to come out before the wounds heal. Shaming a man for admitting racist feelings he had once were wrong only helps real racists in their agenda.

  14. Gemini man flopped bad whooo hoooo fuck U Will Smith that piece of shit film should have gone direct 2 DVD & Blu Ray only I'll bet Paramount Pictures are gonna regret they didn't now lmfao

  15. I'd just like to point out that 'box office' profit doesn't make the movie good. . . Years ago "Independence Day" came out on or around July 4th. The SAME weekend "Shawshank Redemption" came out and it tanked at the box office. But at the same time Shawshank IS a great movie. Just saying.

  16. The Kid Who Would Be King suffered from under-marketing as well. Had it been marketed correctly it probably would've at least made its production cost back. I saw about 5 movies around the time the ads for it were playing on TV, and none of them had The Kid Who Would Be King as a trailer.

  17. Liam is an old school Racist & he self exposed. Liam said he wanted to Kill Any Random “Black Bastard” “who would happen upon him”. Liam said went out armed with a club wandering black neighborhoods at night to kill any random black man. He said any random black man who confronted him. But the black neighborhoods people never harassed, questioned, or bothered him at all.

  18. Looper softened what Liam said.. so it didn’t sound so bad. He made Anti-black statements. He drove to black neighborhoods armed & wanted to Murder a random Black man. Looper is officially trash.

  19. The kid who would be king would have been good, but then they made it way to weird and sci fy. I like sci fy, but not while I’m watching a King Arthur remake.

  20. People just dont want to sit in a crowded theater anymore. Especially not with a 12 dollar popcorn and 4 dollar soda and a ten minute trip to the bathroom and a business that takes no responsibility for playback errors or failures.

  21. They may be wasting the opportunity to home rent.

    Movie theaters have been damaged by either a logical connection or illogical paranoid connection, but after public mass shootings have become common, the story or trailers better be interesting enough to risk either a real risk or a now-ish logical paranoia

    Yes, when movies are first going to dvd or cable, they have a time to rent before it goes to cable.

    Ok take the cost or renting up a bit and limit the rental type by half and rents some that are out at theaters.

    Well if people have the choice to home rent rather than bringing their screaming kids to ruin someone else's experience rather than just their own.

    Also, there are some people who don't have the health to go out but might want to see something before their friend or loved one might die in a few months, but the opportunity to see something really good or make fun of something together might be on a ticking clock.

    Maybe make something available to rent on cable that would allow some earning for a flop or whatever before it will just get to cable eventually.

  22. I really liked Replicas, and our whole family with 3 little kids loved The Kid Who Would be King. I also enjoyed Hellboy, though of course it didn’t come close to measuring up to the first two and it was a lot more violent, to an extent I didn’t let my kids watch it while they did watch the first two. It’s still fun and some really cool scenes.

  23. The new hellboy was pretty good. You have to clear your mind from the stubborn side of "he's not hellboy" and you'll enjoy the different perspective.

  24. Since Hellboy is actually fun to watch if you like the genre and has a fast paced, complex story it will become a cult classic eventually. It’s so easy to hate it though… yes it’s one of those movies.. love it or hate it.

  25. Some of these movies were ok, don't understand these critics. Oh yeah I forgot we are in a generation of self-entitled cry baby pussies with no imagination.

  26. MIB was pretty good Chris Hemsworth was pretty funny in it so I don't understand why they compared it to origional MIB .

  27. Cold pursuit wasnt a dud..underperformed perhaps. .but frankly it never was blockbuster material. Rather a niche black homour axn pic..

  28. I still want to watch captive state, it was in the books for release on March the 30th in the UK and that never happened, it just disappeared. I watched the trailer in the cinema.

    I did watch the trailer for Annihilation in the cinema too even though that went straight to Netflix

  29. Whats so offensive about what Liam Neeson said? Better question, why in hell did no one realise it was the words of a damaged and hurt mind? Everyone goes through it at some point, be they a black man angry that his friend was raped by a white man and does the same thing, or for any nationality or ethnic race? Luckily he never acted on it like others have in the past before him. Stop looking for something to be offended about and rather look to comfort and heal the person that is going through that and show them it is wrong of them to think like that. There is no need to be offended by something you yourself could of helped to fix.                                                                                                                                                                                           People are just lazy and self centered and can not be bothered about those around them that are obviously hurting.

  30. Couldn't they have Waited for 2 more months for the year to be over and then post this video, instead of saying "so far" ?? Idk man.. Just doesn't feel professional imo

  31. What a way to make movie goers feel like shit who wants to go to the movies anymore when it makes more than a small country overall the world's priorities are fuckin pathetic

  32. I think the real reason the Cold Pursuit didn't do well was because they keep filming movies that take place in Colorado, in Vancover BC.
    And stoners can tell.

  33. Cold Pursuit. I saw the original and was quite good,
    Norwegian Film with English subtitles starring Stellan Skarsgård.
    In Order of Disappearance
    I highly recommend.
    Just search YT for In Order of Disappearance.

  34. Since in Tolkien they decided to ignore one of the most important aspects of Tolkien's life (his catholicism) while making a movie about his life, I'm glad the movie didn't do great at the box office.

  35. Anyone seen the commuter? There is a scene where he uses a broken guitar to whip a sweaty bug-eyed negro…. And captive state only failed because Amerikkka can't stand to watch a black hero. Awesome movie! Captive state a must watch for any black male!

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