Have you ever found yourself trying to convince people to go see movies that are not doing so well at the box office? Or saying, “Just give it a chance! It might be bleeding money right now but it’s worth watching!”
If the answer is yes to either of those questions, then this movie list is for you. We define “flops” as films that didn’t perform that well as expected or just flat-out lost money in theaters. And we define “great movies” as those that were critically praised or loved by audiences or both! such as, the cult classics and underrated gems.
10. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1998)
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1998)
Cost : US $18.5 million
Box office : US $10.6 million
What is it with Terry Gilliam? Audiences weren’t turned on by reliving Hunter S Thompson’s drug-induced psychosis. Only on VHS could students finally get stoned in their rooms and watch it on repeat.
9. Heathers (1988)
Cost : US $2 million
Box office : US $1.1 million
Could Clueless and Mean Girls really exist without Heathers? And to think it was nearly lost in obscurity forever.
8. The Wizard of Oz (1939)
The Wizard of Oz (1939)
Cost : US $2.7 million
Box office : US $3 million
Today, the American box office of the film is just over $22 million, but this thanks to the re-releases that the production has had in the last decades. In the initial screenplay, “The Wizard of Oz” grossed a mere $3 million, even though it was MGM’s most expensive film to date.
7. Fight Club (1999)
Fight Club (1999)
Cost : US $63 million
Box office : US $37 million
One of the last cults of the 1990s, “Fight Club” also saw its fame grow with VHS and DVDs. In theaters, it raised just $100 million worldwide, at $37 million in the US – a figure quite modest for a movie that featured Brad Pitt, one of the geeks of that time, in the lead role.
6. Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory (1971)
Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory (1971)
Cost : US $3million
Box office : US$4 million
One of the biggest hits on television, “Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory” did not do well when it was released in theaters. The box office was minuscule, with just over $500,000 being raised! The new 2005 release with Johnny Depp in the lead role was more successful: at a cost of $150 million, the film grossed $474 million around the muno, being $268 million in the United States alone