These Are The Biggest Box Office Bombs Of 2018

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2018 Box Office Bombs
Disney

Welcome to the 2018 biggest box office bombs countdown! The year was saturated with movies – especially remakes and reboots – competing for everyone’s attention. To be clear, a movie flop is related to how much money it made in the box office – and not what critics think about it. At the end of the day, audiences put their good hard-earned dollars where they feel its best deserved. That’s how a movie is considered a hit, or in these cases – a total fail.

Robin Hood

2018 Box Office Bombs
Summit Entertainment

Director: Otto Bathurst
Starring: Taron Egerton, Jamie Foxx
Total budget: $100 million
Global earnings: $21.8 million

2018 was the year of the reboots, and most of them did very well during opening weekend. But the latest rendition of the Robin Hood tale was not just one of the year’s biggest box office bombs, it had the worst opening of 2018. People compared it to 2017 Guy Richie’s King Arthur, which also failed miserably at the box office. Critics based Robin Hood, saying it has a shallow approach to a well-known story and that it’s pretentious, yet deprived of suspense. At the end of the day, audiences matter more than critics, as they’re the one who make or break the film. Unfortunately, movie-goers were bored by it as well.

The Nutcracker and the Four Realms

2018 Box Office Bombs
Disney

Directors: Lasse Hallström, Joe Johnston
Starring: Morgan Freeman, Keira Knightly, Helen Mirren
Total budget: $120 million
Global earnings: $117.5 million

The holidays can be a great or a disastrous time for movies. Production companies plan years in advance to release a film near Christmas, competing with others for audience’s attention. People and families have more free time in December, so they spend more it with family – and spend more money – which is why there are so many releases. This year, it was a fierce competition. However, The Nutcracker and the Four Realms couldn’t keep up with movies like The Grinch and Ralph Breaks the Internet despite its massive production and an all-star cast. Families and critics weren’t impressed by it, and it was Disney’s most significant loss at the box office since 2016 with The BFG.

A Wrinkle In Time

2018 Box Office Bombs
Disney

Director: Ava DuVernay
Starring: Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon, Mindy Kaling, Storm Reid
Total budget: $130 million
Global earnings: $132 million

A Wrinkle In Time was arguably 2018’s most anticipated film. With massive names like Oprah, Reese Witherspoon, and Mindy Kaling, how could it flop? Even though production quality-wise it was much better than the 2004 TV film adaptation, it didn’t quite cut it. Critics and audiences thought it was beautifully made, and had some touching parts to it, but it didn’t work overall. The production was grandiose and ambitious, but all of the big names, the money spent, and the sets did not mash well together.

Solo: A Star Wars Story

2018 Box Office Bombs
Disney

Director: Ron Howard
Starring: Woody Harrelson, Emilia Clarke, Alden Ehrenreich, Donald Glover
Total budget: $250 million
Global earnings: $392 million

Can we just say that this year was the year of Disney? With more hits than box office bombs, plus a new streaming platform coming out next year, Disney is dominating all of the fields with its reboots, remakes and three-part movies. However, Solo was a fail. It started while filming: original directors were fired a month before wrapping up the shoot, due to creative differences. Then, the original budget inflated, roles were re-casted, and eventually, large portions needed to be re-shot. In fact, Solo is the only Star Wars movie that failed to gross $400 million worldwide. Critics and fans did enjoy this saga – new fans and long-time ones – but it was filled with plot holes. Disney’s got a whole bunch of new Star Wars films coming up; hopefully, they’ll redeem themselves.