We all love watching classic movies, don’t we? There are a number of movies which we love watching on and off. But do you know some of them were big flops during their time!
Following is the list of 10 such movies.
- The Shawshank Redemption
Although unbelievable but it is true that this cult movie was actually a box office flop. Although a number of movie adaptation of Stephen King were flops, but this movie surpassed the rest. Director Frank Darabont’s directorial venture came 9th in its opening weekend in October 1994 and was screened for just a month.
- It’s a Wonderful Life
This movie is a staple watch of the holiday season, but when the movie came out in 1946, it was declared a flop. The plot of the story and the dark storyline was too much for that time audience to digest.
- The Wizard of Oz
When Frank L. Baum’s classic novel was adopted as a full length talking film, movie analysts didn’t assume it to be a flop. But the movie couldn’t recover its budget with the 1939 release.
- Citizen Kane
Another iconic movie which failed dismally at the box office was Citizen Kane. There were some issues with the distribution of the movie as a result of which the theaters refused to screen the movie. They feared that the screening of the movie might upset William Hearst, the newspaper mogul on whose character the movie was based.
The Martin Scorsese movie may have won 11 Academy Award Nominations and is regarded as the director’s most anticipated movie, the film failed to garner positive response at the box office. The movie faced stiff competition from The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn-Part One and The Muppets, both of which had a strong base of audiences.
- Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory
Although Tim Burton adapted the famous Roald Dahl’s children classic into a movie with Johny Depp in the lead, much before in 1971 came the movie Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory. The audiences didn’t show any interest in the movie and as a result, the movie was a flop.
- Fight Club
Okay, you may find it hard to digest that this cult movie was a flop on its opening, but the David Fincher directed movie starring Edward Norton and Brad Pitt was a flop due to improper promotion and marketing. It is said that 20th Century Fox failed miserably to promote a movie based on consumerism to its audience and its due to this reason, people got a wrong notion of the masculinity shown in the movie.
- Donnie Darko
Even the brooding Jake Gyllenhaal couldn’t salvage the movie. It is assumed that the movie was a bit complex for its audience. First time director Richard Kelly mixed a number of components like an oversized rabbit, metaphysics, and teenage angst which didn’t go well with the audiences.
The cult movie of Bollywood featuring the “Actor of the Millennium” Amitabh Bachchan and the diva herself Zeenat Aman may be loved today and has been remade featuring Shahrukh Khan and Priyanka Chopra, but the original movie was declared a flop on its release. The reason was a lack of promotion and when the song “Khaike Paan Banaraswala” was added to the movie, then only it became a hit.
- Andaz Apna Apna
This laughathon starring Aamir Khan, Salman Khan, Raveena Tandon, Karishma Kapoor, and Paresh Rawal in prime roles may be an iconic movie today, but initially, it was a declared flop. The movie flopped due to lack of publicity and was pitted against two blockbuster movie of that time, Hum Aapke Hain Koun and 1942: A Love Story.