The 20 Biggest FLOPS in Movie Remake History

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The 20 Biggest FLOPS in Movie Remake History
 

 
It was another bad weekend for the movie remake.

Director Matt Reaves's re-telling of the critical hit "Let The Right One In" didn't take a very big bite out of the weekend box office. "Let Me In" opened in a disappointing eighth place, taking in just $5.3 million.

To make matters worse, Renee Zellweger's "Case 39" was dumped into theaters after sitting on a shelf - in early estimates, it was running neck and neck with "LMI."

Ouch.

Some good news..."Let Me In" doesn't come close to making the list of biggest movie remake flops. I did some digging on Box Office Mojo and ranked the most fantastic re-tread failures of all time - all movies that aimed high, but more than likely sent studio executives searching for a nice, comfy hole to crawl into.



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20. The Big Bounce (2004) - $6.4 million domestic gross, budget n/a
The budget on this mid-2000's flop wasn't made available (I wonder why), but with a cast of Owen Wilson, Charlie Sheen, and Morgan Freeman, it couldn't have been TOO cheap. To think that cast would only rake in $6.4 million TOTAL? Mega-flop.


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19. School for Scoundrels (2006) - $17.8 million domestic gross, $35 million budget
Sure, the studio only risked $35 million on this Billy Bob Thornton starrer, but you'd think they'd make their money back with "Napoleon Dynamite's" Jon Heder attached. Nope.



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18. The Wicker Man (2006) - $23.6 million domestic gross, $40 million budget
Oh, no! NOT THE BEES! "The Wicker Man" was doomed from the start, falling $17 million short of its budget.


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17. Swept Away (2002) - $598,645 domestic gross, $10 million budget
Sure, this one didn't loose as much as other flicks on the list. But with a big star like Madonna involved, and a celebrity director in Guy Ritchie, you'd think the movie would be able to at LEAST bring in a million bucks. "Swept Away" barely brought in half of that figure. Ouch.


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16. Welcome to Collinwood (2002) - $336,620 domestic gross, budget n/a
I hate to pick on the indie comedy here, but with somebody like George Clooney plastered all over the poster, you'd think it would bring in more cash. Nope..."Welcome to Collinwood" never found an audience outside of Collinwood.


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15. The Four Feathers (2002) - $18 million domestic gross, $40 million budget
I guess 2002 wasn't a great year! This Heath Ledger period piece never quite caught on with audiences.



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14. The Time Machine (2002) - $56.8 million domestic gross, $80 million budget
Let's take that Time Machine back to a place where this unneccesary retread didn't exist. Guy Pearce was a solid lead, but the movie still fell $24 million short of its budget.



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13. The Producers (2005) - $19 million domestic gross, $45 million budget
It absolutely k!lled on stage - commercially and critically. But when this re-invention of Mel Brooks classic film tried to capture the magic on the movie screen, it felt like another stale remake. Audiences never really bought it.



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12. The Bachelor (1999) - $21 million domestic gross, $51 million budget
That's right, New Line spent $51 million on this remake of Buster Keaton's Seven Chances....aiming to be a star vehicle for Chris O'Donnell. Whoops!


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11. The Stepford Wives (2004) - $59.5 million domestic gross, $90 million budget
A creepy Nicole Kidman couldn't make "The Stepford Wives" thrilling enough for audiences. It came in $21 million short of its budget.



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10. Just Visiting (2001) - $4.7 million domestic gross, $35 million budget
In a refreshing twist, Jean-Marie Poiré was allowed to direct the remake of his 1993 original "Les Visiteurs." Audiences didn't care - the Christina Applegate's starrer didn't even bring in $5 million of its $35 million budget.

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9. Pathfinder (2007) - $10.2 million domestic gross, $45 million budget
Marcus Nispel's remake of the 1987 Norweigan fantasy flick was aiming for a fantasy audience. It never caught on.


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8. Taking for Pelham 1 2 3 (2009) - $65.4 million domestic gross, $100 million budget
What looked like a standard popcorn thriller, "Taking of Pelham 1 2 3" sported a hefty $100 million budget. Maybe Columbia was thinking John Travolta and Denzel Washington would have people lining up to see it. Maybe they all got on the wrong train.


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7. Psycho (1998) - $21 million domestic gross, $60 million budget
What's worse, that Gus Van Sandt even tried to remake the Alfred Hitchcock classic, or Universal putting $60 million behind it? It barely took in a third of that figure. Cue shrieky shower music!



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6. Mighty Joe Young (1999) - $50 million domestic gross, $90 million budget
Disney gambled that audiences would stomp over to this live-action crowd-pleaser, featuring an animatronic gorilla. They invested $90 million in the project, and only made about half of it back on the domestic front. Mr. Young turned out to be quite the stinker.


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5. The Out-of-Towners (1999) - $28.5 million domestic gross, $75 million budget
Steve Martin and Goldie Hawn headlined this Paramount remake - which cost an astounding $75 million to put together. It wouldn't even make half of it back. Get out (of town)!


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4. Last Man Standing (1996) - $18 million domestic gross, $67 million budget
Bruce Willis starred in this loose remake of Kurosawa's Yojimbo, giving it an urban gangster spin. Apparently it was an offer audiences COULD refuse. It fell $49 million short of its budget.


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3. Rollerball (2002) - $18.9 million domestic gross, $70 million budget
"Die Hard" director John McTiernan did his best to bring back this 1975 cult hit...but the ball never really got rolling. It fell $51 million short of its budget.


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2. Poseidon (2006) - $60 million domestic gross, $160 million budget
Wolfgang Peterson and Warner Bros. had high hopes for this 2006 tentpole. It sank to the bottom of the blockbuster ocean - falling a whopping $100 million short of its massive budget. "Poseidon" did pick up a bit more cash worldwide, but considering the high hopes, this was a tremendous disappointment.


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1. The Wolfman (2010) - $69.5 million domestic gross, $150 million budget
Universal had big aspirations for the reboot of its monster classic. I actually somewhat enjoyed the movie, but apparently there weren't too many of me. "The Wolfman" fell a whopping $80 million short of its budget domestically, and didn't fare too well overseas either. It grossed about $140 million total...a major blow for a movie with a monster budget.

 10-05-2010, 06:32 PM         #3
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What was the point of remaking Psycho to begin with? A direct copy word for word with a horrible lead at that.
 7 years ago '08        #4
Arson 84 heat pts84
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90% of this list didn't need more than a $20 million budget
 7 years ago '05        #5
monrowe 3 heat pts
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i eenjoy the remake but i think it was also an effort to give vince vaughn a different type of role and kinda hard to believe.
 7 years ago '04        #6
Liquid-Science 28 heat pts28
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whoever greenlighted them in the first place should be drawn and quartered
 7 years ago '06        #7
"SS" 28 heat pts28
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never even heard of most of these movies and i have never seen any of em except pelham and i only caught about 30 minutes of that
 7 years ago '10        #8
The Insomniac 5 heat pts
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Why isnt this on the list?


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 7 years ago '05        #9
poeknock 5 heat pts
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I actually think that Let me In was good and it did bad at the movies because they were up against this:

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not sayin Let me in would have made a whole lot of money but it would have been alot more that it made
 7 years ago '04        #10
Aesop730 14 heat pts14
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I liked Big Bounce
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ReppinDaBurghh 55 heat pts55
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Poseidon and Taking of Pelham were alright movies
 7 years ago '98        #12
ronnie|A 10 heat pts10
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I remember wolf man... that movie was terrible. The wear wolf looked some some dude picked wearing a halloween costume he picked up @ walmart
 7 years ago '05        #13
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 Maroon_Tiger said:
damn @ the wolfman.. the plot failed that movie... it had huge potential.... poisidon was a pretty good movie...

the taking of pelham 123 was a pretty good movie.. i dont see where the budget went to besides car crashes

some of these movies look like obvious failures
john travoltas goatee hair was made of the second to last surviving wooly mammoth.
 7 years ago '05        #14
Garnet & Gold 42 heat pts42
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Well, the only movie on there I've seen is Taking the Pelham (which was pretty good), and I've only heard of about 5 of the others. And most of them just look awful.
 7 years ago '04        #15
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 un1t27 said:
how is 16-17 a flop the both made 10 times more then the budget lol.
$598,645 is 10 times $10 million?
 7 years ago '07        #16
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 un1t27 said:
how is 16-17 a flop the both made 10 times more then the budget lol.
All are flops domestically but 16 and 17 still made nowhere near 10 times their budget.


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 7 years ago '05        #17
Dope Man 730 3 heat pts
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 poeknock said:
I actually think that Let me In was good and it did bad at the movies because they were up against this:

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not sayin Let me in would have made a whole lot of money but it would have been alot more that it made
If Id never seen Let The Right One In, or read the book, Let Me In would've blown my mind. Great remake for newcomers.
 7 years ago '04        #18
matelyan 21 heat pts21
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 Arson said:
90% of this list didn't need more than a $20 million budget



And 100% of the list didn't need to be remade either.
 7 years ago '05        #19
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 Maroon_Tiger said:
damn @ the wolfman.. the plot failed that movie... it had huge potential.... poisidon was a pretty good movie...

the taking of pelham 123 was a pretty good movie.. i dont see where the budget went to besides car crashes

some of these movies look like obvious failures
im guessing 1/2 or 3/4 of that budget went to pay travolta and washington to star in the movie.
 7 years ago '06        #20
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I actually enjoyed School for Scoundrels & The Taking of Pelham 123 but I can also understand them not meeting studio expectations in terms of domestic gross.

I also thought Poseidon was trash, aside from s3xy a.ss Emmy Rossum & her sweet cleavage.

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