If Spider-Man No Way Home, Fast and Furious 9 or Dying can wait helped revive the cinema industry in 2021, some films have failed to find their audience. A look back at the 12 biggest box office failures of the year.
From Fast and Furious 9 to Spider-Man No Way Home, Dying Can Wait, Encanto or Conjuring 3, the year 2021 has been synonymous with recovery for the film industry thanks to the success of these films. However, at the global level, all was not so rosy. Some long-awaited feature films have experienced a bitter failure at the box office.
In the 12 biggest flops of the year, several films are stamped Warner. The studio having decided to release its works simultaneously in theaters and on HBO Max in 2021, it is not very surprising to see that certain feature films have suffered from this position.
THE 12 BIGGEST FAILURES OF THE YEAR
Directed by Neil Burger (Divergent), Voyagers, a modernized version of His Majesty of the Flies, only collected a small 5 million dollars in worldwide receipts for a budget of 30 million. Carried by Tye Sheridan and Lily-Rose Depp, this SF film released on the sly did not find its audience.
The story follows a group of young people who are as brilliant as they are disciplined. They board a ship as part of an expedition to colonize a distant planet, in order to save the human race. But the discovery of disturbing details about the mission will challenge their training and cause them to question their most primitive instincts. Life on board then turns into chaos, and they are in turn consumed by fear, lust, and an insatiable thirst for power.
MANY SAINTS OF NEWARK
Highly anticipated by fans, Many Saints of Newark, prequel to the cult series The Sopranos, was a bitter failure at the box office. With a budget of 50 million, it only brought in 12 worldwide.
We follow the adventures of Tony Soprano before he became a crime legend. The latter made his scales with his uncle, Dickie Moltisanti. In an explosive context of gang warfare, this intractable godfather opened the doors of the mafia to his nephew.
Reminiscence, an original project led by Lisa Joy, creator of Westworld, was a pretty resounding flop. It brought in only 15 million dollars in worldwide receipts for a budget of 60 million. The story plunges us into the near future. Miami has been submerged by the waves, due to the effects of climate change.
A private investigator, Nick Bannister, is hired by clients to find their precious memories. During his last affair, he falls madly in love with his client. When he disappears, the detective is distraught and sets out to find him. He then finds himself lost in a time loop and discovers aspects of his personality that he did not know before.
Cry Macho, Clint Eastwood’s latest film, did not gather crowds this time around. Filmed for 33 million greenbacks, it won only 15. The actor plays the role of Mike, fallen star of the rodeo.
He is entrusted with a seemingly impossible mission: to go to Mexico to find a turbulent teenager and bring him to Texas. To do this, he will have to face the Mexican underworld, the police and his own past.
WEST SIDE STORY
The new version of the great classic West Side Story by Steven Spielberg has been largely shunned by the public. ET’s dad, however, had a substantial budget in his pocket with 100 million greenbacks.
In the end, the feature film earned a small 27 million dollars in worldwide revenue. A bitter failure for the director of Jurassic Park. The film tells the legendary story of a budding love against the backdrop of brawls between rival gangs in 1957 New York.
Industrial accident for Chaos Walking, blockbuster with Tom Holland and Daisy Ridley. With a box office result reaching 27 million dollars, it is one of the biggest flop of the year given its budget of 100 million. Directed by Doug Liman, the film takes us to a near future where women have disappeared.
Todd Hewitt’s world is inhabited only by men, and all are subject to the Noise, a mysterious force that reveals their thoughts and allows everyone to know those of others. When a young woman, Viola, crash-lands on this planet, she finds herself in great danger. Todd swears to protect her, but to succeed he will have to reveal his inner strength and unlock the dark secrets that suffocate his world…
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