The 16 biggest box-office flops of 2019

STXfilms‘Playmobil: The Movie’
  • Actor Matthew McConaughey has been the biggest box-office loser this year, with more than one notable flop.
  • Even superhero movies aren’t immune to the box-office blues. The “X-Men” movie “Dark Phoenix” and the “Hellboy” reboot crashed and burned this summer.
  • The latest huge misfire is STX’s “Playmobil: The Movie,” which had one of the worst openings of all time over the weekend with less than $US1 million.
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The biggest box-office losers of the year so far has been actor Matthew McConaughey and studio STX Entertainment, who’ve had multiple major flops in 2019.

McConaughey’s January release, “Serenity,” co-starring Anne Hathaway, grossed a rough $US8.5 million and had a production budget of $US25 million. Harmony Korine’s “The Beach Bum,” starring McConaughey, opened with $US1.8 million in March, which was the worst opening for a wide release on over 1,000 screens at the time, and one of the worst openings of the actor’s career.

But even some superhero movies have crashed and burned this year. “Hellboy” failed to spark excitement this year due to a poor release date, awful reviews, and other factors. It’s made just $US21 million and was made for $US50 million. And the “X-Men” dud “Dark Phoenix” was a huge misfire.

The latest huge flop is STX’s “Playmobil: The Movie,” which opened over the weekend with less than $US1 million. It’s one of the worst box-office openings of all time for a movie playing on over 2,000 screens. It’s the latest misfire for STX, which also released “Ugly Dolls” and “Poms” earlier this year.

Below are 16 box-office flops this year, in order of release date:


“Replicas”

Entertainment Studios

Release date: January 11

Opening weekend: $US2,375,325

Total global gross: $US4,046,429

Production budget: $US30 million

Rotten Tomatoes critic score: 10%

What critics said: “The filmmakers manage to avoid every potentially interesting choice for far dumber, and far more inexplicable, conclusions.” – Los Angeles Times


“The Kid Who Would Be King”

Fox

Release date: January 25

Opening weekend: $US7,173,887

Total global gross: $US32,097,473

Production budget: $US60 million

Rotten Tomatoes critic score: 90%

What critics said: “Cornish is offering a kind of movie they just don’t make anymore – expansive live-action adventure tales unabashedly aimed at young people, not the adults charged with taking them to the cinema.” –Vulture


“Serenity”

Aviron Pictures

Release date: January 25

Opening weekend: $US4,415,403

Total global gross: $US8,547,045

Production budget: $US25 million

Rotten Tomatoes critic score: 19%

What critics said: “What an infuriating mess the makers of Serenity have unloaded on an unsuspecting public. It’s still only January, but this bats— bonkers trip through the subconscious has already earned a place among the year’s worst movies.” – Rolling Stone


“Miss Bala”

Columbia

Release date: February 1

Opening weekend: $US6,864,744

Total global gross: $US15,310,211

Production budget: $US15 million

Rotten Tomatoes critic score: 22%

What critics said: “Gloria is basically in the wrong place at the wrong time, something that might be said for everyone involved with this movie, audience included.” –New York Times


“Captive State”

Focus Features

Release date: March 1

Opening weekend: $US3,131,525

Total global gross: $US8,557,327

Production budget: $US25 million

Rotten Tomatoes critic score: 45%

What critics said: “The central plot development is galvanizing in theory but mostly just confusing in practice.” – Indiewire


“The Beach Bum”

Neon

Release date: March 29

Opening weekend: $US1,763,070

Total global gross: $US4,440,954

Production budget: $US5 million

Rotten Tomatoes critic score: 54%

What critics said: “The Beach Bum would be more entertaining if it weren’t the same scene over and over, with escalation in lieu of evolution. But that’s Korine’s strategy, for better or worse, possibly both.” – Vulture


“Hellboy”

Lionsgate

Release date: April 12

Opening weekend: $US12,045,147

Total global gross: $US41,099,007

Production budget: $US50 million

Rotten Tomatoes critic score: 15%

What critics said: “An R-rated slog that’s heavy on bad attitude and creative dismemberments, and completely missing the humane core of Mignola’s original story.” – The Atlantic


“UglyDolls”

STX Entertainment

Release date: May 3

Opening weekend: $US8,603,407

Total global gross: $US27,530,241

Production budget: $US45 million

Rotten Tomatoes critic score: 27%

What critics said: “UglyDolls is less a movie than an infomercial for the plush Hasbro toys.” – RogerEbert.com


“Poms”

STX Entertainment‘Poms’

Release date: May 10

Opening weekend: $US5,110,000

Total global gross: $US13,631,124

Production budget: N/A

Rotten Tomatoes critic score: 34%

What critics said: “Even by the elastic standards of mass-market escapist trifles the creators of POMS might consider the challenges of growing old and confronting death without infantilizing both characters and audience.” –NPR


“Tolkien”

Fox Searchlight

Release date: May 10

Opening weekend: $US2,153,000

Total global gross: $US7,776,413

Production budget: N/A

Rotten Tomatoes critic score: 51%

What critics said: “If you’re going to tell the story of one of the most imaginative writing minds of the 20th century, why not infuse it with more … imagination?” –Chicago Sun-Times


“Dark Phoenix”

Fox

Release date: June 7

Opening weekend: $US32,828,348

Total global gross: $US252,423,828

Production budget: $US200 million

Rotten Tomatoes critic score: 23%

What critics said: “A stupendously dull series-ender without a shred of wit, narrative thrust or genuine emotional force.” – London Evening Standard


“The Kitchen”

Warner Bros.

Release date: August 9

Opening weekend: $US5,510,000

Total global gross (So far): $US15,049,257

Production budget: $US38 million

Rotten Tomatoes critic score: 21%

What critics said: “There’s not enough heat in this Kitchen, but there’s nothing cool about it, either.” – Time


“The Goldfinch”

Warner Bros.

Release date: September 13

Opening weekend: $US2,640,000

Total global gross: $US3,625,000

Production budget: $US45 million

Rotten Tomatoes critic score: 25%

What critics said: “The film suffers from both an excessive faithfulness to its source and a general failure to translate that material into anything close to a gripping onscreen narrative.” – The Atlantic


“Gemini Man”

Paramount

Release date: October 11

Opening weekend: $US20,552,372

Total global gross: $US172,972,170

Production budget: $US138 million

Rotten Tomatoes critic score: 26%

What critics said: “No matter how many (presumably non-computer-generated) tears Smith sheds, he and Lee never transform this baby hit man into a plausible science-fiction conceit, let alone invest him with a soul.” –Los Angeles Times


“Doctor Sleep”

Warner Bros.

Release date: November 8

Opening weekend: $US14,114,124

Total global gross: $US69,455,648

Production budget: $US45 million

Rotten Tomatoes critic score: 77%

What critics said: “An itch to play a few too many of the greatest hits softens the impact of the ride. But make no mistake: ‘Doctor Sleep’ shines.” – Detroit News


“Playmobil: The Movie”

STXfilms

Release date: December 6

Opening weekend: $US668,000

Production budget: $US40 million

Rotten Tomatoes critic score: 18%

What critics said: “Best watched running in the background of a playdate for pre-schoolers, buried under the noise of kids’ own imaginations but offering the occasional distraction from a total toddler meltdown.” – The Wrap

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