The “Power Rangers” were incredibly popular both as a 90s TV show and as a 90s phenomenon. In this film version, it’s a gang of misfit teenagers who save the world. High schoolers meeting in detention, these unlikely superheroes are so inclusive they include an autistic and an LGBTQ superhero. The critics were in favor of the cast starring Naomi Scott, R.J. Cyler, Dacre Montgomery, and Becky G. But when it came to the directing and editing, …not really.
Opening up against “Guardians of the Galaxy,” turnout for “Power Rangers” at the box office was thwarted and doomed. In fact, it brought in only $1.2 million on its first day. “Power Rangers,” the 2017 movie, lost 76 million dollars. Another complaint was its crude humor and incessant product placements. With a production budget of $100 million dollars and gross sales at $142.3, it’s an official flop.
Robin Hood (2018)
Those involved in this film's creation insisted that it took a more sophisticated and darker angle than the classic narrative. Well, the public sure didn't find anything spectacular about the reboot. Although it was released at the end of 2018, it still managed to secure a top spot as one of the biggest flops of the year.
Not even a huge name like the Academy-Award-winning actor, Jamie Foxx, was able to save this film. Robin Hood was nominated for three(!) Golden Raspberry Awards, including "awards" for Worst Remake and Work Picture. Movie critics even went as far as calling it a "wasting of the cast". Ouch. Hopefully, we don't see any more modern twists to Robin Hood this year, next year, or better yet, the next decade.
Conan the Barbarian (2011)
"Conan the Barbarian," a remake of the 1982 cult film of a fictional hero could not get a new generation of viewers on board. Another problem was that while star Jason Momoa had the physique to match that of Arnold Schwarzenegger's original 1982 portrayal, it was as if he was walking with muddy boots on holy grounds.
Schwarzenegger, along with the thick Austrian he still had back then, had become synonymous with the role, and Momoa's portrayal of Conan was nothing less than blasphemous to the fans of the 1982 classic.
Fantastic Four (2015)
The 2015 "Fantastic Four" reboot of the 2005 version which was a reboot of the comic book developed by legendary comic icons Jack Kirby and Stan Lee, was a COMPLETE FLOP. Every other Marvel superhero film has blasted the roof off the box office. So what happened?
Critics agree that it starts off pretty good. Unfortunately, they say, characters are underdeveloped, storytelling is weak, and dialogue gets downright corny at times.
The Man From U.N.C.L.E. (2015)
Based on the 1960s TV series with the same name, the rights to "The Man From U.N.C.L.E." were procured by producer John Davis way back in 1994. The Warner Bros. release with director Guy Ritchie premiered in August 2015, more than two decades later.
With Guy Ritchie as director and co-writer, it made sense to be optimistic about the fate of the cool new retro-spy flick. Except it ultimately flopped. While the film delivers visually (as one would expect from a Ritchie endeavor), the Cold-War era spy thriller that saves the world from a secret international crime syndicate did not nestle itself into a niche clever enough for critics. And, up against "Austin Powers" (yet another 60s spy action-thriller comedy), there was tough competition. The film lost $83 million. The budget was $75 million and the box office gross was $109.8 million, rendering "The Man From U.N.C.L.E." a flop.