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.
Power Rangers (2017)
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.
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.
Pretty much the only reason people flocked to watch the "Ghostbusters" remake was to see Chris Hemsworth don a pair of glasses and unleash that fantastic Australian accent. And while Bill Murray’s cameo was kinda cool, it was hard not to overlook the original.
While we had to judge this film as a standalone, it was still hard. The cameos of original actors, the many jokes that were carried forward from the original, and a cover of the "Ghostbusters" theme song…well, maybe it is just a bad remake?
Ghost in a Shell (2017)
Nobody can decry Johansson's acting chops, but this was another misstep by casting white actors in Asian roles. "Ghost in the Shell" is a classic piece of anime history, and it was a great opportunity to give a big role to a smaller name. But the producers went with the hot hand, and Johansson starred instead.
Plenty of people wanted the role recast, and thanks to this bad press – and, we have to assume, being not a very good movie – the anime reboot was a commercial and critical flop.