Despite having an impressive budget of $76 million, “Children of Men” didn’t do so well at the box office, only grossing $35.6 million domestically. However, this bleak dystopian film has since gained a cult following due to its gripping storytelling and stunning cinematography.
Alfonso Cuarón’s vision of a world without children, and the political upheaval that follows, struck a chord with audiences. The film follows Clive Owen’s character Theo, who embarks on a mission to protect the first pregnant woman in almost two decades. Cuarón created a thought-provoking meditation on society and the consequences of unchecked power. What a classic.
The Iron Giant
"The Iron Giant" — a critically-acclaimed animated film that nobody went to see! Despite having a budget estimated between a whopping $70 and $80 million, the movie only managed to make a measly $23.2 million at the box office. The marketing team rushed the campaign, and it failed to create any buzz.
Perhaps people were put off by the movie's mature themes, lack of fairy tale elements, and Cold War setting. And there was no singing, which you'd come to expect from Disney! But fear not, dear readers, because "The Iron Giant" found a new life on home release and has become a cult classic.
The Rocky Horror Picture Show
"The Rocky Horror Picture Show" wasn't always the cult classic it is today. It made just $22,000 at the box office on a $1.6 million budget. But then something magical happened. Fans started dressing up, dancing, and acting out scenes at midnight screenings, creating a completely immersive experience.
It's like the movie got a shot of adrenaline straight to the heart. Fans started hosting conventions, clubs, and even live stage productions. Since then, it has grossed over $170 million worldwide. And, let's be honest, who wouldn't want to dress up in fishnets and heels and sing "Time Warp" at the top of their lungs?
In the Sanderson sisters' words, "It's just a bunch of hocus pocus" this film was initially considered a box office flop. But like a spell cast by the witches themselves, "Hocus Pocus" has resurrected itself as a cult classic.
Despite its lackluster box office performance in 1993, the film has become a staple of the Halloween season, charming audiences young and old with its spooky, whimsical tale of three witch sisters wreaking havoc on Salem, Massachusetts. With a budget of $28 million, it may have been a financial disappointment at the time, but now, its immense popularity knows no bounds.
Oh, hi, Mark! "The Room" is an absolute trainwreck of a movie, and yet, it's a masterpiece of unintentional comedy. Written, produced, executive produced, and directed by the mysterious Tommy Wiseau, the film had a budget of $6 million but made a pitiful $1,916 at the box office.
Critics savaged it upon release, and its Rotten Tomatoes score sits at a dismal 23%. But somehow, people began to see its so-bad-it's-good charm. It's now a cult classic, with fans buying copies on home video and packing theaters for special showings. In fact, a comedy movie about the making of "The Room," called "The Disaster Artist," was released in 2017.