Ah, “Cleopatra,” the movie that made Elizabeth Taylor look like she owned an entire pyramid of diamonds. It was the biggest-budget film of its time, with a production cost that would make modern-day movie executives tremble in their boots. But alas, all that glitters is not box office gold. Despite earning $26 million upon release, it still fell short of the $31.1 million budget.
But “Cleopatra” has since been celebrated for its epic scale and Elizabeth Taylor’s captivating performance as the Egyptian queen. It’s a must-see for anyone who loves glitz, glamour, and a lot of sand. And don’t forget the juicy behind-the-scenes gossip, including multiple director changes and on-set romances.
"The Thing" may have been overshadowed by "E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial" when it first hit theaters in 1982, but this isn't a story about a friendly alien. No, "The Thing" was a full-fledged body horror masterpiece set at the South Pole, and its grotesque special effects initially scared off moviegoers. But as with all good horror flicks, the film found its audience later.
John Carpenter's tense and terrifying direction and incredible practical effects are unforgettable. The movie cost $15 million to produce and only earned slightly above its budget, making just over $19 million at the box office. However, fans soon found their way to this body horror gem.
The Matrix Resurrections
"The Matrix Resurrections," the long-awaited fourth installment in the Matrix franchise, hit theaters in December 2021 with a resounding... thud. Despite the return of Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss, the movie's box office performance was more "The Matrix Reloaded" than "The Matrix." With a budget of $190 million, it only managed to make $40.4 million domestically, which is enough to buy a few red pills and not much else.
But like a phoenix rising from the ashes of a crashed hovercraft, "The Matrix Resurrections" has developed a strong fan base. The film's mind-bending plot twists, stunning action sequences, and deep philosophical musings about reality have made it a must-watch for sci-fi aficionados.
"Dredd" may have been a flop at the American box office back in 2012, but it was a hit with audiences who loved watching Judge Dredd kick some in his own unique style. Unfortunately, the movie's $45 million budget didn't quite make it back, but that didn't stop it from gaining a loyal cult following. The gritty dystopian thriller was like a breath of fresh air for critics.
Unfortunately for them, Hollywood's overlords had other thoughts. However, the film's loyal fans continue to worship at the altar of Judge Dredd, and the movie is now considered a cult classic that's just as cool as a leather jacket on a summer day.
Ahoy, matey! Let us tell ye a tale about "Cutthroat Island." This pirate flick, starring Geena Davis and Matthew Modine, was supposed to sail its way to box office glory, but it sank like a cannonball instead. Made with a budget of $98 million, it only managed to loot a measly $10 million at the box office. Critics weren't kind to it either, calling it a scurvy mess.
But don't walk the plank just yet, because this cinematic shipwreck is so bad it's good! So hoist the Jolly Roger and give "Cutthroat Island" another chance. Who knows, maybe you'll discover some hidden treasure in this cinematic sea.