Ah, “Waterworld,” the movie that sunk at the box office harder than the Titanic. Despite earning a mere $88 million domestically on a $175 million budget, the film has since become a cult classic among fans who appreciate its wacky world-building and Kevin Costner’s inexplicable gills.
Set in a future where global warming has turned Earth into one big ocean, the film follows Costner as a mutated mariner who gets embroiled in a quest for “Dryland” with a young girl who has a mysterious map. Sure, “Waterworld” may have drowned at the box office, but it’s now a beloved cult classic for fans of cheesy ’90s blockbusters and over-the-top action.
Josie and the Pussycats
Remember that time in 2001 when "Josie and the Pussycats" hit theaters and then quickly disappeared without a trace, like a cat burglar in the night? Yeah, neither do we. With a budget of $39 million and a box office gross of only $15 million, it's safe to say the movie was a total flop.
Despite its lackluster performance, "Josie and the Pussycats" has since gained a cult following for its catchy tunes, hilarious humor, and biting commentary on corporate marketing. Starring Rachael Leigh Cook, Tara Reid, and Rosario Dawson as members of the girl group, the film tells the story of a sinister plot to control the minds of teenagers through popular music.
It's not often that a critically acclaimed movie with 11 Oscar nominations can be considered a box office flop, but that's exactly what happened with Martin Scorsese's 2011 film "Hugo." Despite its breathtaking visuals and captivating storyline, the movie struggled to break even at the box office, earning only $73 million domestically against a budget of $170 million.
However, in the years since its release, "Hugo" has become a beloved film for families to watch together, with its charming story about a young boy's journey of self-discovery and the early days of cinema. And who can resist the thrill of trying to solve the mystery of the cryptic clues?
Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping
Picture this: a movie about a pop star that was destined for stardom but instead ended up flopping harder than a fish out of water. Made with a budget of $20 million, "Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping" failed to make a splash at the box office, earning only around $10 million.
But this mockumentary musical comedy is a hidden gem that has slowly but surely gained a following of die-hard fans. With its catchy songs and satire of the music industry, "Popstar" is a hilarious commentary on the absurdity of celebrity culture. Plus, it stars Andy Samberg and his Lonely Island buddies, so you know it will be a riot.
The Wicker Man
Nicolas Cage's rendition of "The Wicker Man" is a movie that proves that some actors will do anything for a paycheck. Despite a budget of $40 million, this wacky remake made only $38.8 million worldwide, which is about as much as Cage's tax bill. And yet, "The Wicker Man" has gained a devoted following among fans of "so bad it's good" cinema.
Cage stars as a detective who travels to a remote island to investigate the disappearance of a young girl, only to find himself in the middle of a cult with some truly bizarre rituals. Nicolas Cage punching a woman in a bear suit? Seriously, what more do you need?