Remember that movie “Cloud Atlas?” The one with the crazy time-hopping plot and an A-list cast led by Tom Hanks and Halle Berry? Well, it turns out audiences weren’t quite ready for its mind-bending storytelling and six different plotlines. Despite a whopping $128.5 million budget, it only made $27.1 million domestically.
But now, many years later, it’s gained a cult following for its ambitious scope and impressive performances. Plus, who wouldn’t want to see Tom Hanks play a tough-talking Irish gangster or a futuristic tribesman with a nose piercing? It’s never too late to give “Cloud Atlas” a second chance.
In 1992, Disney released a musical movie called "Newsies," and boy, did it tank. But like a good loaf of bread, it only improved with time. Starring a young Christian Bale, the movie tells the story of the Newsboys' Strike of 1899. Unfortunately, despite its all-star cast, including Bill Pullman, and Robert Duvall as Joseph Pulitzer, it only earned $2.8 million at the box office against a $15 million budget.
However, the movie became a cult classic thanks to its popularity on VHS. Families everywhere watched and sang along with the catchy tunes, making it a household name. Who knew that a movie about newsboys could be so fantastic?
The Wizard of Oz
"The Wizard of Oz" is a movie that’s become synonymous with Hollywood magic. Who can forget the iconic characters, the famous yellow brick road, and the unforgettable songs? But did you know that the movie actually started off as a box office flop? The movie was released in 1939 and made only about $3 million in its initial release, which was less than what it cost to make.
Despite this setback, the film has stood the test of time and become a cult classic that’s beloved by audiences and critics alike. It’s had multiple home video releases and re-releases and has earned around $29.7 million.
In 1985, Terry Gilliam's "Brazil" was released with a budget of $15 million, but it failed to make an impact at the box office, grossing only $9.9 million domestically. Despite its lackluster financial performance, the movie's place at #17 on "The Guardian's" all-time sci-fi and fantasy list shows its lasting impact.
The movie boasts an impressive list of attributes, including quippy one-liners, crazy special effects, political references, sets that are very retro-futuristic in nature, and an ending that was a real gut-puncher. However, it lacked an obvious target demographic, possibly contributing to its initial failure. Regardless, "Brazil" has inspired filmmakers ever since and is a must-watch for sci-fi fans.
A Cure for Wellness
Gore Verbinski's "A Cure for Wellness" was a box office disappointment, earning only $8.1 million domestically against a $40 million budget. Despite its initial lack of commercial success, the film has since become a cult classic for horror fans. The movie's unsettling imagery, including disturbing eels, creepy dental procedures, and eerie mazes, draws viewers into its mysterious plot.
A marketing campaign that played into "fake news" confusion may have contributed to the film's initial struggles to find an audience. While the movie's gothic twists may be a bit stressful, "A Cure for Wellness" casts a spell on those who appreciate a horror flick that resists easy classification.