“Baby Geniuses” was a 1999 comedy film about a bunch of babies that are, you guessed it, extremely smart. While most people would agree that it’s hard to ruin a film about cute babies, the studio behind “Baby Geniuses” managed to do just that. The film received overwhelmingly negative reviews, but despite the poor ratings, the film managed to make a decent amount of money, a $36.5 million box office income.
The success of the original “Baby Geniuses” prompted the studios to make a sequel, “Superbabies: Baby Geniuses 2.” The sequel also ended up being considered one of the worst films of all time. Fortunately, this one was a box-office failure. It only made $9.4 million against a $20 million budget, which meant that the string of horrible films had come to an end.
Estimated loss: $1.1 million
Death Wish (2018)
This reboot of the original 1974 "Death Wish" joins the list of failed remakes. What worked during the Nixon/law-and-order era, doesn't appeal to the general audience today, and thankfully so! Not that the first film was a masterpiece either. If most people would revisit it today, they'd most likely be appalled by the outright racism and the laughable machismo promoted in the film.
The movie grossed $34 million on a $30 million budget, so while that's not as big of a loss compared to other box office bombs featured on this list, anyone familiar with the movie industry knows that a $4 million dollar gain is basically a fail, and thus "Death Wish" was granted the title of one of the biggest flops of 2018 by all major publications.
Estimated gross: $4 million
Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018)
This space Western film is based on one of "Star Wars" favorite characters, Han Solo. As it's associated with one of the most successful movie franchises in cinema history, expectations were high; however, the production didn't exactly deliver, thus it gets an "honorable mention" in our list.
Reviews about this Star Wars spin-off were tepid. Analysts of publications such as The Atlantic and Entertainment Weekly credited the movie's deficient box office performance to inadequate marketing and to what was coined as "Star Wars fatigue". "Solo" came out just five months after "The Last Jedi," becoming the fourth film of the series released in less than 30 months. Perhaps viewers just needed a break from the Star Wars saga.
Estimated loss: $100 million
Basic Instinct 2 (2006)
Now, "Basic Instinct" is just one of those films you don’t mess with. It’s iconic, sexy, and thrilling for a reason, and this is most likely due to the decade it was released in. Sure, they might have brought Sharon Stone back for the sequel and perhaps even her little white mini dress, but more than 20 years later, it just wasn't the same. The film flopped at the box office, making only $38.6 million of the originally invested $70 million.
You know it’s Golden Raspberry-worthy when the director of the original film scoffed at the new script and flat-out refused to direct a film that was going to be somewhat sacrilegious. With reviews like “ludicrous” and “predictable”, it should’ve been instinctual to know not to resurrect a film from another time.
Estimated loss: $31.4 million
The Man From U.N.C.L.E.
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 Ritchie (Sherlock) at the helm as director and co-writer, hopeful optimism for a cool new retro-spy flick soared and then 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 movie lost $83 million dollars. With a budget of $75 million and a box office gross of $109.8 million, "The Man From U.N.C.L.E." is considered a flop.