9 Movies That Flopped at the Box Office But Are Truly Worth Watching

'Ghostbusters' (2016)

Male fragility was on full display when it was reported that Paul Feig was recreating the 1984 comedy-sci-fi classic Ghostbusters and that the Ghostbusters will be played by - shock! 

'Jungle Cruise' (2021)

When Dr. Lily Houghton (Emily Blunt) travels to the Amazon in pursuit of a legendary item, she asks local boat captain Frank (Dwayne Johnson) to be her guide. 

'Turning Red' (2022)

13-year-old Mei Lee is attempting to balance pleasing her domineering mother with enjoying her youth. Things become much more difficult in the now-iconic mother-daughter film.

'Nightmare Alley' (2021)

Master of the macabre. Guillermo del Toro's neo-noir melodrama Nightmare Alley failed to create an impression at the box office, grossing $39 million worldwide on a $60 million production budget.

'The Master' (2012)

Paul Thomas Anderson's The Master, a masterclass in character analysis, made an impression on its limited release in five cinemas, grossing $242,127 on its opening day, which was a record for an arthouse picture.

'Rise of the Guardians' (2012)

When an evil spirit plans to take over the globe by giving children horrific dreams, Jack Frost, Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny, the Tooth Fairy, and the Sandman work together to save the planet.

'The Suicide Squad' (2021)

The Suicide Squad's box office performance begs the obvious (but rhetorical) question: had it not been for a pandemic and Warner Bros.' plan to broadcast it on HBO Max simultaneously.

'Children of Men' (2006)

Another box office flop, Alfonso Cuarón's futuristic action film Children of Men, starring Clive Owen and Julianne Moore, was well received by audiences and reviewers.

'Donnie Darko' (2001)

The $4.5 million sci-fi psychological film Donnie Darko made just over $500,000 in its domestic run and was a box office disaster. Film marketing failed to generate income.