20 Awful Movies That Didn’t Deserve To Do So Well At The Box Office

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Image: via Nerdist
Image: via Nerdist

18. Star Wars: Episode I — The Phantom Menace

The Phantom Menace remains one of the most hyped films in cinematic history, picking up the Star Wars franchise after a wait of 16 years in 1999. Critically, it was a disaster of galaxy-sized proportions with ramifications that resonated through the entire Star Wars universe. YouTubers still disdainfully dissect it and comedians continue to make jokes at its expense — not least of all the character Jar Jar Binks, who managed to offend or appall almost everybody. Nevertheless the film banked more than $1 billion worldwide and until The Force Awakens came out in 2015, it was the highest grossing Star Wars movie ever made.

Image: via A Grande Ilusão
Image: via A Grande Ilusão

17. Godzilla (1998)

With Legendary Pictures currently laying the groundwork for a “shared universe” featuring Godzilla and a host of other larger-than-life characters, it can be easy to forget that an American take on the creature’s story already exists. Roland Emmerich’s 1998 Godzilla was eviscerated by critics, fans and even Toho, the Japanese studio responsible for birthing the eponymous lizard. Despite this, it ended up making a monster $379 million.

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Image: Walt Disney via Kino

16. Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time

Cinematic video-game adaptations follow a predictable pattern now — the trailer drops, it looks good and people start claiming that we’re about to see our first competent movie of that genre. Prince of Persia made those people think again but still earned $336 million, despite a 36-percent fresh rating from Rotten Tomatoes, in 2013. Until Warcraft came along three years later, it was the highest grossing video game movie ever made.

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