- The 2019 box office has seen a rebound thanks to Marvel blockbusters, but there have been plenty of flops.
- Actor Matthew McConaughey and STX Entertainment have been the biggest box-office losers this year, each with more than one notable flop already.
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But many movies haven’t been any help at all.
The first major bomb of the year, director Joe Cornish’s "The Kid Who Would Be King," opened just $7 million in January and ultimately made $32 million worldwide. It was made for $60 million.
The biggest box-office losers of the year so far have been actor Matthew McConaughey, who’s had two major bombs in the first few months of 2019, and STX Entertainment, which has released a string of flops.
McConaughey’s January release, "Serenity," co-starring Anne Hathaway, grossed a rough $8.5 million and had a production budget of $25 million. Harmony Korine’s "The Beach Bum," starring McConaughey, opened with $1.8 million in March, which was the worst opening for a wide release on over 1,000 screens at the time, and one of the worst openings of the actor’s career.
"Hellboy" failed to spark excitement last month due to a poor release date, awful reviews, and other major factors. It’s made just $21 million and was made for $50 million.
The box office will need help from Disney blockbusters such as June’s "The Lion King" and December’s "Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker" if it wants to compete with last year’s record-breaking gross.
Below are 10 box-office flops this year, in order of release date:
Release date: January 11
Opening weekend: $2,375,325
Total global gross: $4,046,429
Production budget: $30 million
Rotten Tomatoes critic score: 10%
What critics said: "The filmmakers manage to avoid every potentially interesting choice for far dumber, and far more inexplicable, conclusions." — Katie Walsh, Los Angeles Times
"The Kid Who Would Be King"
Release date: January 25
Opening weekend: $7,173,887
Total global gross: $32,097,473
Production budget: $60 million
Rotten Tomatoes critic score: 90%
What critics said: "Cornish is offering a kind of movie they just don’t make anymore – expansive live-action adventure tales unabashedly aimed at young people, not the adults charged with taking them to the cinema." — Emily Yoshida, Vulture
Release date: January 25
Opening weekend: $4,415,403
Total global gross: $8,547,045
Production budget: $25 million
Rotten Tomatoes critic score: 19%
What critics said: "What an infuriating mess the makers of Serenity have unloaded on an unsuspecting public. It’s still only January, but this bats— bonkers trip through the subconscious has already earned a place among the year’s worst movies." — Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
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