We all have those moves we’ve watched a hundred times. In our minds they are flawless, and we won’t hear a bad word said about them. Despite what we might think about some of our favorite films, some of them actually did pretty terribly in movie theaters. We’re looking at some of the most amazing ‘90s movies that bombed at the box office.
The Big Lebowski (1998)
The Big Lebowski is a favorite of many film fans. It has humor, crime, and mystery, but despite all of that, it underperformed at the box office. It’s a Coen brothers film, but despite having the now legendary filmmaking duo at the helm, it struggled to get people to see it in theaters. The Big Lebowski was a trippy journey into one charismatic man’s supreme laziness and his quest to get his rug back. Negative reviews meant that few gave it a chance and The Big Lebowski didn’t hang around long enough for many to see it.
Office Space (1999)
If you work in an office, then you’ll know all too well of the troubles the main characters have in this film. Office Space perfectly captures how claustrophobic and tense it can be working in a shared space, while they nail the slave-driving boss to a tee. Ron Livingston plays Peter, a man fed up of the daily grind who decides he doesn’t want to work anymore, so he doesn’t. This only encourages his higher-ups to promote him as they feel as though they aren’t challenging him enough. The film is funny, and one that you would assume would have done well at the box office, but it only made a profit of $0.8 million.
Fight Club (1999)
The first rule of Fight Club is you don’t talk about Fight Club. The second rule of Fight Club is you don’t talk about Fight Club. It seems as though audiences who went to see this psychological thriller took the advice of Brad Pitt a bit too literally and they chose not to tell their friends how great it was. Despite having a budget of $63 million, the film only made a total of $37 million at the box office, ending up costing the studio money. It’s a cult hit and is considered to be one of the defining movies of the ‘90s, but despite good reviews, the film completely bombed.
The Shawshank Redemption (1994)
The Shawshank Redemption is in many people’s top ten movies of all time lists, so it’s shocking to see it wasn’t well received at the box office. Perhaps the film lends itself better to a chilled Sunday evening under a blanket on the couch rather than munching popcorn in a movie theater. The Shawshank Redemption had to contend with several huge movies in 1994 including Forrest Gump and Pulp Fiction. It was nominated for seven Oscar Awards and later went on to become one of the most rented VHS films of all time. While it didn’t have its time in movie theaters, people still went wild for it later.
The Iron Giant (1999)
Costing an estimated $70 million to animate and create, hopes were high for The Iron Giant. It tells the tale of a giant robot from space who befriends a young boy, but the mechanical alien is being hunted down by the government. Even though critics loved the film, it was almost impossible to get people to go and watch it when it first came out. Vin Diesel voices The Iron Giant, and the movie is one of the most heartbreaking ever made. Many believe the reason it flopped was because it didn’t look as shiny and exciting as animation classics such as Toy Story and it was marketed poorly. It has stood the test of time, and The Iron Giant remains one of the best animated movies ever made. Despite bombing, and costing the movie studio millions of dollars, the world is a better place for having The Iron Giant in it, even if the government does want to take him away.
These movies are all in their own right many people’s favorites, but you would never have guessed it by looking at their box office records. Just because a movie totally bombs doesn’t make it a failure, and we’ll always love these films no matter how much money they made.