The Least Successful Film Releases In Box Office History 

Ann Casano
Updated March 20, 2020 44.9k views 10 items

List Rules Only movies that received a wide release in 2,000+ theaters in the U.S.

No matter how much time or money producers put into a movie, there's just no guaranteeing it will be a success-- critically or financially. For studios hoping for big wins there's no more crucial time that a movie's debut weekend. What is it about the epic box office flops on this list that made audiences avoid them during those first few days? Was it bad storytelling? Lackluster acting? Too much of Zac Efron's biceps? It's hard to say. Whatever the cause, these unsuccessful movies had the worst film debuts in history. Information on this list is based on box office data from the revenue tracking site Box Office Mojo.

When movie studios pour millions of dollars into their projects, they're banking on the hope that those movies will bring in huge audiences to help off set the costs. Spending $230+ million on Avatar is just fine if the movie brings in more than $2 billion worldwide. Spending $6 million on We Are Your Friends only to have it gross $1.8 in it's opening weekend is definitely less acceptable. (Zac Efron may have a hard time getting another job after that one!)

The movies on this list had the worst opening weekends in film history, taking into account how many screens they were showed on. Never heard of most of them? That's not a surprise. They made have made a few more bucks in the weeks after their debut, but if fans weren't rushing to see Eddie Murphy in space during The Adventures of Pluto Nash's opening weekend, they definitely stayed home after hearing it's terrible reviews. And that's probably best for everyone. Except of course, Eddie Murphy. 

Source: Box Office Mojo
The Oogieloves in the Bi... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Least Successful Film Releases In Box Office History
Photo: Freestyle Releasing
Never heard of this 2012 children's film? You're not alone. The film takes the top spot on Box Office Mojo's list of worst openings. The story was criticized for its lack of any real drama and drew under a half million dollars in its debut weekend, despite being on 2,160 screens domestically. The movie cost $20 million to produce.

Actors: Christopher Lloyd, Jaime Pressly, Toni Braxton, Cloris Leachman, Chazz Palminteri, + more

Released: 2012

Directed by: Matthew Diamond

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Delgo is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Least Successful Film Releases In Box Office History
Photo: Freestyle Releasing

Another animated box office bomb. Delgo took in just $511,920 in its debut weekend and appeared on 2,160 screens. The $40 million production was criticized for its lack of imagination, lackluster animation, and non-dimensional characters.

Actors: Jennifer Love Hewitt, Val Kilmer, Burt Reynolds, Kelly Ripa, Malcolm McDowell, + more

Released: 2008

Directed by: Marc F. Adler, Jason Maurer

We Are Your Friends is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Least Successful Film Releases In Box Office History
Photo: Warner Bros.

Perhaps Zac Efron has lost his target demo? The former Disney star definitely needed more friends to come out and support his coming of age music drama about a DJ looking for the next monster track. The movie grossed just $1.8 million despite being played in 2,333 theaters in the United States. 

Actors: Zac Efron, Emily Ratajkowski, Wes Bentley

Released: 2015

Directed by: Max Joseph

P2 is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Least Successful Film Releases In Box Office History
Photo: Summit Entertainment

P2, a 2007 horror film with absolutely no bite, grossed a little over $2 million in its opening weekend, and appeared on 2,333 screens. For anyone who wondered where Wes Bentley went after his memorable performance in American Beauty, look no further than this list. The actor appeared in both P2 and We Are Your Friends.

Actors: Rachel Nichols, Wes Bentley, Paul Sun Hyung Lee, Simon Reynolds, Grace Lynn Kung

Released: 2007

Directed by: Franck Khalfoun