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The Worst January Movie Releases

Updated September 23, 2019 60.5k votes 5.8k voters 191.9k views94 items

If you're an actor, director or producer, the last thing you want is your movie to be released in the January dumping ground. Over the years, January is known in the movie world to be the time when studios put out their less than stellar releases. If you've got a movie scheduled for a January release, close your eyes and run for the hills. 

That said, only one of these movies can take home the dishonorable title of the worst January release. Until a fantastic grossing movie or a critically acclaimed flick can defy the odds at the box office, January will forever be known as a time when really poor movies get released. The movies here have won awards, but its usually of the Razzie variety. Until that changes, then January will continue to get its bad rap as a pretty bad time to release new movies. 

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    Meet the Spartans

    Carmen Electra, Method Man

    Released2008

    Directed byAaron Seltzer, Jason Friedberg

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    Fifty Shades of Black

    Marlon Wayans, Kali Hawk

    Released2016

    Directed byMichael Tiddes

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    Epic Movie

    Carmen Electra, Jennifer Coolidge

    Released2007

    Directed byAaron Seltzer, Jason Friedberg

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    Movie 43

    Emma Stone, Halle Berry

    Released2013

    Directed byBrett Ratner, Bob Odenkirk, Griffin Dunne, Rusty Cundieff, James Gunn

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    Norm of the North

    Heather Graham, Rob Schneider

    Released2012

    Directed byAnthony Bell

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    Monster Trucks

    Lucas Till, Jane Levy

    Released2017

    Directed byChris Wedge

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    Code Name: The Cleaner

    Lucy Liu, Nicollette Sheridan

    Released2007

    Directed byLes Mayfield

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    Pinocchio

    Roberto Benigni, Kim Rossi Stuart

    Released2002

    Directed byRoberto Benigni

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    Alone in the Dark

    Tara Reid, Christian Slater

    Released2005

    Directed byUwe Boll

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    My Baby's Daddy

    Ashton Kutcher, Seth Green

    Released2004

    Directed byCheryl Dunye

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    Mortdecai

    Johnny Depp, Gwyneth Paltrow

    Released2015

    Directed byDavid Koepp

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    The Legend of Hercules

    Kellan Lutz, Roxanne McKee

    Released2014

    Directed byRenny Harlin

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    BloodRayne

    Michelle Rodriguez, Ben Kingsley

    Released2005

    Directed byUwe Boll

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    Season of the Witch

    Nicolas Cage, Christopher Lee

    Released2011

    Directed byBrett Ratner, Dominic Sena

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    One for the Money

    Katherine Heigl, Debbie Reynolds

    Released2012

    Directed byJulie Anne Robinson

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    Elektra

    Jennifer Garner, Jason Isaacs

    Released2005

    Directed byRob Bowman

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    The Devil Inside

    Lelia Goldoni, John Prosky

    Released2012

    Directed byWilliam Brent Bell

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    Big Momma's House 2

    Kat Dennings, Chloë Grace Moretz

    Released2006

    Directed byJohn Whitesell

    Big Momma's House 2 is a 2006 American comedy film and the sequel to Big Momma's House. The film was directed by John Whitesell, based on the characters created by Darryl Quarles from the original...  more

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    Down to You

    Ashton Kutcher, Rosario Dawson

    Released2000

    Directed byKris Isacsson

    Down to You is a 2000 romantic comedy film about losing a first love. It was directed by Kris Isacsson. The main characters are Alfred 'Al' Connelly, Imogen, and Cyrus. The cast also includes Ashton...  more

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    Car 54, Where Are You?

    Rosie O'Donnell, Fran Drescher

    Released1994

    Directed byBill Fishman

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    One Missed Call

    Meagan Good, Ariel Winter

    Released2008

    Directed byEric Valette

    One Missed Call is a 2008 American supernatural horror film and remake of Takashi Miike's 2003 Japanese film One Missed Call, which itself was based on the Yasushi Akimoto novel Chakushin Ari. The...  more

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    Anesthesia

    Myeong-shin Park, Se-jin Park

    Released2011

    Directed bySeokyoung Kim

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    Monster Hunt

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    The 5th Wave

    Chloë Grace Moretz, Nick Robinson

    Released2016

    Directed byJ Blakeson

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    Synchronicity

    Michael Ironside, Brianne Davis

    Released2013

    Directed byJacob Gentry

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