Sponsored
5.7k voters

The Worst January Movie Releases

Updated September 23, 2019 62.3k votes 5.7k voters 189.6k 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. 

...more
  • Meet the Spartans1
    1,676
    881

    Meet the Spartans

    Carmen Electra, Method Man

    Released2008

    Directed byAaron Seltzer, Jason Friedberg

    Meet the Spartans is a 2008 American parody film directed by Jason Friedberg and Aaron...  more
    Amazon buy button
  • Fifty Shades of Black2
    1,287
    673

    Fifty Shades of Black

    Marlon Wayans, Kali Hawk

    Released2016

    Directed byMichael Tiddes

    Fifty Shades of Black is a 2016 American comedy film directed by Michael Tiddes. Christian...  more
    Amazon buy button

    More Fifty Shades of Black 

    #38 of 54 The Worst Movies of 2016#98 of 165 The Funniest Slapstick Movies Ever Made

  • Epic Movie3
    1,589
    864

    Epic Movie

    Carmen Electra, Jennifer Coolidge

    Released2007

    Directed byAaron Seltzer, Jason Friedberg

    Epic Movie is a 2007 American parody film directed and written by Jason Friedberg and Aaron...  more
    Amazon buy button
  • Movie 434
    980
    541

    Movie 43

    Emma Stone, Halle Berry

    Released2013

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

    Movie 43, previously Untitled Comedy, is an upcoming comedy film written by Rocky Russo,...  more
    Amazon buy button

    More Movie 43 

    #911 of 1,137 The Absolute Funniest Movies Of All Time#38 of 48 The Best Supergirl Versions Of All Time

  • Monster Trucks5
    547
    328

    Monster Trucks

    Lucas Till, Jane Levy

    Released2017

    Directed byChris Wedge

    Monster Trucks is a 2016 American comedy film directed by Chris Wedge. A young man (Lucas...  more
    Amazon buy button

    More 

    #18 of 24 The Best Kids Movies of 2017#26 of 29 The Best Sci-Fi Movies of 2017

  • Norm of the North6
    477
    283

    Norm of the North

    Heather Graham, Rob Schneider

    Released2012

    Directed byAnthony Bell

    Norm of the North is a 2012 animation adventure drama film written by Daniel Altiere and...  more
    Amazon buy button
  • Pinocchio7
    551
    356

    Pinocchio

    Roberto Benigni, Kim Rossi Stuart

    Released2002

    Directed byRoberto Benigni

    Pinocchio is a 2002 Italian live-action family film directed by and starring Roberto Benigni....  more
    Amazon buy button

    More Pinocchio 

    #58 of 122 The Best Foreign Fantasy Movies, Ranked#68 of 199 The Best G-Rated Children's Movies

  • Code Name: The Cleaner8
    574
    375

    Code Name: The Cleaner

    Lucy Liu, Nicollette Sheridan

    Released2007

    Directed byLes Mayfield

    Code Name: The Cleaner is an 2007 action comedy film directed by Les Mayfield and starring...  more
    Amazon buy button
  • Mortdecai9
    546
    356

    Mortdecai

    Johnny Depp, Gwyneth Paltrow

    Released2015

    Directed byDavid Koepp

    Mortdecai is a 2015 American action comedy film directed by David Koepp and written by Eric...  more
    Amazon buy button

    More Mortdecai 

    #12 of 14 The Best Spy Movies Streaming on Hulu#45 of 53 The Best Johnny Depp Movies

  • Alone in the Dark10
    625
    420

    Alone in the Dark

    Tara Reid, Christian Slater

    Released2005

    Directed byUwe Boll

    Alone in the Dark is a 2005 German-Canadian-American science fiction action horror film, very...  more
    Amazon buy button

    More Alone in the Dark 

    #5 of 18 18 Terrible Movies Based on Stupid Properties That Nobody Cared About#67 of 128 The Best B Movies of All Time

  • The Legend of Hercules11
    389
    247

    The Legend of Hercules

    Kellan Lutz, Roxanne McKee

    Released2014

    Directed byRenny Harlin

    The Legend of Hercules is a 2014 American 3D action fantasy film directed by Renny Harlin and...  more
    Amazon buy button

    More 

    #43 of 54 Well-Made Movies About Slavery#15 of 37 The Best Movies About Greek Mythology

  • My Baby's Daddy12
    846
    589

    My Baby's Daddy

    Ashton Kutcher, Seth Green

    Released2004

    My Baby's Daddy is a 2004 comedy film, directed by Cheryl Dunye....  more
    Amazon buy button
  • Season of the Witch13
    632
    435

    Season of the Witch

    Nicolas Cage, Christopher Lee

    Released2011

    Directed byBrett Ratner, Dominic Sena

    Season of the Witch is a 2011 American fantasy adventure horror film starring Nicolas Cage and...  more
    Amazon buy button

    More Season of the Witch 

    #31 of 34 25+ Fantastic Pre-Modern War Movies That Take Place a Long Time Ago#8 of 19 All Of Nicolas Cage's Hairstyles, Ranked

  • BloodRayne14
    777
    545

    BloodRayne

    Michelle Rodriguez, Ben Kingsley

    Released2005

    Directed byUwe Boll

    BloodRayne is a 2005 German fantasy action horror film set in 18th-century Romania, directed...  more
    Amazon buy button

    More BloodRayne 

    #534 of 625 The Greatest Action Movies Of All Time#157 of 184 The 100+ Best Action Movies For Horror Fans

  • Elektra15
    1,030
    743

    Elektra

    Jennifer Garner, Jason Isaacs

    Released2005

    Directed byRob Bowman

    Elektra is a 2005 Canadian-American superhero film directed by Rob Bowman. It is a spin-off...  more
    Amazon buy button

    More Elektra 

    #517 of 549 The Greatest Epic Movies Ever Made#17 of 97 The Worst Superhero Movies Ever Made

  • The Devil Inside16
    533
    369

    The Devil Inside

    Lelia Goldoni, John Prosky

    Released2012

    Directed byWilliam Brent Bell

    The Devil Inside is a 2012 American supernatural horror film directed by William Brent Bell,...  more
    Amazon buy button

    More The Devil Inside 

    #510 of 722 The Best Horror Movies Of All Time#11 of 12 12 Movies That Pretended To Be Based On True Stories

  • One for the Money17
    391
    262

    One for the Money

    Katherine Heigl, Debbie Reynolds

    Released2012

    Directed byJulie Anne Robinson

    One for the Money is a 2011 comedy film directed by Julie Anne Robinson....  more
    Amazon buy button

    More One for the Money 

    #22 of 31 The Best Romantic Comedies Streaming On Hulu#73 of 149 The Funniest Female-Led Comedy Movies Ever Made

  • Down to You18
    459
    330

    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...  more
    Amazon buy button

    More Down to You 

    #572 of 781 The Greatest Chick Flicks Ever Made#127 of 200 The Best Teen Romance Movies

  • Big Momma's House 219
    408
    289

    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...  more
    Amazon buy button

    More Big Momma's House 2 

    #290 of 661 The Best Black Movies Ever Made, Ranked#88 of 144 The Funniest Black Movies Ever Made

  • Car 54, Where Are You?20
    296
    205

    Car 54, Where Are You?

    Rosie O'Donnell, Fran Drescher

    Released1994

    Directed byBill Fishman

    Car 54, Where Are You? is a 1994 comedy film directed by Bill Fishman and stars David Johansen...  more
    Amazon buy button
  • One Missed Call21
    618
    471

    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...  more
    Amazon buy button

    More One Missed Call 

    #16 of 33 Horror Movie Reboots No One Ever Asked For#417 of 488 The Scariest Movies Ever Made

  • Anesthesia22
    250
    169

    Anesthesia

    Myeong-shin Park, Se-jin Park

    Released2011

    Directed bySeokyoung Kim

    Anesthesia is a 2011 short drama film written and directed by Seok-young Kim....
    Amazon buy button
  • Monster Hunt23
    296
    210

    Monster Hunt

    Amazon buy button
  • The 5th Wave24
    895
    720

    The 5th Wave

    Chloë Grace Moretz, Nick Robinson

    Released2016

    Directed byJ Blakeson

    The 5th Wave is a 2016 American science fiction action film directed by J Blakeson, based on...  more
    Amazon buy button

    More The 5th Wave 

    #160 of 167 The Best Science Fiction Action Movies#94 of 96 The Best Film Adaptations of Young Adult Novels

  • The Woman in Black 2: Angel of Death25
    251
    175

    The Woman in Black 2: Angel of Death

    Phoebe Fox, Merryn Pearse

    Released2015

    Directed byTom Harper

    Amazon buy button