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The Worst January Movie Releases

Updated September 23, 2019 66.0k votes 5.6k voters 185.7k 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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  • 1
    Meet the Spartans
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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
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    Fifty Shades of Black

    Marlon Wayans, Kali Hawk

    Released2016

    Directed byMichael Tiddes

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  • 3
    Epic Movie
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    Epic Movie

    Carmen Electra, Jennifer Coolidge

    Released2007

    Directed byAaron Seltzer, Jason Friedberg

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  • 4
    Movie 43
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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
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    Norm of the North

    Heather Graham, Rob Schneider

    Released2012

    Directed byAnthony Bell

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    Monster Trucks
    555
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    Monster Trucks

    Lucas Till, Jane Levy

    Released2017

    Directed byChris Wedge

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  • 7
    Mortdecai
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    Mortdecai

    Johnny Depp, Gwyneth Paltrow

    Released2015

    Directed byDavid Koepp

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  • 8
    Code Name: The Cleaner
    610
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    Code Name: The Cleaner

    Lucy Liu, Nicollette Sheridan

    Released2007

    Directed byLes Mayfield

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  • 9
    Pinocchio
    578
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    Pinocchio

    Roberto Benigni, Kim Rossi Stuart

    Released2002

    Directed byRoberto Benigni

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  • 10
    Alone in the Dark
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    Alone in the Dark

    Tara Reid, Christian Slater

    Released2005

    Directed byUwe Boll

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  • 11
    My Baby's Daddy
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    My Baby's Daddy

    Ashton Kutcher, Seth Green

    Released2004

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  • 12
    Season of the Witch
    675
    452

    Season of the Witch

    Nicolas Cage, Christopher Lee

    Released2011

    Directed byBrett Ratner, Dominic Sena

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  • 13
    BloodRayne
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    BloodRayne

    Michelle Rodriguez, Ben Kingsley

    Released2005

    Directed byUwe Boll

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  • 14
    The Devil Inside
    573
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    The Devil Inside

    Lelia Goldoni, John Prosky

    Released2012

    Directed byWilliam Brent Bell

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  • 15
    Elektra
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    Elektra

    Jennifer Garner, Jason Isaacs

    Released2005

    Directed byRob Bowman

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  • 16
    The Legend of Hercules
    397
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    The Legend of Hercules

    Kellan Lutz, Roxanne McKee

    Released2014

    Directed byRenny Harlin

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  • 17
    One for the Money
    415
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    One for the Money

    Katherine Heigl, Debbie Reynolds

    Released2012

    Directed byJulie Anne Robinson

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  • 18
    Big Momma's House 2
    429
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    Big Momma's House 2

    Kat Dennings, Chloë Grace Moretz

    Released2006

    Directed byJohn Whitesell

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  • 19
    Down to You
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    Down to You

    Ashton Kutcher, Rosario Dawson

    Released2000

    Directed byKris Isacsson

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  • 20
    One Missed Call
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    One Missed Call

    Meagan Good, Ariel Winter

    Released2008

    Directed byEric Valette

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  • 21
    Car 54, Where Are You?
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    Rosie O'Donnell, Fran Drescher

    Released1994

    Directed byBill Fishman

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    The 5th Wave
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    The 5th Wave

    Chloë Grace Moretz, Nick Robinson

    Released2016

    Directed byJ Blakeson

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    Diablo
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    Carlo Aquino, Arnold Reyes

    Released2012

    Directed byRamon Mez de Guzman

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    Bride Wars
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    Bride Wars

    Anne Hathaway, Kate Hudson

    Released2009

    Directed byGary Winick

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    Anesthesia
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    Anesthesia

    Myeong-shin Park, Se-jin Park

    Released2011

    Directed bySeokyoung Kim

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