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The Worst January Movie Releases 

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Updated September 23, 2019 45.4k votes 4.8k voters 165.6k views 94 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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Carmen Electra, Method Man, Kevin Sorbo

Released: 2008

Directed by: Aaron Seltzer, Jason Friedberg

Meet the Spartans is a 2008 American parody film directed by Jason Friedberg and Aaron Seltzer. Similar to past movies, such as Scary Movie, Date Movie, and Epic Movie, it directs parodies at ...more
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Carmen Electra, Jennifer Coolidge, Lauren Conrad

Released: 2007

Directed by: Aaron Seltzer, Jason Friedberg

Epic Movie is a 2007 American parody film directed and written by Jason Friedberg and Aaron Seltzer and produced by Paul Schiff. It was the first film to be distributed by Regency Enterprises. ...more
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Marlon Wayans, Kali Hawk, Affion Crockett

Released: 2016

Directed by: Michael Tiddes

Fifty Shades of Black is a 2016 American comedy film directed by Michael Tiddes. Christian Black (Marlon Wayans) introduces shy college student Hannah Steele (Kali Hawk) to the world of ...more
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Emma Stone, Halle Berry, Kristen Bell

Released: 2013

Directed by: Brett Ratner, Bob Odenkirk, Griffin Dunne, Rusty Cundieff, James Gunn, + more

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Jennifer Garner, Jason Isaacs, Terence Stamp

Released: 2005

Directed by: Rob Bowman

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Ashton Kutcher, Seth Green, Bai Ling

Released: 2004

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Chloë Grace Moretz, Nick Robinson, Ron Livingston

Released: 2016

Directed by: J Blakeson

The 5th Wave is a 2016 American science fiction action film directed by J Blakeson, based on the novel by Rick Yancey. After four waves of increasingly deadly alien attacks left most of Earth ...more

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Michelle Rodriguez, Ben Kingsley, Meat Loaf

Released: 2005

Directed by: Uwe Boll

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Lauren Cohan, Rupert Evans

Directed by: William Brent Bell

The Boy (previously known as The Inhabitant) is a 2016 American-Chinese psychological horror film directed by William Brent Bell and written by Stacey Delay. The film stars Lauren Cohan and ...more

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Dirty Grandpa Robert De Niro, Zac Efron, Zoey Deutch

Directed by: Dan Mazer

Dirty Grandpa is a 2016 American comedy film directed by Dan Mazer and written by John Philips. The film stars Robert De Niro, Zac Efron, Zoey Deutch, Aubrey Plaza and Dermot Mulroney. It was ...more

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Tara Reid, Christian Slater, Anthony Anderson

Released: 2005

Directed by: Uwe Boll

Alone in the Dark is a 2005 German-Canadian-American science fiction action horror film, very loosely based on Infogrames' popular video game series of the same name. Directed by Uwe Boll, the ...more

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Nicolas Cage, Christopher Lee, Ron Perlman

Released: 2011

Directed by: Brett Ratner, Dominic Sena

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Meagan Good, Ariel Winter, Margaret Cho

Released: 2008

Directed by: Eric Valette

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Lucy Liu, Nicollette Sheridan, Cedric the Entertainer

Released: 2007

Directed by: Les Mayfield

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Diogo Morgado, Zózimo Bulbul, Karra Elejalde

Released: 2002

Directed by: Leonel Vieira

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Anne Hathaway, Kate Hudson, Chris Pratt

Released: 2009

Directed by: Gary Winick

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Lelia Goldoni, John Prosky, Bonnie Morgan

Released: 2012

Directed by: William Brent Bell

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Carlo Aquino, Arnold Reyes, Ama Quiambao

Released: 2012

Directed by: Ramon Mez de Guzman

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Roberto Benigni, Kim Rossi Stuart, Nicoletta Braschi

Released: 2002

Directed by: Roberto Benigni

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Johnny Depp, Gwyneth Paltrow, Olivia Munn

Released: 2015

Directed by: David Koepp

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Ashton Kutcher, Rosario Dawson, Julia Stiles

Released: 2000

Directed by: Kris Isacsson

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Heather Graham, Rob Schneider, Bill Nighy

Released: 2012

Directed by: Anthony Bell

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Monster Trucks Lucas Till, Jane Levy, Amy Ryan

Released: 2017

Directed by: Chris Wedge

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Kevin James, Jayma Mays, Bobby Cannavale

Released: 2009

Directed by: Steve Carr

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Christopher Walken, Estella Warren, Michael Shannon

Released: 2003

Directed by: David McNally

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