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The Worst Movies That Grossed More Than $500 Million  

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List Rules Films that grossed more than $500 million worldwide (source: boxofficemojo.com)

List of the worst movies that have grossed over 500 million dollars, as ranked by movie fans and film critics. Why is it that the movies that make the most money are also some of the worst ever made? The cinema that seems to attract the largest audiences and crank in the big bucks are often terrible quality. These movies rely more on CGI explosions, violent fight scenes, car chases that feel like they never end, and bodacious babe with no acting skills, rather than a high quality script and award-caliber actors. It’s no surprise that the films that make the most money rarely win, or are even nominated for, awards.

The movies on this list may have made over 500 million dollars, but the budget for many of them clearly didn’t include a top notch screenwriter, adequate director, and talented actors. Many of the movies on this list made tons of money based on name recognition alone because they star superheroes, are part of a franchise, or are based on popular books.

What are the worst movies that grossed over 500 millions dollars?  The movies on this list may have grossed a lot of money and made a lot of fans, but their quality is up to much debate.

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The Twilight Saga: New Moon is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Worst Movies That Grossed More Than $500 Million
Kristen Stewart, Ashley Greene, Anna Kendrick
$709.8 New Moon is the sequel to 2008's Twilight, based on a novel of the same name written by Stephanie Meyer.
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Eclipse is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Worst Movies That Grossed More Than $500 Million
Kristen Stewart, Ashley Greene, Anna Kendrick
$698.5 The Twilight Saga: Eclipse, commonly referred to as Eclipse, is a 2010 American romantic fantasy film based on Stephenie Meyer's 2007 novel Eclipse. It is the third installment of The Twilight ...more
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The Twilight Saga: Breaking Da... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Worst Movies That Grossed More Than $500 Million
Kristen Stewart, Ashley Greene, Anna Kendrick
$829.7 The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2 is a 2012 American romantic fantasy and adventure film directed by Bill Condon and based on the novel Breaking Dawn by Stephenie Meyer. The second part ...more
4
The Smurfs is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Worst Movies That Grossed More Than $500 Million
Katy Perry, Sofía Vergara, Joan Rivers
$563.7 The Smurfs is a 2011 American 3D live-action/computer-animated comedy film loosely based on The Smurfs comic book series created by the Belgian comics artist Peyo and the 1980s animated TV ...more
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Transformers: Revenge of the F... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Worst Movies That Grossed More Than $500 Million
Megan Fox, Shia LaBeouf, Hugo Weaving

$836.3

Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen is a 2009 American science fiction action film directed by Michael Bay, based on the toy line, and the second film in the series. Sam Witwicky (Shia LeBeouf) ...more
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Transformers: Dark of the Moon is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Worst Movies That Grossed More Than $500 Million
Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Shia LaBeouf, John Malkovich
$1.12 billion Transformers: Dark of the Moon is a 2011 American science fiction action film directed by Michael Bay, based on the toy line, and the third film in the series. The Autobots learn of a ...more
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2012 is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Worst Movies That Grossed More Than $500 Million
Amanda Peet, Woody Harrelson, Thandie Newton
$769.7 2012 is a 2009 American science fiction disaster adventure film directed and co-written by Roland Emmerich. It stars John Cusack, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Amanda Peet, Oliver Platt, Thandie Newton, ...more
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Mamma Mia! is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Worst Movies That Grossed More Than $500 Million
Amanda Seyfried, Meryl Streep, Pierce Brosnan
$609.8 Mamma Mia! is a 2008 British/American/Swedish musical/romantic comedy film adapted from the 1999 West End/2001 Broadway musical of the same name, based on the songs of successful pop group ABBA, ...more
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The Hangover Part II is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Worst Movies That Grossed More Than $500 Million
Mike Tyson, Bradley Cooper, Jamie Chung
$586.8 The Hangover 2 is a 2011 comedy film directed by Todd Phillips.
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Fast & Furious 6 is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Worst Movies That Grossed More Than $500 Million
Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Dwayne Johnson
$788.7 Fast & Furious 6 is a 2013 American action film directed by Justin Lin, and the sixth installment in The Fast and the Furious franchise. Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson) has Dominic (Vin Diesel) and ...more
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Indiana Jones and the Kingdom ... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Worst Movies That Grossed More Than $500 Million
Cate Blanchett, Harrison Ford, Shia LaBeouf
$786.6 Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull is a 2008 American science fiction adventure film. It is the fourth film in the Indiana Jones series created by George Lucas and directed by ...more
12
Fast Five is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Worst Movies That Grossed More Than $500 Million
Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Jordana Brewster
$626.1 Fast Five is a 2011 American action film directed by Justin Lin, and the fifth installment in The Fast and the Furious franchise. Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel) and his crew of street racers plan ...more
13
Shrek Forever After is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Worst Movies That Grossed More Than $500 Million
Cameron Diaz, Eddie Murphy, Julie Andrews
$752.6 Shrek Forever After is a 2010 action animated film written by Tim Sullivan and Josh Klausner and directed by Mike Mitchell. Shrek Forever After, formerly known as Shrek Goes Fourth and also ...more
14
Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wa... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Worst Movies That Grossed More Than $500 Million
Jessica Chastain, Chris Rock, Ben Stiller
$746.9 Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted is a 2012 American 3D computer-animated comedy film, produced by DreamWorks Animation and distributed by Paramount Pictures. It is the third installment of the ...more
15
Meet the Fockers is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Worst Movies That Grossed More Than $500 Million
Robert De Niro, Barbra Streisand, Dustin Hoffman
$516.6 Meet the Fockers is a 2004 American comedy film directed by Jay Roach and the sequel to Meet the Parents. The film stars Robert De Niro, Ben Stiller, Dustin Hoffman, Barbra Streisand, Blythe ...more
16
Star Wars Episode I: The Phant... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Worst Movies That Grossed More Than $500 Million
Natalie Portman, Keira Knightley, Ewan McGregor
$1.03 billion (32 Years Before Episode IV) Stranded on the desert planet Tatooine after rescuing young Queen Amidala from the impending invasion of Naboo, Jedi apprentice Obi-Wan Kenobi and his Jedi Master ...more
17
Pirates of the Caribbean: On S... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Worst Movies That Grossed More Than $500 Million
Johnny Depp, Penélope Cruz, Keith Richards
$1.04 billion Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides a 2011 action adventure film based on Tim Powers' novel. The film is directed by Rob Marshall
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Avatar is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Worst Movies That Grossed More Than $500 Million
Zoe Saldana, Sigourney Weaver, Michelle Rodriguez
$2.78 billion Avatar is a 2009 American epic science fiction film written and directed by James Cameron, and starring Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana, Stephen Lang, Michelle Rodriguez, Joel David Moore, Giovanni ...more
19
Alice in Wonderland is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Worst Movies That Grossed More Than $500 Million
Johnny Depp, Anne Hathaway, Helena Bonham Carter
$1.02 billion Alice in Wonderland is a 2010 British-American live action and computer animated adventure fantasy film directed by Tim Burton and written by Linda Woolverton. Released by Walt Disney Pictures, ...more
20
Transformers is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Worst Movies That Grossed More Than $500 Million
Megan Fox, Shia LaBeouf, Odette Annable
$709.7 Transformers is a 2007 American science fiction action film directed by Michael Bay, based on the toy line. An ancient struggle between two Cybertronian races, the heroic Autobots and the evil ...more
21
Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Worst Movies That Grossed More Than $500 Million
Alec Baldwin, Fergie, Chris Rock
$603.9 Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa is a 2008 American computer-animated comedy film written by Etan Cohen, and directed by Eric Darnell and Tom McGrath. This sequel to the 2005 film Madagascar ...more
22
Ice Age: Continental Drift is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Worst Movies That Grossed More Than $500 Million
Jennifer Lopez, Nicki Minaj, Drake
$877.2 Ice Age: Continental Drift is a 2012 American 3D computer-animated comedy adventure film directed by Steve Martino and Mike Thurmeier. It was written by Jason Fuchs and Michael Berg, and ...more
23
Shrek the Third is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Worst Movies That Grossed More Than $500 Million
Cameron Diaz, Justin Timberlake, Eddie Murphy
$799.0 Shrek the Third is a 2007 American computer-animated fantasy comedy film, and the third installment in the Shrek franchise. It was produced by DreamWorks Animation and is the first in the series ...more
24
The Croods is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Worst Movies That Grossed More Than $500 Million
Emma Stone, Nicolas Cage, Ryan Reynolds
$587.2 The Croods is a 2013 American 3D computer-animated adventure comedy film produced by DreamWorks Animation and distributed by 20th Century Fox. It features the voices of Nicolas Cage, Emma Stone, ...more
25
Hancock is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Worst Movies That Grossed More Than $500 Million
Charlize Theron, Will Smith, Jason Bateman
$624.4 Hancock, formerly known as John Hancock and Tonight, He Comes, is an superhero film directed by Peter Berg and starring Will Smith, Jason Bateman and Charlize Theron. Will Smith portrays an old ...more