10 Movies Everyone Wanted (But Nobody Went To See)

People were crying out for these movies to be made, but their bank accounts had different ideas.

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As a great philosopher once said, "The greatest films of all time were never made."

That philosopher's name was Taylor Swift, thank you very much.

What this means is that the best works of fiction are often the ones that exist purely in the mind; where the imaginer has total control over the outcome and where real world factors cannot influence it.

Perhaps the following movies should have taken their cue from TayTay and just stayed as a concept.

Before they were released, all of these projects had a considerable amount of buzz surrounding them. They had the big stars, some of the finest directors in the land, or were adaptations of beloved source materials.

And then they got released. And nobody cared.

As you're about to find out, the box office figures for these films fell way below expectations. Despite all the hype, when time came to put money on the table, people's wallets remained unopened.

The movie business is one of the cruellest in the world, and there's no such thing as a sure thing in Hollywood. That's something anybody involved in these flops will not need telling twice.

10. Hugo

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What can you say about Martin Scorsese that hasn't already been said?

He's one of the most famous film directors of all time. Through movies like Taxi Driver, Raging Bull, Goodfellas, and The Departed, Scorsese's become one of the most iconic and important figures in all of cinema.

Also, he once played a puffer fish in Shark Tale.

Maybe this was where Scorsese first developed an interest in making family films, eventually leading to his 2011 outing Hugo.

Based on the popular book The Invention of Hugo Cabret, this movie was Scorsese's first aimed at a family audience. The film world was abuzz with discussion around how this champion of mob violence and brutality would handle a less mature subject matter.

Despite all this intrigue, Hugo completely bombed at the box office. It made £185.8 million on a £150 million budget, falling far below expectations. Today, it's mostly known as Scorsese's failed attempted at a children's film.

Did the disastrous financial results of Hugo put the acclaimed director off PG projects? Well, the next picture he made was The Wolf of Wall Street, so what do you think?


Jacob Simmons has a great many passions, including rock music, giving acclaimed films three-and-a-half stars, watching random clips from The Simpsons on YouTube at 3am, and writing about himself in the third person.