10 Movies That Should Never Have Bombed At The Box Office (But Totally Did)

These movies tanked at the box office, but why?

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If you can bet your hat on one thing regarding movies every year, you can do it on there being a box office bomb, or two, or three. With almost sadistic pleasure, critics and fans alike regularly speculate which movies will tank upon release, sometimes before they're even out. It's a cruel world, but it's got to talk about something.

There are many reasons why movies bomb on the biggest stage of all. Sometimes the budgets are practically insurmountable, sometimes the audience just doesn't take to the story, and sometimes they're just flat-out rubbish. Even a feature with the biggest stars and flashiest directors can fall victim to being part of a box office bomb, no matter how many virgins they might sacrifice behind closed doors. That's speculation of course, but Hollywood is a peculiar place.

Oftentimes, there are releases each year that might suffer the indignity of sinking upon cinematic release, despite having all the stars carefully aligned, and receiving an abundance of critical praise. It just goes to show that there isn't a sure thing when it comes to a movie's success, so let's take a look at ten of them that never should have bombed, but totally did.

10. Missing Link

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What do you get when you combine one of the best animation studios to ever grace the movie business and give them a voice cast that includes Hugh Jackman, Zoe Saldana, and Stephen Fry? Unfortunately, one of the biggest box office bombs of 2019.

Missing Link is a fine example of a brilliant movie that doesn't always make bank at the big show. With a reported budget of over $100 million, this fantastic animated movie only made approximately $26 million during its theatrical run, and that's not just domestic. That is worldwide.

Considering that the movie was nominated for an Oscar for Best Animated Feature, and won the Best Animated Feature Golden Globe, it's a marvel that it didn't do better. Especially with such a strong voice cast. Sadly, in an age where CGI and 3D animation are prolific, it would appear that, despite its fervent fanbase, stop-motion animation just isn't the draw that it used to be. It's a real shame, not only because Laika make brilliant movies, but because the craft behind them is special. Missing Link, though not Laika's strongest movie, should not have financially bombed on the scale that it did.


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