We may not be even half way through the year yet but 2017 has already seen its fair share of box office hits, with both Disney's live action Beauty And The Beast and the frankly ludicrous Fate Of The Furious smashing their way past the billion-dollar mark and movies like Logan and Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol 2 not doing too shabbily either.
But it hasn't been plain sailing for every blockbuster. It's not longer simply a case of throwing lots of money at recognisable movie brands and reaping the benefits: audiences now seem far more willing to turn away from such cynicism and sink them completely.
For every box office smash, we’ve seen a handful of films that flopped so hard they barely managed to recoup their production budgets let alone the often humongous and hush-hush costs associated with marketing and promoting them. And when you consider that several of them were supposed to launch lucrative franchises, that's particularly ruinous.
From lacklustre comedies, big-budget fiascos of epic proportions and not one, not two but three TV-to-movie adaptations, 2017 has seen some incredible, embarrassing cinematic belly flops already...
12. Power Rangers
The original Mighty Morphin Power Rangers show was a strange
beast. Put together from a mix of stock footage from Japan’s Super Sentai TV
series and new footage of its young American cast, it was a camp, silly and
often nonsensical but nevertheless a fun and inoffensive watch for ‘90s kids.
The 2017 Power Rangers reboot unfortunately carried over none of its predecessor’s camp charm. Apart from being batsh*t insane and including a few contemporary popular culture references like sexting and slut shaming, the reboot does very little in the way of either staying true to its source material or bringing anything new to it.
Even Bryan Cranston – who funnily enough voiced a couple of the original TV show’s monster villains back in the day – as the Power Rangers’ mentor Zordon couldn’t save the movie. While it was by no means the biggest flop of 2017 so far, its $140.2 million gross doesn’t look so good next to its $100 million production budget.