10. Inspector Gadget
Worldwide Gross $134 Million
Inspector Gadget is a 1999 film based on the
popular television cartoon series. The movie starred Matthew Broderick and depicts the origins of gadget.
I still don’t know how the movie producers messed up the story of Inspector Gadget. The premise
of this cartoon has everything that a hugely successful Hollywood blockbuster is looking for, a goofy, part man and part machine
police detective, who can solve crimes and decipher problems. The movie did not use special effects very
well and was criticized as being a bit dark for the average child.
The director should have
used the supporting cartoon characters more and Broderick did not sell the role as gadget. The film received poor reviews,
but ended up making $134 million on a $75 million dollar budget. I hope that there are future plans for
a more realistic and compelling Inspector Gadget movie on the horizon.
9. The Matrix Revolution
Worldwide Gross - $424 Million
DVD Sales - $116 Million
Revolution is the third and final installment of The Matrix trilogy. The film stars Keanu
Reeves and Jada Pinkett Smith and finishes off the sci-fi series. Unfortunately the plot of the
film comes to a standstill and it focuses on big action special effects to entertain the audience. The film was one
of the most anticipated in movie history and earned a total of $540 million dollars on a $150 million dollar budget.
It did not get good reviews from world critics or most audiences.
Escape 2 Africa
Worldwide Gross - $600 Million
The original Madagascar was one of the best animated movies ever made. It
did a wonderful job of blending adult material with a fun children’s adventure. Escape 2 Africa
missed on all angles with the adult audiences. Many children still love to see some of their favorite
animated characters, but the sequel did not have an interesting feel. It was catered to younger children
who don’t quite understand a storyline, but love singing, dancing, and fun dialog.
It received average
reviews and was bashed on many networking sites. The film was a huge success for Paramount
Pictures and grossed more than $600 million at the box office, that is not mentioning the widely successful video game series.
As one would expect, Madagascar 3 is due out in the summer of 2012.
7. Wild Hogs
Worldwide Gross - $252 Million
Wild Hogs is a
2007 comedy film with mega star power, including Tim Allen, John Travolta, Martin Lawrence and William H. Macy.
It tells the story of four friends who decide to get together and take a road trip across the United States.
Immediately this was one of the worst reviewed and rated films of the summer. The script is weak
and many scenes are fake and unbelievably bad. Fans still flocked to see Travolta and Allen who are amongst
the most famous celebrities in the world.
A wide range of people from teenagers to elderly
adults paid to see this film. Despite many flaws Wild Hogs became one of the most successful movies of the
year and earned over $250 million dollars worldwide.
Worldwide Gross - $239 Million
& Robin is a 1997 installment in the Batman franchise. It was directed
by Joel Schumacher and is one of the worst superhero movies ever made. Audiences have come to expect success
when it comes to Batman movies. Batman & Robin starred George Clooney as Bruce Wayne, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Uma
Thurman, Chris O'Donnell, and Alicia Silverstone. The movie tries to adapt to the roots of the story,
but ends up moving at an extremely slow pace.
The action sequences are not that good and many
special effects are not logical. It tries to have a sentimental ending, but the watcher is not involved
enough to care. This film almost single handedly killed Batman movies and another series wasn’t developed
for almost ten years. Batman & Robin was still a success at the box office and made around
$240 million worldwide. It suffered an extensive 63% drop in sales after the first week of release.
5. The Happening
- $163 Million
Happening is a 2008 horror film that was co-produced and directed by M. Night Shyamalan.
The plot revolves around a mysterious plant named neurotoxin that causes any person coming into contact with it to
commit suicide. I was extremely excited to see this film when it was released, but was quickly disappointed.
It turns into a gory and disturbing film with limited surrounding and collaborative character building.
The Happening was certainly a long ways away from Shyamalan’s direction of The Sixth Sense. The
film grossed $163 million, but numbers could have been much higher if it had been a good movie.
Four - Rise of the Silver Surfer
Worldwide Gross - $289 Million
Rise of the Silver Surfer was a superhero
movie and sequel to The Fantastic Four. The film is extremely slow and the dialog and acting are bad.
It was predictable and almost laughable at times. The advertising campaign for this film was enormous.
It did extremely well in its opening week, suffered a 66% drop in week 2, and an additional 54% drop in week 3.
People were gradually realizing that it was a poorly made and directed piece of cinema. The film
was an international success and gained around $290 million dollars on a $130 million dollar budget.
3. The Mummy - Tomb
of the Dragon Emperor
Worldwide Gross - $400 Million Dollars
Tomb of the Dragon Emperor is the third official film in The Mummy series. The movie stars
Brendan Fraser, Jet Li, and Maria Bello and is a twist on the first films as Fraser discovers the tomb of The First Emperor of China, Emperor Han. This sequel seems to be
targeted at a younger crowd with many corny one-line comedy bits. The critics did not like this film and
claimed no plot and excessive special effects. Like many sequels, good writing was substituted for big
I could hardly make it through this film and admittedly did not care how
it ended. Amazingly it was a huge success at the box office and made an astounding $400 million worldwide.
2. Epic Movie
& Meet the Spartans
Worldwide Gross - $185 Million Combined
Movie was a 2007 release written by Jason Friedberg and Aaron Seltzer, who previously worked on Scary Movie and Date
Movie. As the previous films were well written, Epic Movie crossed a boundary where the humor
became obnoxious and pointless. It was a box office smash and made close to $100 million dollars worldwide.
Meet the Spartans was a 2008 release by the same production company. It was a parody on the movie
300. It was the worse reviewed film of the year and received a 2% approval rating on many networking sites.
Meet the Spartans was a financial success and made $85 million dollars worldwide. As of
late it seems that many audiences are catching on to the lack-luster production quality of these parody films.
- $160 Million
is a slapstick comedy that was released in 2007. The film stars Eddie Murphy
in the three leading roles. It is a romantic comedy and follows the life of Norbit Albert Rice, who might
have the most annoying voice in cinema history. Murphy has been known to play multiple characters in many
roles, but it was never as obvious as in this film. Norbit has absolutely no plot, is not funny,
and is the most predictable movie ever created. It was an extremely poor attempt at another Nutty Professor.
Norbit was one of the worst reviewed movies ever and received many Golden Raspberry Awards, which are given
to the worst movie productions of the year. The celebrity of Eddie Murphy was the only reason the film
made any money. Coming off a well publicized Academy Award win for his performance in Dreamgirls, Murphy
was in the public eye when Norbit was released. It ended up being Murphy's 14th movie
that opened at the #1 spot at the box office.