12 of the biggest box-office flops of 2019 so far

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“The Kitchen”
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Warner Bros.

  • Actor Matthew McConaughey and STX Entertainment have been the biggest box-office losers this year, each with more than one notable flop already.
  • Even superhero movies aren’t immune to the box-office blues. The “X-Men” movie “Dark Phoenix” crashed and burned this summer.
  • The latest misfire is Melissa McCarthy’s “The Kitchen,” the second-biggest bomb of the year in wide release behind STX’s “Poms.”
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The biggest box-office losers of the year so far have been actor Matthew McConaughey, who’s had two major bombs in the first few months of 2019, and STX Entertainment.

McConaughey’s January release, “Serenity,” co-starring Anne Hathaway, grossed a rough $8.5 million and had a production budget of $25 million. Harmony Korine’s “The Beach Bum,” starring McConaughey, opened with $1.8 million in March, which was the worst opening for a wide release on over 1,000 screens at the time, and one of the worst openings of the actor’s career.

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STX released two bombs in two weekends: the animated “UglyDolls” and “Poms,” which had the worst opening for a movie in over 2,700 theaters.

The first major bomb of the year, director Joe Cornish’s “The Kid Who Would Be King,” opened just $7 million in January and ultimately made $32 million worldwide. It was made for $60 million.

Even some superhero movies have crashed and burned. “Hellboy” failed to spark excitement last month due to a poor release date, awful reviews, and other major factors. It’s made just $21 million and was made for $50 million. And the “X-Men” dud “Dark Phoenix” was a huge misfire.

The latest misfire is “The Kitchen,” starring Melissa McCarthy, which opened over the weekend with $5.5 million – the second-worst opening of the year for a movie in over 2,700 theaters, behind only “Poms.”

Below are 12 box-office flops this year, in order of release date:


“Replicas”

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Entertainment Studios

Release date: January 11

Opening weekend: $2,375,325

Total global gross: $4,046,429

Production budget: $30 million

Rotten Tomatoes critic score: 10%

What critics said: “The filmmakers manage to avoid every potentially interesting choice for far dumber, and far more inexplicable, conclusions.” – Los Angeles Times


“The Kid Who Would Be King”

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Fox

Release date: January 25

Opening weekend: $7,173,887

Total global gross: $32,097,473

Production budget: $60 million

Rotten Tomatoes critic score: 90%

What critics said: “Cornish is offering a kind of movie they just don’t make anymore – expansive live-action adventure tales unabashedly aimed at young people, not the adults charged with taking them to the cinema.” – Vulture


“Serenity”

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Aviron Pictures

Release date: January 25

Opening weekend: $4,415,403

Total global gross: $8,547,045

Production budget: $25 million

Rotten Tomatoes critic score: 19%

What critics said: “What an infuriating mess the makers of Serenity have unloaded on an unsuspecting public. It’s still only January, but this bats— bonkers trip through the subconscious has already earned a place among the year’s worst movies.” – Rolling Stone


“Miss Bala”

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Columbia

Release date: February 1

Opening weekend: $6,864,744

Total global gross: $15,310,211

Production budget: $15 million

Rotten Tomatoes critic score: 22%

What critics said: “Gloria is basically in the wrong place at the wrong time, something that might be said for everyone involved with this movie, audience included.” – New York Times


“Captive State”

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Focus Features

Release date: March 1

Opening weekend: $3,131,525

Total global gross: $8,557,327

Production budget: $25 million

Rotten Tomatoes critic score: 45%

What critics said: “The central plot development is galvanizing in theory but mostly just confusing in practice.” – Indiewire


“The Beach Bum”

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Neon

Release date: March 29

Opening weekend: $1,763,070

Total global gross: $4,440,954

Production budget: $5 million

Rotten Tomatoes critic score: 54%

What critics said: “The Beach Bum would be more entertaining if it weren’t the same scene over and over, with escalation in lieu of evolution. But that’s Korine’s strategy, for better or worse, possibly both.” – Vulture


“Hellboy”

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Lionsgate

Release date: April 12

Opening weekend: $12,045,147

Total global gross: $41,099,007

Production budget: $50 million

Rotten Tomatoes critic score: 15%

What critics said: “An R-rated slog that’s heavy on bad attitude and creative dismemberments, and completely missing the humane core of Mignola’s original story.” – The Atlantic


“UglyDolls”

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STX Entertainment

Release date: May 3

Opening weekend: $8,603,407

Total global gross: $27,530,241

Production budget: $45 million

Rotten Tomatoes critic score: 27%

What critics said: “UglyDolls is less a movie than an infomercial for the plush Hasbro toys.” – RogerEbert.com


“Poms”

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“Poms”
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STX Entertainment

Release date: May 10

Opening weekend: $5,110,000

Total global gross: $13,631,124

Production budget: N/A

Rotten Tomatoes critic score: 34%

What critics said: “Even by the elastic standards of mass-market escapist trifles the creators of POMS might consider the challenges of growing old and confronting death without infantilizing both characters and audience.” – NPR


“Tolkien”

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Fox Searchlight

Release date: May 10

Opening weekend: $2,153,000

Total global gross: $7,776,413

Production budget: N/A

Rotten Tomatoes critic score: 51%

What critics said: “If you’re going to tell the story of one of the most imaginative writing minds of the 20th century, why not infuse it with more … imagination?” – Chicago Sun-Times


“Dark Phoenix”

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Fox

Release date: June 7

Opening weekend: $32,828,348

Total global gross: $252,423,828

Production budget: $200 million

Rotten Tomatoes critic score: 23%

What critics said: “A stupendously dull series-ender without a shred of wit, narrative thrust or genuine emotional force.” – London Evening Standard


“The Kitchen”

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Warner Bros.

Release date: August 9

Opening weekend: $5,510,000

Total global gross (So far): $5,510,000

Production budget: N/A

Rotten Tomatoes critic score: 21%

What critics said: “There’s not enough heat in this Kitchen, but there’s nothing cool about it, either.” – Time