All of the following films were released on a large number of screens across the US – a minimum of 750 in this case. That means they were all intended to make an impact, of some scale, on the theatrical circuit and that they weren’t just fighting to get some kind of screening
Every single one of them struggled to pull in audiences – but they aren’t all terrible. Indeed, there’s a modern classic in here.
10. Chasing Mavericks – $5,940,992 from 2030 screens
I have a feeling that audiences don’t much like Gerard Butler. I’m pretty much indifferent, but I get a sense that he actually actively puts people off. This trailer couldn’t have helped matters either.
9. For Greater Glory – $5,672,846 from 757 screens
The smallest release on this list would still have been on an average of 15 screens per state. It looks quite old fashioned, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing.
8. Won’t Back Down – $5,310,554 from 2517 screens
I like Maggie Gyllenhaal and Viola Davis as much as, if not more than, the next guy, but this film has a reputation for being fiercely anti-union, specifically in relation to teachers, and I think I might find that a hard watch. Still, I’ll give it a go. One day.
7. The Apparition – $4,936,819 from 810 screens
Seems like a real hodge-podge of old images and worn-out ideas, and there’s some cheap-enough actors from well-loved franchises – Twilight and Harry Potter in this case. Surely this should have been a success with the kids? Isn’t that what people always say about Hollywood and its lack of imagination?
6. The Raid: Redemption – $4,105,187 from 881 screens
Well, I paid to see this in cinemas so you can’t blame me. And, nicely, there’s a sequel deep into pre-production and set to start filming very soon. Redeem yourself with a copy of the Blu-ray now.
5. The Cold Light Of Day – $3,763,583 from 1,511 screens
Released in the UK months ahead of the US, this was a disappointingly straight follow-up to JCVD from director Mabrouk El Mechri. Hangs together better than Taken 2, mind.
4. Nitro Circus: The Movie 3D – $3,377,618 from 800 screens
I have the Blu-ray 3D on order now. Looks like it might be a fun watch but hardly a memorable piece of cinema let alone a landmark.
3. Atlas Shrugged: Part II – $3,336,053 from 1012 screens
Eek. I’m amazed it managed to gross this much. Perhaps the draw was political, with followers of Ayn Rand’s fiscal philosophies looking for an Objctivist night out.
2. Last Ounce of Courage – $3,329,674 from 1407 screens
It’s starting to look like the right wing don’t go to the cinema.
1. Oogieloves in the Big Balloon Adventure – $1,065,907 from 2160 screens
A pub quiz question in the making. At least it doesn’t look boring.