Big names directors, actors and actresses sometimes can’t guarantee the success of a film. Steven Spielberg, Guillermo del Toro del Toro, Paul Thomas Anderson, Ridley Scott, and Denis Villeneuve, all of these top filmmakers have had at least one box office disappointment. But don’t judge a film by its box office alone. Here are some great films that failed at the box office.
The Suicide Squad
Would James Gunn’s Suicide Squad be an even bigger blockbuster were it not for the pandemic and Warner Bros’ decision? No one knows the exact answer. One thing is for sure, this film grossed more than US$55 million or around Rp. 786 billion in the United States and US$167 million or Rp. 2.3 trillion worldwide. The final tally is very low for a comic book, especially one that carries a production budget of US$185 million or Rp. 2.6 trillion.
Starring Brad Pitt, Ad Astra almost broke even at the box office with a gross revenue of 127 million US dollars or around Rp. 1.8 trillion worldwide with a budget of under 100 million US dollars or around Rp. 1.4 trillion.
But the movie was largely ignored in America with a domestic gross of $50 million. Far from a standard action film, Ad Astra projects the story of a man grappling with his father’s legacy on a canvas as wide as the solar system. Ad Astra is the furthest thing imaginable from a space man. But in taking on his first blockbuster sci-fi project, Gray tackles the vast logistical challenges of going on a space adventure. Gray proved beyond measure that he had the ability to make a film like this.
One would think that Oscar-winning Steve Jobs biographical drama Danny Boyle and Aaron Sorkin would light up the box office, but that’s not the case.
This film only made a gross profit of 17 million US dollars, or around Rp. 242 billion at the domestic box office and 34 million US dollars, or around Rp. 485 billion worldwide. A failure for a film with a production cost of 30 million dollars or around Rp. 428 billion. Michael Fassbender and Kate Winslet were nominated for an Oscar for their performance as Steve Jobs and Joanna Hoffman.
In The Heights
In the Heights is a 2021 American musical drama film directed by Jon M. Chu from a screenplay by Quiara Alegría Hudes based on the stage musical of the same name by Hudes and Lin-Manuel Miranda. The film stars Anthony Ramos, Corey Hawkins, Leslie Grace in her film debut, Melissa Barrera, Olga Merediz, Daphne Rubin-Vega, Gregory Diaz IV, and Jimmy Smits. The film follows a similar plot to the musical, telling the story of a corner in the predominantly Dominican Washington Heights neighborhood of Upper Manhattan in New York City, where every member of the community pursues their sueñitos (little dreams) for a better life.
In the Heights was originally set to be adapted by Universal Pictures in 2008, with Kenny Ortega hired to direct. After that version fell through, the project was eventually started back up in 2016, with Chu set to direct and Ramos being cast in October 2018. The rest of the cast joined in April 2019, and filming took place around New York City that summer.
Jon M. Chu’s sensational adaptation of Tony Lin-Manuel winner Miranda In the Heights met with bad luck at the box office in the summer of 2021. The film grossed only $29 million in America or IDR 414 billion and under $45 million. 643 billion worldwide.
Guillermo del Toro’s film noir Nightmare Alley struggled so hard at the box office. With a production budget of US$60 million or Rp. 857 billion, the film only made US$37 million or Rp. 528 billion worldwide. So Martin Scorsese wrote an op-ed (opinion and editorial pages) for the Los Angeles Times urging people to see the film in theaters. Scorsese said it was ‘sad’ how moviegoers weren’t watching ‘Nightmare Alley,’ starring Bradley Cooper as a con artist who rose through the ranks from carnival worker to world-famous illusionist.