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It’s bad movies galore as we encounter the Rottenest of the Rotten: 100 movies that scored less than 5% with the critics on the Tomatometer!
You’re going to see lots of 0% movies, and there’s even more out there, but the ones on this list all have at least 20 reviews. We wanted to make sure the movies we’re “vouching” for as the worst ever have inflicted a minimum threshold of agony on critics. And the 20-review entry applies for every other movie on this list, and that includes the usual suspects of garbage cinema, like the deep space train wreck Battlefield Earth, the box office turkey (turtle?) The Master of Disguise, Netflix’s lazy western The Ridiculous 6, and flaccid softcore Killing Me Softly (which also makes a dubious appearance in the 200 best and worst erotic movies).
You may also note a number of significant stinkers are from the past 20 years. It’s not just because Uwe Boll was employed during this time period. And, by the way, he’s actually beat by dubious directing duo Aaron Seltzer and Jason Friedberg, who have four movies on the list. Instead, it’s the fact more reviews are being written and collected than ever before, so today’s disasters have a better chance of vaunting over 20 reviews. (And for movies that share the same score, more reviews means you’re placed higher within the ranking.)
But fret not: Plenty of yesteryear’s bombs are here. After all, the decade that produced Mac & Me has a lot to account for. Some of the classic trash featured includes the soul-sucking Mortal Kombat: Annihilation, Speed 2: Cruise Control (see what happens when you throw Keanu overboard?), off-the-deep-end Jaws: The Revenge, and prime directive-violating RoboCop 3.
What you won’t see: Some legendary bad movies like Cats, Birdemic, and The Room, all of which have cleared at least a 10% Tomatometer. That’s right, they were too good. And Miami Connection and Plan 9 From Outer Space are actually Fresh!
Now that we set the mood for truly bad movies, start the most painful watchlist you’ll ever make with the 100 worst movies of all time!
Exciting announcements abound this week (Fearless Director’s Cut! A new Little Mermaid movie! Gossip Girl on DVD!) while Nicolas Cage’s treasure-hunting adventure sequel, National Treasure: Book of Secrets, tops new releases.
Jet Li’s Extended Fearless Comes to Region 1!
Jet Li‘s “final” wu-shu epic — not to be confused with regular old action films and Hollywood fluff like The Forbidden Kingdom, in which he continues to star — was a modest success with American audiences when it opened in 2006. But the original cut, which featured an additional 35 minutes of footage and an entire subplot starring Michelle Yeoh, was never released in the U.S. ….until now! Universal has announced the July debut of Jet Li’s Fearless: The Director’s Cut, which will include the original theatrical, unrated, and 141-minute director’s cuts along with deleted scenes and a featurette. Look for the two-disc release this July 8.
Similarly exciting news, different demographic: they’re making a new Little Mermaid movie! Prequel tale The Little Mermaid: Ariel’s Beginning will hit shelves August 26 and tell the story of how Ariel — redhead, ocean princess, collector of whose-its and whatz-its galore — became the girl she was, before she turned into a dissatisfied, soul-trading teenager who longed to become human, get legs, find love, etc.
The best show you won’t admit to watching (unless you’re a fourteen-year-old girl, in which case it’s mandatory viewing) is coming to DVD this August! See what’s got the Facebook generation abuzz by checking out the soapy goings-on among the posh Manhattan private school crowd. Extra features slated for the 5-disc package include unaired scenes, a gag reel, featurettes, and a download of the first source novel, as read by Christina Ricci. Like we said, OMG!
Lastly, earning the exclamation “OMFG” is news that Criterion has moved forward with their long-awaited release of the most notorious film not currently available on DVD: Salo. Pier Paolo Pasolini’s anti-Fascist tale of moral and physical degradation was told in such graphic detail that the film was banned in many countries; out of print for years, DVDs of Salo had been going for hundreds of dollars in recent years. Criterion now shares details of the two-disc August release, which will include a documentary about the film, a documentary about the final scene, new interviews, and more.
Click for this week’s new releases!
Audiences just can’t get enough of globe-hopping treasure hunters, can they? Nicolas Cage‘s sequel to 2004’s Indiana Jones-ripping National Treasure eclipsed the success of its predecessor and is set to continue the trend as it comes to DVD this week. Cage reprises his role as Ben Gates, who now must defend his great-great-grandfather’s reputation, kidnap the President, find a city of gold, and uncover the titular tome.
The two-disc release includes commentary by director Jon Turtletaub and John Voight, deleted scenes, and tons of featurettes. Perhaps one of them explains why Oscar-winner Helen Mirren signed on for a part as Mama Gates, Ben’s historian mother.
Horror master George A. Romero gambled on his own storied zombie franchise in his most recent horror film, shot largely with handheld cameras in a cinema verite style — which could have been called “The Blair Witch Zombie Project.” Shot documentary-style by a gaggle of college kids who find themselves documenting a zombie outbreak, Diary provides expected levels of gore and suspense, heavily tempered by Romero’s own political bent.
Bonus menu highlights are five user-submitted short films that won a place on the DVD.
Romero’s first cult hit is also returning to DVD this week in an all-new restored and remastered cut. The 40th Anniversary release features cast and crew commentaries, the “Last Interview with Duane Jones,” a gallery of stills, a DVD-ROM screenplay, and more.
Giving the miserable thriller One Missed Call a run for its money as the worst-reviewed film of 2008 is this “comedy”; it’s got fewer reviews in and made far less money, but the Tomatometer remains the same: double zeroes! When the hosts of a nature show become desperate for ratings, they go into the wild in search of Bigfoot.
Will a full menu of deleted scenes and featurettes make this worth your while? We doubt it.
This Richard Gere starrer was slated for theatrical release once upon a time — and really, haven’t we seen plenty of terrible thrillers come and go already this year? (Deception, we’re looking at you.) Director Andrew Lau, whose Infernal Affairs inspired Marty Scorsese’s Oscar-winning The Departed, makes his English language debut with this sex crime suspense flick, which makes its way straight to DVD this week.
Nothing says “bonus” like a supporting performance by Avril Lavigne, right?
“It’s time to play the music; it’s time to light the lights. It’s time to meet the Muppets on the Muppet Show tonight!” Season Three of The Muppet Show is available this week in a splendid four-disc collection, a must-own for any fan of Kermit and co.
Featuring the likes of Gilda Radner, Cheryl Ladd, Raquel Welch, and Sylvester Stallone, the expansive release has bonus material like the 1968 documentary “Muppets on Puppets,” vintage Muppet commercials, and an all new featurette in which key players reminisce on the origins of characters like Miss Piggy (watch a clip below).
‘Til next week, happy viewing!
Tween girls sacked the competition over Super Bowl weekend as the music pic Hannah Montana & Miley Cyrus: Best of Both Worlds Concert
shattered records and opened at number one at the North American box office.
Debuting in second with solid results of its own was the Jessica Alba
creepfest The Eye,
but the comedies Over Her Dead Body
and Strange Wilderness
debuted outside of the top ten with more modest results. Overall, the
marketplace stayed strong with the top ten beating year-ago levels by more than
30% for the third consecutive weekend.
Shooting higher than the loftiest of expectations, Disney’s
Hannah Montana film commanded an estimated $29M in ticket sales this
weekend from only 683 theaters for an eye-popping $42,460 average setting a new
record for the Super Bowl frame. Presented in digital 3D cinemas, with 96% of
the sites featuring RealD technology, the grosses were boosted by most
exhibitors charging $15 per ticket instead of the usual admission charges.
Still, the G-rated film more than doubled its nearest competitor and sold out
over a thousand showtimes during the weekend. The release was not as wide as
other films since Disney was limited to only those auditoriums equipped with the
necessary facilities to project in digital 3D.
Hannah Montana set a number of new box office milestones although
asterisks will need to be added to the record books since it had the advantage
of the higher-priced tickets. It was the largest opening ever over Super Bowl
weekend beating the $21.6M of 2006’s horror entry
When a Stranger
Calls, and the largest overall weekend gross over this frame surpassing
which banked $25.2M in 1998 in its sixth weekend. The gross for the iceberg
romance would be over $36M at today’s regular prices. Hannah also set the
record for the smallest amount of theaters for a film debuting at number one.
Best of Both Worlds offered fans many reasons to rush out and grab a
seat. Given the star’s 69-city sold-out concert tour, the film allowed Hannah
lovers an easier way to see their favorite singer locally without having to get
parents to buy scalped tickets. Add in the digital 3D presentation and the
promotion of an exclusive one-week-only run and ticket buyers wasted no time in
making sure they got their stubs and showed up. An event film was born. Due to
the incredible demand, the studio has now announced that the film will be
open-ended and will play beyond the initial seven-day run.
Sales were exceptional right out of the gate with Friday delivering a stunning
$8.6M in business. Saturday saw incredible strength with matinee business from
kids going on their parents’ first day off from work with sales surging an
amazing 52% to $13.1M. The studio has estimated that Sunday’s grosses will drop
by 45% to $7.3M. Most studios are estimating larger-than-normal declines of
60-65% on Sunday for their films because of the Super Bowl, however Hannah
Montana‘s young female audience is least likely to care about the big game
so its drop should be lighter.
Studio research indicated few surprises in the audience turnout. Females made up
a whopping 84% of the crowd and those under the age of 25 accounted for 70%.
Reviews were generally upbeat for the trim 74-minute concert film which allowed
theaters to schedule plenty of showtimes over the weekend to absorb demand.
Hollywood’s annual Super Bowl weekend horror offering had to settle for the
runnerup prize. The Eye,
a remake of a Hong Kong horror hit with Jessica Alba
anchoring the U.S. version, bowed to an estimated $13M from 2,436 locations for
a solid $5,357 average. The PG-13 pic about a blind violinist who gains
supernatural visions of death after an eye transplant played slightly more to
young women as the audience was 56% female, according to studio research.
Lionsgate grossed $4.9M on Friday, edged up 16% to $5.7M on Saturday, and
estimated a 58% drop on Sunday to $2.4M. The Eye debuted with more than
twice as much as Alba’s last thriller
Awake ($5.9M) and was in
line with the $13.7M launch of her recent romantic comedy
Good Luck Chuck.
Fox’s 27 Dresses
held steady in third place and played as a great non-football alternative for
women by grossing an estimated $8.4M in its third weekend. Katherine Heigl‘s
hit comedy dipped by just 37%. Cume for Dresses now sits at $57.1M.
Another funny gal from the Fox stable, Oscar nominee and Entertainment Weekly
covergirl Ellen Page, rose three notches to fourth with Juno
which collected an estimated $7.5M, off only 27%, for a robust $110.3M total.
Taking in an estimated $6.9M was the Jack Nicholson
and Morgan Freeman
joint venture The Bucket List
which slipped 35% pushing the cume to $67.7M for Warner Bros.
crime thriller Untraceable
suffered a sizable sophomore slump falling 52% to an estimated $5.4M for a sum
of $19.5M after ten days. Produced for over $30M, the R-rated pic is set to end
with a mediocre $30-35M.
crumbled another 62% in its third weekend to an estimated $4.9M. Paramount
has made $72M to date. The studio’s specialty division Paramount Vantage
expanded its Academy Award contender
There Will Be
Blood from 885 to 1,507 theaters and rounded out the top ten with an
estimated $4.8M. Off a scant 2%, the
Day-Lewis drama upped its total to $21.1M.
A pair of new comedies opened to disappointing results outside of the top
Eva Longoria Parker
headlined the pic Over Her Dead Body
and bowed to an estimated $3.6M from 1,977 sites for a weak $1,821 average. The
New Line release about a ghost who haunts her fiance’s new squeeze marked the
first headlining role in a feature film for the Desperate Housewives
star. Paramount Classics countered with the nature flick Strange Wilderness
starring Steve Zahn
which debuted to just $3.1M, according to estimates. The R-rated title averaged
only $2,525 from 1,208 locations. Both films were trashed by critics, to
Two other films dropped out of the top ten this weekend. The
blockbuster sequel National Treasure: Book of Secrets
took in an estimated $3.1M, off 38%, for a $209.9M cume after its seventh
session. The adventure saga ranks as the ninth biggest hit released in 2007 and
will surpass 300’s $210.6M by the end of the week to climb one more spot. Look
for Book of Secrets to conclude with $215-218M domestically representing
a 25% increase over the first
$173M from 2004. Worldwide, Secrets has already hauled in over $375M to
Not collecting as much treasure was the heist comedy Mad Money
which fell 56% to an estimated $2M in its third weekend. With $18.6M in 17 days,
the Overture Films release should finish with roughly $22M.
The top ten films grossed an estimated $93.9M which was up a sensational 42%
from last year when
opened at number one with $14.7M; and up 23% from 2006 when
When a Stranger
Calls debuted in the top spot with $21.6M.
This week at the movies, we’ve got creepy visions (The Eye, starring
Jessica Alba), haunted romances (Over Her Dead Body, starring
and Eva Longoria Parker), woodland misadventures (Strange Wilderness,
starring Steve Zahn and
Allen Covert), and teen idols (Hannah Montana & Miley
Cyrus: Best of Both Worlds Concert). What do the critics have to say?
In the world of romantic comedies featuring specters interfering in earthly
affairs, pundits say
Over Her Dead Body is DOA. When his fiancée (Eva
Longoria Parker) dies on their wedding day, Henry (Paul Rudd) consults a psychic
with whom he falls head over heels in love; little does he know the spirit of
his dead flame is watching this new romance develop, and is none too pleased.
Critics say Dead is several notches below
Blithe Spirit and
Can Wait in the supernatural romance sweepstakes, featuring uninspired
performances and a script that lacks the energy and light touch to generate
laughs. At 25 percent on the Tomatometer, the critics are over Her Dead
Body. (Check out our interview with star Jason Biggs
Hannah Montana & Miley
Cyrus: Best of Both Worlds Concert is pretty long
Stop Making Sense or
Gimme Shelter. However, if you’re a
tween girl, you’ll probably find that it’s right up your alley. In Concert,
the squeaky-clean star of the Disney Channel performs her hits, and the movie
offers some backstage footage as well. Critics say Best of Both Worlds is
reasonably involving; it’s well-crafted, and Cyrus comes off as hard-working and
likeable. Plus, it’s a lot cheaper — and offers more perspectives — than
Cyrus’ live show. At 80 percent on the Tomatometer, Best of Both Worlds
should please its target demographic — and perhaps surprise some parents.
Reviews for The Eye were embargoed until the day of release, and
Strange Wilderness wasn’t screened at all. The Eye is the story of a blind
woman (Jessica Alba) who, after surgery, sees terrifying visions. Strange
Wilderness follows a group of nature TV show hosts who hatch a plan to find
Bigfoot to boost ratings. Kids, you should know the drill by now: Guess those Tomatometers! (And read RT’s interview with Alba
here, and check out
Recall with a roundup of memorable movie moments involving eyes.)
Also opening this week in limited release:
While Brady and Manning duke it out in Phoenix, the $15 movie ticket aims to conquer the multiplexes over Super Bowl weekend. That’s the admission price that theaters are charging moviegoers that line up for Disney’s Hannah Montana concert film which opens Friday on a wave of fan frenzy that has given the hot pic event-film status with young girls everywhere. But other ladies that got their big break from a television series will enter the weekend race at the North American box office too. Jessica Alba stars in the supernatural thriller The Eye while Eva Longoria Parker headlines the comedy Over Her Dead Body. Guys will be tossed their own entry in the form of the nature comedy Strange Wilderness. Disney and Lionsgate will be the studios competing for the box office trophy as Sony’s seven-year streak of ruling Super Bowl weekend will come to an end.
Tween girls who couldn’t get their parents to shell out a grand for a scalped ticket for Hannah Montana’s live concerts can now cough up a Hamilton and a Lincoln and see the big show at their local multiplex. Disney goes 3D for its special one-week-only engagement of Hannah Montana & Miley Cyrus: Best of Both Worlds Concert which aims to capitalize on the immense fan base for the Disney Channel superstar. The G-rated musicfest will play mostly to girls but should lure in nearly 100% of its target demographic with what has become a major event film for lovers of all things Hannah. With a trim 74-minute running time, theaters will be able to squeeze in six showtimes per day to maximize their revenue. School teachers nationwide may have to brace for record high absenteeism on Friday.
The Hannah Montana phenomenon has become a cash cow for the studio. Thanks to last year’s live concerts which sold out within minutes, fans have wasted no time in pre-buying their movie tickets for Best which has been a top seller all through December and January. Fandango.com reported on Wednesday that the film accounted for a whopping 91% of all tickets purchased with over 1,000 showtimes already sold out coast to coast. Rival MovieTickets.com stated that Best has already joined its all-time top ten list of pre-sales ranking alongside tentpole sequels from franchises such as Harry Potter and The Lord of the Rings. Helping Montana-mania at the box office will be those increased $15 ticket prices which will allow the overall grosses to swell.
Best of Both Worlds could very well be one of those box office surprises that exceeds all expectations thanks to intense demand plus brilliant marketing and distribution. This could be a Borat-type weekend when the film with the fewest theaters actually beats out all of its competitors for the top spot. In fact the numbers could climb really high if parents join their daughters for the show, or if repeat business kicks in with fans seeing the film multiple times since it will only be on the big screen for seven days. The Super Bowl should not be much of a distraction since young females are typically the quadrant least interested in the big game. Hitting the stage in 683 movie theaters with digital 3D facilities, Hannah Montana & Miley Cyrus: Best of Both Worlds Concert could open to about $17M this weekend.
Although there are no other major horror flicks out there, The Eye will still face formidable competition. Hannah Montana is a very different type of film, but it will take some teen girls out of the picture. Young males also have plenty of other choices out there. But Alba is a decent box office draw despite the weak launch of her last thriller Awake which debuted to only $5.9M. The Eye is in a much better position to find success, though. A scary trailer, a creepy one-sheet, a commercially-friendly rating, and a popular star in the lead all will contribute to a solid debut. The Eye opens in 2,436 locations on Friday and could scare up roughly $14M over three days.
Sylvester Stallone settled for the vice president’s job on last weekend’s chart with Rambo and with most fans charging theaters in the beginning, not much of an audience will be left. Plus the Lionsgate film lacks the positive vibe that the actor/filmmaker saw with Rocky Balboa last winter. A 55% fall would give Rambo roughly $8M and a sum of $31M after ten days.
Fox could enjoy a solid third frame with its chick flick 27 Dresses which has been holding up well since its strong opening. A 40% decline to $8.5M would give the Heigl hit $57M after 17 days. Diane Lane also could see a reasonably good hold for her crime thriller Untraceable which may drop 40% to $7M for a ten-day tally of $20M. The monster flick Cloverfield fell hard in its second weekend and another sizable drop of 55% could give Paramount $5.5M and a 17-day total of $73M.
LAST YEAR: Super Bowl weekend saw teen girls edge past their moms at the box office as the thriller The Messengers bowed at number one with $14.7M beating out the $13.1M debut of the Diane Keaton pic Because I Said So. Final grosses reached $35.4M for the Sony spookfest and $42.7M for Universal’s star-driven comedy. Holdovers rounded out the top five. Epic Movie dropped from the top spot to third with $8.4M, the hit comedy Night at the Museum followed in fourth with $6.4M, and Smokin’ Aces placed fifth with $6.1M.
Author: Gitesh Pandya, www.BoxOfficeGuru.com