Summer Blockbusters That Did Not Live Up To The Hype

In 1975, Steven Spielberg decided to spend more advertising money on Jaws than any film had ever done before. The film was #1 at the box office for more than three months and was the first to gross over $100 million.

Since then, Hollywood has always released their big budget, action-packed, and star-studded films in the summer. But the pressure of a summer blockbuster release can lead to a major letdown. Who can ignore the time Michael Bay decided to direct Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles? Both critics and the box office numbers agree that it would be best to forget about these summer blockbusters.

Star Wars Fans Will Watch Anything, Even If It’s Trash

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Star Wars: Episode 1, The Phantom Menace was the first film in the prequels of the Star Wars universe, and it had a lot of high hopes. But sadly, Darth Maul and a tiny Anakin Skywalker weren’t enough.

Episode 1 is widely known to be the worst film in the franchise. But the fans are relentless, and it still made a bunch of money.

I Bet Ryan Reynolds Would Like To Forget About Green Lantern

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Ryan Reynolds might now be known as Deadpool in the Marvel universe, but never forget that he started out as the Green Lantern. The movie is recognized as one of the worst superhero movies ever made, and even Reynolds told EW that he didn’t watch it entirely.

Its failure was a mix of bad plot, bad CGI, and bad everything else. The only good thing that came from the movie was Reynolds meeting his future wife Blake Lively on set.

At Least Wild Wild West Spawned A Bop

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Mel Gibson, George Clooney, Johnny Depp, and Matthew McConaghy all passed on Wild Wild West, so that should have been a red flag. Even though we were all blessed with Smith’s song of the same name, the rest of the film looked like an awkward steam-punk movie mixed with American history.

The movie coming up is a recent attempt to try to attract a younger audience, and it failed miserably.

There Were High Hopes For The Sequel To Speed

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The original Speed was successful thanks to a riveting plot and the chemistry between Sandra Bullock and Keanu Reeves. Well, Speed 2: Cruise Control kept Bullock and dropped Reeves. Then picked up boats and dropped cars.

This film might be not only one of the worst summer blockbusters, but also one of the worst films ever. It frequently tops “worst sequels” lists.

The (Not So) Amazing Spider-Man 2

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I feel like the Spiderman franchise should learn that sequels just aren’t a thing. The original franchise with Tobey Maguire had two awful sequels, yet Marvel still went ahead and made an Andrew Garfield sequel.

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 was confusing, “over-stuffed with plot,” and just plain cheesy.

Even Kids Hated The Emoji Movie

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The film felt like a representation of what happens when a 60-year-old Hollywood executive tried to be hip with the kids, so agrees to let an animator put legs on a poop emoji. In ten years, everyone will forget this movie existed. But for now, it’s the most recent summer blockbuster failure that we all had to suffer through.

Keep reading to see how too much sex appeal can still make a movie fail.

The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Aren’t Supposed To Be That Realistic

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Half the success of TMNT was that it was meant to be funny and campy, so naturally, fans were scared from the start. Then Michael Bay got his hands on the rights, and it turned into an intense action film.

The major downfall of this blockbuster was that the turtles were too realistic, so they just ended up looking terrifying.

Sex And The City 2 Ended Up Offending Basically Everyone

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Women across America were so excited to find out what happened with Carrie and Big, but everything about the film was a train wreck. No one knows why the plot was in Abu Dhabi, or why Aiden had to show up at all.

Oh ya, and the movie was also blatantly racist. Many criticized the way the film portrayed Middle Eastern culture. This film finally burnt out the franchise.

Catwoman’s Box Office Bomb Wasn’t Halle Berry’s Fault

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This is one of those films that is so memorable but for all the wrong reasons. People will always know Halle Berry for her portrayal of Catwoman, but for her amazing body, not an amazing movie. The writing and plot were just plain campy, not to mention they overused her sex appeal. Sorry, Halle, you deserved better.

Jaws was the original summer blockbuster, but the rest of its sequels couldn’t live up to the hype.

Rest In Peace, R.I.P.D.

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Ghost cops taking down ghost criminals to protect the living is way too much. R.I.P.D., or the “Rest In Peace Department,” was Ryan Reynolds’ attempt to look like a tough guy and try to match the success of Ghostbusters.

It also starred Jeff Bridges as his partner, but the two had such awful chemistry they couldn’t even sell it as a buddy-cop film. Yikes.

People Just Don’t Care About Slow-Motion Beach Running Anymore


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Rebooting such an iconic ’90s TV show like Baywatch isn’t an easy task, and Paramount Pictures failed horrendously. Even though critics praised the acting, the plot, humor, and dialogue made it unbearable.

Maybe people in 2017 just aren’t as excited about women running in slow motion down the beach, because even the people that went to see it agreed it was unwatchable.

Why Were Any Jaws Films Made Without Steven Spielberg?

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The original Jaws is known to be the film that kicked off the concept of a summer blockbuster. So the sequels had a lot of hype to live up to, and none of them did. Jaws 2 and Jaws 3-D weren’t anything special, but Jaws: The Revenge is considered one of the worst movies of all time.

The movie franchise coming up has had some big hits, and some minor flops, but the most recent adaption was a complete bomb.

Star Power Couldn’t Save Batman And Robin


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You would think that Geroge Clooney, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and Uma Thurman would be an instant hit. But it’s easy to forget about the star power when you’re busy staring at the nipples built into Batman’s suit.

Critics called Clooney’s performance “awkward” and said the movie relied too much on the gadgets. Thankfully, The Dark Knight trilogy allowed us to all forget about this monstrosity.

Transformers: Revenge Of The Fallen Was As ‘Michael Bay’ As You Can Get


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Michael Bay needs to stop trying to make summer blockbusters happen. After the wild success of Transformers, he returned to direct the sequel, but even Bay’s fans hate this one.

The film is overdone with explosions (which Bay film isn’t), sexism, racism, and bad jokes. Yet somehow they still greenlit the third installment.

X-Men Apocalypse Tried (And Failed) To Introduce A New Generation

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The X-Men franchise has had its ups and downs over time, but they’ve never been a total bomb with both the critics and the audience. When they revamped X-Men in 2011, it was a major hit. The hype was too much though, and X-Men Apocalypse was like the awkward cousin that doesn’t belong in the family photo.

The movie coming up is proof of what happens when you let someone make a fantasy film about their unique religion.

Marvel Needs To Stop Trying To Make A Fantastic Four Movie Happen

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Even though Marvel released the same film ten years earlier (which you probably forgot about too), some people never learn from their mistakes. They tried to bring the franchise back in 2015 starring Miles Teller, Kate Mara, and Michael B. Jordan. But the film was a flop.

It made only $168 million worldwide but cost $155 million to make. I’m not into math, but I know that’s a bad margin.

Who Thought Tim Allen Could Lead A Blockbuster Film?

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Does anyone remember this film? Exactly. Zoom was based on a children’s book and was expected to hit big with the teenage audience. But Tim Allen and Courteney Cox (yes, you read those two names right) couldn’t deliver the goods.

The film cost $75 million to make and brought in only $12.5 million worldwide. That’s a summer blockbuster bomb if I’ve ever seen one.

Battlefield Earth: A Saga Of The Year 3000 Is John Travolta’s Personal Trainwreck

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Oh, John Travolta, when will you learn? Looking back, we all now realize that Battlefield Earth was Travolta’s way of bringing Scientology to the big screen. The plot is directly taken from a book written by L. Ron Hubbard, the founder of Scientology.

Not unlike the religion, there’s also zero logic in the film. We don’t hate fantasy films, but if it’s set on earth, maybe follow some of the rules.

Van Helsing Was Hunting Vampires Before It Was Cool

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I think if they made Van Helsing in the 1930s golden age of monster movies, it would have been amazing. But they decided to make the vampire-hunter film in 2004, and it screams “mid-2000s movie.”

Even though it opened at #1, it quickly dropped down in ratings when people realized it was just a recycled plot with too much CGI.

Some Critics Have Called The Mummy Tom Cruise’s Worst Film Ever

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No, we’re not talking about the 1940s version of The Mummy or even the one with Brendan Fraser. This is the one from 2017 that stars Tom Cruise. The original was spooky, smart, and entertaining. The latest one? Not so much.

Cruise takes the 2017 version in a different way-too-action-packed direction by making the character a US Soldier who battles a very sexy ancient mummy.