Comic-Con’s Biggest Disappointments

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Superman Returns
Superman Returns
Warner Bros.

Budget: $270 million

Gross: $200 million

Consensus: Picking up a property that had been long under the rug, Bryan Singer delivered his take on Superman: a part-sequel, part-reboot, part-homage to the Richard Donner great of yore, the film never really hit it with Superman traditionalists or newcomers to the material.

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Watchmen
Watchmen
Warner Bros.

Budget: $130 million

Gross: $107 million

Consensus: While you can give the film credit for snappy visuals, decisive performances, and a soundtrack to dance to, many of the source material's fans found Zack Snyder's interpretation to be lacking the Watchmen soul.

3
TRON: Legacy
TRON: Legacy
Disney

Budget: $170 million

Gross: $172 million

Consensus: Yeah, it kinda made a profit, but considering the genre-defining legacy of the original Tron, you'd have expected a bit more from the decades-later sequel.

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Terminator Salvation
Terminator Salvation
Warner Bros.

Budget: $200 million

Gross: $125 million

Consensus: James Cameron paved the way for modern action sci-fi with Terminator, but even the futuristic visionary could not have predicted the colossal face-palmer that was this installment of the franchise.

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Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow
Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow
Paramount Pictures

Budget: $70 million

Gross: $38 million

Consensus: Earning just over half its production budget, Sky Captain proved a valuable lesson to filmmakers the world over: don't use footage of dead actors to play villains. It's just creepy.

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Scott Pilgram vs. The World
Scott Pilgram vs. The World
Universal Pictures

Budget: $60 million

Gross: $31 million

Consensus: Another feature that halved its budget in intake, Scott Pilgrim is a favorite with fans of the source comics, video game geeks, and Michael Cera lovers alike. The only problem: that's a small percentage of the movie-going public. Good effort though, gang.

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John Carter
John Carter
Disney

Budget: $250 million

Gross: $73 million

Consensus: Perhaps the saddest story of the bunch. An earnest attempt at bringing a sci-fi allegory to life, though with the misguided choice of removing all semblance of the genre from the title (turning John Carter of Mars to the far more uninteresting John Carter), this picture won with almost no one... especially considering almost no one saw it.

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Jack the Giant Slayer
Jack the Giant Slayer
New Line Cinema

Budget: $195 million

Gross: $65 million

Consensus: The fairy tale genre had been going strong, so why not take on Jack and the Beanstalk? Because, dear industry, there's nothing sexy about bulbous giants and shifty bean-peddlers.

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Bullet to the Head
Bullet to the Head
Warner Bros.

Budget: $40 million

Gross: $9 million

Consensus: Hey, it was better than Stop, or My Mom Will Shoot

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Battleship
Battleship
Universal Pictures

Budget: $209 million

Gross: $65 million

Consensus: Sure, the American filmgoing public might enjoy some mindless candy every so often. But there's a limit. Take note, studios presently developing the Hungry, Hungry Hippos jungle adventure film.

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