With the major success of 20th Century Fox‘s Deadpool and Disney’s Zootopia, as well as the hype behind the upcoming Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Captain America: Civil War, 2016 looks like it’s going to be a kick ass year for films. However, as we just saw with the epic fail that was Gods of Egypt, not everything coming to theaters will be a major success. Here are 9 movies that might be box office bombs in 2016.
*Please note: Films are organized by release date.
While Snow White and the Huntsman made over $400 million dollars worldwide, it wasn't exactly a critical hit. In fact, the most memorable thing about the 2012 film was the fallout that came from actress Kristen Stewart's affair with then-married director, Rupert Sanders. We're not exactly sure why the prequel was given the green light but we will say that the all-star cast which includes Chris Hemsworth, Charlize Theron, Emily Blunt and Jessica Chastain might help it along. However, the fact that the film will be released just two weeks before Captain America: Civil War might mean people want to save their $14 dollars, and catch The Huntsman: Winter's War when its out On Demand. We hope for the sake of the cast, and for first time director Cedric Nicolas-Troyan, that things turn out better than we expect. Honestly however, we aren't holding our breath. Check out the gorgeously done trailer here.
We're still trying to figure out who asked Sony for this? Sure, the Angry Birds game was an amusing way to pass the time on the train, but a full-fledged movie? We don't think so. With movies like Zootopia and Minions, we know by now that 21st century kiddies are way too intelligent for these kind of films. If any video game adaptation is going to do decently at the theater, its going to be Warcraft, and we already don't have high hopes for that. Though the cast includes the delightful voices of Jason Sudeikis and Bill Hader, we can't even begin to imagine what the story-line is going to be. Check out the trailer here.
Typically we adore Tim Burton, but we're just going to be honest and say that 2010's Alice in Wonderland fell flat for us, and critics pretty much agreed. However, that didn't stop the first movie from making over $1 billion in box offices across the globe. Still we're not too certain how a sequel that comes six-years after the original will fare, especially considering the fact that James Bobin is now sitting in Burton's directing chair. While actress Mia Wasikowska is sensational, Johnny Depp's box office draw has seemingly come to a screeching halt, unless he's Captain Jack Sparrow. Though we'd love to pay homage to the late Alan Rickman with his last film, we just don't see Alice Through the Looking Glass taking off at the box office. It also doesn't help that the highly anticipated X-Men: Apocalypse drops the verys same day. Take a look at the Alice trailer here.
Admittedly we aren't too well-versed or invested in the gaming industry, but we do know that some gamers live and die by the wildly popular World of Warcraft. We're just not certain how this might transfer into coins at the box office. Video game film adaptations haven't exactly been successful. Either the film is going to be out of reach for typical moviegoers who enjoy a good fantasy, or it's going to be way too muddled and generic for lovers of the game. Either way, despite its really cool CGI characters and the super hot dude that leads the humans, we're not sure that Warcraft will hold the interest of the general audience, no matter how talented director Duncan Jones is. It also doesn't help that the film is pretty much void of A-listers. The fact that the film is sandwiched in between the released of X-Men: Apocalypse as well as Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows and Finding Dory doesn't necessarily help things either. See the trailer for Warcraft here.
We're not sure why anyone would be bothered with making an Independence Day film without Will Smith, especially since its a sequel that comes two decades after the original film. But, here we are. Apparently the aliens have returned and they are more than prepared this time. We love the fact that director Roland Emmerich is returning for the Independence Day Resurgence, but without Smith, we could have honestly just stuck with the 1996 film for nostalgia's sake. Check out the trailer for Resurgence here.
First and foremost, The Legend of Tarzan has a kick ass cast, with True Blood alum Alexander Skarsgård in the titular role along with Margot Robbie, Christoph Waltz, Samuel L. Jackson, Christoph Waltz, and Djimon Hounsou. Helmed by Harry Potter director David Yates, The Legend of Tarzan has all of the bones for a spectacular film. However, the last time Hollywood took on the man from a jungle in 1998's Tarzan and the Lost City, it was an utter failure. The Legend's plot is a reverse from the original, with Tarzan already living in civilized London and returning to the Congo on a mission, but we're just not sure a 21st century audience is going to hang in with this 20th century classic character. Despite the delicious site of a shirtless and ripped Skarsgard, this film is opening the same weekend as Spielberg’s The BFG and The Purge: Election Year. Our only question is, why isn't Phil Collins doing the soundtrack? Check out the trailer here.
While Star Trek and Star Trek Into Darkness were successful, there weren't quite as successful as Paramount was banking on. Therefore, Star Trek Beyond is somewhat of a gamble for the revamped franchise, especially since much of the film will be taking place during a five-year mission in space. Still, 2016 is the 50th anniversary of the franchise, which could motivate long time fans as well as newcomers to get into the theaters. There is also the addition of Idris Elba as the villainous alien Krall (and who doesn't want to see him?!). However, with Justin Lin stepping in as director at the last minute, a complete script rewrite shortly before production, and a less than stellar trailer, this might not be an odyssey anyone wants to go on. Check out the trailer for Star Trek Beyond here.
The original 1959 Ben-Hur is perhaps one of the most famous films ever made, earning $1.2 billion dollars (adjusted for inflation) in the box office. It also pretty much sweep the Academy Awards in all categories. However, almost 60 years later we just don't see why we should be excited for the tale of the Hebrew Prince taking his revenge. Moreover, Ben-Hur is set to be released just one week after Suicide Squad. It sounds to us that Paramount should have held on to their money.
We adore Tom Hanks but we still don't know what the heck was happening in The Da Vinci Code and Angels & Demons. With the third film, Inferno, based on Dan Brown's books dropping a decade after the original (which was a sensation and earned $758 million), we can't seem to understand why anyone would be interested. By the time Angels & Demons dropped in 2009 the franchise had already lost much of it luster. Despite our love for Hanks, we just don't see Inferno taking off in the theaters. Check out the trailer here.