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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Budget: $40 million
Gross: $9 million
Consensus: Hey, it was better than Stop, or My Mom Will Shoot
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.