“Ghostbusters” simply went out and dug its own grave. The producers took a beloved franchise, stripped off everything that was actually working before, and tried to shove it down the fans’ throats. The fans, many who were already angry with the all-female cast, didn’t know whether to be happy that they predicted the disaster, or to be sad that the producers had now successfully ruined their treasured childhood memories. Personally, I had high hopes for the all-female cast, but they didn’t really deliver. The movie’s plot, characterization, directing, and bad humor were widely criticized all summer.
Independence Day: Resurgence
When you reach a peak, there is only one way you can go – downhill. We left Independence Day at this peak 20 years ago. The acting, the casting, the story, and even the dog that survives the alien’s massive attack by jumping over cars into an alley were all perfect. Let’s face it: if the likes of “Iron Man 3,” “X-Men: The Last Stand,” and “Speed 2: Cruise Control” have taught us anything, it is that sequels are a great way to make huge money, but very hard to perfect them. So, we knew there was only one direction in which “Independence Day: Resurgence” could go from there. Any sign of hope that we had mustered from the exciting trailer quickly vanished long before the interval came. Its box office earnings were less than half of what Batman vs Superman earned.
World of Warcraft was an amazing game, but it didn’t succeed as a film. A lot of games have been ported to movies in the recent years, and none have tasted the success they desired. Warcraft was made with a budget of $160 million, and managed to gross over $430 million worldwide in box office earnings. However, a huge part of the gross revenues go toward marketing, distribution, sales, and other costs. Also, interestingly enough, roughly $280 million of that $430 million came from overseas. In many of those international markets, the profit percentage for Hollywood movies is as low as 20%. So, after you take into account all the expenses, Warcraft barely managed to make what it had put in. In other words, it was a flop, despite high expectations.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles have always attracted a niche audience: not everyone liked them, where it was in comics, TV shows, or movies. “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows,” the second installment in the rebooted series, was arguably better than the first (but still terrible), only because its prequel was even worse. However, the slight improvement was too little and too late. Anyone who had watched the first movie understandably didn’t want to subject themselves to the same torture, and skipped the sequel. The movie earned as little as $82 million in the domestic market, including Canada.
Severe criticism against the “dark nature” of Batman vs Superman left DC and Warner Bros. worried about Suicide Squad. To prevent that from happening to Suicide Squad, the producers reshot many scenes, and tried to make them less dark/more fun. Well, it still didn’t work. Some people argue that it’s worth a watch, but most just wonder why DC cannot produce good movies. This puts serious questions on the future of the upcoming DC Cinematic Universe movies. Sure, the movie has already made $580 million in worldwide sales, but only $267.3 million of that is from the domestic box office. The rest is international box office revenue, where, as previously mentioned, profit percentages take a steep dive. Considering that the movie cost $175 million to make, not including marketing and other costs, the movie barely broke even. Even superhero movies need a good story, direction, and script to click.
As we wrap up the summer of 2016, we can firmly put the seal of “worst summer movies ever” on it. Okay, maybe not THE worst… that top spot still belongs to the summer of 2009, which gave us “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen.” However, there’s no denying that this summer was a huge disappointment for the film industry. When Batman vs Superman did not live up to fans’ expectations, a lot of us just chalked it up to unrealistic expectations. Then movie fanatics were continually disappointed by flicks that had so much potential, like Suicide Squad. Granted, there were some notable hits like Captain America: Civil War and Finding Dory, but the ratio of bad movies to good ones was pretty extraordinary.