Sometimes it can be hard to explain why good movies fail. Whatever the reason, several financial and critical failures have endured the test of time to emerge as cult classics years later.
"The Rocky Horror Picture Show" has a long legacy of theater revivals and shadow casts.
"It's a Wonderful Life" only became a holiday favorite when it entered public domain.
"Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory" did poorly when it premiered in 1971.
making $4 million, which was not much more than its
"The Room" later inspired "The Disaster Artist."
"Blade Runner" is now one of the most revered science-fiction films.
"The Big Lebowski" couldn't compete with "The Titanic" when it first premiered.
"Troll 2" gained fans with it's "so bad it's good" reputation.
"Dazed and Confused" had a star-filled cast before they were famous.
"Heathers" initially only made back less than half of its budget.
"Donnie Darko" was a complete flop.
"Fight Club" was panned by critics at first glance.
"Office Space" later found a niche audience.
"Citizen Kane" only found acclaim in the years after its release.
"The Wizard of Oz" had a weak premiere in 1939.
"The Shawshank Redemption" was overlooked during a year filled with movie classics.
"Vertigo" was a flop compared to "Psycho."
"Clue" was released in 1985 to lukewarm praise.
"Brazil" flopped and couldn't recoup its budget.
"Harold and Maude" was a dark comedy that failed to impress critics.
"Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas" had controversial reception.
"Highlander" found success as a video rental.
"The Boondock Saints" found fans as a Blockbuster exclusive.
"Event Horizon" lost over $30 million when it flopped.
"The Thing" was deemed a failure in 1982.
"Idiocracy" wasn't marketed and fell through the cracks.
"Scott Pilgrim vs. The World" made its money in home video sales.
"Plan 9 from Outer Space" had a very limited release.
"Jupiter Ascending" was expensive to make.
"Wet Hot American Summer" was a hilarious film that went un-watched by many.
"The Iron Giant" was a commercial failure.
"A Christmas Story" didn't gain fans until TV syndication.
"Dredd" couldn't make back its initial budget.
"Slither" later found a following with fans of body horror.
"Dark Star" was marketed poorly as a generic action film.
"Speed Racer" opened the week after "Iron Man."
"Death to Smoochy" was a miss for critics and audiences alike.
"Newsies" is one of the lowest-grossing live-action Disney films of all time.
The 1992 film was deemed one of Disney's lowest grossing live-action films of all time. Starring Christian Bale, the movie musical cost $15 million to make, but only grossed $3 million.
"Hocus Pocus" later found fans through Halloween marathons on TV.
"Near Dark" was a hidden Kathryn Bigelow hit.
When "Labyrinth" flopped, Jim Henson was devastated.
"Empire Records" was panned by film critics.
"Can't Hardly Wait" was described as "slapstick" and "cliche" by some critics.
"Starship Troopers" was slammed by critics.
"Dune" faced low ticket sales and negative reviews.
"Big Trouble in Little China" was rushed to its release date.
"Showgirls" was mocked by critics and filmgoers.
"Mac and Me" was a called a knock-off of "E.T."
"Man on the Moon" won Jim Carrey a Golden Globe but was a miss for most critics.
"Atlantis: The Lost Empire" was considered a flop by Disney standards.
Although it was successful at the box office, "Saw" was deemed too gory for most critics.