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.

low ticket sales.

"It's a Wonderful Life" only became a holiday favorite when it entered public domain.

did poorly at the box office in 1946

"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."

only made $1,800

"Blade Runner" is now one of the most revered science-fiction films.

barely made back its budget

shared a similar fate

"The Big Lebowski" couldn't compete with "The Titanic" when it first premiered.

"The Big Lebowski" finished sixth in its opening weekend

"Troll 2" gained fans with it's "so bad it's good" reputation.

"Troll 2" also found a cult following

"Dazed and Confused" had a star-filled cast before they were famous.

Without marketability to mainstream audiences

"Heathers" initially only made back less than half of its budget.


$1 million domestically

new television reboot

"Donnie Darko" was a complete flop.

$100,494 on its opening weekend

"Fight Club" was panned by critics at first glance.

impress many critics

"Office Space" later found a niche audience.

failed to capture the attention of filmgoers

"Citizen Kane" only found acclaim in the years after its release.

only made $1.5 million

Historians have pointed to William Randolph Hearst

"The Wizard of Oz" had a weak premiere in 1939.

"The Shawshank Redemption" was overlooked during a year filled with movie classics.

top rated film on IMDb by its users

"Vertigo" was a flop compared to "Psycho."

Hitchcock blamed lead actor Jimmy Stewart

2012 issue of film publication "Sight and Sound,"

"Clue" was released in 1985 to lukewarm praise.

including Roger Ebert

"Brazil" flopped and couldn't recoup its budget.

Brazilonly generated $9.9 million domestically

"Harold and Maude" was a dark comedy that failed to impress critics.

critics and film lovers would begin to reevaluate their harsh stances

"Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas" had controversial reception.

grossed only $10.6 million

It was very polarizing for critics

"Highlander" found success as a video rental.

recoup a third of its $16 million budget.

"The Boondock Saints" found fans as a Blockbuster exclusive.

$6 million budget only made back $30,471 at the box office,

"Event Horizon" lost over $30 million when it flopped.

generating a gross $27 million worldwide

"The Thing" was deemed a failure in 1982.

scraped by with $20 million

David Denby of New York magazine

"Idiocracy" wasn't marketed and fell through the cracks.

no movie trailers, ads, or press kits.

"Scott Pilgrim vs. The World" made its money in home video sales.

it only made $47.7 million in theaters.

"Plan 9 from Outer Space" had a very limited release.

one of the worst movies ever made

"Jupiter Ascending" was expensive to make.

made $47.4 million domestically and $136.5 million worldwide

"Wet Hot American Summer" was a hilarious film that went un-watched by many.

made with a $1.8 million budget

"The Iron Giant" was a commercial failure.

under-performed in theaters due to a poor marketing campaign

"A Christmas Story" didn't gain fans until TV syndication.

New York Times piece called it less funny than a TV sitcom and "exceedingly busy

"Dredd" couldn't make back its initial budget.

cost an estimated $50 million to make, only garnering $30.9 million in theaters.

"Slither" later found a following with fans of body horror.

$12 million worldwide and couldn't recoup its $15 million budget

"Dark Star" was marketed poorly as a generic action film.

$60,000 budget

"Speed Racer" opened the week after "Iron Man."

created on a $120 million budget and made $93.9 million at the box office

underrated and overlooked film

"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.

Years later, the flop was turned into a hit, top-grossing Broadway musical and it has developed a loyal following of fans.

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"Hocus Pocus" later found fans through Halloween marathons on TV.

dropped from the top 10 after two weeks.

"Near Dark" was a hidden Kathryn Bigelow hit.

$3.4 million at the box office

When "Labyrinth" flopped, Jim Henson was devastated.

only made half of its budget back in theaters

"Empire Records" was panned by film critics.

derided by criticsonly made $300,000 at the box office

"Can't Hardly Wait" was described as "slapstick" and "cliche" by some critics.

performed well at the box officepanned by many criticsmany critics have returned to the film

"Starship Troopers" was slammed by critics.

it made back its money at the box office. The filmlampooned by critics

"Dune" faced low ticket sales and negative reviews.

$40 million budget with only a $30 million gross

Roger Ebert

"Big Trouble in Little China" was rushed to its release date.

$11.1 million at the box office.

Following its financial losses and a slew of middling reviews

"Showgirls" was mocked by critics and filmgoers.

grossed $37 million from a $40 million budget.

"Mac and Me" was a called a knock-off of "E.T."

0% on Rotten Tomatoesrunning gag Paul Rudd does

"Man on the Moon" won Jim Carrey a Golden Globe but was a miss for most critics.

estimated to have cost $82 million it only generated $47.4 million in theaters

"Atlantis: The Lost Empire" was considered a flop by Disney standards.

earned back its budget, and more, at the box officepre-planned theme park attraction

Although it was successful at the box office, "Saw" was deemed too gory for most critics.

$103 million off of a $1.2 million budget