The Biggest Potential Box Office Bombs of Summer 2013

While ‘Iron Man 3’ and ‘Man of Steel’ are sure to be gargantuan hits this summer, we look at 5 movies that might not connect with audiences.
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The Biggest Potential Box Office Bombs of Summer 2013

It happens every year. We spent months on this site covering a movie that looks good, smells good, and has the potential to be the next big classic, only to see it belly flop when its placed in front of a paying audience. Sometimes the movie is bad, as was the case with Green Lantern. Sometimes, the marketing doesn't work in favor of a small masterpiece, like Scott Pilgrim Vs. the World. And sometimes, a movie just gets buried by the bigger movies around it in a crowded marketplace. Then, on that very odd occasion, there's the rare misfortune of having Taylor Kitsch as your leading man.

Last year we watched movies like Rock of Ages, Total Recall, Dark Shadows, Battleship and John Carter whiff it at the plate. 2013 won't be any different. Except that we're entering into May with a completely Kitsch free line-up.

We already know that Iron Man 3 is going to be a giant smash, and everything is aligning for Man of Steel to possibly be the biggest slam-dunk of the summer (as it looks to avoids the fate of 2011's Green Lantern). Pixar's Monsters University has nothing to worry about, and we're feeling pretty good about The Wolverine. But there are five other movies we're not so sure about.

We're not saying these are going to be bad movies. Just from what we've seen, we don't think they'll be able to attract the summer heat. And there is no possible way at least one of them is making all of their money back. Here are the five movies we think will bomb this summer.

1World War Z (June 21)

World War Z

Six years in the making and plagued with problems, this Brad Pitt zombie thriller has only stirred up a mountain of bad press. From the leading man fighting with his director, to Alex Jones declaring it New World Order propaganda, to the massive reshoots that had to be done, this extremely loose "adaptation" of Max Brooks' zombie survival manual from director Marc Forster has all the earmarks of a true summer disaster. Not too mention, zombies are a little played out here, in 2013. Sure, The Walking Dead is one of the biggest shows on cable television, but why spend money to see what you're getting at home for free? The trailers have done little to stir up excitement, and even the hardcore horror fans seem nonplused. With a $170 million price tag, this is being touted as the biggest budgeted living dead movie ever made. Maybe zombies are a low budget affair? There's no way this potential mess is going to make its money back. Right now, it's not even clear if people are going to make an effort to go on opening weekend. Perhaps it could pull a Titanic (that movie faced similar problems on its way to the box office). But as this PG-13 rated thriller about a virus is opening against Disney Pixar's cute, sunny, and most importantly, family friendly Monsters University, we don't think it stands a chance.

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  • Mike-17627082 • 2 years ago

    And who makes this decision that Would War Z is going to be a possible bomb????? A bunch of old guys getting 110K a year doing nothing as usual????? They saod that about The Walking Dead also and look at it now! Yeah smart people they are. Imagine if they were your broker !!!!!!?????

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    • moviefreak97 • 2 years ago

      I'm with @thedude-abides here. Never underestimate star power.

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      • thedude-abides • 2 years ago

        I don't see any of them bombing out at the box office, but in terms of their reception, Epic is the only one I can see receiving decent/good reviews.

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        • gina39 • 2 years ago

          i wonder if world war z had been rated R would it make a difference . i think the problem is that these films are trying to get the kids to come in and see their films i notice these films look like they are going to be pg13 unless the internship is rated r. i wouldn't be surprised if these same films that we are saying is crap will be hits in the theater. i wouldn't be surprised if WWZ will be a 300 million dollar hit. or Will smith star power bring in 200 million. but only time will tell. but i did read a lot of the forums opinions and i notice that some people feel that after earth will suck because of the director, world war z will suck due to the rating and The Lone Ranger due to cowboy flop movies. i guess check out the movie first before you judge it a piece of crap.

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          • kingbrady • 2 years ago

            i agree with Internship, their dry humour is ok but its all the same crap...After Earth is obviously due to its director...(automatic $100 million Smith vs worst director since Uwe Boll)

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            • slysnide • 2 years ago

              "Epic" has had really bad marketing with some eco-friendly theme going on, with no hints at a plot. Just a bunch of flying bugs. And holiday x-mas themed cartoons are typically bombs anyway, so the comparison doesn't work that well. If this film has anything to it, it'll be ruined by kiddies rushing to see "IM3" and "Into Darkness" instead.

              Most summer comedies don't make much bank. And I don't think anybody outside of the production of "The Internship" expects it to do much better than "The Watch," which was a good concept shattered by an alien invasion plot. The only thing this one has going for it is the typical chemistry between Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn, which sounds a bit forced according to Orange. It'll be meh.

              "WWZ" will be a bomb. Simply put, you can't title it after that legendary novel/survival guide and claim it's based on that book when it is doing nothing besides making a bloated global zombiepocalypse full of too much action and thus far, no sign of storytelling akin to Brooks' brilliant book.

              And agreed on "After Earth," which looks to be very similar to "Oblivion," except without Morgan Freeman (see they're already in deep sh*t) and another lame father/son team up with virtually no significant supporting cast to be seen, nor an actual plot, just the lame tagline "why did we leave," which you can answer by going to see "Oblivion."

              "The Lone Ranger" seems to be a hit or miss. I'm taking a class right now at a state university about the portrayal of native americans and native american issues in cinema/television, and I agree that Depp's take on Tonto--hell even casting him for that role--is borderline racist if not definitely racist. From the trailers it seems like Tonto is out for vengeance against some people responsible for wiping out his tribe, but still, the racism is already there with his relying on some no name white guy to help him with it. But it could still be fun (yeah I'm aware that last sentence seems to contradict everything I just wrote, but it's the logic the studios always take).

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              • Fernando-Yanmar-Narciso • 2 years ago

                if epic doesnt features the faith no more song, its gonna suck balls!

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                • XxNickTheFilmCriticXx • 2 years ago

                  @felipe-11 -- Strongly agreed! And don't forget about the pointless (horror) sequels! Paranormal Activity, A Haunted House, Scary Movie, and all those damn "possession" movies. And that might just be naming a few.

                  Glad we share the same sentiments.

                  @bawnian-dexeus@mr-k -- Exactly! That's why we won't be getting as many good movies as we should be. I (most of the time) don't care if a movies entertaining or not; as long as the set pieces are coherent, and again, quality ridden. Entertainment's just a cherry on top. People forget that, just because a movie's entertaining, doesn't necessarily make it good. "Troll 2" was fairly entertaining, albeit, for all the wrong reasons. Regardless, the aforementioned was a terrible movie. Quite possibly THE worst movie I've ever seen. "Pootie Tang" was also entertaining when I saw it, and that one's mediocre, at best. Entertainment is subjective, but you see my point.

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                  • XxNickTheFilmCriticXx • 2 years ago

                    @stefanos -- Agreed(?).

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                    • 2movieguys • 2 years ago

                      and I will skip "After Earth" ....anything directed by M. Night Shyamalan is nothing but a flop!!!

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                      • 2movieguys • 2 years ago

                        I agree with the list!! "World War Z" is an impossible book to film!

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                        • Sandra-Thomas • 2 years ago

                          We`ll see if this movies will smash, some will not make it! Sorry, but I doubt "Internship" and "World War Z" will not. Further, a success or a flop of a movie depends on the marketing. Iron Man 3 is a great movie, I´m a fan by the way - the marketing for this movie starts last year oktober/november! John Carter`s marketing (for example) starts 3 month in advance and nobody make reference to the book series of Edgar Rice Burroughs! So, in this point (marketing) I agree with "Nikolaus XX".

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                          • beltraneitor • 2 years ago

                            I hope After Earth will be good. I like the concept. Pacific Rim looks awful. really bad

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                            • ejk1 • 2 years ago

                              @tomp1210 Thank you. I think it was a good thing I stopped by as well.

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                              • tomp1210 • 2 years ago

                                @ejk1 "I have no desire to see any of these films, and don't care if they are successful or not"

                                Well good thing you stopped by then. +10 'discussion' points.

                                This page annoys me almost as much as IGNs constant question headlines - Is this game good, or terrible? Grrrr

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                                • tomp1210 • 2 years ago

                                  Looking forward to seeing World War Z, although 20% of that may be because they filmed the initial outbreak in Glasgow City square, hooray lol.

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                                  • tomp1210 • 2 years ago

                                    @a7sus4 I think it looks pretty bad-ass. Been watching Godzilla, and ready for some big-screen payback... until the new Godzilla is out anyway, lol

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                                    • a7sus4 • 2 years ago

                                      Don't forget Pacific Rim which no one f*cking cares about.

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                                      • dan1 • 2 years ago

                                        @corey The tagline for After Earth hurts my head, too. Fear is a choice, Danger is real? lmao... When somebody is in danger, they feel fear, it's perfectly natural. It's what you do with that fear that counts.

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                                        • corey • 2 years ago

                                          @dan1 Not to mention the Smith's doing a horrible accent. But we'll see. Who knows? It may be a fun summer flick...but I won't get my hopes up cause I look forward to hating it.

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