Most Hollywood studios have gotten smart about their film budgets, lowering them quite a bit over the past year. Which means we saw fewer box office bombs in 2014. Almost all of the big releases made at least a little bit of their money back, except maybe Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return. It only earned $18.6 million worldwide against it's $70 million budget. Winter's Tale and Vampire Academy were also big money losers over the past twelve months, but seeming disasters like Transcendence and I, Frankenstein actually managed to recoup their costs overseas. That doesn't mean these were good movies by any means. And some of the biggest blockbusters of the year shouldn't be considered masterpieces of cinema by any stretch of the imagination. In 2014, we couldn't really judge a movie by its earnings. But we could judge them by their critical and fan responses. Which is where Rotten Tomatoes comes in handy. We've compiled a look at the 14 worst movies of 2014 based on the ever powerful Tomatometer. Some of these films made money, and some of them lost quite a bit. Which releases made moviegoers most uncomfortable in 2014? Take a look:
Release Date: October 3. TomatoMeter: 2%. What it Was About: The entire planet is thrown into mayhem when millions of people disappear without a trace, all that remains are their clothes and belongings. Unmanned vehicles crash and planes fall from the sky, overwhelming emergency forces and causing massive gridlock, riots and chaos. Airline pilot Ray Steele (Nicolas Cage) struggles to save the lives of the passengers who remain on his flight, while his daughter (Cassi Thomson) races to find her brother and mother, both of whom have disappeared. Worldwide Gross: $19.6 million. Budget: $16 million. Earned: $3.6 million.
Release Date: January 24. TomatoMeter: 3%. What it Was About: Two centuries after Dr. Frankenstein assembles and reanimates his creature, Adam (Aaron Eckhart) is still living. He becomes embroiled in a war between two immortal races: gargoyles, the traditional protectors of mankind, and evil demons. Since Adam is neither human nor demon, gargoyle Queen Leonore (Miranda Otto) and demon Prince Naberius (Bill Nighy) each want him for their own purposes. It is up to Adam to discover his inner humanity and the reason for his continued existence. Worldwide Gross: $71.1 million. Budget: $65 million. Earned: $6.1 million
Release Date: January 10. TomatoMeter: 3%. What it Was About: As the son of Zeus, king of the gods, and a mortal woman, Hercules (Kellan Lutz) is blessed with extraordinary strength. Caught in a forbidden love, Hercules is exiled by his stepfather, the king, and sold into slavery. The legendary strongman endures harrowing battles and death matches in the gladiators arena, and must use his formidable powers to fight his way back to his rightful kingdom, overthrow its traitorous ruler and restore peace to the land. Worldwide Gross: $61.2 million. Budget:$70 million. Lost: $8.8 million.
Release Date: September 30. TomatoMeter: 7%. What it Was About: After his eccentric pal (Zach Galifianakis) inherits a fortune from his estranged father, an aimless, womanizing weatherman (Owen Wilson) becomes involved in the legal battle initiated by his friend's sister (Amy Poehler). Worldwide Gross: N/A. Budget: N/A.
Release Date: April 18. TomatoMeter: 8%. What it Was About: After the ordeal he suffered with his now former girlfriend's (Essence Atkins) demonic possession, Malcolm (Marlon Wayans) has decided to start fresh. He has a new girlfriend named Megan (Jaime Pressly), and they and Megan's children are moving into their dream home. Soon afterward, Malcolm is once again plagued by supernatural shenanigans -- only this time, it's not just the house that's haunted. A demon has attached itself to Malcolm, and shows no signs of letting go. Worldwide Gross: $23.9 million. Budget: $4 million. Earned: $19.9 million.
Release Date: May 14. TomatoMeter: 9%. What it Was About: Despite her husband's (Tim Roth) misgivings, Grace Kelly (Nicole Kidman) considers returning to Hollywood to star in "Marnie," but a political dispute between Monaco and France forces her to make a difficult choice. Worldwide Gross: $22.1 million. Budget: $30 million. Lost: $7.9 million.
Release Date: February 7. TomatoMeter: 9%. What it Was About: Teenager Rose Hathaway (Zoey Deutch) is a Dhampir, a human/vampire hybrid. Her best friend is Lissa Dragomir (Lucy Fry), a princess of the Moroi -- mortal, peaceful vampires. Both teens attend St. Vladamir's Academy, a secret haven for those like them. Rose trains with a handsome mentor (Danila Kozlovsky) to guarantee her place as Lissa's guardian, although she may have to sacrifice everything to protect Lissa from enemies both within St. Vladamir's walls and outside them. Worldwide Gross: $15.3 million. Budget:$30 million. Lost: $14.7 million.
Release Date: January 17. TomatoMeter: 10%. What it Was About: After he accidentally destroys the winter food supply of his fellow Liberty Park residents, Surly (Will Arnett), a squirrel, is banished to the streets of Oakton. Luckily, Surly finds the town's nut shop and hatches a plan to plunder its bounty. However, unbeknown to Surly and his ragtag team of animal associates, the nut shop is really a front for mobsters who plan to rob the bank next door. While Surly and his team break in to the shop, the mobsters carry out their own scheme. Worldwide Gross: $113.3 million. Budget: $42 million. Earned: $71.3 million.
Release Date: February 10. TomatoMeter: 13%. What it Was About: One night in early 20th-century New York, master thief Peter Lake (Colin Farrell) breaks into a Central Park mansion, and quickly has his heart stolen by its occupant, Beverly Penn (Jessica Brown Findlay). Unfortunately, their love is star-crossed; she is dying from consumption, and he is marked for death by his demonic former mentor, Pearly Soames (Russell Crowe). Peter battles the forces of time and darkness to save Beverly, even as Pearly does everything in his power to defeat Peter. Worldwide Gross: $30.8 million. Budget: $60 million. Lost: $29.2 million.
Release Date: May 23. TomatoMeter: 14%. What it Was About: Recently divorced mom Lauren (Drew Barrymore) and widowed dad Jim (Adam Sandler) let their friends push them into a blind date, which goes disastrously wrong. Unsurprisingly, neither wants to see the other ever again. However, fate intervenes when both Jim and Lauren, unbeknown to each other, purchase one-half of the same vacation package at a South African resort; they and their children are forced to share the same suite and participate in a slew of family activities together. Worldwide Gross: $126.7 million. Budget: $40 million. Earned: $86.7 million.
Release Date: July 11. TomatoMeter: 14%. What it Was About: Following the kidnapping and murder of his daughter (Aubrey Peeples), a reformed criminal (Nicolas Cage) returns to his old ways to exact vengeance. Worldwide Gross: N/A. Budget:N/A.
Release Date: February 14. TomatoMeter: 15%. What it Was About: Following their high-school graduation, Jade Butterfield (Gabriella Wilde), a sheltered but privileged teen, becomes enthralled with David Elliot (Alex Pettyfer), a working-class youth with a troubled past. Though Jade and David quickly fall in love, Jade's father (Bruce Greenwood) strongly disapproves of the relationship, while David's father (Robert Patrick) advises caution. However, their parents' disapproval only makes the love-struck teens more determined to pursue the intense affair. Worldwide Gross: $34 million. Budget: $20 million. Earned: $14 million.
Release Date: May 9. TomatoMeter: 16%. What it Was About: Soon after her return to Kansas, Dorothy Gale (Lea Michele) finds herself whisked back to Oz to save her friends Scarecrow (Dan Aykroyd), Lion (Jim Belushi),Tin Man (Kelsey Grammer) and Glinda (Bernadette Peters) from the Jester (Martin Short) -- the younger brother of the Wicked Witch of the West. The Jester is using his late sister's broomstick as a magic wand and is destroying Oz one yellow brick at a time. With new companions, Dorothy sets out to rescue old friends and restore order. Worldwide Gross: $18.6 million. Budget: $70 million. Lost: $51.4 million.
Release Date: January 17. TomatoMeter: 17%. What it Was About: For two years, security guard Ben (Kevin Hart) has tried to convince James (Ice Cube), a veteran cop, that he is worthy of James' sister, Angela. When Ben is finally accepted into the police academy, James decides to test his mettle by inviting him along on a shift deliberately designed to scare the trainee. However, events take an unexpected turn when their wild night leads to Atlanta's most-notorious criminal and Ben's rapid-fire mouth proves as dangerous as the bullets whizzing by them. Worldwide Gross: $153.9 million. Budget:$25 million. Earned: $128.9 million.