24 Important Movies That Were DOA (And Where To Find Them)

When it comes to studio tent poles and blockbusters, it’s not necessarily better to burn out than fade.

Whenever a movie studio puts out a major movie release, there is always the hope that it could become a big hit or even spawn its own franchise.

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However, the movie industry is a gamble, and many movies struggle to recoup their budgets, while others fade into obscurity without much of a struggle. That said, I’ve rounded up 24 notable studio releases that were dead on arrival and largely forgotten today!


Max Payne

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Mark Wahlberg stars in this toothless and nonsensical video game adaptation that replaced many of the iconic elements of the source material with…CGI valkyries???

Where to watch: HBO Max.


The Seeker: The Dark Is Rising

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The seeker hoped to be next Harry Potter-like YA franchise, but sadly lacked the magic needed to force audiences to watch this big-budget blunder.

Where to watch: Video on demand.


Deliver us from evil

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Couldn’t even save the label “based on true events” Sinister director Scott Derrickson’s misguided and misguided (Joel McHale as a knife-fighting detective?) horror-procedural hybrid.

Where to watch: Video on demand


Land of the Lost

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Will Ferrell was seemingly bombproof until his attempt to reboot Sid and Marty Krofft’s adventure property for a new generation collapsed upon release.

Where to watch: Peacock.


City of Sintel

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Monster house filmmaker Gil Kenan hoped to promote Walden Media’s next big franchise, but even names like producer Tom Hanks and star Bill Murray couldn’t muster enough enthusiasm to set the box office on fire.

Where to watch: starz


The losers

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Before entering the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Idris Elba, Chris Evans and Zoe Saldana lent their respective talents to this DC comic series that couldn’t blow away enough audiences to justify future installments.

Where to watch: HBO Max


The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

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After he became famous for his role in the original version of The officeMartin Freeman was courted by Hollywood to headline this highly anticipated adaptation of the much-loved British novel, which sadly didn’t quite translate to American audiences.

Where to watch: The Roku Channel, Amazon Prime, and Hulu



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One of Netflix’s first major purchases from a rival studio, this big-budget soldier-vs-ghost war movie was forgotten almost as quickly as it arrived on the streamer.

Where to watch: Netflix


The man from UNCLE

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Henry Cavill, Armie Hammer and Alicia Vikander were Hollywood’s newest stars at the time, but their shared ambition and Guy Ritchie’s stylish directing couldn’t keep this inspired spy film afloat.

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white out

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The success Kate Beckinsale found in the… underworld franchise was not replicated by this poorly marketed and critically panned snowbound thriller.

Where to watch: Video on demand


ink heart

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Arguably the nail in the coffin for Brandon Fraser as a leading man, New Line Cinema’s disastrous adaptation of Cornelia Funke’s 2003 novel couldn’t find the end of their storybook.

Where to watch: Video on demand


sucker punch

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Zack Snyder’s polarizing action fantasy has been called both an unsung masterpiece and a fetishistic fiasco, but one thing it can’t be called a blockbuster.

Where to watch: Netflix


A wrinkle in time

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Ava DuVernay and Walt Disney Pictures assembled an all-star cast to bring Madeleine L’Engle’s formative novel to life, but the film barely had any momentum in its disappointing debut.

Where to watch: Disney+


Cirque du Freak: The Vampire’s Assistant

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Ladies, gentlemen and children of all ages steered clear of this quirky adaptation of Darren Shen’s popular book series starring John C. Reilly.

Where to watch: Video on demand


The Adventures of Tintin

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With Steven Spielberg behind the camera, Peter Jackson in the producer’s chair (and slated to direct the sequel), and a script written by Edgar Wright, Joe Cornish and Steven Moffat, international audiences embraced this world-reaching motion-capture adventure. , but the unsatisfactory domestic box office has kept Tintin from riding high again.

Where to watch: HBO Max


the giver

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Lois Lowry’s dystopian novel has been a staple in high school classrooms across America, but required reading doesn’t translate into must-see movie making, even if you’ve got Jeff Bridges, Meryl Streep, and Taylor Swift in your cast.

Where to watch: Netflix


The A-Team

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Joe Carnahan was tasked with bringing the modern, in-your-face A-Team into the 21st century, but a limp duck script and general indifference to the 30+ year old property left the film barely a dot on our cultural radar made .

Where to watch: hulu



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Johnny Depp’s stardom came into question after directing this sci-fi film about AI scientists racing to complete a project that could help their dying colleague preserve his consciousness forever, and spectacularly stumbled upon the cash register.

Where to watch: hulu


Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets

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Luc Besson hoped Valerian would become another fifth elementlevel hit with its dazzling visual effects and fresh cast, but all its ambition eventually fell to half-full theaters.

Where to watch: Video on demand


Mortal Engines

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This Peter Jackson-produced sci-fi film asked the question: Will people race to see a film about traveling, predatory cities? Unfortunately the answer was “no”.

Where to watch: Peacock and Hulu


Alex Cross

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This high-profile film was positioned to reintroduce James Patterson’s favorite character to a new generation, but it turns out audiences couldn’t quite accept the old Madea as a machismo-sweating action hero.

Where to watch: HBO Max


The dilemma

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Believe it or not, Ron Howard’s $70 million comedy about infidelity, starring Kevin James, Vince Vaughn and Winona Ryder, left audiences as stunned in 2011 as it is now.

Where to watch: Peacock


In the heart of the sea

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Ron Howard’s seafaring action-adventure film about a doomed whaler starring Chris Hemsworth and Tom Holland sadly sank to the bottom of the box office upon its release in 2015.

Where to watch: hulu


Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time

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In one of the biggest blunders in casting history, Jake Gyllenhaal was mistakenly recruited to star in this charmless video game adaptation that not only destroyed this potential franchise, but even served as a sign against the game series.

Where to watch: Disney+

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