7 Great Films That Never Deserved to Flop

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Citizen Kane (1941)

Orson Welles' film debut may have embedded itself in cinema history and culture for posterity, but it received a lukewarm reception at the time of its release, thanks in large part to the boycott organised by media mogul William Randolph Hearst, whose life it was allegedly based on.

Office Space (1999)

The Mike Judge comedy tackled the standards and practices of corporate America to great effect, but it found recouping its budget tough at the time of release, though it has grown to enjoy cult status in the years since.

Scott Pilgrim vs. The World (2010)

Edgar Wright's inventive, entertaining romantic action comedy did everything well, except connect enough with audiences to generate sufficient revenue.

Hugo (2011)

Martin Scorsese's huge swing for the fences was an adorable tribute to cinema and to being a child, but audiences were not generous in their response to the film.

The Man from UNCLE (2015)

Guy Ritchie refashioned an old, popular television show into a slick, fun thriller set on the Continent, but despite the inherent entertainment, the film failed to recoup its budget.

Blade Runner 2049 (2017)

The Denis Villeneuve-helmed sequel to Blade Runner (1982) met a similar fate to the original film: rave reviews but negligible box office returns.

The Fabelmans (2022)

Steven Spielberg's recreation of his childhood, his memories, and his love for cinema earned him plaudits across the board, but that wasn't enough to pull in sufficient audiences.

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