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10 Movies Starring Recognizable Movie Stars That Were Seen by Less than 200 People in Theaters

By Dustin Rowles | Box Office Round-Ups | July 15, 2012 | Comments ()


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After a fairly exciting summer so far at the box office, things cooled down this weekend with only one new release, Ice Age: Continental Drift. Call it the quiet before the The Dark Knight storm approaches, as next weekend is likely to see several box-office records broken, although the massive run-time of The Dark Knight Rises may prevent it from taking them all (it clocks in close to three hours).

The latest installment of the Ice Age franchise did land at number one this weekend, with a decent but not overwhelming $46 million. I wouldn't worry too much about the fourth Ice Age's future prospects, however. There are no other animated features out until August 17th, so Ice Age will have the run of the kiddie audience for the foreseeable future.

Meanwhile, The Amazing Spider-Man held nicely in its second week, jumping to $200 million ahead of the its oncoming Dark Knight decimation. Ted is the probably the surprise hit of the summer, hanging on to number three and jumping to $159 million cumulative. It's also faring better than The Hangover was at this point in its run so there's an decent chance that (freaking) Seth MacFarlane ends up with the highest-grossing R-Rated comedy of all time. I suppose that makes sense in a world where Mel Gibson has the highest overall R-Rated film of all time.

Meanwhile, Brave was at number four ($10 million; $195 million cumulative) and Magic Mike ($9 million, $91 million cumulative) was at number five.

Because there were no new records or anything of note among the box-office winners this week, I spent the last hour in the dregs of lowest all time box-office grosses to come up with these ten titles, all of which feature recognizable stars, and all of which were seen by less than 200 people during their (short, limited) theater runs. I've actually seen part of one of these (Jessica Alba's The Invisible Sign), but it was so bad I couldn't bring myself to finish it. The figure on the right is the box-office total for the film. That is not in millions. Those are the actual final totals.

And you thought Jessica Simpson's Blonde Ambition ($6,422) was bad.


10. Out of the Blue (Karl Urban) -- $1,477

9. Love, Honor, Obey (Rhys Ifans, Jude Law) -- $1,400

8. The Dog Problem (Don Cheadle, Giovanni Ribisi, Sarah Shahi) -- $1,344

7. The Long Weekend (Chris Klein) -- $1,286

6. An Invisible Sign (Jessica Alba) -- $,1249

5. The Jimmy Show (Ethan Hawke, Carla Gugino) -- $1,000

4. Perrier's Bounty (Cillian Murphy, Gabriel Byrne) -- $828

3. Christmas in Wonderland (Chris Kattan, Carmen Elektra, Tim Curry, Patrick Swayze) -- $679

2. Intervention (Andie MacDowell, Jennifer Tilly) -- $279

1. Zyzzyx Road (Katherine Heigl) -- $30



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  • Colleeeeeeeen

    I'll throw in another vote for Perrier's Bounty being really good. More people should watch it!

  • Micah

    I rather enjoyed Perrier's Bounty. Shame it's not a bit more popular.

  • Aw, Perrier's Bounty? I wanted to see it and wondered what happened to it.

  • Maybe if Karl Urban hadn't worn a period mustache in 'Out of the Blue' it may have done better. He looked marnus.

  • TheOriginalMRod

    So that's why none of those movies ever got sequels...

  • mslewis

    I saw that Jessica Alba movie and thought it wasn't too bad; kind of strange but it made me cry at one point. She's not a great actress but she does try.

  • Grammar Police

    You mean "fewer" than 200 people. "Less" refers to an amount of one thing. For example, "The critic had less knowledge of grammar than one should when writing publicly".

  • TK

    The punctuation goes inside the quotation.

    Stones and glass houses and all that shit.

  • Sara_Tonin00

    Er, in that example, one could make the case for period inside, period outside, or two periods.

  • Jezzer

    Periods and commas go inside the quotation marks. Other punctuation goes outside, unless it is part of the quoted text.

  • Jezzer

    "...there’s an decent chance that (freaking) Seth MacFarlane ends up with the highest-grossing R-Rated comedy of all time. I suppose that makes sense in a world where Mel Gibson has the highest overall R-Rated film of all time."

    EARLIER THIS YEAR: "...I not only enjoyed, but I laughed — at times, hysterically — at Seth MacFarlane’s Ted."

    Dustin, why are you rolling your eyes at Ted's success when you yourself gave it a good review? Eh? EH?

    Calling you OUT, mister. :P

  • Jezzer

    Don't even get me started on your "an decent" proposal up there.

  • Fabius_Maximus

    How can you forget about Brendan Gleeson in Perrier's Bounty? He's right there on the movie poster.

  • Dude, don't use Seth and Gibson in a psuedo-comparison. That's a bit unfair.

  • Uriah_Creep

    Well, Titanic was over 3 hours long, and I seem to recall it doing OK.

  • dahlia6

    Three frickin' hours? Seriously? I'll have to pee at least twice during that time, not to mention my ass falling asleep in the chair. Why in the hell are they making movies so long these days? I'm all for in-depth, but seriously, if you have to make a movie that long to get your point across, you're either abusing your privilege way the hell out of bounds, or you need to go back to screen writing school and learn about being succinct.

  • Sara_Tonin00

    I don't have a problem with long movies. Gone with the Wind, JFK, Lawrence of Arabia, any LOTR, even The Sound of Music. But I thought The Dark Knight was 45 minutes too long, so the 3 hour length of The Dark Knight Rises pretty much kills the remaining chances of me seeing it in the theater.

  • Alyson McManus

    rowles your forgot this interesting trivia from zyzzyx road: The film opened at one theater, Highland Village Park Theater in Dallas,
    Texas. It ran for six days, and made $30 at the box office. A crew
    member who took a friend got a refund, so the final domestic box-office
    gross was $20 or the equivalent of three tickets sold.

  • ,

    Sarah Shahi? THIS Sarah Shahi?

    www.porhomme.com/2009/01/the-p...

    You kidding me? I'd pay $1,344 myself to watch her for two hours if she gets nekkid. I mean, LOOK at her.

  • Green Lantern

    Damn. She is FINE.

  • Zen

    I actually quite enjoyed Perrier's Bounty, for my sins.

  • special snowflake

    The producer of Zyzzyx Road had to meet minimum domestic release obligations for the Screen Actors Guild before carrying out his plan to distribute the movie abroad, showing the flick for six days in a rented Dallas theater before pulling it. That $30 box-office total is slightly misleading, however, since I demanded my $10 back after hearing Katherine Heigl and Tom Sizemore cursing out their agents on their cell phones a few rows in front of me.

  • Zed

    Yeah Out the Blue is an excellent and atmospheric film, I can't actually think of anything quite like it.

  • Tataina

    how does a movie only make 30 bucks? was it only in one theater?

  • zyronife
  • PDamian

    Oh, my ... thanks for the link. It's interesting to note that the article includes a list of "lowest grossing" films that, but for one, The Jimmy Show, doesn't match the list above. Wonder where the Pajiba list was sourced.

    BoxOfficeMojo.com has a list of worst openings, but not worst over the length of the theatrical run. None of the movies in the Pajiba list or the EW list are included in BOM's stats, leading me to imagine that most of them got theatrical releases for reasons similar to Zyzzyx Road -- that is, they were never expected to make a profit in theatres, and got a very limited theatrical release to comply with union regs or some other weird reason.

  • lumierette

    Out of the Blue starring (the gorgeous) Karl Urban is a great film but it's subject matter (the true-life account of a man who goes on a mass murder spree in a remote South Island town) is probably only interesting to people who live in New Zealand and actually remember the incident.

  • Arran

    I was too young to really remember the incident happening in real life, but still found the film stomach-churning because the town depicted in the film seemed so familiar and real anyway. I know at least one person who couldn't watch the film because she knew some of the families affected by the tragedy, so it was just too close to home. Great film.

  • Samantha

    I actually thought that the movie was great (started watching it because of Urban...) and I'm Australian.

  • kushiro -

    I dunno, I want to see it. I heard about it a few years ago but, like a lot of films from NZ (and books!), it's pretty hard to find. And I'm STILL wondering if I'll ever see Via Satellite.

  • antipodean_chick

    yes, and this :)

  • antipodean_chick

    Is this US box office or worldwide box office? Out of the Blue is a Kiwi film, based on the true story of an infamous crime. I just find it INCREDIBLY hard to believe that it would have been seen by less than 200 people here in NZ. Since I'm pretty sure there were at least 200 people in the theatre the day I saw it. Of course, it did then get widely played on TV soon after its release as well because of its notoriety.

  • Azara

    It's the same with Perrier's Bounty, which made over £100,000 in its opening weekend in the UK and Ireland. Listing only the US takings is very misleading.

  • Commentaarrr

    I've learnt long ago this site has a massive international blind spot and USA-centric approach to these sorts of issues. You get the bonus of sensationalising the figures, while perpetuating the nonsense view (self-defeatingly supported by cinema execs) that if a film doesn't meet box office expectations in the US, despite being a huge hit internationally, then it should be considered a flop, regardless of the total profit.

    It's killed potential franchises and buried films with real international success, just because American audiences didn't have as much of a taste for it, or the american distribution was poor.

  • KatSings

    Actually, in the last few years, the decision to premiere things overseas first to boost box office and critical appeal tends to suggest that the international market has become much more important in the eyes of US cinema execs (and about damned time, too). The media here doesn't cover that nearly as much, but it does appear that there is starting to be a shift in which markets the industry should value. This is also why so many films have sequels greenlit that US audiences don't get - if they make huge bank internationally, then it's worth the investment. So while I agree this article, and many on this site, are US-centric, I think the film industry as a whole is starting to really change its focus. Getting US audiences and media to catch up on what that means is going to be a much harder uphill battle.

  • SA ROE

    Yep. US Box Office. It made $730,000+ elsewhere. Box Office Mojo is a good place to get these numbers.

  • Erin S

    However you feel about Seth MacFarlane, you have to admit that a movie about a talking, stoner teddy bear beating "Passion of the Christ" is pretty fantastic.

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