10 Movies That Had the Extreme Misfortune To Open The Same Weekend As A Mega-Blockbuster
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10 Movies That Had the Extreme Misfortune To Open The Same Weekend As A Mega-Blockbuster

By Josh Kurp | Seriously Random Lists | July 20, 2012 | Comments ()

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Hey guys, movie people did something smart: no other wide-release film was scheduled against The Dark Knight Rises this weekend! (Sorry, The Queen of Versailles and The Well Digger's Daughter.) Because really, what's the point? All anyone's talking about is THE BATMAN, and even a kid-friendly flick would have a comically low box-office total when compared Rises. The Powers That Be, non-Wolfram & Hart division, hasn't always been so wise, though. Here are 10 blockbusters, all of which finished as the top or second highest grossing film of their respective year, and the tiny, teeny (relatively speaking) wide-release movies that "competed" against them.

May 21-23, 1980

The Empire Strikes Back

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The Gong Show Movie

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July 3, 1985

Back to the Future



Red Sonja

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July 11-13, 1990




The Adventures of Ford Fairlane


July 3, 1991

Terminator 2: Judgment Day



Problem Child 2

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May 19, 1995

Die Hard with a Vengeance

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Forget Paris

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May 24-26, 1989

Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade

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Pink Cadillac

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May 19, 1999

Star Wars: Episode I -- The Phantom Menace

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The Love Letter

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November 16, 2001

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

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The Wash

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December 17-19, 2003

The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

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Mona Lisa Smile

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July 18, 2008

The Dark Knight

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Space Chimps

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  • godzilla's foil

    Now, that's a completely random list. What about those second movies? Are they all bad? All good? And about the first ones, were they all supposed to be blockbusters in the first place or it just happened they became that? You need more correlation than that to build a list. I mean, every other weekend there's a big movie, major, minor, whatever, and other smaller movies premiering right with them, on the same day. That's just normal.

  • lorettajohnson

    would hardly call Die Hard 3 a mega blockbuster. it barely eeked out a $100million. nice list though

  • kirbyjay

    I think it was Andrew Dice Clay who was the first to have me question the sanity and the longevity of human kind.
    Hickory Dickory Dock........really?

  • Hiro_the_Eighth_Samurai

    I would add Spider-Man 3 vs. Lucky You. It got mostly bad reviews, but I don't think that the poker-based drama (which sat on the shelf for a couple years before being dumped against Spider-Man 3) was dealt a fair hand. I find it likable enough, and the focus on the relationships does help carry it over the rough spots. But if someone doesn't like watching tournament poker, the odds are they won't like this movie.

  • Green Lantern

    For the record...I LOVE "The Adventures of Ford Fairlane". I'd see that any day before "Ghost".

  • Khal Mifune

    Well, as a 13 year old boy, I certainly had no interest in Ghost. But you can bet your ass I saw Ford Fairlane. More than once. Hey, I never claimed to be a genius. It's Booty time. Booty time. Across the U.S.A...

  • Lbeees

    Wolf Ram Hart

  • Alan

    Sorcerer vs Star Wars


    Pic of the Joker sums the entire essence of that character in one frame. Love that image and want to get it framed for my condo

  • kirbyjay

    The essence of the Joker is that he is actually the family dog?

  • Hiro_the_Eighth_Samurai

    It's really too bad that that scene of the Joker free again was so short. While that's better than the filmmaker overdoing it by making it too long, it could have been a second or so longer.

  • duckandcover

    Oh, good, I'm not the only one fascinated by that picture!

  • klingonfree

    Oh God the wretched heinousness that was Mona Lisa Smile. Ugh Ugh Ugh.

    But that Ellen Degeneres ketchup scene from The Love Letter, I'm chagrined to admit, was the only cute/funny/original moment in an otherwise heinous-wretched movie.

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  • Devin McMusters

    Problem Child 2 was almost as good as the first.

  • Ed Brookover

    You know how kids sometimes get hooked onto one movie and watch it over and over again? Problem Child 2 was one for my sister. No joke she once watched Problem Child 2 seven times in a row one Saturday. She also was obsessed with the old dubbed over Pippy Longstocking movies.

    At least later on her movie obsessions became more tolerable with Speed and The Fugitive.

  • Mrs. Beasley

    Mine was Big Top Pee Wee- it was great, don't judge me. My brother absolutely hated that movie. He was ten years older than me, and one weekend of marathon watching, he'd had enough and tried to hide it from me. Until I broke down in hysterics and got his Pee Wee hating ass in trouble. Never cross an 8 yr old girl, they tend to be unreasonable.

  • Archie Leach

    As I recall "Ghost" was a sleeper hit so having it on this list is a bit misplaced.

  • PDamian

    I'm dating myself here, but I can remember a time when Andrew Dice Clay was considered a viable movie star -- at least, viable enough to challenge Patrick Swayze. Ew.

  • F'mal DeHyde

    I'm so old, I remember when there was doubt Patrick Swayze the dancer would ever make it as an actor. If I remember correctly, People magazine had a small article showing him in tights and ballet shoes right when Uncommon Valor was released.

  • Uriah_Creep

    In this universe, you mean?

  • hahahahah, but didn't have that hbo comedy special too? Swear it was on ALL the time back then...

  • Uriah_Creep

    I think he did. But I did not know much about HBO then, which is fine, because Dice Clay used to get on my last nerve.

  • Green_Eggs_and_Hamster

    You have to wonder if the studio heads maybe knew these movies just sucked, so they decided to release them against Mega Blockbusters so when it failed, they could have an excuse.

    See, it wasn't that I greenlit a crappy movie about chimps from space. It was a really great film, only it opened against Batman and Heath F*ing Ledger. How can I have been expected to compete with that. But really, this was the Batman of Space Chimp Movies....

  • dahlia6

    Let's not forget the sound thrashing Weird Al Yankovic's UHF received at the hands of the first Batman. NEVER FORGET!

  • wedge94

    Counter that with a movie that opened the same day as the first Batman that actually drew large box office: Honey, I Shrunk the Kids. Families hoping to catch Batman but finding sold out shows instead filed into this Disney film.

  • Fredo

    The one I'm surprised isn't here is the release date for Tomorrow Never Dies which came out the same weekend as Titanic -- after that had been pushed back from it's July 4 release.

    Not saying that movie didn't make money. It did. It's just...well...not as much

  • TheOtherGreg

    I think I'll have to watch Pink Cadillac, because Bernadette Peters!

  • With the exception of The Love Letter, most of these blew, and even that movie would have been better suited as a cable original. Or maybe that one blew, too, but as it's one of the few romantic comedies I can stand, and I like Tommy Scott, I have a soft spot for it.

  • e jerry powell

    Something in me wants to do wicked, wicked things to Chuck Barris.

    And really, as NateS1973 points out, most of these red-headed stepchildren deserved to open poorly.

  • Zen

    Me too, but Sam Rockwell Barris. Hm mm.

  • e jerry powell

    Total Barris sandwich.

  • Arran

    A few of these do seem like attempts at "counter-programming", so if they got lost it's their own damn fault.

    What a great shame Ford Fairlane got lost and prevented Dice from becoming the megastar he so richly deserved to be.

  • dahlia6

    That's who that is! For some reason, I kept seeing Frank Stallone in that picture, and I knew it was wrong no matter how much my eyes kept saying it wasn't. Definitely time for new specs.

  • dahlia6

    Also, I have talking eyes.

  • Hmm...not really seeing a downside for any of these. Most of them all looked like they were going to be sent to the back of the bargin videos bin regardless of when they opened.
    Maybe The Powers That Be (non-Wolfram Hart) were thinking things through after all.

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