10 Upcoming Movies That Could Be Total Bombs
We’ve already had a couple of monumental hits thus far in 2016, with both Deadpool and Zootopia smashing records when they dropped. On the other side of that coin, however, we’ve already had the first huge, big budget bomb in Gods of Egypt, which did not connect with either critics or general audiences. (Admittedly, I kind of adored the bombastic, wing-nut craziness of it, but I totally get how most people did not.)
With this in mind, we thought we’d look forward to some other movies coming down the pipe that we suspect could similarly tank at the box office. It’s not that we think these movies will be bad—we hope, and in expect in many cases, that they’ll be great. While we try to stay optimistic, however, these are also examples of movies where there appears to be a legitimate chance that audiences might take a flyer and sit these titles out.
The Huntsman: Winter’s War (April 22, 2016)A prequel to Snow White and the Huntsman, the upcoming The Huntsman: Winter’s War tells the story of Erik the Huntsman (Chris Hemsworth) before he encounters Snow White. Basically, we’ll learn how he became a widower and such a miserable drunk, all while he tires to stop two evil witch sisters from taking over the land. The most impressive thing about Huntsman is the cast. In addition to Hemsworth and a returning Charlize Theron, it also stars Emily Blunt and Jessica Chastain. That’s a lot of top-tier talent. From what we’ve seen, it also looks to employ similarly striking visuals as its predecessor (including Emily Blunt riding a polar bear!), and hopefully it will have an engaging, compelling story and characters to match.
Why We Think It Could Bomb: 2012's Snow White and the Huntsman was a decent sized success, earning almost $400 million worldwide. But it was not a hit with critics, and it’s really most memorable for being the film that broke up Twilight super couple Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson. Though it was successful, not a lot of people were clamoring for a follow up, and Universal’s prequel seems like a forced attempt to manufacture a franchise where there may not be need for one. We’ve had a few looks at Huntsman: Winter’s War, and while it looks like a bonkers spectacle that could be crazy enough to be fun, the general response from casual moviegoers has been akin to "they made a sequel to that movie?"
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