A couple of weeks ago I looked at the movies that were big box office successes even though critics universally destroyed them. Today, we’re going to take a look at the other side of the coin. Sometimes there are great movies which are unable to find financial success, regardless of how great they actually are.
Most of the time fans and critics are in some degree of agreement. Good movies get seen and make money, bad movies do not. However, sometimes the term "bomb" really only reflects a film’s box office success and not its quality. Here are eight box office bombs that critics actually thought were good movies. Note: We are focusing on their domestic numbers, and acknowledge that some of these films found a way to make up their numbers are the international box office.
The Adventures of Baron Munchausen
Budget: $46 million
Domestic Box Office: $8 million
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 92% Fresh
Terry Gilliam makes weird movies. As such, they’re not really designed to appeal to a mass audience. However, all that wacko doesn’t come cheap. Such is the case of The Adventures of Baron Munchausen. Nearly everybody who saw the film loved it, but not very many people saw it. Baron Munchausen is a stunning film to behold, the visuals are literally out of this world, especially for 1989, but most people never gave the former Monty Python member the chance to wow them. It’s too bad, among the film’s many charms is a great supporting role from Robin Williams.