From Donnie Darko to Children of Men: 35 great movies that bombed at the box office

It's hard to believe these didn't get the attention they deserved

Jacob Stolworthy
Saturday 21 August 2021 14:47
Children of Men Official Trailer (2006)

It can be easy to predict the films that will go on to set the box office alight, but every now and then something great comes along that doesn’t fare so well.

Over the years, there have been a startling number of films that have struggled, or indeed failed, to recoup their budget, unfairly earning the “box office flop” tag.

It’s hard to pin down exactly why films such as these – Children of Men, It’s a Wonderful Life, to name a few – initially struggle to find an audience.

Fortunately, thanks to the advent of streaming services, reliance on box office figures has diminished somewhat over the years.

This also means that films which struggled to find an audience upon release could potentially go on to find love years later after being added to Netflix, Amazon Prime Video or another service.

Click through to see 35 great films that bombed at the box office.

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