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"Cloud Atlas," "Blade Runner 2049," and more great films that failed at the box office
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[Editor’s note: This post was originally published in July 2019 and has been updated with new entries.]

No filmmaker has ascended to the apex of Hollywood — and stayed there — without surviving the occasional flop. Everyone from Steven Spielberg and Quentin Tarantino to Martin Scorsese and Denis Villeneuve has released a film that, for whatever reason, didn’t resonate with audiences during its initial release. Filmmaking is a fickle industry — if you make enough movies, one of them is bound to go wrong.

While many flops are just flat-out bad, there’s a multitude of other reasons why a film can lose money at the box office. Plenty of great movies have been the victims of bad timing, ineffective marketing campaigns, or simply being too “out there” for the general public. Fortunately, a disappointing box office performance doesn’t have to be a death sentence, and many flops go on to be reevaluated as classic films in their own right. Keep reading to see our 45 favorite movies that bombed at the box office.

Zack Sharf and Ryan Lattanzio contributed to this story.

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