The triumph of a movie at the box office is hard to predict. Sometimes while producing the most absolute crap, directors hope for success. The other times, they’re making gems that they’re hoping to bomb. Here are 15 movies that their creators expected to flop:
1. George Lucas as well as many other Fox Studios executives were certain that Star Wars wouldn’t work at the Box Office. Lucas was so certain, he even talked in pre-release interviews about going back to the experimental cinema once he finishes up Star Wars.
2. Bob Odenkirk had second thoughts while producing Better Call Saul. To him, Saul’s character was of just a con man who nobody would care about.
3. Liam Neeson apparently did Taken just for fun. He only intended to do fight scenes and learn weapons training.
4. Michael Biehn thought The Terminator was a pointless movie. His reaction to the script was “Who the f*** is James Cameron? I’ve never heard of him,”
5. Paul Verhoeven thought Robocop was just another American nonsense. He had initially thrown the script away which luckily, his wife Martine took back to him and told him to give a second look.
6. Keira Knightley wasn’t very keen on working in Pirates of the Caribbean. She considered it a disaster before the filming had begun.
7. Anthony Mackie was pretty skeptical when it came to signing for The Falcon and the Winter Soldier. He wasn’t sure if a TV show could leave an impact like the MCU movies and was hoping to not be associated with the first Marvel franchise that bombed.
8. Scarlett Johansson had doubts with the success of The Avengers. When she was narrated the scene with everyone in superhero costumes, the idea didn’t click with her and she said “What is this? What is this?”
9. David Harbour was 100% sure that Stranger Things would be an absolute flop. Even after filming over four episodes in Season 1, he was thinking “Yeah, no one’s going to watch this”.
10. The makers of The Walking Dead didn’t have many expectations from their show. Even while filming the first episode they thought it wouldn’t take off and that there was just a small possibility if it’d be greenlit.
11. Richard Dreyfuss thought Jaws would be just another basic shark movie. His co-stars however had faith. Dreyfuss used to say, “What are you talking about? It’s just a little movie.”
12. Robin Schiff had faith that Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion wasn’t going to be a hit. She thought the reviews would be so awful that she would have to leave the town on its opening weekend.
13. James Cameron had zero confidence in Titanic’s success. The movie went way over budget, and everyone involved was expecting to suffer losses.
14. Larry David thought Seinfeld would be a baseless show that has zero chances of soaring. When he bid adieu to Jerry Seinfeld after wrapping the shoots, he was thinking that he probably wouldn’t see him for the next few years.
Katsuhiro Otomo who created Akira thought the movie would be a great flop. When he saw the film in the theatre, he went home to tell his wife the whole thing was a “failure.”