Nowadays, a film’s worth is largely determined by how much money it makes at the box office. The highest-grossing films of all time, on the other hand, are rarely the most widely respected. Movies with multiple explosions, 20-minute chase sequences, gory combat segments, and random nudity frequently earn the most money. Here are five films that have made over a billion dollars, yet are unworthy of their success:
1. Jurassic World by Colin Trevorrow:
Jurassic Park is indeed a beloved series, but the outstanding 1993 original is responsible for the majority of its popularity. People are so enamored with the first film that the franchise has been able to produce one poor remake after another in the hopes of capturing even a sliver of the original’s magic. Jurassic World, a remake in concept but actually a sequel, did its namesake proud with a $1.6 billion box office haul. After the failure of the first two Jurassic films, Jurassic World’s success was a huge step forward. Despite this, reviewers noted that the film missed the terror element of the original, that the pasted love plotline was unnecessary, and that it felt stupider than the original.
2. Alice in Wonderland by Tim Burton:
Tim Burton’s portrayal of a 19-year-old Alice’s visit to Wonderland features several of his distinctive elements, including Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham-Carter, a macabre visual style, and an eccentric ensemble cast. However, Alice in Wonderland, like many of Burton’s inferior works, is the perfect illustration of style over substance. There is so much focus and concern given to what you are watching on display that the movie is a visual delight with hardly any feeling of complexity. One of the only things Tim Burton can be credited with, in this film, is introducing Mia Wasikowska to the notice of the general movie audience.
3. Minions by Kyle Balda and Pierre Coffin:
The Despicable Me series has been a string of decreasing returns, with no successors capable of matching the original’s charm. The spin-off that concentrated solely on the minions’ characters, whose flagship film was oriented firmly at the comedy and sensitivities of toddler-aged audiences, has been by far the poorest of the series. The minions are far more enjoyable in tiny doses, but as a consistent presence throughout a full film, they became tiresome very quickly.
4. Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace by George Lucas:
Despite the hate spewed at The Phantom Menace by novice Star Wars fans, reviewers never railed against it quite as much as the typical viewer. Sure, a 52% rating isn’t ideal, and it’s still a bad film by definition, but reviewers appear to have lorded over it more than the ordinary spectator. Regardless of whether you’re a fan of the prequel trilogy or not, most fans would agree that while the graphics are stunning and personalities like Darth Maul are unforgettable. However, the prequel trilogy gets off to a poor start with characters like an obnoxious Anakin and Jar Jar Binks.
5. Transformers: Age Of Extinction by Michael Bay:
Without question, Age of Extinction has to be the worst billion-dollar film ever made. Yes, there are some good sequences and acts sprinkled across. On every other step, though, there is a lot of overdone action, terrible writing, mechanical narrative, rude comedy, and general exaggeration. And the icing on the cake? This time, the film features a new cast and has been lengthened to 165 minutes. The film is almost three hours of the meaningless extravaganza that is more tiring and dismal than entertaining, and there is very little satisfaction to be derived from watching it.