Successful Movies That Were Supposed To Be Disasters

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These are all movies that had to overcome many obstacles to become the great movies they are today
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When they began shooting the movie they had no cast, no script...and no shark
This film went through 5 directors and had an unheard of cost of 2,777,000 in 1939. It only earned 3,000,000 in its initial realease but has become one of the most iconic movies of all time
The Wizard of Oz
Test audiences and cast members said this 1977 movie would never work and that the plot was hard to follow. All that changed when the film opened
Star Wars
This film practically bankrupted 20th Century Fox in 1963 and was skewered by critics for its historical inaccuracies. It went on to modest success and garnered 4 academy awards
No one thought that making a movie based on a Disney theme park ride was a good idea
Pirates of the Caribbean
The budget ballooned to 200 million the most at that time (1997). Critics said the script was horrible and that audiences wouldn't go see it because everyone knew the ending
No one thought an action movie taking place all in one night headlined by a comedic actor would ever succeed.It has been voted best action movie of all time by Entertainment Weekly
Die Hard
Blasted by critics and sailing into obscurity, many think this Robin Williams movie is a flop but it made Tristar 50 million dollars profit. Not one of Speilberg's best
They called it "Disney's Folly". Walt Disney had to fight to make the picture while many (including his wife) said he shouldn't. Disney even had to mortgage his house. Went on to become an animated classic
Snow White
Critics hated the remake and the casting of Mark Wahlberg but this 2001 movie had the second best opening weekend gross of that year and did very well overseas. Charleton Heston would be proud
Planet of the Apes
This sequel was supposed to be awful because it was shoddily made during the writers guild strike and there wasn't any time for rewrites. Critics bashed it relentlessly. Was the second highest grossing movie in 2009 behind Avatar
Transformers 2: Revenge of the Fallen
Labeled as too dark and brooding, this sci fi classic starring Harrison Ford actually didn't do well at the box office
This movie was neither a box office success or critical one in 1941. Critics said it was too dark and overly long. It is now considered one of the greatest films of all time and it's ending line is AFI's 17th greatest movie quote of all time
Citizen Kane
This Christmas movie classic was such a financial flop in 1946 that the studio didn't even bother to retain the film's rights. That's why it's been shown practically every year on tv since its release
It's A Wonderful Life
This film was a surprising hit not because of the critics (they loved it) but because it was felt that Americans wouldn't go for a martial arts foreign film with subtitles. It became a success and won 4 oscars in 2000
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
Level 83
Apr 28, 2014
Clever quiz, well done!
Level 17
May 2, 2014
Thank you! :)
Level 67
Feb 15, 2016
Nice quiz with some very interesting trivia! that's what I love best, when I come out of a quizz feeling that I've really learned something :).
Level 44
Mar 29, 2016
I spelt Caribbean wrong, and I think I didn't realise Bruce Willis had been known as a comedic actor. At least that's what I'm using as an excuse for missing my favourite Christmas movie: Die Hard.
Level 41
Oct 11, 2017
he was in the comedy series Moonlighting with Cybil Sheperd before doing Die Hard
Level 41
Oct 11, 2017
there is no 2 in the transformers one the movies is simply called Transformers: Revenge of The Fallen. I retyped THE REAL TITLE 7 times before giving up and trying transformers 2
Level 17
Oct 26, 2017
I don't know what you typed in 7 times but i reviewed the answer alternatives i have listed and both Transformers Revenge of the Fallen or just Revenge of the Fallen, should work. You shouldn't even have to type in "Transformers 2" to get the right answer.....
Level 41
Dec 18, 2017
but the correct answer is NOT Transformers 2. Transformers Revenge of The Fallen DOES NOT WORK
Level 41
Dec 18, 2017
the only answer that works is Transformers 2
Level 41
Dec 18, 2017
you must have spelt Revenge of The Fallen wrong as trust me it simply does not work. the fact only 5% have got it correct should tell you something is wrng
Level 60
Oct 11, 2021
Iron man was also supposed to fail. Now it is the first movie of the most popular franchise in the world