Britain’s biggest box office bombs
In this image released by IFC Films, Laurence R. Harvey is shown in a scene from "The Human Centipede 2." (AP Photo/IFC Films)
The film industry is a risky business. For every billion dollar movie like ‘Avengers Assemble’ or ‘Avatar’ there are dozens of movies that hit cinema screens, only to lose a ton of cash.
We’re not interested in the Hollywood blockbusters that maybe didn’t quite make their budget back though. Instead it’s the epic flops that have a special place in our hearts. The films that made less money than most of us have in our bank accounts. For this, they’ve earned a special kind of rubbish notoriety.
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First up, the grim follow-up to ‘The Human Centipede’ opened to a dismal £942 from 10 screens at the box office. We reckon that’s a couple of punters per showing, which is disastrous considering how much free publicity ‘The Human Centipede 2: Full Sequence’ got when the British Board Of Film Classification (BBFC) banned it, then un-banned it. Perhaps obese serial killers and child murder aren’t the box office draws producers thought.
Watch our interview with the disappointed director and actor from 'The Human Centipede: Full Sequence'
Gordon Ramsey proved he sure can make a turkey, starring as himself in this flop about an up-and-coming chef (Dougray Scott) who opens up a gastro pub. ‘Love’s Kitchen’ was mauled by the critics with a poultry… we mean paltry 19 per cent score on Rotten Tomatoes. The film took a dismal £121 in its opening weekend, meaning that only 17 people went to see this movie.
Watch the trailer for 'Love's Kitchen'
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2012’s tongue-in-cheek werewolf movie ‘Strippers Vs Werewolves’ was never expected to set the box office alight. With a cast of ex-‘Emmerdale’ and ‘Hollyoaks’ actors playing silver-wielding werewolf hunters the plot (and marketing) was wafer thin. Still, the movie should have made more than £38.
Watch the trailer for 'Strippers Vs Werewolves'
By rights, Uma Thurman should have been booted out of Hollywood after ‘Batman and Robin’. She made a triumphant return in ‘Kill Bill’ but subsequently hit rock-bottom again when 2009 flick ‘Motherhood’made just £88 at the box office. Admittedly it was only shown on one screen (a PR stunt that went wrong), but it still took just £9 on its opening Sunday. That’s ONE PERSON buying a ticket. Not great for a £3.2 million movie…
The producer of ‘Motherhood’, Jana Edelbaum, blamed UK distributor Metrodrome for the failure. Upon hearing the appalling reception for the movie she said: "You're kidding… We must have broken a new record for grosses."