8. A Cure For Wellness
Dane DeHaan did not have a good year at the box office, having starred in two of 2017’s biggest flops: the aforementioned Valerian and A Cure For Wellness, a psychological-horror drama from Gore Verbinski (The Ring) released in February to mixed reviews and a complete lack of interest from the public.
A Cure For Wellness bombed hard, managing to earn only $26.5 million worldwide against a $40 million production budget. As a mid-tier studio release from an auteur director, the failure of A Cure For Wellness could very well have major repercussions going forward as studios increasingly invest in more franchises and less in new, standalone pictures.
7. Only the Brave
The dominance of superhero movies at the multiplex proves that moviegoers adore heroic stories but movies based on real-life heroism seem to have a more difficult time registering with audiences, at least if the poor box office performance of Only the Brave is any indication.
A biographical drama detailing the elite crew of firemen who fought the Yarnell Hill Fire in June 2013, Only the Brave was adored by critics and featured a star-studded cast that included names such as Miles Teller, Josh Brolin, Jennifer Connelly, and Jeff Bridges. Unfortunately, these strengths failed to translate into financial success, with the film earning only $23 million worldwide — far short of its reported $38 million production budget.
6. The Space Between Us
Following a pair of star-crossed young lovers living on a Martian colony, The Space Between Us is the kind of schmaltzy dreck that tends to perform well at the box office but for whatever reason, audiences stayed away from this one in droves. It probably didn’t help that the film was absolutely roasted by critics, garnering a meager 16% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
By sci-fi movie standards, The Space Between Us could be labelled a budget flick, having only cost $30 million to produce. Unfortunately, STX Entertainment failed to recoup even that cost, with the film only earning $14.7 million worldwide.