2017's Top 10 Movie Turkeys - Raindance

To all those Raindance admirers from across the pond getting their sweatpants ready for a Thanksgiving feast, here’s a list of 2017’s Top 10 Movie Turkeys. Hollywood has seen a rough year in either box office or audience expectations, or even a bit of both. These movie flops had plenty to get us excited, but left us wanting more, or something else entirely, by the time the credits rolled.



With the stellar cast of Jennifer Lawrence, Javier Bardem, Ed Harris and Michelle Pfeiffer, and even renowned director, Darren Aronofsky, it was a surprise this film didn’t very well at the box office. With an international box office of $43.7 million after its budget of $30 million and very mixed reviews, mother! left audiences and critics scratching their heads.


Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets

Luc Besson had high hopes in bringing the French comic to life in this film, and although the visuals speak for themselves, the cast fails to be heard amid the chaos of the narrative. Besson failed to find a wide audience for this flick, and its low critical responses didn’t aid in the process. Also, did I mention Rihanna is in this film? Why is Rihanna in this film?



For a film with the name Life, its a shame (and very ironic) that that’s exactly what this film is missing. High hopes were had for this one seeing as it was bringing the story of Alien to a modern and more realistic setting, and even attaching two of Hollywood’s leading men, Jake Gyllenhaal and Ryan Reynolds. The film received poor reviews and did poorly at the domestic box office; earning $30.2 million domestically while having a reported budget of $58 million.


Ghost in the Shell

With all the controversy behind this film and its casting, it’s not a huge surprise how it did with audiences. Many fans of the 1995 original anime were up in arms over the fact that the studio did not cast an Asian lead seeing as it’s based on a Japanese story (yet set in Hong Kong). Audiences have also grown weary of Hollywood remakes of foreign films, they rarely work, exhibit A. The superb visuals and CGI of this Sci-Fi flick were not enough to keep this film from flopping.


The Dark Tower

Stephen King’s writing material has been the source of many Hollywood films, some have worked and gone on to be remembered as some of Hollywood’s classic films, others… well they haven’t been so lucky. Dark Tower created buzz upon announcement of casting both Idris Elba and Matthew McConaughey, but couldn’t manage to keep up its steam upon release. It garnered widely negative reviews, and was unsuccessful in finding an audience. Time to forget about this one and move on to King’s other work, Hollywood.


Logan Lucky

Despite rounding up marketable actors such as Adam Driver, Katie Holmes, Channing Tatum, and Daniel Craig, the film couldn’t get the attention of a wide enough audience. Director Steven Soderbergh delivered a critically successful film, yet the box office numbers leave it as a movie turkey. With marketing of the film not going as far as it should have to create awareness, it went generally unnoticed. Making $27 million domestically while having a budget of $29 million, Logan Lucky was anything but.



What happens when you get the Cohen brothers to write the script, Matt Damon to star, and George Clooney to direct? Definitely not what you would expect. I certainly didn’t see this outcome. Suburbicon‘s reception hasn’t been so welcoming, and that didn’t exactly help its box office reception either. Clooney’s attempt at satirical, black comedy resembling the style of the Cohen Brothers didn’t pan out so well. Maybe it’d be best to stick to acting for now, and see what happens later, Clooney.


Blade Runner 2049

The highly anticipated follow-up to Ridley Scott’s original Blade Runner struggled to find its footing in the box office. Even with highly renowned director, Denis Villeneuve, the film’s extensive running time wasn’t enough to keep movie-goers from watching it enough times to make it a financial success as cinemas could only show it a certain amount of times a day. Although Blade Runner 2049 has been hailed as a fresh sequel to the original, it has suffered the same fate as its predecessor in making money upon release.


Alien: Covenant

After the confusing state audiences were left in after Prometheus, fans of the Alien franchise wanted clarity. Yet, what they got was a film that was a bit too predictable. Only making $74 million domestically with a budget of $97 million, Ridley Scott’s latest entry film in his franchise fell flat. Luckily the international numbers got it back up. That being said, Alien: Covenant was not the summer hit people hoped for.


The Circle

In a time of social media’s prominence, The Circle seemed to be a perfect fit for movie-goers. Starring Emma Watson and Tom Hanks, the cast was still not enough to draw people to cinemas, earning $20 million domestically with a budget of $18 million. Reviews were not on their side, further hindering their weak numbers in the box office.


And on that note, happy turkey day to all those movie-lovers in America. Do you agree with our list? Share your thoughts in the comments section.




Frank Muñoz is a Raindance intern, finishing his Undergraduate Degree in Filmmaking and Television. Having grown up in both Mexico and Hong Kong, Frank has an appreciation for a diverse range of arts in cultures, hoping to bring that to his work someday.