The 24 major DOA movies (and where to find them)

When it comes to studio tentacles and blockbusters, burnout isn’t necessarily better than disappearing.

Whenever a movie studio walks away from a major film release, the hope is that it will be a big hit and even spawn its own franchise.

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The film industry is a gamble, however, with many films struggling to recoup their budgets while others slip into obscurity without a big hit. Having said that, I’ve collected 24 notable studio builds that were dead on arrival and mostly forgotten today!


Max Payne

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Mark Wahlberg stars in this toothless and ridiculous video game adaptation that replaces many of the iconic elements of the source material with…CGI valkyries? ? ?

Where to watch: HBO Max.


Explorers: Darkness is Rising

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seeker hope to be the next Harry Potter-esque YA franchise, but sadly lacks the magic needed to force viewers to check out this big budget mistake.

Where to watch: Video on Demand.


deliver us from evil

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Can’t even save the “adapted from a true event” tag sinister Director Scott Derrickson’s misguided and ill-chosen (Joel McHale is a knife detective?) horror procedural hybrid.

Where to watch: video on demand


lost land

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Will Ferrell seemed bulletproof until his release failed at launch when he tried to reboot Sid and Marty Krofft’s adventure property for a new generation.

Where to watch: Peacock.


city ​​of ashes

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monster room Filmmaker Jill Kennan hopes to nurture Walden Media’s next major series, but even names like producer Tom Hanks and star Bill Murray have failed to muster enough enthusiasm to ignite the box office.

Where to watch: Staz



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Before Idris Elba, Chris Evans and Zoe Saldana entered the Marvel Cinematic Universe, they lent their talents to this DC Comics shooter, but it couldn’t attract enough audience to guarantee future installments.

Where to watch: HBO Max


The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

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After rising to fame for his role in the original officeMartin Freeman was wooed by Hollywood for the long-awaited title adaptation of the beloved British novel, which sadly didn’t quite translate to American audiences.

Where to watch: The Roku Channel, Amazon Prime, and Hulu



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One of Netflix’s first major acquisitions from rival studios, the big-budget Soldiers and Spirits war movie was forgotten almost as quickly as it came to streaming.

Where to watch: Netflix


man from uncle

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Henry Cavill, Armie Hammer and Alicia Vikander were Hollywood’s rising stars at the time, but their collective ambitions and Guy Ritchie’s fashion direction couldn’t keep this inspired spy film going.

Where to watch: Tubi



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Kate Beckinsale at hell The poorly marketed and criticized snow thriller didn’t replicate the franchise.

Where to watch: video on demand


ink heart

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Arguably the nail in the coffin for Brendan Fraser as the protagonist, New Line Cinema’s disastrous adaptation of Cornelia Funk’s 2003 novel couldn’t find their storybook ending.

Where to watch: video on demand


sucker Punch

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Zack Snyder’s polarizing action fantasy has been called both an obscure masterpiece and a superstitious fiasco, but it can’t be called a box-office success.

Where to watch: Netflix


a wrinkle in time

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Ava DuVernay and Walt Disney Pictures assembled an all-star cast to bring Madeleine L’Engle’s coming-of-age novel to life, but the film barely moved in its lackluster debut.

Where to watch: Disney+


Cirque du Freak: the vampire’s assistant

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Ladies, gentlemen and kids of all ages stay away from this eccentric John C. Reilly adaptation of Darren Shen’s bestselling book series.

Where to watch: video on demand


The Adventures of Tintin

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Steven Spielberg is behind the camera, Peter Jackson is producing (and will direct the sequel), and Edgar Wright, Joe Kang Written by Joe Cornish and Steven Moffat, international audiences embraced this globe-trotting motion-capture adventure, but it was unsatisfactory at the domestic box office and prevented Tintin from going high again .

Where to watch: HBO Max



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Lois Lowry’s dystopian novels have long been a staple of American middle school classrooms, but mandatory reading doesn’t translate into must-see filmmaking, even if you have Jeff Bridges, Meryl Streep, and Taylor Swift in your cast.

Where to watch: Netflix


A team

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Joe Carnahan is tasked with bringing a modern, in-person A-Team to the 21st century, but a lame-duck script and general indifference to more than 30 years of history keep the film barely on our cultural radar caused a stir.

Where to watch: gourd



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Johnny Depp’s stardom has been called into question after leading the sci-fi film about artificial intelligence scientists racing to complete a project that could help their dying colleague preserve his consciousness forever, But the box office stumbled amazingly.

Where to watch: gourd


Valerian and the City of a Thousand Stars

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Luc Besson Hope Valerian will become another fifth ElementIt received critical acclaim for its dazzling visuals and fresh-faced cast, but all of its ambitions ended up in half-full theaters.

Where to watch: video on demand


mortal engine

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This sci-fi film by Peter Jackson asks the question: Will people scramble to see a film about a traveling, predatory city? Sadly, the answer is “no”.

Where to watch: Peacock and Gourd

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Alex Cross

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The high-profile film aims to reintroduce James Patterson’s fan-favorite character to a new generation, but it turns out that audiences can’t quite accept the long-sweaty macho action hero.

Where to watch: HBO Max

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Believe it or not, Ron Howard’s $70 million infidelity comedy starring Kevin James, Vince Vaughn and Winona Ryder baffled audiences in 2011 as much as it does today.

Where to watch: Peacock

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in the center of the sea

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Unfortunately, Ron Howard’s nautical action-adventure film follows a doomed ship starring Chris Hemsworth and Tom Holland. Whale Ship, which fell to the bottom of the box office after its release in 2015.

Where to watch: gourd

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Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time

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In one of the biggest blunders in casting history, Jake Gyllenhaal was mistakenly recruited to star in the uncharismatic video game adaptation, which not only ruined the potential franchise, but even became A counter attack to the game series.

Where to watch: Disney+