Three Most Embarrassing Flops of the 2018 Movie Season

Some films lost big-time money, including the latest addition to the 'Star Wars' canon, over the past few months

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Not every movie is going to be an astounding success.

Sometimes, no matter how much capital is invested or which A-list stars are cast, certain films do not experience anywhere near the financial success the creators hoped they would.

That was certainly the case for a few high-profile releases over this summer of 2018.

Here is a look at three of the biggest movie flops during the summer movie season.

1.) “Gotti.” This is a biographical crime drama about former New York City mobster John Gotti and his sons. It starred John Travolta (shown above right), who seemed to be in the midst of a career comeback before this flick dropped.

The film was not at all well-received, earning a 0 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes from critics.

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Perhaps it had something to do with Kevin Connolly’s inexperience as a director; after all, he was really best known for his role as Ryan Malloy on WB’s “Unhappily Ever After” in the 1990s and his role as “E” on “Entourage” in the early 2000s — not for his directing.

Although the film only had a $10 million budget, it managed just a measly $4.7 million at the box office, according to Box Office Mojo, making it a losing investment.

Considering how heavily Travolta pushed the film in interviews, it didn’t live up to its potential.

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2.) “Alpha.” Maybe the concept was a little too obscure for an American audience with this one. Although the film has generally received positive reviews since its release in August (an 82 percent rating from critics on Rotten Tomatoes), not enough stands out about it for it to be a massive box-office hit.

“Alpha” takes place in prehistoric Europe during the Ice Age. It centers around a boy who is hunting and ends up getting lost and befriending an injured wolf. The dialogue is spoken in a fictional language with English subtitles on the screen; and the film doesn’t feature any A-listers.

In its first 18 days in theaters, it had earned only $47.5 million at the box office ($29 million domestically, $18.5 million foreign) on a $51 million budget, according to Box Office Mojo. It’s more than fair to say this does not constitute a financial success.

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3.) “Solo: A Star Wars Story.” It’s easy to see why there was not much appeal here — and why it was the first movie of the new “Star Wars” series to truly flop. “Solo” had virtually nothing to do with the series and took place 10 years prior to the original film from 1977.

Harrison Ford did not play Han Solo in this year’s release, and the character had already died in “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.”

Apparently, the prospect of seeing a character the franchise killed off three years prior did not sit well with a lot of viewers. Sure, the film — directed by Ron Howard and starring Alden Ehrenreich as Solo (shown above left at the top of this article) — grossed $392.9 million ($213.7 million domestically, $179.2 million worldwide) on a $275 million budget.

But it would have needed to reach $500 million to break even, as Screen Rant pointed out, due to advertising costs and additional prints.

This did not end up happening — so this “Star Wars” movie was not a smashing box-office hit.

Watch the trailer for “Solo: A Star Wars Story”  below:

Tom Joyce is a freelance writer from the South Shore of Massachusetts. He covers sports, pop culture, and politics and has contributed to The Federalist, Newsday, and other outlets.

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Tom Joyce is a freelance writer from the South Shore of Massachusetts. He covers sports, pop culture, and politics and has contributed to The Federalist, Newsday, ESPN, and other outlets.

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