To determine now-classic movies that flopped at the box office, 24/7 Tempo reviewed data on audience and critic reviews from Rotten Tomatoes, an online movie and TV review aggregator, as well as box office and production budget data from film industry site The Numbers, an online movie database owned by Nash Information Services. Films considered box office flops were ranked based on the difference between the number of positive Rotten Tomatoes audience reviews (a rating of 3.5 or more out of 5) for each film as of February 2022 and the estimated number of worldwide ticket sales for the film during its initial theatrical release. The difference represents the gulf between a film’s current popularity and its initial reception.
Ticket sales figures were calculated using worldwide box office data from The Numbers and historical theater ticket prices from the National Association of Theater Owners. To be considered a flop, a film must have earned less than 175% of its reported production budget at the box office. Only films with audience scores and Tomatometer ratings of at least 75% were considered classics for this list. Information on directors and stars, when included, comes from IMDb, an online movie database owned by Amazon. All data is for the most recent period available.
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