The Riskiest Box Office Bets of 2014

Published 9 months ago by , Updated May 18th, 2014 at 8:43 pm,

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People like to think that Hollywood churns out hundreds of films each year simply to entertain movie-going audiences – but that’s just not the case. Sure, there are some independent filmmakers out there making movies for art’s sake, but every studio is the business of making movies for one primary reason – money.

As we did in 2013, we’ve pulled 13 movies from the slate of films scheduled to release in 2014 that we feel are the Riskiest Box Office Bets. We’ll list the opening date – along with the estimated budget (if available) – and discuss why we believe the film could be fighting an uphill battle to be financially successful.

Let’s get started…

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1. The Legend of Hercules

The Legend of Hercules Kellan Lutz The Riskiest Box Office Bets of 2014

Opens: 1/10 – Budget: $70M

Most cinephiles recognize Renny Harlin as the director of mindless, fun action films such as Die Hard 2 as well as Deep Blue Sea and any action fan worth his salt knows how good Scott Atkins (Ninja) is as a martial arts/action actor. However, outside of Kellan Lutz, there aren’t really any “A-List” Hollywood names attached to The Legend of Hercules.

It begs the question – why would Summit Entertainment spend $70M on a January action film? Maybe they’re hoping Lutz will bring in the Twilight crowd – though we can’t see middle-aged moms and love-struck teen girls lining up hours in advance just to see this at midnight.

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2. I, Frankenstein

I Frankenstein Aaron Eckhart The Riskiest Box Office Bets of 2014

Opens: 1/24 – Budget: $36M

Unlike The Legend of Hercules, this film managed to snag great actors like Aaron Eckhart (The Dark Knight), Bill Nighy (About Time) and Miranda Otto (Return of the King) but even their combined acting talents may not be enough to overcome one of the most preposterous story lines we’ve read in a while.

Much like the namesake for which the film is titled, I, Frankenstein seems to be patched together from the corpses of other action/horror films (despite its graphic novel source material) – Underworld, Van Helsing, Highlander, Hellboy, Constantine. Modern audiences have widly varying cinematic tastes and can usually spot a stinker from the first trailer – which means they could stay away from this film if they consider it be one.

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3. Robocop

Robocop 2014 Joel Kinnaman The Riskiest Box Office Bets of 2014

Opens: 2/12 – Budget: $110M

Skyfall and The Hobbit pulled MGM out of bankruptcy, so you’d think they would be leery of investing very large sums of money into risky movies – which is exactly what RebootCop RoboCop has become.

With big(gish) names like Keaton, Oldman, and Jackson attached to the feature, the studio probably assumed this reboot would be a “slam dunk” at the box office but most audiences members are either nostalgically cautious of the reboot or they’re too young to remember the original. A lot rides on how well the movie is received opening weekend – if it’s great, there could be a box office bump in week two – if not, then all is lost.

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4. Pompeii

Pompeii Adewale Akinnuoye Agbaje Kit Harington The Riskiest Box Office Bets of 2014

Opens: 2/21 – Budget: $100M

The synopsis for Pompeii seems to be a cross between Gladiator and 2012 – a slave becomes an accomplished warrior, falls in love with a woman he shouldn’t and battles to rescue her as Mount Vesuvius explodes around him. The heavy use of CG in this film is the obvious reason for its 9-figure budget – destroying an entire city isn’t cheap is it Man of Steel? – but with a virtual lack of “A-List” talent, will all that destruction-porn be enough to draw in an audience?

Paul W. S. Anderson is the director of films that everyone pans but almost everyone watches anyway (Resident Evil, Death Race 2000). That fact, along with the fact that Pompeii won’t have much competition, could be its box office saving grace.

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5. Need for Speed

Need for Speed Aaron Paul The Riskiest Box Office Bets of 2014

Opens: 3/14 – Budget: $66M

The best thing Need for Speed has going for it is the casting of Aaron Paul in the leading role, but even as he comes off a highly successful TV franchise – Breaking Bad saw 10 million people watch its finale – that may not be enough box office karma to overcome the film’s video game roots.

Video game adaptations historically don’t do well domestically at the box office (see the complete list HERE) for a variety of reasons – typically the scripts are bad – but almost all of them do well overseas. Fortunately, Touchstone didn’t throw an insane amount of money at this project, so it could turn out to be a real box office gem for them.

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6. Noah

Noah Russell Crowe The Riskiest Box Office Bets of 2014

Opens: 3/28 – Budget: $130M

In Noah, acclaimed director Darren Aronofsky (The Wrestler) set forth on an ambitious project to turn one of the most debated stories in the Bible into a major motion picture. Even with Oscar-winning actor Russell Crowe at the helm of the ark this film has HUGE hurdles to overcome.

The amount of backlash studios receive from fanboys over poor comic book adaptations is nothing compared to upsetting an entire religion if Hollywood – not exactly known for its strong Judeo-Christian roots – starts making drastic changes to Biblical stories. If Aronofsky takes too many liberties, the studio will likely feel the pinch at the box office collection plate.

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7. Godzilla

Godzilla Bryan Cranston Aaron Johnson The Riskiest Box Office Bets of 2014

Opens: 5/16 – Budget: $160M

Warner Bros has a lot riding on director Gareth Edwards’ (Monsters) vision for arguably the most popular science fiction monster of all time – Godzilla. Sony’s horrid attempt in 1998 was financially successful but the film was so critically destroyed that a sequel was never even considered.

Judging by coverage the film received at San Diego Comic Con in 2013 and the first trailer, Edwards appears to be on the fast track to success but will audiences be still interested with The Amazing Spider-Man 2 opening the week before and X-Men: Days of Future of Past opening the following week? The atomic lizard has a very loyal worldwide fan base, which could be what gets it over the opening weekend hump.

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8. X-Men: Days of Future Past

X Men Days of Future Past James McAvoy The Riskiest Box Office Bets of 2014

Opens: 5/23 – Budget: $225M

Even though X-Men: First Class received generally high marks from critics and audiences, it didn’t quite cover its production budget at domestic box office – needing the overseas market to turn a profit. X-Men: Days of Future Past is the most ambitious – and expensive – outing for Fox and the franchise yet.

Though the film ranks number three on our Most Anticipated Films of 2014, the fact remains, that outside of fanboys, the audience required to recoup $250 million plus marketing costs just may not be there. There’s very little doubt the film will be successful but can it be a quarter of a billion dollars successful?

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9. Jupiter Ascending

Jupiter Ascending Channing Tatum Mila Kunis The Riskiest Box Office Bets of 2014

Opens: 7/18 – Budget: $200M (Rumored)

The Wachowski siblings haven’t had a financially successful film since The Matrix Revolutions left theaters in 2003. Over the next 10 years, their cinematic offerings included Cloud Atlas (oof) and Speed Racer (double oof) – not exactly what you would call a “box office power house.”

Still, Warner Bros liked their script pitch for Jupiter Ascending so much they not only green lit the project, but gave it a staggering $200 million budget – the Wachowski’s last two films only grossed $223 million…WORLD WIDE. Casting Mila Kunis could inadvertently mean the sci-fi film turns out to be a success, as her last six films have raked in $1.8 Billion in gross receipts – though that’s probably just a coincidence.

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10. Guardians of the Galaxy

Guardians of the Galaxy Zoe Saldana Chris Pratt Bradley Cooper Dave Bautista Vin Diesel The Riskiest Box Office Bets of 2014

Opens: 8/1 – Budget: Unknown

Marvel surprised everyone at Comic Con in 2012 when they announced one of their stranger comic series – Guardians of the Galaxywould become a feature film. They surprised once more by announcing James Gunn would be directing their riskiest outing yet.

Gunn is a talented director but Disney could regret allowing someone with no experience directing big budget films to helm the project if box office numbers aren’t stellar. One positive is how enthusiastic Gunn is towards the comic books, characters and story. The exact budget for the film hasn’t been released but it could easily be upwards of $150 million.

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11. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Michaelangelo Raphael Leonardo Donatello The Riskiest Box Office Bets of 2014

Opens: 8/8 – Budget: $125M

The first Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle film in 1990 grossed over $200 million on a $13.5 million investment, but that was during the height of the world’s love of everything Turtles.

Fast forward 21 years, Nickelodeon Studios has a popular new TMNT animated series but for the most part, the frenzy has died down. Some argue making Michael Bay executive producer means he will do something crazy to the turtle canon (like once making them aliens) but typically the movies he is associated with make lots and LOTS of money. Anti-Bay fanatics aside, whether the world is still interested in Turtle power remains to be seen.

Image Credit: Stjepan Sejic (nebezial)

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12. Dracula Untold

Dracula Untold Luke Evans The Riskiest Box Office Bets of 2014

Opens: 10/17 – Budget: Unknown

Most everyone is familiar with Dracula due to his being portrayed in cinema countless times over the years, but he’s never been given a proper origin story - Dracula Untold looks to correct that. While some films have touched upon how he came into existence, it’s usually as a smaller part of the larger story. This will be the first time his origins are actually explored (with a number of changes to the usual canon).

 The budget numbers haven’t been made public but rumor has it placed well above $100 million and time will tell if Gary Shore’s big screen directorial debut is a success. The supernatural origins of Vlad the Impaler as Dracula is definitely an intriguing concept but the film can’t be all teeth and no bite.

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13. Exodus

Exodus Christian Bale The Riskiest Box Office Bets of 2014

Opens: 12/12 – Budget: Unknown

While the Biblical story of the Israelites escaping from Egyptian captivity has been told several times, the film will undoubtedly be compared to Cecil B. DeMille’s 1956 epic The Ten Commandments. Christian Bale is a fantastic actor but can he fill Charlton Heston’s sandals as Moses? Exodus will also need to overcome the same religious obstacles as Noah and in some ways, is connected at the box office hip to how Noah is received by Faith-based moviegoers.

As revered as Ridley Scott is as a director in the film community, he hasn’t connected with American audiences at domestic box office hit since American Gangster in 2007. With Prometheus, Robin Hood and The Counselor not performing at high levels, Scott needs this film to succeed.

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Conclusion

Robocop 2014 Joel Kinnaman The Riskiest Box Office Bets of 2014

Hopefully, most of these films meet or exceed our expectations and entertain audiences all year long but the cold reality is, some of them will most likely fall short. That’s the harsh truth of the world of cinema, it’s just a matter of seeing which ones fall the hardest or rise the highest.

Which films do you think will struggle to find an audience and a profit in 2014?

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TAGS: Dracula Untold, Exodus, godzilla, guardians of the galaxy, i frankenstein, jupiter ascending, need for speed, noah, pompeii, robocop, teenage mutant ninja turtles, The Legend of Hercules, x-men days of future past

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  1. No doubt in my mind that Jupiter Ascending is going to bomb. Pompei too.

  2. If The Wolverine made $415 million worldwide last year X-Men: Day of Future Past will be fine. I’d argue it’s one of the sure-fire hits of 2014.

    • Truth. I am much more excited about DoFP than I was about First Class or The Wolverine. I didn’t see either of those in theaters though I enjoyed The Wolverine when I saw and I LOVED first class and now own it.

      I will definitely be seeing DoFP in theaters. So that’s one fan that they lost along the way that is coming back just due to the sheer scale of the storytelling. I am sure I am not alone.

    • But keep in mind that it’s in context of the budget. It would have to break the $500 million mark just to break even. I’d say that’s a very risky bet, especially if, as you say, Wolverine pulled in $415 million.

  3. Large scale epics no longer being unique “event” films, a lot of these ancient Greek/Roman films seem faceless and uninteresting. Same with the classic horror, Dracula/Frankenstein.

    Biblical epics, on the other hand, have not been done to death, and are kind of a re-emerging genre. Unless they really alienate religious audiences, I expect them to both do fairly well.

    I will be very surprised if Robocop makes much money, and Jupiter Ascending looked really bad in the trailer, even with me being interested in it.

    Need for Speed sounds great. Yeah, it’s a video game adaption, but from a car-driving video game. That’s a great genre for an action film, and when you add-in Aaron Paul, it sounds like a can’t miss.

    I really hope that X-Men does well, but I have to agree that the fan base might not be big enough to cover the huge budget. It needs to be so good that it draws critical raves and intensely positive word of mouth. I do think that there’s a chance of that, so here’s hoping.

  4. Some of these are going to bomb spectacularly, with my number one pick being The Legend of Hercules (how rubbish does that look?). I, Frankenstein, Pompeii and Need for Speed won’t fare much better.

  5. Personally I don’t think Need For Speed, Noah, or Exodus are all that risky. Need For Speed has three big things going for it that will pull in different fans…fans of Aaron Paul, fans of the NFS games, and fans of car movies (such as Fast & Furious) in general. The trailers have pretty much sold a lot of people, and I think there’s quite a few people that are in any of those three camps that will go out to see it.

    As for Noah and Exodus, I think biblical movies pull in a lot more people than you’d expect. There are a lot of Christians out there who will pretty much jump right on board with any biblical movie that comes out, and when you have two huge Bible stories like Noah and Exodus that most people know, I really think it’ll pull in the audiences. Noah in particular I expect to make money, simply because I expect there to be some controversy surrounding it. And controversy attracts viewers to see what all the fuss is about.

    A lot of the other ones on the list do either seem like risky bets or almost guaranteed bombs though.

  6. SMH at the Speed Racer dis. Do you know anything about film at all? Speed Racer is a brilliant movie, and it was made with a lot of love and tender care. The message: stand by your family! I can see why people are so eager to diss it, they have hearts of stone. Families are something you sneer at, not support, in our messed up society.

    Grad students will be writing thesis papers on Speed Racer 25 years from now, the way they do about Blade Runner now. Blade Runner was mostly widely dissed at the time, now it’s considered a life changing movie experience.

    • @TheFred – I not only saw Speed Racer twice in theaters but I own the Blu-ray and it’s beautiful on my 52″ LED. That’s not what the “oof” is in regards too. The film made $93M on a $120M budget – that will be an oof all day long.

      The Wachowskis have some brilliant concepts and ideas but they’re execution isn’t always on point – and they haven’t resonated with audiences for 10 years now. $200M plus marketing costs is a heap of money to invest in a team that hasn’t paid off in a really long time.

      Paul Young

      • @Paul Young

        You’re a fellow Speed Racer (2008) fan?! Awesome! I saw it in theaters as well. We were like the only people there. Too bad it got crushed by Iron Man, not to mention a poorly executed (in my opinion) marketing campaign.

        I also own the bluray. I love watching that movie, the visuals are insane.

    • Dude, the author was merely referring to the finances. And SR was a failure. You can think it’s brilliant, but it failed financially. Try to grasp context before you go off.

  7. @The Fred, I agree. To this day I still love the Speed Racer film. the final race always gives me goosebumps, the family dynamic was well written and acted very well and Emile Hirsch and Christina Rici, for some reason will always be one of my favorite on-screen couples. It was weird, quirky, cheesy, could have induced seizures easily and one of my personal top 100 favorite films!

  8. As for these films:
    I’m too young to be a RoboCop fan. Born in 89, but I hope the reboot does well. The design is awesome, making Robocop black and red!? Brilliant, and Joel Kinnaman is a good actor. I hope die-hard fans are pleased.
    Legend/Hercules, IFrankenstein, TMNT and Jupiter Ascending…I doubt these will fair very well. Pompeii too, but I think a film about Pompeii’s destruction, with a good script and director could have been amazing!

    • I was born in 89, and I’ve seen the original Robocop over 30 times. But then again, I wasn’t your normal kind of kid in the 90s. At 7 years old, my favorite movie was Alien 1 and 2. My second favorite movie was Child’s play. I even wanted the chucky doll. lol.
      I’ve never watched kiddy shows/movies when I was small. It bored me to death. But yea, this RoboCop reboot looks garbage to me. Nothing will be better than the original.

  9. I don’t know why but I’m pretty excited for Need for Speed, maybe because scenes were filmed in the city where I live, but the direction looks great. Noah…in my eyes Arranofsky can do no wrong. And Guardians and X-Men are going to be epic.
    Wow with Apes and Godzilla, this year is going to be crazy!

  10. I have a feeling The Legend of Hercules is going to bomb. Even though I thought the trailers have been OK I just don’t think people will be rushing out to see it and like Paul mentions a January release is always suspicious for a movie like this.

    I think Godzilla will be fine. If Edwards delivers the Godzilla movie fans have been waiting for it could be huge and could cross the 600 million mark.

    Days of Future Past is going to be interesting though. I can see a huge opening weekend and it has worldwide appeal but with a budget rumored to be north of 250 million plus marketing and when you figure in studios ever changing box office math it’s going to need to make at least 600-650 million before it even turns a profit.
    I hope it’s a smash. I want to live in a world where the X-Men franchise is equal to or surpasses The Avengers or Superman/Batman because it’s a win win for all of us CBM fans but i just don’t know if the rest of the movie going public will be as invested in the franchise as the rest of us.

    • In my very biased opinion, it should be X-Men at the top of the comic book team up movies (to then be surpassed ever so slightly by Batman/Superman or Justice League).

  11. Well, most of these are likely to bomb. I’d say Guardians will be fine money wise. Xmen will be ok. I think RoboCop will as well. I hope Godzilla does well, and if Michael Bay sticks close to the source material, then I hope the Turtles film does well too.

  12. I hope Guardians makes its money and than some. If Rocket and Groot find an audience this will definitely be a hit. I am interested to see how Robocop does, I like the trailers but dont hear much excitement about it. DoFP is gonna be a giant mess, ill see it for sure but I have never liked the X films (the Wolverine was the best imo).

  13. Well I hope RoboCop dies on the opening day. But I know that wont teach Hollywood to make remakes. I for one am pretty tired of comic book movies and would like to see swords and sandals make a comeback. Hercules looks good, Renny Harlin deserves a second chance and I could watch Scott Adkins in ANYTHING after Ninja Shadow of A Tear. Pompeii looks uninteresting, and I was never a fan of Biblical movies anyway. Also I hope for Jupiter Ascending to make it. In a recent few years Sci-fi movies are on the defensive. With only Tom Cruise as a bastion of sci-fi we ain’t gonna last long.

  14. Thanks for the list, the copy/pasting of lists of media to check out from this site continues.
    There are movies on this list I have fingers crossed will be worth the risk and then there are those I think are a shoe in.
    X-men:DoFP & Guardians of the Galaxy I think will easily make back what they put in (even though X-men has a budget that would make Gary Busey’s pharmacist blush). Honestly, I think X-men has a legitimate shot at getting close to 1 billion, at least 3/4.
    TMNT/Godzilla/Robocop I’m really cheering on with one raised eyebrow. Each has the potential to really establish a franchise worth revisiting every couple of years but all three are callbacks to ideas that may have past their expiration date.
    The rest I honestly couldn’t care less about, I’d rather watch a vegan cooking show hosted by Jeffrey Dahmer.

  15. Bram stokers dracula.

    Dracula done to death, now that’s a title!

  16. NO WAY Need for Speed is going to bomb. Its budget isn’t huge, and it has Aaron Paul. Breaking Bad fans will flock to this, and with F&F7 being delayed, people will want to get their racing flick fix. If it’s any good, it will do well.

    I thought the new Godzilla looks good and would do well, but being sandwiched between two highly anticipated films does not help at all, and really hurts its chances. I hope Cranston can pull people in, but I guess we’ll see.

  17. Kellan Lutz is considered an A-list actor? When did this happen?

  18. Very good list – as no project is more than a 50 / 50 chance of being successful.

    Guardians of the Galaxy simply has to be the riskiest bet of 2014. At least some parts of the masses at least heard of Thor and Captain America, but a lot of people wouldn’t have know Guardians until the movie was announced.

    Whilst the Marvel brand is perhaps the most commercially potent in movies right now, Guardians doesn’t at the moment seem to link anyway to the previous movies. It looks like it will be the bridge for Phase 3 from Ant-Man, Dr Strange then leading up to Thanos and the Infinity Gauntlet in the 3rd Avengers film. so a lot is riding on it.

    If it succeeds then the comic book movie genre will go into further overdrive than what it is already and many fanboys beloved unknown comic properties will be brought to the big screen.

    • The post credits scene in Thor 2 links it to Guardians. I think Thanos will be in Guardians so that’ll link it to the mid credits scene in Avengers also.

  19. Screen Rant please make sure that this is not real and if it is, just do one news report on it.

    https://fbcdn-sphotos-d-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-frc3/q71/s720x720/1507807_728036253875795_2043631383_n.jpg

  20. I’m predicting Days of Future Past is gonna make a boatload of money. 550 million worldwide at least.

    Guardians will not flop. I can see it making either in the middle like Cap/Thor or going big. But, I can not see it flopping at all.

  21. I think DOFP will do okay. Need for Speed will have a decent following so it should do okay as well. Godzilla is a toss up. I think it will do great overseas but I don’t know about in the states. With how PR did in the states, I just don’t know. I Frankenstien will bomb along with the Hercules one. I think people will relate to the Rock version more than the Lutz one.

  22. I’m agreement with you that “X-Men: Days Of Future Past” will no doubt be a success, but if it has to make 750 million worldwide to be truly profitable that’s going to be very tough considering no X-Men film has made more than 460 million worldwide. While a money maker the X-Men flicks have never shown Avengers, Iron Man, Batman or Spider-Man levels of success at the box office, so it will indeed be interesting to see how well it performs. “Guardians Of The Galaxy’ is certainly a risk and the biggest gamble Marvel Studios has taken yet, it can be a hit or underperform. Word has been positive on it, but Marvel needs to get it’s first trailer out within the next month and than air a new one in front of “Captain America: The First Avenger” in April. Marvel can’t sit around and not get trailers out on this, it’s not ‘Avengers’ where everyone knows who they are, they have to sell the casual movie audience on why they should go see it this summer. I’ll be in the theater to see it, but than I’m a CBM fan so I don’t need to be sold on it like regular moviegoers do.

  23. I have to disagree, Exodus, and Noah will not bomb simply because it’s a Christian biblical movie. I haven’t seen too many biblical movies turn out as box office bombs in my 24 years of life.

    With that being said, Godzilla, X men, and Guardians are the least riskiest films of this year. I have no reason to believe any of them will make less than their budget. Simply because those movies are the big budget film.

    You can’t beat the king of all monsters, and that itself is the big factor going for Godzilla. Everyone wants to see Godzilla do what he’s good at. Destroying a metropolis while fighting other monsters while scientists try to save the city under attack!

    Do I really need to explain why X men and Guardians are the least risky? One word. Marvel. I would say the same thing for DC fans will not pass up a DC flick. People have been waiting for the original ensemble cast to reunite and do justice after X3. Days of Future Past is a fan favorite of the X men story lines of both Comics and television cartoon series. With Guardians, nobody’s going to pass up a chance to see The Collector and Thanos, even if it’s just ONE miniscule second of the film.

    Need for Speed is going to be a coin toss. Many videogame films have been pretty shoddy. People know this from Silent Hill, Resident Evil, Bloodrayne, Mario, ect ect. But it does have two elements in it that will probably save it’s butt. One, is the star, Aaron Paul, the other is the Fast and Furious crowd will give this one a chance knowing the fate of Fast 7 has been postponed to next year.

    The one I believe will be a risky one is Planet of the Apes. Depending on how they execute the film, it can bomb incredibly hard.

    Everything else listed on this list, will probably bomb without a doubt.

    • @Wally – Why would you think “Planet Of The Apes” has a risk of bombing when it has a proven track record unlike “Guardians Of The Galaxy”. Planet Of The Apes was a big smash back in 2011, even the heavily maligned 2001 version was a big box office hit, so I don’t know where your concerns of that film flopping is coming from. Now I hope GOTG will be a hit and I think it has a chance to, but it’s not a proven franchise yet, Marvel or not. I don’t think DOFP is a gamble based on it becoming a hit because it will be that since it’s a proven hit franchise, I think it’s a gamble based on the money it has to make in order to be a success. The budget is rumored to be between 250-300 million which is huge, meaning making 500 million worldwide will not get the job done. DOFP is probably going to have to make 700 million worldwide to be considered profitable, something no previous X-Men films has come close to doing before. Now I do expect this to be the highest grossing X-Men film yet, but will it gross enough to fully cover it’s budget and promotion costs and make a profit, time will tell.

  24. Personally I think “Days of Future Past” is the riskiest one… cause let’s face it, time travel stories usually is a hard one to pull off without causing plotholes and

    inconsistensies. I know Singer is trying to ‘fix’ the event on The Last Stand, but I kinda dout he will succeed with that. Beside, it’s quite overcrowded with big names but

    with the possibilities that many of them will only be there for just a brief cameo. Proof? Rogue. That and the unbalanced (or lack of) rooster for the 70s era really

    worried me… all I know I’ll be waiting for critics review before deciding to watch this in the theater.

    Next on the list would be Godzilla and Guardians of the Galaxy. The first one is quite risky considering audience didn’t quite accept Pacific Rim that easily, which was a

    similar japanesque style movie, plus it is haunted by the lackluster previous Hollywood adaptation. Guardians is trying to create something new instead, a new space

    opera style similar to Star Wars and Star Trek but in a Marvel style. On the good side, both carried the Marvel name (yes Godzilla too, considering those who are curious

    about Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch will definitely want to see this -including me haha), and that’s in a way is already calling for a good amount of audience. Personally

    I don’t think both of this will disappoint, and I already scheduled my dates to watch both… but I can tell why people would think twice to watch them. You’d know this

    especially if you’ve been reading various comments in various news sites…

    Noah/Exodus will either get praise or harsh critic (especially from the religious group), highly depending on how it will stay ‘true’ to the base story

    As for the rest, (Teenage Mutant Ninja, Robocop, Jupiter Ascending, and the others) no arguing with that cause I couldn’t care less with any of them.

    • Whoops, sorry… I don’t know how my comment ends up looking weird like that O_O

  25. In which universe is Kellan Lutz an A-list actor?

  26. The story of Noah and the Ark is a sparse story spliced together from at least two different authors creating a lot of repetition. Of course any movie based on the story is going to have to take many liberties to stretch it out to at least 90 minutes. Mel Gibson proved that told in the right way, a biblical movie can be extremely popular. I agree that it is risky though.

  27. I think Noah looks great. I wasnt sold on Godzilla until I saw the trailer…. that convinced me to see it.

    This is the first info I’ve seen on Exodus but it sounds interesting.

  28. Turtle frenzy has died down? Did you see the shelves at Christmas…? At all?

    How bout now?

    There’s narry a Turtle toy left. My young boy and all my friends boys are crazy for them. Has to be the top selling toy this year, too. For good reason – its a smart show and the toys are amazing. I can only think that the flick will grab dough just because of the success of the show. Though, if that’s what the turtles look like, it very well may not.

  29. I really hope Godzilla is a solid flick and does well.

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