6 great movies that have flopped at the box office this year

Business Insider | Jun 18, 2019, 08.36PM IST

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  • A string of critically panned summer sequels have flopped at the box office this year.
  • But there have been some movies that critics loved that also didn't attract audiences, including "Booksmart" and "Late Night."
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2019 has been full of lousy movies with box-office performances that reflect their poor Rotten Tomatoes critic scores, a few of which have come to theaters in the last few weeks.

But there have also been some great movies that have failed to attract large audiences, including the teen comedy "Booksmart." It's one of the best reviewed movies of the year, with a 97% Rotten Tomatoes score, but it's a box-office misfire.

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The latest example is Mindy Kaling's "Late Night," which Amazon Studios bought earlier this year from the Sundance Film Festival for $13 million. It opened over the weekend with $5 million. It's not an impressive debut, but as Box Office Mojo pointed out, "it should have a long life on Amazon's Prime Video platform."

Some industry speculation pointed to marketing, lack of star power, or release strategy being potential reasons for "Booksmart's" failure at the box office. Others posited that comedies like it and "Late Night" could be more popular on streaming services. Comedies generally aren't as successful at the box office as they once were, while Netflix has filled some of that void with movies like the recent viral rom-com, "Always Be My Maybe."

But it wasn't just comedies.

Earlier this year, "The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part" disappointed compared to its 2014 predecessor, "The LEGO Movie." The sequel opened in February with half of what the first movie made in its opening weekend, and grossed just $191 million worldwide compared to the first movie's $469 million.

Below are six movies with Rotten Tomatoes scores above 80% that flopped at the box office this year (based on numbers from IMDb Pro).

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