Do box office numbers, by any means, indicate the quality of a film? Never, in my opinion. However, greater box office collection certainly means that the film appeals to a large section of audiences but it is, in no way, a benchmark of quality. Great films like ‘Magnolia’ and ‘Fight Club’ were box office failures while atrocious cinematic disasters like ‘Suicide Squad’ and ‘Transformers’ were huge box office hits. But so often it also happens that a massively successful film turns out to be the most unpopular film among both audiences and critics. Let’s take a look at the list of 15 such films that are huge big box office hits yet couldn’t quite manage to strike a chord among the critics or the audiences.
15. World War Z (2013)
I fail to see anything even remotely special about ‘World War Z’. It’s utterly disappointing, especially considering its scope because so much of it is just a badly plotted conventional apocalyptic action thriller. Critics and audiences weren’t impressed with the spectacle it created and many people even found the CGI extremely dated and badly used. But the film was a huge box office hit at the box office and earned around $5.7 million on the opening day and managed to gross over $540 million worldwide.
14. Transformers (2007)
I don’t think people who genuinely like ‘Transformers’ could ever admit it due to fear of being ridiculed by fellow cinephiles. But in all honesty though, Michael Bay certainly seemed to have some sort of a vision with this film and his robots managed to entertain millions of kids and teenagers. The film, despite many negative reviews from critics, managed to make $709.7 million at the box office and is Bay’s fourth highest grossing film to date. The film is still pretty much fun if you manage to keep logic at the door and enjoy for what it tries to do but critics and serious movie goers weren’t generous enough for any kind of praise.