Poll Results: Favorite “Box Office Bust” Guilty Pleasure

John Carter

– John Carter: 4 votes
– Death to Smoochy: 3 votes
– Heaven’s Gate: 3 votes
– Howard the Duck: 3 votes
– Speed Racer: 3 votes
– Battlefield Earth: 2 votes
– Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within: 2 votes
– Sahara: 2 votes
– The Adventures of Pluto Nash: 1 vote
– Hudson Hawk: 1 vote
– The Green Lantern: 1 vote
– Ishtar: 1 vote
– The Postman: 1 vote
– 3000 Miles to Graceland: 1 vote

The write-ins:
– Blade Runner: 1 vote

So much variety! For a while, it was looking like we might have a 4-or-5 way tie for first place. Disney’s 2012 bomb, John Carter, seems to have its fair share of fans, and it has received a better reception — 6.6 on IMDB, 51% Rotten Tomatoes — than many of the other films on this list. Suppose I might give it a shot after all.

This Week’s Poll: Over the weekend I had a bit of a movie mini-marathon, and one of the biggest highlights was the 1940 classic, His Girl Friday (for my project, so expect a post soon). The rapid-fire dialogue had me hooked right away, and it was so much fun watching Cary Grant and Rosalind Russell play off each other. Grant has long been one of my favorite “classic” actors, so it’s surprising that it took me this long to finally watch it. This week’s poll is related to Mr. Grant, specifically: what are your TWO favorite Cary Grant films?

Have a great week!

Poll Results: Best College Film

The Social Network

– The Social Network: 10 votes
– Animal House: 6 votes
– Good Will Hunting: 5 votes
– Old School: 3 votes
– Revenge of the Nerds: 3 votes
– Back to School: 2 votes
– Accepted: 1 vote
– The Paper Chase: 1 vote
– PCU: 1 vote
– Road Trip: 1 vote
– Rudy: 1 vote
– Spring Breakers: 1 vote

While many will cry foul at Animal House finishing second, at least it lost to a very admirable opponent. For my money, David Fincher’s The Social Network was the best film from 2010, and it appears to still have quite a few fans. Perhaps if I had specifically asked for best college comedy, the results would have been different.

This Week’s Poll: Raise your hand if you were surprised to see The Lone Ranger flop at the box office this weekend. No one? Yeah, me either. The Lone Ranger finished second with just over $29 million, barely eking past last week’s hit, The Heat. While its box office performance could have been even worse, it’s still a huge disappointment for a film that cost nearly $250 million to make. For this week’s poll, let’s take a look at films that have been even bigger busts: what is your favorite “box office bomb” guilty pleasure? Do you believe Heaven’s Gate or Ishtar are misunderstood classics? Are you a closet Gigli fan? Let’s hear your thoughts!

For a helpful list of other box office bombs, check out this list on Wikipedia.