16 Teen Movies That Were the Biggest Flops at the 2016 U.S. Box Office

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There was no shortage of people going to the movies this year. Theaters were swarmed with people gunning to see great 2016 films, like Finding Dory and Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, as well as not-so-great (but highly-anticipated) releases, like Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Suicide Squad.

But that doesn’t mean that every flick got the attention the studios wanted them to. Doesn’t matter if it’s an original or a sequel — both types of movies bombed at the box office, making them the biggest flops of 2016. (Still upset about Allegiant, BTW.) Here are 16 of the worst offenders:

The Divergent Series: Allegiant

BUDGET: $110 million (estimated)

DOMESTIC GROSS: $66,184,051

Here's the breakdown: The first Divergent film grossed $150,947,895 domestically against an $85 million budget; the second film, Insurgent, grossed $130,179,072 against a $110 million budget; then there was Allegiant. The third flick grossed almost less than half of what the second film did, and way less than half of the first. So you can only guess why Ascendant was scrapped for the big screen.

Photo: Summit

The 5th Wave

BUDGET: $38 million

DOMESTIC GROSS: $34,912,982

Chloe Grace Moretz can't seem to find her footing in the YA market. While her 2014 film, If I Stay, more than quadrupled its budget at the domestic box office, it received low ratings from fans and critics.

Fast forward to 2016, and she's not doing much better; The 5th Wave garnered low interest from fans and critics alike, and didn't even surpass its budget domestically.

Photo: Columbia Pictures

Alice Through the Looking Glass

BUDGET: $170 million

DOMESTIC GROSS: $77,041,381

Things were already looking down when the budget from the first to the second film was cut by $30 million.

But even disregarding that, you'd think that a global box office of $299,447,713 is pretty good, right? Well, get this: The first Alice flick, 2010's Alice in Wonderland, got more than that domestically: $334,191,110, to be precise. And globally? Oh, just over a BILLION dollars. That's right, #1 got $1,025,467,110 from across the world, and the second couldn't even nab $300 million. Yikes.

Photo: Disney


BUDGET: $144 million

DOMESTIC GROSS: $128,350,574

Originally, it seemed like a sequel to the female-fueled reboot would be a given. "While nothing has been officially announced yet, there's no doubt in my mind it will happen," said Rory Bruer, president of worldwide distribution at Sony.

But, since the numbers came in for the Kristen Wiig-led endeavor, there hasn't been much talk of any more flicks.

The worldwide total for Ghostbusters is $229,147,509, which sounds amazing, but it isn't. The studio said a break-even would be $300 million — more than $70 million more than it earned.

Photo: Columbia Pictures

The Huntsman: Winter's War

BUDGET: $115 million

DOMESTIC GROSS: $48,003,015

Let us put it to you this way: The Chris Hemsworth-helmed film garnered about the same amount globally as the original Kristen Stewart-helmed tale garnered nationally.

2012's Snow White and the Huntsman had a $170 million budget, and received $155,332,381 at the domestic box office. The worldwide total was $396,592,829 .

The 2016 sequel only got $164,602,163 across the globe. Considering the not-so-great numbers from the first flick, you have to wonder why they got the go-ahead for Movie #2.

Photo: Universal Pictures

Star Trek Beyond

BUDGET: $185 million

DOMESTIC GROSS: $158,848,340

The numbers for the Star Trek films have been going down considerably, with the latest in the franchise making about $100 million less than the first.

The 2009 action-packed movie had a production budget of $150 million, garnered $257,730,019 domestically and $385,680,446 worldwide. Star Trek Into the Darkness had a production budget of $190 million, garnered $228,778,661 domestically and $467,381,469 worldwide (clearly maintaining overseas interest more than national interest). The final raked in only $343,471,816 worldwide. Merp.

Photo: Paramount Pictures

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows

BUDGET: $135 million

DOMESTIC GROSS: $82,051,601

Talk about a bomb. 2014's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles did considerably well, with a production budget of $125 million, a domestic box office of $191,204,754 and a worldwide box office of $493,333,584. The 2016 sequel, however, was awful, spending more money than the first and earning less than half of the OG flick. The worldwide number of $245,623,848 helps, but like...

Photo: Paramount Pictures

Ice Age: Collision Course

BUDGET: $105 million

DOMESTIC GROSS: $64,063,008

Five Ice Age movies, and only one of 'em was a colossal fail: Collision Course.

DOMESTIC GROSSES: Ice Age: $176,387,405 // Ice Age: The Meltdown: $195,330,621 // Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs: $196,573,705 // Ice Age: Continental Drift: $161,321,843. The last film fell nearly $100 million behind every one of 'em!

Photo: 20th Century Fox

Ratchet & Clank

BUDGET: $20 million

DOMESTIC GROSS: $8,821,329

Not even with Bella Thorne voicing one of the characters could save this video-game-inspired fail. The global total was about $13 million — that's it!

Photo: Focus Features

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children

BUDGET: $110 million

DOMESTIC GROSS: $86,426,085 (as of December 8)

Perhaps the holiday season could give it the boost it needs?

Photo: 20th Century Fox

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies

BUDGET: $28 million

DOMESTIC GROSS: $10,907,291

Even the help of the foreign box office didn't add up to much; the WW total came out to be a dismal $16,374,328.

Photo: Screen Gems

Independence Day: Resurgence

BUDGET: $160 million

DOMESTIC GROSS: $103,144,286

Good thing Will Smith didn't sign up for this unnecessary sequel; it made nearly 2/3 less than the original 1996 flick, plus had some of the worst reviews anyone's ever seen. The only upside (in our opinion): Liam Hemsworth.

Photo: 20th Century Fox


BUDGET: $140 million

DOMESTIC GROSS: $55,483,770

There were a lot of high hopes for the project, but it didn't work out; the Steven Spielberg-directed film is seen as one of his most significant flops of all time, raking in considerably less at the domestic box office than it took to put it out.

Photo: Disney

Kubo and the Two Strings

BUDGET: $60 million

DOMESTIC GROSS: $48,020,910

What happened here? Kubo is such a great film; probably one of the best films of the year. But, even with its stellar reviews, promotional efforts were practically non-existent, hence, the low box-office numbers. So disappointing.

Photo: Focus Features

Pete's Dragon

BUDGET: $65 million

DOMESTIC GROSS: $76,162,638

Despite it surpassing its production budget, it's still considered to be one of the biggest flops of all time. Poor Disney.

Photo: Disney

Gods of Egypt

BUDGET: $140 million

DOMESTIC GROSS: $31,153,464

The worldwide total of $150,680,864 barely exceeded the production budget — that's horrible. And let's not even get started on the white-washing...

Photo: Lionsgate

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