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Epic hits and misses

”Immortals” joins a phalanx of sword-and-sandals adventures that have filled theaters for a decade. Some hit it big, but not all were box office titans

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Airbrushed abs and Spartan screams defined director Zack Snyder’s stylish Frank Miller adaptation.
HIT OR MISS? 300 opened to a massive $70.9 million in March 2007, proving spring can be a profitable box office battleground.
Domestic gross $210.6M

The beloved Ridley Scott drama about a slave (Russell Crowe) in the Colosseum won the Best Picture Oscar in 2001.
HIT OR MISS? Often imitated, this critically lauded blockbuster kicked off the modern renaissance of shield-clanging cinema.
Domestic gross $187.7M

Clash of the Titans
Sam Worthington followed up Avatar with this 3-D remake, which featured Gorgons, gods, and giant scorpions to boot.
HIT OR MISS? The $125 million flick was profitable enough to spawn a sequel, Wrath of the Titans, due in March 2012.
Domestic gross $163.2M

A loose retelling of Homer’s The Iliad, with a few more gratuitous shots of Brad Pitt’s butt than in the original text.
HIT OR MISS? Though it disappointed Stateside, Troy, which cost $175 million, earned a strong $364 million overseas.
Domestic gross $133.4M

Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time
Jake Gyllenhaal flaunted a British accent in this high-profile videogame adaptation.
HIT OR MISS? Something tells us Disney would like to turn back the sands of time and abandon this $200 million flop.
Domestic gross $90.8M

Oliver Stone enlisted Angelina Jolie to play Alexander the Great’s mother, Olympias, in this decidedly un-epic epic.
HIT OR MISS? No conqueror here: The movie’s haul was far short of its $155 million budget.
Domestic gross $34.3M