''The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo'' has grossed about $60 million in two weeks, and the studio says it's planning a sequel. The following underperformers weren't so lucky

By Keith Staskiewicz
January 06, 2012 at 05:00 AM EST

Dune (1984)
David Lynch’s big-budget adaptation of Frank Herbert’s sci-fi opus was such a critical and box office disaster that it swallowed up sequel prospects like a sandworm. Opening gross (in millions): $6.0 Total gross: $30.9

Speed Racer (2008)
This hyperkinetic, candy-colored live-action cartoon stalled at the starting line. Unlike The Matrix, this Wachowski brothers disaster wouldn’t go on to race another day. Opening gross: $18.6 Total gross: $43.9

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (2005)
Douglas Adams wrote a total of five Hitchhiker’s books, but this was the only one Hollywood ever bankrolled. Opening gross: $21.1 Total gross: $51.1

I am Number Four (2011)
Aliens are not the new vampires. While there is a sequel to the source novel — co-written by disgraced author James Frey — talk of another film is minimal. Opening gross: $19.4 Total gross: $55.1

The Golden Compass (2007)
The book series is a reverse Narnia, with antipapist polar bears replacing Jesus lions. Unfortunately, the receipts were also far from Narnia, and plans for a full trilogy were laid to rest. Opening gross: $25.8 Total gross: $70.1

Eragon (2006)
Fantasy wunderkind Christopher Paolini’s novel was a runaway hit, but the film version didn’t fare as well. None of the author’s subsequent books have been adapted. Opening gross: $23.2 Total gross: $75.0

Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time (2010)
Videogame movies are notorious sequel factories, but this desert-set actioner featuring a Tang-tinted Jake Gyllenhaal has yet to get one, despite its lead expressing interest. Opening gross: $30.1 Total gross: $90.8

Green Lantern (2011)
As any roulette expert will tell you, you shouldn’t bet on green. Costly and underperforming, the Ryan Reynolds starrer has yet to officially get the green light from Warner Bros. Opening gross: $53.2 Total gross: $116.6

Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events (2004)
Even Jim Carrey couldn’t save this Harry Potter hopeful from an unfortunate fate. Opening gross: $30.1 Total gross: $118.6

Godzilla (1998)
Alas, a massively budgeted, CGI-heavy Godzilla vs. Mothra was not to be. Opening gross: $44.0 Total gross: $136.3