Ben-Hur and 15 other notorious August flops
Ah, August. The temperatures are soaring, the kids are heading back to school, and the movie theaters are empty.
Every August, your local multiplex turns into a dumping ground for mediocre sequels, repulsive remakes, and the occasional hidden gem that just completely failed to connect with audiences. Summer blockbuster season may kick off with a bang, but by the time Labor Day rolls around, the lackluster theatrical offerings are looking a little more like a whimper.
Sure, there are always a few hits (Suicide Squad, Straight Outta Compton, Guardians of the Galaxy), but they’re in the minority. The late-summer box office slump is real, and this year, Ben-Hur is the latest big-budget bomb to join the not-so-exclusive club of August flops. With a budget just under $100 million, the swords-and-sandals epic only opened to an estimated $11.4 million domestically.
In honor of Ben-Hur’s lackluster debut, we’ve rounded up some of the most notorious box office flops from Augusts past — from the overlooked gems that are now cult classics (Scott Pilgrim vs. The World) to the bombs that should probably stay forgotten (Conan the Barbarian).