15 Beloved Classic Movies That Were Originally Box Office Flops

So it appears that Johnny Depp is pretty bummed about the fact that his passion project The Lone Ranger completely tanked at the box office this summer. The film is expected to cost Walt Disney Studios $150 million, a figure that a company EVP calls “very disappointing.” Ooof, that’s a pretty high price-tag. Now poor Johnny is considering pulling a Brando by quitting acting altogether and retiring to “quieter things.” Awwww, Johnny…we hope this little setback isn’t getting you down. Look on the brightside: TONS of bombs have gone on to have long and successful careers as movie classics on home video!

  • Tron

  • Blade Runner

  • Shawshank Redemption

  • Willy Wonka

  • Office Space

  • Citizen Kane

  • Vertigo

  • Wizard of Oz

  • It’s A Wonderful Life

  • Heathers

  • Donnie Darko

  • Cleopatra

  • Fight Club

  • Iron Giant

  • Rocky Horror Picture Show

It’s really bizarre how many beloved movies had pretty inauspicious beginnings. Even ones that have consistently been ranked as some of the best movies of ALL TIME, Y’ALL, didn’t cut the mustard when given their cinema debut. So don’t feel blue, Johnny. Head on up to the gallery above for 15 other movies that had (almost) as bad a start as The Long Ranger. Give it a little time and it might turn out to be another Citizen Kane or Wizard of Oz!

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