50 classic films that flopped when they were first released

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Sometimes it can be hard to explain why good movies fail. Whatever the reason, several financial and critical failures have endured the test of time to emerge as cult classics years later.

From “Rocky Horror Picture Show” to “Labyrinth,” here are 50 films that initially bombed but later developed a cult following.

“The Rocky Horror Picture Show” has a long legacy of theater revivals and shadow casts.

“The Rocky Horror Picture Show” had a limited release to just eight cities when it premiered in 1975. Although critic reviews were favorable, the film was pulled early from theaters due to low ticket sales.

“The Rocky Horror Picture Show” became a cult classic through years of midnight screenings, with fans and audience members encouraged to interact with the film through call-outs, props, and sing-alongs.

“It’s a Wonderful Life” only became a holiday favorite when it entered public domain.

Although it’s now a staple in many holiday movie collections, “It’s a Wonderful Life” did poorly at the box office in 1946. The movie’s success took a turn for the better when the Jimmy Stewart classic was picked up by TV networks in 1974 when the movie’s copyright expired.

Repeat viewings helped it get recognized as a warm, moving touchstone in American households each Christmas.

“Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory” did poorly when it premiered in 1971.

The whimsical movie based on Roald Dahl’s classic novel has become a must-watch over time, but when it first premiered it didn’t fare well at the box office, making $4 million, which was not much more than its $3 million budget.

After Paramount Pictures failed to renew the copyright for “Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory,” Warner Brothers bought the film rights and brought it to TV where it found new appreciation.

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Source:: Business Insider


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