It is time, once again, to give out the John Carter Memorial Award. This award is given every year to the biggest flop of the year.
A flop can be a fun movie. It can be an entertaining movie. However, it is one that fails to connect with the public and, because of that, fails to make any money or to reach expectations for said movie.
Now, these days, films are bolstered by their overseas numbers. Many of these films in the running for The John Carter Memorial Award made a healthy chunk of their money back with overseas ticket sales. Something like Warcraft could have been considered in this category except it had such a huge opening in China.
There are those films that opened poorly, but few people expected huge numbers from. Films such as Rules Don’t Apply, Morgan, The Brothers Grimsby all had low low opening weeks (Rules Don’t Apply was the 6th worst ever in 2000 or more screens), but these aren’t massive blockbusters.
The BFG could have claimed this award, but, again, it has gained second life overseas as it was released in October and is still gathering money from other countries. Whereas the USA rejected the film, the world seems to understand it more.
Previous “winners”: John Carter (2012), The Lone Ranger (2013), A Million Ways to Die in the West and Expendables 3 (2014), and 2015’s trio of winners, Jem and the Holograms, Pan and Rock the Casbah.
So we are down to the final choices fro 2016. The three runners-up and the “winner” of the John Carter Memorial Award.
- 2016 Runners-Up: Ghostbusters, Gods of Egypt, The Divergent Series: Allegiant
The 2016 John Carter Memorial Award goes to….
Alice Through the Looking Glass.
The first Alice in Wonderland movie surpassed $1 Billion dollars. This film only made $77 million domestically. It made some money back overseas, but the expectation of this film reaching the monetary levels of the original was gone very quickly. It made $700 million less than its predecessor. Amazing. And well deserving of the John Carter Memorial Award.