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The 5 Worst Blockbuster Films of the Past Two Decades

Over the past years, blockbuster films have risen to become a huge part of modern cinema. Majority of these films managed to crush the competition and the critical reviews thanks to their unique style and substance. A few features that are worth mentioning were Raiders of the Lost Ark, The Lord of the Rings Trilogy, Inception, and the original Star Wars films.

However, as we all know, a coin has two sides. These are the box-office hits that were mercilessly bombed by critics, making one wonder if special effects and a big Hollywood star are the only things that can lure audiences nowadays. Explore Talent is listing down the worst blockbuster films in the past two decades. These are the films that managed to earn millions of dollars without even delivering a concrete story line.

The Worst Blockbuster Films of the Past 20 Years

1. Suicide Squad (2016)

Box office earnings: 745.6 million USD

Suicide Squad

After Batman Vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice turned out to be a major bore fest, the DC Universe was looking to inject a little humor with Suicide Squad. The film was anything but funny; however, the star power of Margot Robbie, Will Smith, and Jared Leto was enough to draw audiences in. Suicide Squad ended up sitting on the list of top ten highest-grossing films of 2016 despite reviews criticizing the film’s poor pacing, characters, and plot.

2. The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1 (2011)

Box office earnings: $712.2 million


The Twilight films haven’t exactly been sitting well with critics. Yet the entire franchise remains to be one of the most successful releases in movie history. Most of its box office success is thanks to curious moviegoers and loyal fans of the books. The lowest rated Twilight film, Breaking Dawn, still ended up breaking and going past the $500 million mark. Critics pointed out the poor acting performance and slow pacing as the film’s biggest weaknesses.

3. Transformers: Age of Extinction (2014)

Box office earnings: $1.104 billion

Transformers Age of Extinction

Director Michael Bay is notorious for creating effects-driven films that have zero substance. Like the past trilogy, Transformers: Age of Extinction failed to impress critics. It holds an 18% rotten rating on review aggregator site Rotten Tomatoes, making it the lowest rated film in the entire franchise. Unfortunately, low critics ratings were not enough to derail ticket buyers from seeing the film. Bay happens to be cashing in again from this mindless franchise by bringing yet another Transformers movie to cinemas this summer.

4. 2012 (2009)

Box office earnings: 769.7 million USD


If Michael Bay enjoys mindless action, then Roland Emmerich specializes in blowing up the world. He has mastered the art of destroying the earth and earning box office gold in the process. This does not necessarily mean that any of his films are good. Ever since Independence Day, Emmerich relies on the same formula over and over again to create some of the worst blockbuster films of all time. The film 2012 was no different, critics pointed out the overblown production, weak dialogue, and two-dimensional characters as the film’s major faults.

5. Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace

Box office earnings: $1.027 billion


There was a lot of hype surrounding the prequel films, but they never really managed to live up to it. The downfall started upon the release of The Phantom Menace, which derailed George Lucas’s credibility as a director. His script was a far cry from what made the original franchise, and a majority of the characters all fell flat. Probably the most distracting of the bunch was Jar Jar Binks, who became the subject of a great deal of attention. Despite the backlash, The Phantom Menace racked up a billion dollars in the worldwide box office.   


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