It’s not a new thing to create movies on the novels and conventional stories. Some of them are the biggest block buster movies of all times and some are totally disastrous. Here are 10 of the biggest flop films which are based on the international best sellers and award winning magazines.
1. The Pelican Brief –
The Pelican Brief is a legal-suspense thriller written by John Grisham in 1992. The hardcover edition was published by Doubleday in that same year. Two paperback editions were published, both by Dell Publishing in 1993. A film adaptation was released in 1993 starring Julia Roberts and Denzel Washington. The film received mostly positive reviews from critics. Pat Collins, from WWOR-TV, said that the film was, “A heart-stopping, spine-chilling, adrenaline-pumping, run-for-your-life thriller.” But the film was not as successful as expected.
2. Percy Jackson & the Olympians–
The Lightning Thief (also known as Percy Jackson & The Lightning Thief) is a 2010 fantasy-adventure film directed by Chris Columbus. The film is loosely based on The Lightning Thief, the first novel in the Percy Jackson & The Olympians series by Rick Riordan. Critical reception of the film has been mixed, as indicated by an average score of 47 out of 100 from Metacritic.50% of 130 reviews were positive according to Rotten Tomatoes; the site’s general consensus being that although the film “may seem like just another Harry Potter knockoff, the film benefits from a strong supporting cast, a speedy plot, and plenty of fun with Greek mythology”. Kenneth Turan of the Los Angeles Times described the film as “standard Hollywood product… unadventurous and uninteresting.”The Washington Post reviewer thought “the movie suffers by taking itself a little too seriously. It’s not just that it’s a lot less funny than the book. It’s also a lot less fun.”
3. Nights in Rodanthe By Nicholas Sparks –
Nights in Rodanthe is a 2008 American/Australian film adaptation of the novel with the same name by Nicholas Sparks. The film stars Richard Gere and Diane Lane in their third screen collaboration after Unfaithful (2002) and The Cotton Club (1984). The film is rated PG-13 by the MPAA for “some sensuality” and was released on September 26, 2008. The film opened at #2 at the North American Box office making $13,418,454 in its opening weekend behind Eagle Eye. According to review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, the critical consensus holds that the film is “derivative and schmaltzy” and “strongly mottled by contrivances that even the charisma of stars Diane Lane and Richard Gere can’t repair”. The site rates the movie as “rotten”, with a score of 29% based on 106 reviews.Metacritic scored the film as 39/100, with “generally negative reviews”, based on 26 reviews.Although the movie was critically panned, it grossed $84,375,061 worldwide. The Times of London included Nights in Rodanthe on its 100 Worst Films of 2008 list.
4. The Golden Compass –
The Golden Compass is a 2007 fantasy-adventure film based on Northern Lights (published as The Golden Compass in the U.S.), the first novel in Philip Pullman’s trilogy His Dark Materials. The film was released on December 7, 2007 by New Line Cinema. Directed by Chris Weitz, it stars Dakota Blue Richards, Nicole Kidman, Daniel Craig, Eva Green, Sam Elliot, Ian McKellen, Ben Walker and Freddie Highmore. Reviews of The Golden Compass were mixed.As of June 22, 2011, review aggregate website Rotten Tomatoes reported that 43% of critics gave the film positive reviews, based on 188 reviews, At the similar website Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the film has received an average score of 51, based on 33 reviews.
5. The Postman –
The Postman is an American post-apocalyptic epic film based on the 1985 novel of the same name by David Brin. It was filmed in northeastern Washington (Metaline Falls), Fidalgo Island, Washington, central Oregon and Tucson, Arizona, and was directed by Kevin Costner, who also stars in the film. According to Rotten Tomatoes, 10% of critics gave the film a positive review, based on 31 reviews, with an average critic rating of 3.8 out of 10. Metacritic gives the film a metascore of 29 out of 100 based on 14 reviews. The film was also a notable failure at the box office. Produced on an estimated $80 million budget, it returned less than $18 million.
6. Skipping Christmas (Christmas with the Kranks) –
Christmas with the Kranks is a 2004 American comedy film directed by Joe Roth and starring Tim Allen and Jamie Lee Curtis. The screenplay by Chris Columbus is based on the 2001 novel Skipping Christmas by John Grisham. The film was universally panned by critics. It received a “rotten” rating of 5% on the review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, based on 131 reviews. On Metacritic, the film had an average score of 22 out of 100, based on 33 reviews.Much of the negative reaction stemmed from the movie appearing to vilify the Kranks for their non-conformity, which many agreed was not the appropriate message.
7. The Lovely Bones –
The Lovely Bones is a 2009 American drama film directed by Peter Jackson. It is a film adaptation of the award-winning and best-selling 2002 novel of the same name by Alice Sebold. The film stars Saoirse Ronan as Susie Salmon, alongside Mark Wahlberg and Rachel Weisz as Susie’s parents Jack and Abigail Salmon. The film also stars Susan Sarandon, Amanda Michalka and Stanley Tucci. The film received various accolades, including a Golden Globe, Screen Actors Guild, BAFTA and Academy Award nominations. The film received mixed to negative reviews.Review aggregate Rotten Tomatoes reports that 32% of critics have given the film a positive review based on 225 reviews, with an average score of 5/10. Rotten Tomatoes sums up the critical consensus as follows: “It’s stuffed full of Peter Jackson’s typically dazzling imagery, but The Lovely Bones suffers from abrupt shifts between horrific violence and cloying sentimentality.”
Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events is a 2004 black comedy film directed by Brad Silberling. It is an adaptation of the The Bad Beginning, The Reptile Room, and The Wide Window, being the first three books in A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket. The film stars Jim Carrey, Liam Aiken, Emily Browning, Timothy Spall, Billy Connolly, and Meryl Streep, with narration by Jude Law and cameos by Catherine O’Hara and Dustin Hoffman. The film tells the story of three orphans who are adopted by a mysterious theater troupe actor named Count Olaf as he attempts to steal their late parents’ fortune. Based on 151 reviews collected by the rating website Rotten Tomatoes, 71% of the critics enjoyed A Series of Unfortunate Events with an average score of 6.6 out of 10 .The film was more balanced with 31 critics in Rotten Tomatoes’ “Top Critics” poll, receiving a 58% approval rating on a 6.5 score.By comparison, Metacritic calculated that the film received generally favorable reviews from critics with an average score of 62 out of 100, based on 37 reviews.
9. The Da Vinci Code –
The Da Vinci Code is a 2006 American mystery thriller film directed by Ron Howard. The screenplay was written by Akiva Goldsman and based on Dan Brown’s worldwide bestselling 2003 novel, The Da Vinci Code. It was produced by Howard with John Calley and Brian Grazer and released by Columbia Pictures in the United States on May 19, 2006. The Da Vinci Code received generally poor reviews from critics. The film currently garners a “rotten” 25% positivity rating on the film review aggregate website Rotten Tomatoes, based on a sample of 218 reviews and an average rating of 4.8/10, and a top critics rating of only 10% with an average of 4.1/10, based on 43 reviews. The critics’ consensus as gathered by Rotten Tomatoes is: “What makes Dan Brown’s novel a best seller is evidently not present in this dull and bloated movie adaptation of The Da Vinci Code.”The film was poorly received at the Cannes Film Festival, where it debuted.
10. New Moon –
The Twilight Saga: New Moon, commonly referred to as New Moon, is a 2009 American romance fantasy-vampire film based on Stephenie Meyer’s 2006 novel New Moon. It is the second film in The Twilight Saga film series and is the sequel to 2008’s Twilight. Summit Entertainment greenlit the sequel in late November 2008, following the early success of Twilight. Reviews for the film have been mixed. Review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes reports that 28% of 203 critics have given the film a positive review, with a rating average of 4.6 out of 10. The site’s general consensus is that “The Twilight Saga‘s second installment may satisfy hardcore fans of the series, but outsiders are likely to be turned off by its slow pace, relentlessly downcast tone, and excessive length.”