With the recent success of Les Miserables, the movie musical is alive and well. The Academy Awards recently celebrated the last decade of great movie musicals, however, not all endeavors are so fruitful. Let’s hope the upcoming adaptation of The Last Five Years, starring Jeremy Jordan and Anna Kendrick will do a little better than the films listed below.
Check out our Top Ten Movie Musical Flops.
Top Ten Movie Musical Flops:
10. “Burlesque” (2010)
U.S. Box Office: $39,440,655
Worldwide Box Office: $89,519,773
Est. Budget: $55 million
The campy musical starred Christina Aguilera, Cher and introduced Julianne Hough. Aguilera wasn’t too bad, but the movie was more like a long music video, with little plot to speak of. It was filled with show-stopping musical numbers, but critics (and apparently audiences too) thought they got old mid-way through the movie. Stanely Tucci and Alan Cumming both make appearances, as well as Eric Dane, of “Grey’s Anatomy.” The movie’s modest return qualifies it as a movie musical flop. You’d probably be more interested in listening to the soundtrack than watch the movie.
9. “The Wizard of Oz” (1939)
U.S. Box Office: $16,709,431
Worldwide Box Office: $17,678,431
Est. Budget: $2.777 million
Believe it or not, the classic film was initially a box office failure. We recently featured “The Wizard of Oz” as number 1 on our list of the Top Ten Movie Musicals, but back when it first opened, the film barely broke even; it wasn’t until the tenth anniversary re-release that the movie began to make any money. The film was released again in 1955 (and again in 1989, 1998 and 2002) and started to air on television in 1956. By it’s 70th anniversary and Blu-ray release in 2009, The Wizard of Oz had erased all memories of its slow start.
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8. “Paint Your Wagon” (1969)
U.S. Box Office: $31,678,778
Est. Budget: $20 million
Clint Eastwood was in a musical. One more time… Clint Eastwood was in a musical! There could be a number of reasons why this movie didn’t take off, but we’re thinking that watching Dirty Harry sing longingly in the woods tops the list. It’s not that Eastwood has a horrible voice, but there is something about the king of macho movies singing “I Talk to the Trees” that’s unsettling. The big-budget, western styled film was dubbed “Lerner’s Folly,” a follow-up to another Lerner and Loewe movie flop, “Camelot.”
The nearly 3-hour film had a rough go of it during production. Director Joshua Logan was very slow working, which put the film over budget and over schedule. And apparently, extras used in the film formed their own union and threatened to strike if not given higher pay. Even more upsetting, it was rumored that Eastwood and his co-star Jean Seberg had an affair, which understandably enraged her husband. This flop was troubled from the start.