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The Worst Highest Grossing Movies of All Time

Guess the worst reviewed highest-grossing films of all time based on the simple (probably flawed) formula of total worldwide gross divided by Rotten Tomatoes tomatometer score.
The movie must have grossed in excess of $300 million worldwide.
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Last updated: December 10, 2018
First submittedFebruary 5, 2013
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Gross
RT %
Year
Answer
53.3
319.7 M
6%
2010
The Last Airbender
41.8
836.3 M
20%
2009
Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen
31.6
1,043.9 M
33%
2011
Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides
31.6
758.2 M
24%
2006
The Da Vinci Code
31.2
1,123.7 M
36%
2011
Transformers: Dark of the Moon
31.1
310.7 M
10%
2010
Little Fockers
30.9
401.1 M
13%
2008
The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor
29.7
712.2 M
24%
2011
The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1
28.6
342.7 M
12%
2011
Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked
26.3
709.8 M
27%
2009
The Twilight Saga: New Moon
24.8
347.5 M
14%
2013
The Smurfs 2
24.5
563.7 M
23%
2011
The Smurfs
23.7
877.2 M
37%
2012
Ice Age: Continental Drift
21.8
304.7 M
14%
2013
A Good Day to Die Hard
21.4
961 M
45%
2007
Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End
21.1
443.1 M
21%
2009
Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel
20.1
1,066.2 M
53%
2006
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest
19.7
886.7 M
45%
2009
Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs
19.7
769.7 M
39%
2009
2012
19.5
799.0 M
41%
2007
Shrek the Third
18.5
351.0 M
19%
2013
The Hangover Part III
18.0
449.2 M
25%
2001
Pearl Harbor
17.9
376.1 M
21%
2012
Taken 2
17.6
493.2 M
28%
2010
Clash of the Titans
17.3
829.7 M
48%
2012
The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2
17.1
581.5 M
34%
2011
The Hangover Part 2
16.0
624.4 M
39%
2008
Hancock
14.6
379.0 M
26%
1998
Godzilla
14.3
698.5 M
49%
2010
The Twilight Saga: Eclipse
13.9
361.3 M
26%
2007
Alvin and the Chipmunks
13.8
553.7 M
40%
1998
Armageddon
13.6
516.6 M
38%
2004
Meet the Fockers
13.5
457.4 M
34%
2007
National Treasure: Book of Secrets
13.4
363.1 M
27%
2009
Fast & Furious
13.4
375.7 M
28%
2013
GI Joe: Retaliation
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level 78
Feb 5, 2013
I got this idea from an article at Slash Film. That article was from 2009 and when I started researching I found that it was very poorly put together. I had to do a lot of my own research and tweak the forumla to make this quiz. Since the original formula would give movies like Ecks vs. Sever (0% fresh on the tomatometer) an infinite score, I put some guidelines in place. Since the original article was not thoroughly researched, I may have missed some movies. Feel free to point out any!
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level 78
Feb 5, 2013
Actually, now that I set the bottom limit for what a "high grossing film" is at $300 million, I think I probably got all of the ones that deserve to make this list. It's possible I may have missed a couple but I don't think so.
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level 78
Feb 12, 2013
20 sequels, 7 movies based on children's cartoons, 5 based on children's books (I'm including Da Vinci in that), and 4 Michael Bay movies. haha...all great formulas for making terrible movies with huge box office.
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level 78
Feb 12, 2013
and I'm very pleased that Bayformers is the most-guessed answer here. Death to Michael Bay...
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level 51
Apr 17, 2017
Frozen, despite being ranted about by people who can't get its songs out of their heads, is actually very good.
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level 51
Apr 17, 2017
The Da Vinci Code is a children's book?
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level 78
Apr 17, 2017
It was written with a 7th grade reading level. That's 12 year olds. So I guess they could file it in the "young adult" section. But I'm going to put it in the same section as Harry Potter.
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level 40
Feb 16, 2013
Oh darn, that was TOUGH! I consider myself a film buff... but geez, I did terribly. I wanted to say "hey, that film was actually pretty good" but all of the films on this list that I have seen really were pretty terrible. Great idea for a quiz. Have you done, great films that bombed? I know Aliens, Bladerunner etc did pretty badly at the cinema.
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level 78
Feb 17, 2013
that's a really interesting idea! :) but... I think it would be even more difficult to research than this one was. btw, Aliens did great at cinemas! It was the 7th highest-grossing film of 1986. Bladerunner on the other hand got it's butt kicked by E.T. in 1982... but it didn't do THAT bad. It beat Fast Times at Ridgemont High and Airplane 2, released the same year.
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level 78
Dec 8, 2013
Updated for 2013! 4 new "fine" additions to the list. Wish there was some way to re-submit so a quiz would show up again in new quizzes after a major update like this.

35 movies might be a bit much, too. I may raise the minimum gross to $350 million. That would reduce the total number of answers down to 30, and as an added bonus, it would give Bayformers the top spot it so richly deserves, currently occupied by The Last Airbender.
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level 78
Jan 5, 2014
I don't remember exactly but seemed like people were trying much harder before the update... the averages have gone way down. I think.
Maybe it's because, like I said, the quiz is getting a bit large. People might give up before time after they get a few.
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level 60
Feb 18, 2014
I think some type of additional hint might be helpful and encourage more participation. After guessing a few (unless they have associated equally terrible sequels to type in quickly) I kind of lose interest.
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level 78
Feb 19, 2014
That's not a bad idea and I have thought about re-doing this quiz, along with some more helpful hints. I might at some point in the future...

Thanks for the feedback.
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level 65
Oct 20, 2016
I know I have a pretty good knowledge of movies, but I literally got zero when I saw this quiz with specific criteria, but no hints. It would be great if I had some direction, even just genre.
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level 32
Dec 8, 2013
I actually liked alot of these movies, but then again, I don't think that there has ever been a movie I didn't like.
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level 78
Dec 8, 2013
You'd probably get along with my cousin. I think the only movie he has ever said he didn't like was Wes Craven's vampires
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level 78
Dec 9, 2013
To be honest, I thought the 2nd Pirates movie was okay though it started to drag toward the end and the later ones just became tedious. I thought the two Hangover movies, while earning more than they deserved and certainly not great films, were really not much worse than the vastly overrated first Hangover movie. I thought Taken 2, while definitely unnecessary and not as good as the first movie, was not as bad as critics made it out to be. GI Joe Retaliation I thought was fine for what it was. And The Last Airbender, while bad, doesn't deserve the #1 spot IMO. It was no worse than most of Shayamalan's movies post-6th Sense and leagues better than any of the Bayformers movies.
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level 78
Dec 9, 2013
That's everything positive I can say about this list...
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level 60
Feb 18, 2014
Personally I wouldn't have thought The Da Vinci Code would be on here. Was it poorly reviewed based on impossibly high expectations from the book? I didn't think it was that bad. The other movies on the list, however, I nodded along with as I read the answers.
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level 78
Feb 19, 2014
It was pretty bad, I don't think many people had high expectations for the film other than for its box office performance. Critics make fun of Dan Brown all the time.
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level 85
Jan 30, 2014
Fun quiz--didn't take long to get the theme and start guessing the (almost never ending) supply of sequels trying (and apparently succeeding) to capitalize on the success of a good first film. Only one I was semi-surprised to see on here was Book of Secrets. I actually enjoyed that one more than the original.
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level 85
Jan 30, 2014
Also, might make it more 'fun' (though less difficult) if you included a clue about the movie, rather than having to make multiple stabs in the dark.
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level 78
Jan 30, 2014
I don't think I saw Book of Secrets but it would only mildly surprise me if it was actually better than the (terrible) original. I mean, it wouldn't take much.
I could include better clues..... though.... sometimes, personally, I feel that it can ruin a quiz. It can be fun to get all the right answers, but it can also be fun to take a quiz like this and just see how many right answers you come up with off the top of your head. In my opinion, anyway.
I'm not sure if clues would help or hurt this quiz. I guess I could try it..
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level 63
Mar 18, 2014
I hate the RT scores. I hardly agree with them. Interesting quiz though.
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level 78
Mar 18, 2014
I think they're pretty spot-on most of the time, though, sometimes, inexplicable things happen like Fast Five being rated near 90% fresh. And some truly brilliant movies like Fight Club and South Park are rated lower than they ought to be simply because some reviewers will be offended or fail to get them. But as an indication of roughly how well liked the film is by critics it's not a bad system. This was before they moved to adopting weighted scores- that happened recently and I haven't had time to get a feel for the new system now which is confusing and difficult to understand.
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level 81
May 5, 2014
I took it just to see if Independence Day was on here. Going away disappointed now....
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level 78
May 6, 2014
I think if this were adjusted for inflation or if it only included domestic and not international gross, then ID4 would be higher up the list, but even in those scenarios its perplexingly high RottenTomatoes score of 60% still places it below many of these films. We do have Godzilla which I think was made by the same creative team, though. That doesn't count for anything?
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level 50
Jul 22, 2014
I was really surprised at some of these. Book of Secrets was pretty great, Twilight... I totally understand, although was kind of expecting it to be higher on the list... but Pirates? How are they so poorly rated? Especially At World's End, that one's my favorite(except the part where the guy breaks off his toe, that's just disturbing). I mean, I get that they get weirder and weirder as they go, but sometimes... weird is a good thing.
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level 78
Jul 22, 2014
ugh. the National Treasure movies were TERRIBLE... at least IMO (this actually is a matter of opinion!). The Pirates movies were better... and personally I enjoyed he weird parts... but after the first one which was solid but overrated the other ones just felt bloated and overlong and really dragged in parts. That's how I felt watching them and I believe that was the critical consensus as well. Still, that said, they're among the best-reviewed movies on this list. They just happened to also make boatloads of booty at the box office which, using the above formula, gives them a higher score.
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level 78
Jul 22, 2014
Dead Man's Chest, for instance, is actually the best-reviewed movie in the entire quiz at 53% fresh. That means the majority of critics who saw it had mostly positive things to say about it.
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level 59
Jul 22, 2014
The middle 2 Pirates movies were way too dark relative to the first one. One opened with Elizabeth's Swans wedding being ruined and her father arrested to be topped with the next movie which started with a bunch of prisoner's being hanged including a little boy. Not what I was looking for in a Disney movie.
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level 78
Jul 22, 2014
I actually liked those two openings, as well.. it was the middle parts that went on forever and the climaxes that were full of FX but mostly unexciting that left me squirming in my seat and checking my watch.
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level 59
Dec 5, 2014
I liked Taken 2... it's not that bad :P
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level 78
Dec 5, 2014
It wasn't terrible but definitely not as good or as fresh as the first one, and I could see some of the other problems that reviewers had with it as well. Still, probably doesn't deserve to be in the same company as the Smurfs, Chipmunks, Bayformers and Twilight sequels.
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level 59
Dec 8, 2014
Indeed
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level 67
Jul 18, 2016
Good idea for a quiz but I'm unlikely to ever know the specific names. I typed in Transformers, Twilight and Fast and the Furious but got no hits. :(
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level 78
Jul 18, 2016
I may update/overhaul this at some point and if I do I plan to make it a bit easier. I may go the route that QM took on some of his similar quizzes and if you guess Twilight just give you credit for all of those "movies", etc.
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level 49
Aug 22, 2016
I sat here and thought what's the worst movie I could think of...Hangover 3 and there it was. I must say I loved Hangover 2 so I didn't even try it. Quiz is a bit hard without adding clues. I only got three and I'm usually much better at these types. Great idea for quiz though! Thanks!
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level 59
Mar 2, 2018
There are a bunch of movies on here I consider decent/good
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level 78
Mar 2, 2018
My personal opinion: some of the pirates sequels had their moments, but overall were pretty boring and bloated after the first one.
Hancock was okay up until the 3rd act.
The 2nd Hangover was okay, I guess, even if it was completely derivative and didn't live up to the (overrated) original.
GI Joe Retaliation was okay, I guess, for what it was. Better than the first one.

If you liked any of the others on here then we have different tastes.
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level 59
May 23, 2019
The PotCs, the Ice Ages, and National Treasure 2 weren't THAT bad, but thy certainly do not deserve sub-20% RT ratings IMO
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level 64
Jul 10, 2018
Wow, that may be the first zero I've gotten on a quiz that I legitimately tried for the full time. Been doing these quizes for years. Looking at it now, I should have been able to get several. Twilight and Pirates alone should have been obvious. Plus I have 4 kids, so I've suffered through all the kids movies on the list.
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level 78
Jul 10, 2018
I've been meaning to re-do this quiz with updated data and after adding some hints for a long time now but never got around to it.
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level 76
Dec 6, 2018
Smugly looking at blockbuster crap I hate. Forlornly missing Titanic.
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level 53
Jan 9, 2020
This is FAR TOO HARD! You're basically just shooting fish in a barrel, as "badly rated" is far to subjective. Where were the Hobbit movies - which are intensely despised? YOU NEED CLUES!
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level 78
Jan 9, 2020
You're probably right about needing clues and the quiz being too hard. I think you're mistaken about it being random guessing (and also misusing the phrase "shooting fish in a barrel"- which means something is very simple), if you are familiar with box office totals and how well movies are received by critics you could come up with all these answers. I'm also not sure what you mean about the Hobbit movies. Intensely despised? By whom? They weren't as good as the LotR trilogy but not quite that bad.
But this quiz is also badly in need of an update. If I ever get around to it I'll add clues.
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level 53
Jan 9, 2020
Also, Dead Man's Chest should be taken off of this list - it has a score of over 50% on RT, which should qualify it as NOT a "bad" movie.
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level 78
Jan 9, 2020
That's considerably worse than The Hobbit.
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level 43
Jan 9, 2020
I am very disappointed that a Shrek film is on here. Also, where's Fantastic 4, because that movie was popular but it was really bad.
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level 78
Jan 9, 2020
The last Fantastic Four movie was a gigantic flop, not popular at all. The first one was modestly popular but nowhere near as big as any of the above movies, and its reviews weren't as bad, either.
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