While the most dramatic studio flops appear to take the brunt of the financial contempt, there are a slew of films that have made so little of an effect at the box office that they haven’t even been mentioned. Scroll down to take a look at the Top 5 lowest box office movie of all times.
1. ZYZZYX ROAD (2006)
If the film’s title, which appears to be a mistake, wasn’t enough of a turnoff, the tagline, “Dead Ahead,” should have been a foreshadowing of its impending box office catastrophe. To be fair, the thriller, starring Tom Sizemore and Katherine Heigl, only had a single screening. However, it was shown for a week at that cinema! Six people had watched it by the time it closed, for a total of $30 in ticket sales, making it the all-time low-grossing film. When GoDigital bought the film for release in 2012, the company’s marketing director said The Hollywood Reporter, “I am certain it will make us more than $30.” It is the lowest box office movie of all time.
2. STORAGE 24 (2013)
While movie office experts cited The Lone Ranger as the year’s biggest flop, Johannes Roberts, the writer-director of the British sci-fi film Storage 24, would have been content with a quarter of The Lone Ranger’s box office take. He’d have been content to merely break the $100 barrier. But triple digits weren’t in the cards for this film, which only lasted a week in a single theatre.
3. DOG EAT DOG (2009)
You’d think Carlos Moreno’s Colombian crime world drama Dog Eat Dog would have the legs to sustain a single-cinema theatrical release after winning a slew of awards and nominations at film festivals and other key industry events around the world, including a World Cinema Grand Jury Prize nomination at Sundance. And you’d be mistaken.
4. THE OBJECTIVE (2009)
Daniel Myrick has kept a quiet profile since co-directing The Blair Witch Project in 1999—the independent picture whose success all other indie films seek to replicate—directing just a few more films. However, IFC Films granted this sci-fi film a limited theatre distribution in March 2009. The options are quite restricted. It only played for a week in one New York theatre, grossing $95. However, there is some inconsistency in the data: While Box Office Mojo lists this as the film’s lone box office gross, IMDb reports that it made somewhat more than $2 million when it was released in Los Angeles a month later.
5. THE GHASTLY LOVE OF JOHNNY X (2012)
The word “ghastly” pretty about sums it up. This 1950s-inspired sci-fi musical starring Creed Bratton (a.k.a. Creed from The Office) may have won five prizes at film festivals around the United States, but it barely made $117 at a single theatre in Kansas City, Kansas in October 2012. Maybe it’s because it just showed three weeks before at the Kansas International Film Festival? Johnny attempted again in the spring of 2013, screening the film in six cinemas over a four-week period.