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"Development Hell" Movies

Movies that are or were stuck in development hell. That is to say, they had a difficult development period. Issues can include the loss of key talent, or even entire production companies going bankrupt during the production. Other examples include a ballooning production budget or massive reshoots after poor test screenings. While Development Hell is never fun, it doesn't mean the end film can't be a success. Jaws was stuck in Development Hell due to a malfunctioning main prop, but it is widely considered one of the greatest movies ever made.

Release DateTitleOpening WeekendDomestic Box OfficeWorldwide Box OfficeProduction Budget
6/20/1975 Jaws $7,790,627 $260,000,000 $470,700,000 $12,000,000
1/1/1981 Roar   $2,110,050 $2,110,050 $17,000,000
3/10/1989 The Adventures of Baron Munchausen   $8,040,008 $8,040,008  
6/15/1990 Dick Tracy $22,543,911 $103,738,726 $162,738,726 $47,000,000
5/22/1992 Alien 3 $23,141,188 $54,927,174 $158,500,000 $55,000,000
5/28/1993 Super Mario Bros. $8,532,623 $20,844,907 $20,844,907 $42,000,000
7/28/1995 Waterworld $21,171,780 $88,246,220 $264,246,220 $175,000,000
8/25/1995 The Thief and the Cobbler $319,723 $669,276 $669,276 $24,000,000
6/30/1999 Wild Wild West $27,687,484 $113,805,681 $221,229,335 $175,000,000
7/11/2001 Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within $11,408,853 $32,131,830 $85,131,830 $137,000,000
12/31/2001 Tales from the Crypt Presents: Ritual   $0 $0  
11/27/2002 Treasure Planet $12,083,248 $38,120,554 $91,800,000 $100,000,000
7/23/2004 Catwoman $16,728,411 $40,202,379 $82,145,379 $100,000,000
6/22/2007 Evan Almighty $31,192,615 $100,289,690 $174,131,329 $175,000,000
11/24/2010 Tangled $48,767,052 $200,821,936 $586,477,240 $260,000,000
4/15/2011 Atlas Shrugged: Part 1 $1,686,347 $4,752,353 $4,752,353  
6/17/2011 Green Lantern $53,174,303 $116,601,172 $219,535,492 $200,000,000
9/30/2011 Margaret $7,525 $47,185 $623,292 $14,000,000
10/14/2011 Fireflies in the Garden $36,884 $36,884 $3,587,191 $8,000,000
12/31/2011 The Brazilian Job   $0 $0  
12/31/2011 Marvin the Martian   $0 $0  
12/31/2011 Tales Of An Ancient Empire   $0 $0  
12/31/2011 Barbarella   $0 $0  
1/20/2012 Red Tails $18,782,154 $49,876,377 $50,365,498 $58,000,000
1/27/2012 The Wicker Tree   $0 $0  
3/9/2012 John Carter $30,180,188 $73,058,679 $282,778,100 $275,000,000
4/13/2012 The Three Stooges $17,010,125 $44,338,224 $54,052,249 $30,000,000
4/13/2012 The Cabin in the Woods $14,743,614 $42,073,277 $70,742,948 $30,000,000
9/28/2012 Solomon Kane   $0 $15,275,793  
10/5/2012 Frankenweenie $11,412,213 $35,287,788 $81,150,788 $39,000,000
10/24/2012 Bride of Frankenstein   $0 $0  
11/2/2012 Miami Connection   $0 $0  
11/8/2012 Skyfall $88,364,714 $304,360,277 $1,110,526,981 $200,000,000
11/21/2012 Red Dawn $14,276,668 $44,806,783 $48,164,150 $65,000,000
11/21/2012 Life of Pi $22,451,514 $124,987,022 $607,987,022 $120,000,000
12/31/2012 Spy Hunter   $0 $0  
4/5/2013 6 Souls   $0 $708,753  
7/2/2013 The Lone Ranger $29,210,849 $89,302,115 $260,002,115 $275,000,000
7/26/2013 Breaking the Girls   $0 $0  
11/1/2013 Dallas Buyers Club $260,865 $27,298,285 $60,611,845 $5,000,000
12/25/2013 The Secret Life of Walter Mitty $12,765,508 $58,236,838 $188,536,838 $91,000,000
5/16/2014 Godzilla $93,188,384 $200,676,069 $529,076,069 $160,000,000
8/22/2014 Sin City: A Dame to Kill For $6,317,683 $13,757,804 $39,499,349 $65,000,000
8/27/2014 The November Man $7,911,597 $25,018,119 $34,820,335 $15,000,000
9/19/2014 Bing Fung: Chung Sang Chi Mun   $7,679 $7,679  
9/24/2014 Jack et la mecanique du coeur   $0 $0  
10/10/2014 Kite   $0 $0  
11/21/2014 Le roi et l'oiseau   $25,950 $25,950  
3/17/2015 Accidental Love   $0 $135,436 $26,000,000
5/15/2015 Mad Max: Fury Road $45,428,128 $153,636,354 $370,742,166 $150,000,000
6/12/2015 Jurassic World $208,806,270 $652,198,010 $1,671,640,593 $215,000,000
7/1/2015 A Poem Is a Naked Person $5,526 $96,592 $96,774  
8/7/2015 Fantastic Four $25,685,737 $56,117,548 $167,977,596 $120,000,000
8/18/2015 Seventeen   $0 $0  
10/2/2015 Shanghai $26,604 $46,425 $15,505,922 $50,000,000
10/15/2015 Heart Like a Hand Grenade   $0 $0  
10/30/2015 Regression   $55,039 $14,883,495 $20,000,000
11/6/2015 Spectre $70,403,148 $200,074,175 $879,620,923 $300,000,000
11/25/2015 The Good Dinosaur $39,155,217 $123,087,120 $334,342,692 $187,500,000
12/25/2015 The Revenant $474,560 $183,637,894 $532,950,503 $135,000,000
1/29/2016 Jane Got a Gun $835,572 $1,513,793 $2,976,636 $25,000,000
2/12/2016 Deadpool $132,434,639 $363,070,709 $801,029,249 $58,000,000
7/15/2016 Ghostbusters $46,018,755 $128,350,574 $229,034,050 $144,000,000
9/16/2016 The Last Film Festival $70 $3,558 $3,558  
10/14/2016 Max Steel $2,182,216 $3,818,664 $4,452,335  
12/31/2016 Misirlou   $0 $0  
1/13/2017 Monster Trucks $10,950,705 $33,370,166 $61,681,268 $125,000,000
2/3/2017 Rings $13,002,632 $27,793,018 $82,991,460 $25,000,000
2/24/2017 Collide $1,512,824 $2,280,004 $5,278,519 $29,200,000
2/24/2017 Rock Dog $3,704,749 $9,420,546 $20,830,546 $60,000,000
3/7/2017 Departure   $0 $27,561 $1,100,000
4/14/2017 Queen of the Desert   $0 $1,480,089 $36,000,000
5/5/2017 Stalker $20,540 $268,101 $285,044  
5/12/2017 Absolutely Anything   $0 $7,200,039  
5/26/2017 Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales $62,983,253 $172,558,876 $794,758,876 $230,000,000
6/2/2017 Wonder Woman $103,251,471 $412,563,408 $817,012,815 $150,000,000
6/16/2017 Jasmine $8,358 $24,284 $24,284  
8/4/2017 Kidnap $10,016,323 $30,718,107 $32,717,910  
8/4/2017 The Dark Tower $19,153,698 $50,692,621 $111,662,091 $60,000,000
8/25/2017 Ballerina $4,730,038 $21,858,070 $96,923,070 $30,000,000
8/29/2017 Killing Hasselhoff   $0 $0  
9/1/2017 Tulip Fever $1,158,017 $2,425,664 $3,505,749 $25,000,000
9/8/2017 It $123,403,419 $327,481,748 $695,681,748 $35,000,000
10/13/2017 Happy Death Day $26,039,025 $55,683,845 $112,319,551 $5,000,000
10/20/2017 Geostorm $13,707,376 $33,298,645 $207,298,184 $100,000,000
10/28/2017 Amityville: The Awakening $742 $742 $3,282,609  
10/31/2017 Keep Watching   $94,178 $94,178  
11/17/2017 Wonder $27,547,866 $103,856,738 $133,084,921 $20,000,000
12/15/2017 Gotti   $0 $0  
2/28/2018 Animal Crackers   $0 $0  
8/24/2018 Cadaver   $0 $0  
9/18/2020 The Croods 2   $0 $0  
12/31/2020 Singularity   $0 $0 $175,000,000

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