The 10 Most Grossing Films with the Lowest IMDb Scores

The 10 Most Grossing Films with the Lowest IMDb Scores ...

Commercial success and critical approval don't always go hand in hand. There have been tens of thousands of films that are loved by their small fan bases but which have failed to attract large followings. Similarly, there have been films that made good returns but were criticized, even hostile reviews.

Bad movies can be so bad they're good. Usually, they're just awful. IMDb's lowest-rated blockbusters include lackluster superhero films, ill-fated sequels, and dull adaptations of the original material.

'Ghost Rider' IMDb: 5.2/10

Gross: $228 million

Nicolas Cage plays Johnny Blaze, a man who sells his soul to the Devil and becomes a flaming skull-faced vigilante in the Marvel film that dates back to the 1960s, but the film directed by Mark Steven Johnson fails to live up to the original material.

The film lacks the comic's anarchic flair and instead plays it safe. Cage tries to revitalize a weak script, but it's not enough to salvage the project. Ghost Rider is often unintentionally funny due to sloppy dialogue and groan-inducing puns, but it's nevertheless a smash hit on the multiplex in 2017.

'Twilight Saga: Eclipse' IMDb: 5.0/10

Gross: $698 million

The Twilight Saga is a franchise that many viewers dislike, so it's no surprise that it earns money and controversy. This is due to the lack of chemistry between Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson, who both would give excellent performances in better projects. However, in Twilight, both are practically devoid of charisma.

Stewart and Pattinson are overshadowed (eclipsed?) by supporting characters like Anna Kendrick and Bryce Dallas Howard, who make pleasant appearances. Eclipse has its moments and strives for more maturity than the previous two films, yet ultimately delivers an undercooked interpretation of Stephenie Meyer's novel.

'Wild Wild West' IMDb: 4.9/10

Gross: $222 million

The Wild Wild West, directed by Barry Sonnenfeld, is the weakest effort of the filmmaker, who directed The Addams Family and the Men in Black series in 1991. Will Smith and Kevin Kline play as secret agents protecting President Ulysses S. Grant from potential danger.

Wild Wild West is a comedy, but the jokes are few and far between. Even Industrial Light & Magic's special effects can make up for the convoluted plot. It ran for over $200 million in revenue that year at the Razzie Awards.

'Twilight Saga: New Moon' IMDb: 4.7/10

Gross: $711 million

New Moon, often referred to as the dullest of the Twilight series, is slow-paced and underdeveloped. It has good CGI for the werewolf transformations and some excellent cinematography, but the script and performances are also lacking.

Many parts of the plot are meaningless: why does Edward repeat his 12th grade assignment when he's 104 years old? The dialogue is often obnoxious and overwrought: ("Hello, biceps! You know, anabolic steroids are terrible for you.") New Moon isn't a film on its own.

'Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem' IMDb: 4.6/10

Gross: $130 million

The xenomorph and the Predator are two of the most well-known film monsters, so it's disappointing that the subsequent movies where they appeared on the screen haven't lived up to the originals. The first Alien vs. Predator was enjoyable (if far-fetched), with an interesting Arctic setting and some fantastic visuals, but the sequel Requiem wastes its great monster design with a subdued script and subdeveloped characters.

Not to mention, the film is so dark that it's often difficult to discern what the creatures are actually doing. Fortunately, just this month, the latest Predator film, Prey, was released. It takes place three hundred years ago and has been much more warmly received than any film in the series since the first starring Arnold Schwarzenegger.

'Sex and the City 2' IMDb: 4.5/10

Gross: $290 million

The misadventures of Carrie Bradshaw are still on our screens thanks to the new spin-off series And Just Like That... This proves that Sex and the City still has the power to enthuse viewers, but these sequels and spin-offs mostly don't live up to the original show. Indeed, the franchise's nadir was the 2010 film about Bradshaw and his company's adventures in Abu Dhabi.

The film was criticized for its sluggish performances, shoddy script, and depiction of the Middle East. Sarah Jessica Parker, Kim Cattrall, Cynthia Nixon, and Kristin Davis shared the year's worst actress Razzie. Worst of all, Sex and the City 2 drags out 90 minutes of plot over its nearly two-and-a-half-hour runtime.

'The Last Airbender' IMDb: 4.0/10

$319 million in gross

The Last Airbender, a live-action adaptation of the Nickelodeon animated seriesAvatar: The Last Airbender, is often ranked among the best animated series ever.

The 103-minute runtime is uncomfortable because it crams several seasons' worth of story arcs. It was also criticized for its less revealing portrayal of bending. One of the film's stars later expressed dissatisfaction with his performance.

'Speed 2: Cruise Control' IMDb: 3.9/10

Gross: $164 million

Speed was one of the most exciting action thrillers of the 1990s, a wild ride filled with memorable performances from Keanu Reeves, Sandra Bullock, and hero Dennis Hopper. Unfortunately, Speed 2: Cruise Control isn't as good as its predecessor.

For one, it transforms the setting to a slow-moving luxury cruise ship, which lacks the thrill of a ranaway bus. The leading actors in Speed aren't as instantly relatable as they were in Speed. In the years since, numerous critics have referred to Speed 2 as one of the worst sequels of all time. Bullock even went so far as to regret doing it.

'Batman & Robin' IMDb: 3.7/10

Gross: $238 million

Joel Schumacher directed some fascinating films during his multi-decade career, including the coming-of-age drama St. Elmo's Fire and the vampire tale The Lost Boys. On paper, he seemed like a good fit to direct a Batman film, but 1995's Batman Forever was a mixed bag, and the follow-up, 1997's Batman & Robin, is a creative error on almost all levels.

George Clooney plays the caped crusader, this time on a mission to defeat evil scientist Mr. Freeze (Arnold Schwarzenegger). Uma Thurman plays Poison Ivy, and Schumacher attempts to portray Adam West's campy 1960s Batman, but the jokes fail to land, and the one-liners are cheesy, not charming. Both Schumacher and George Clooney have apologized for their roles in the film.

'Catwoman' IMDb: 3.4/10

Gross: $82 million

Catwoman, released in 2004, is considered one of the worst superhero movies ever made. Halle Berry plays a woman who is murdered, resurrected by Egyptian cats, and given feline powers (seriously) so that she may face a conspiracy in the cosmetics industry. She isn't even the Selena Kyle Catwoman of the comics and previous films, but a new one called Patience Philips.

Pitof, a French visual effects supervisor turned director, seemed to be more interested in the visuals than the narrative or the performances. Catwoman isn't a film that deserves its due in the eyes of the critics and commercials.