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Bombing at the box office

Updated 1927 GMT (0327 HKT) November 2, 2015
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So far, 2015 has had its share of box office hits -- "Jurassic World," "Avengers: Age of Ultron" and "Furious 7" among them -- but a number of films have struggled. "Our Brand Is Crisis" had the worst nationwide start of star Sandra Bullock's career. Click through for more films that haven't lived up to expectations. Warner Brothers
"Burnt," starring Bradley Cooper as a struggling chef, opened with a paltry $5 million. The Weinstein Company
"Truth" dramatizes the scandal surrounding CBS News in 2004 that ultimately led to Dan Rather stepping down. Early buzz made this look like a contender for Best Actress for Cate Blanchett, but that may be hampered by the fact that audiences don't seem particularly interested in revisiting this story, based on the abysmal box office. Sony Pictures Classics
Critics have raved about the biopic of the Apple co-founder, but "Steve Jobs" unexpectedly short-circuited at the box office. Universal Pictures
"Jem and the Holograms" had a poorly received trailer, and the buzz never got better. Its opening weekend was nothing short of disastrous. Universal Pictures
Critics blasted the wartime comedy "Rock the Kasbah," and audiences stayed away in droves, making it one of Bill Murray's least successful movies. Open Road Films
Vin Diesel as "The Last Witch Hunter" didn't attract much of an audience. There's always the next "Fast and Furious." Lionsgate
The big budget prequel "Pan" starring Hugh Jackman was a critical and commercial failure on an epic scale. (Attempts to reboot "Peter Pan" have rarely worked.) Warner Bros.
Critical buzz could not save the Gothic horror film "Crimson Peak" from tanking in theaters. Universal Pictures
"Shaun the Sheep" was adorable and critically beloved and had nonverbal characters that should have appealed to kids. Unfortunately, it was no "Minions," and families didn't bother with it. Lionsgate
The same October week that Robert Zemeckis' classic "Back to the Future" was being celebrated, his latest, the biographical "The Walk," was crashing and burning. TriStar and Sony Pictures
People just weren't interested in a second journey through time in "Hot Tub Time Machine 2." Paramount Pictures
Zac Efron's movie about DJs, "We Are Your Friends," really took the cake among box office bombs in 2015. It ranks as the third worst movie debut of all time. From Warner Bros.
Fox's reboot of "Fantastic Four" suffered from bad reviews and a dispute between the director and 20th Century Fox that went public. It lost its first weekend to "Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation." Marvel/Twentieth Century Fox
"Entourage," which opened June 5, had a relatively low budget ($30 million) but got off to a poor start, taking in $10.4 million its first weekend. Warner Bros
Cameron Crowe's "Aloha," starring Bradley Cooper and Rachel McAdams, got terrible reviews and has grossed just $16 million on a $37 million budget. Columbia Pictures
One of the year's biggest bombs is probably the Wachowskis' "Jupiter Ascending," which cost upwards of $175 million to make and grossed less than $50 million domestically. Overseas, it did better, however, with more than $134 million in international grosses. warner bros
"Mortdecai," starring Johnny Depp, was dumped into the ditch of January and lived down to expectations, grossing about $7.7 million domestically and another $22.7 million overseas on a budget of about $60 million. The reviews were also dismal, though one critic compared it to "Hudson Hawk" with some approval. Lionsgate
It's been a rough few years for Vince Vaughn, who hasn't had a film break the $100 million barrier since "Couples Retreat" in 2009. His latest, "Unfinished Business," took in less than $15 million worldwide on a budget of about $35 million. twentieth century fox
According to a Reuters story, George Lucas had been working on and off on "Strange Magic" for 15 years. But the animated film, based on "A Midsummer Night's Dream," wasn't magical at the box office. According to Box Office Mojo, it had one of the 10 worst wide openings in history and made just $12.5 million overall. Lucasfilm
"Blackhat," starring Chris Hemsworth, was a misfire from director Michael Mann. The film was budgeted at $70 million and made just $17.8 million worldwide. Universal Pictures
The cast of "Seventh Son" included Jeff Bridges and Julianne Moore, but the film, which also starred Ben Barnes (pictured), made just $17.2 million domestically on its $95 million budget. Overseas, things went better, as the film pulled in about $93.4 million. Legendary Pictures/Universal Pictures
"Chappie," from "District 9" director Neill Blomkamp, was another picture that fell short in the U.S. but had better luck overseas. Domestically, the $49 million film earned $31.6 million; overseas, it did more than double that amount, earning $70.5 million. Columbia Pictures