2. The Huntsman: Winter’s War – $47 million
For many fans of 2012’s Snow White and the Huntsman, the largest criticism of the film was Kirsten Stewart’s performance as Snow White. But that didn’t mean she wasn’t the initial draw for the movie to begin with. Universal Pictures executives opted to look in another direction for the sequel, immediately moving toward making ‘The Huntsman’ the star of the movie while completely missing the obvious – the original was successful BECAUSE of Kirsten Stewart headlining the film – and the fact that the main character was Snow White. The studio took away the two key draws for this would-be franchise.
The Huntsman earned an alarmingly terrible $47 million total at the domestic box office, less than the opening weekend of the first film. The sequel sported an amazing cast, including returning Hemsworth and Charlize Theron, as well as the additions of Emily Blunt and Jessica Chastain. All of them together could not save this film from being a total disaster. The film earned $160 million worldwide, but cost $115 million to produce, and even more to market. The original film earned $156 million domestically, and just under $400 million worldwide.
This failure proves two things – Chris Hemsworth is not a bankable name without a hammer in his hand. Also, a game cast can’t save a spinoff/sequel that bears little resemblance to its predecessor. Consider this franchise dead for eternity.