What Movies Had the Worst Second Weekends in Box Office History?

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The Type of Box Office Record Movies Don't Want to Break

Gigli
Sony Pictures

As any moviegoer knows, most movies are released on Fridays and they bank on having big opening weekends – the bigger, the better. Naturally, movies sell the most tickets over the weekend because more people are off from work, and studios count on the first few weekends for a movie to make a vast majority of its money.

However, for various reasons – bad word-of-mouth, awful reviews, and/or poor marketing – a film will completely collapse after its first weekend, leading to a huge drop for its second weekend. While almost every movie’s box office drops the second weekend, there are some movies whose business just completely craters.

Here are the 12 films that opened in at least 1000 U.S. theaters that had the biggest drops in the box office for their second weekends (all figures are from Box Office Mojo).

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12) Stay (2005) – 77.8% Drop

Stay
New Regency Pictures

Despite starring Ewan McGregor, Ryan Gosling, Naomi Watts, and Bob Hoskins and direction by Marc Foster, the 2005 psychological thriller Stay received poor reviews and had almost no promotion, so its star power didn't matter. Though Stay opened with $2.19 million, it dropped 77.8% the next weekend, with box office receipts of just $486,627.

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11) Steel (1997) – 78.0% Drop

Steel
Warner Bros.

In the mid-1990s basketball superstar Shaquille O'Neal attempted to launch a movie career. His third major film was Steel, which featured O'Neal as the little-known DC Comics superhero. However, though the film was meant to make O'Neal into a movie star, it was a box office bomb. It opened in 1260 theaters with just a $870,068 gross – an average of $690 per theater – and then dropped 78% to $191,667 the following weekend. The film ended O'Neal's shot at starring in films, though his basketball career was far more successful.

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10) The Squeeze (1987) – 78.1% Drop

The Squeeze
TriStar Pictures

Though released shortly before Michael Keaton's hit Beetlejuice, The Squeeze failed to connect with audiences. It also had a troubled production (it went over-budget by $10 million and a stuntman died while filming). After opening in 1152 theaters with $1.38 million, over 40% of theaters dropped the film. Its second weekend brought in just $302,151 in 667 theaters.

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9) Another You (1991) – 78.2% Drop

Another You
TriStar Pictures

Considering Another You starred Richard Pryor and Gene Wilder – who had starred in several successful films together previously – one would've thought this 1991 comedy would've performed better. But Another You suffered a number of production problems and was considered the worst of the pair's collaborations. Another You opened with $1.54 million at the box office, and the following weekend that fell to $334,836. Sadly, neither Wilder or Pryor appeared in a lead role in a film again.

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8) Lawnmower Man 2: Beyond Cyberspace (1996) – 79.8% Drop

Lawnmower Man 2
New Line Cinema

The original 1992 film The Lawnmower Man ran into legal trouble for promoting itself as an adaptation of a Stephen King story that it had very little to do with, though it was still financially successful. The same cannot be said for the sequel, Lawnmower Man 2: Beyond Cyberspace.

The sequel – which had almost as little to do with the original as that film had to do with the Stephen King story – received terrible reviews. After opening with $1.43 million – not bad for such a low budget film – the film had a 79.8% drop in its second weekend, amounting to $289,238. It's also one of the lowest-rated films on IMDb.
 

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7) Friday the 13th (2009) – 80.4% Drop

Friday the 13th
Paramount Pictures

Tthe movies of the original Friday the 13th film series almost always made a big profit because they had low budgets, but the 2009 reboot of the series wasn’t as lucky when it came to ticket sales.

After opening with a very respectable $40.57 million – more than double the production budget – Friday the 13th had a huge drop-off, clearing just $7.94 million in its second weekend, a 80.4% drop. It's the biggest-ever drop-off for any movie that opened in 3000+ theaters by a wide margin – the next runner-up is 2015's Fifty Shades of Grey, which had a large (but not as disastrous) 73.9% drop.

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6) Return to the Blue Lagoon (1991) – 80.8% Drop

Return to the Blue Lagoon
Columbia Pictures

Released 11 years after the original R-rated box office hit The Blue Lagoon, this PG-13 sequel – starring Milla Jovovich and Brian Krause – was the type of sequel that didn't have much of a demand. It received universally negative reviews.

After opening with $1.28 million at the box office, Return to the Blue Lagoon brought in only $245,814 the following weekend. At the time, it was the worst second-weekend drop-off for any film released in 1000 or more theaters

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5) Gigli (2003) – 81.9% Drop

A familiar listing on “worst ever” film lists, the Ben Affleck-Jennifer Lopez mobster romantic comedy Gigli received awful reviews and even worse word-of-mouth from the few who actually saw it.

Though Gigli had a pathetic $3.75 million opening, that must have represented almost all of the people who wanted to see the film. Gigli grossed just $678,640 the following weekend – a drop of 81.9%. Even nearly 15 years later, Gigli remains the film that opened in 2000+ theaters that had the worst second-weekend drop-off.

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4) Before I Go to Sleep (2014) – 82.0% Drop

Before I Go to Sleep
Millennium Films

Bad reviews and minimal promotion killed this film before it even had a chance. Over half the theaters that were screening the Colin Firth, Nicole Kidman, and Mark Strong thriller Before I Go to Sleep dropped the film after its pathetic $3.2 million opening. The second weekend receipts amount to $331,708. It was yanked from theaters after one more weekend.

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3) Jane Got a Gun (2016) – 83.5% Drop

Jane Got a Gun
Relativity Media

The 2016 western Jane Got a Gun was a passion project for star Natalie Portman, but so many things went wrong with the film. Co-star Michael Fassbender left the film just ten days before shooting was to start. A flood of other talent followed suit – director Lynne Ramsay, star Jude Law, and cinematographer Darius Khondji. Bradley Cooper, who was to replace Law, also dropped out and was replaced by Ewan McGregor.

Even after the film was completed, troubled continued -- the film bounced around the release calendar until July 2015, when distributor Relativity Media filed for bankruptcy. The Weinstein Company bought the rights and finally released the film in January 2016 -- a month known for when films with little expectations go to die.  After all the trouble, the film was released with little marketing to below-average reviews.

The results were not surprising – despite opening in 1210 theaters, Jane Got a Gun opened with $865,572 at the box office (a per theater average of $691). But the next week's news was even grimmer -- the movie pulled in just $137,523 in its second weekend. By the following weekend, only 8 theaters were still running the film.

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2) Slow Burn (2007) – 84.7% Drop

Slow Burn
GreeneStreet Films

The crime thriller Slow Burn and its eclectic cast -- including Ray Liotta, LL Cool J, and Josh Brolin – received bad reviews, which explains why it opened with the awful box office take of $778,123. Over 400 theaters opted not to screen the film the following weekend, leading to a second weeked gross of $119,150. Slow Burn didn't make it another weekend – it was pulled from the remaining theaters.

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1) Undiscovered (2005) – 86.4% Drop

Undiscovered
Lions Gate Films

This movie – named after an Ashlee Simpson song because the singer appeared in the film – has the dubious distinction of being one of the worst-performing films of all time. Directed by award-winning music video director Meiert Avis, Undiscovered is about young talents trying to make it in Los Angeles. However, the public just wasn't interested.

Though it opened in 1304 theaters, it performed so poorly – grossing a laughable $676,048, just $518 per theater – that 550 theaters dropped it for the second weekend. Losing over 40% of its screens helped derail Undiscovered completely and it grossed just $91,748 in its second weekend. Undiscovered was quickly pulled from theaters and never even made it to a third weekend, meaning it didn’t even have a shot to recoup its low $9 million budget.