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8 Most Disappointing Movies of 2013

Tara Paboojian |
October 23, 2013 | 11:09 p.m. PDT

Staff Reporter

 City of Bones"? Neither did we (Sony Pictures).
City of Bones"? Neither did we (Sony Pictures).
As a constant moviegoer, 2013 has been a rather disappointing year at the movies.

While we laughed during "Despicable Me 2" and cried during "Lee Daniel's The Butler," most of the films released so far have been lacking.

Even though the box-offices saw record breaking numbers over the summer, Hollywood still continued to put out a couple of flops. Let's take a look at the eight most disappointing movies of 2013.  

"The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones"       

Based off the young-adult series with the same title, Sony was hoping "Instruments" could compete against Lionsgate's mega franchise 'The Hunger Games' but the young moviegoers just didn't respond. Whether it was lead actress Lily Collins or the lack of plot appeal, "Instruments" did not live up to the hype. 

"The Internship"  

From watching the previews, "The Internship" had me excited to see Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson work together again after the hilarious "Wedding Crashers" collab in 2005. However, all this two-hour long movie did was make me think how cool it would be to work for Google. 


I love seeing Ryan Reynolds in a movie as much as the next girl but this "Men in Black" wanna-be film did not do the trick. I assume many would agree with me considering the movie ended up grossing half the amount it took to make it. Seems like the head of budgeting should be "R.I.P.D."  

"The Hangover Part III"   

I was skeptical when I heard Warner Bros.' was trying to squeeze a third movie out of the "Hangover" franchise-and I was right to be so. "Hangover 3" was a huge flop, the film ranked in a mere $103 million in ticket sales. Even worse, no one in the Wolfpack was even experiencing a hangover during the movie!  

READ MORE: 'The Hangover Part III': It All Ends In Vegas

"After Earth" 

Father-son duo Will and Jaden Smith were obviously not an appealing pair to audiences this summer. The futuristic action-adventure film failed to meet its high-grossing expectations at the box-office, losing moviegoers to "Fast & Furious 6" and "Now You See Me." They should have made a "Pursuit of Happiness 2" instead. 

"White House Down"

You would think this movie would have been a mega-hit. I mean, come on, it's Channing Tatum and Jamie Fox running around together in muscle tees for two hours. Apparently that wasn't enough for moviegoers since the film was a box-office disappointment, earning just $138.6 million on a $150 million dollar budget. Maybe it was because "White House Down" reminded audiences of a movie they saw three months before with the exact same plot (AKA "Olympus Has Fallen"). It's okay Channing, I still love you. 


Yet another Ryan Reynolds' film that couldn't hang. With fierce competition from other animated box-office biggies like "Despicable Me 2" and "Monsters University," this "Fast & Furious" but for snails film came up short with the kiddies.  

READ MORE: Battle Of The Summer Animated Movies

"The Lone Ranger" 

I remember seeing this movie trailer last summer at Comic Con 2012 and thinking, "Wow, that's going to be huge!" Well I stand corrected, "Ranger" turned out to be the biggest failure of 2013! "Ranger" failed to round up any moviegoers and get the big bucks. Earning only $29 million its opening weekend, stars Johnny Depp and Armie Hammer and producer Jerry Bruckheimer blame the film's failure on harsh film critics. Either way, with the movie budget rumored to be around $215 million, it's safe to say the Mouse House was not pleased. Interestingly enough, the Bruckheimer and Disney partnership is now coming to an end in 2014. 

READ MORE: Review: 'The Lone Ranger'

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