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  • 'The Big Lebowski' Lives On

    Nothing wraps up summer quite like your token monster movie, but "Creature," which opened Sept. 9, not only failed to deliver, it flopped big time. Of 1,507 screens for "Creature," its total box office revenue was just $331,000. "You're looking at $220 per screen, per theater, that's a terrible, terrible opening," Matt Atchity of RottenTomatoes.com told ABC's David Wright.
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    Legends of bathrobe-clad, White-Russian-drinking, bowling alley bums never looked so lovable as they did in 1998's "The Big Lebowski." A movie that flopped at the box office 13 years ago resurged on DVD into a full-blown cult favorite. Hundreds of fans, like the two shown here, gather annually for "Lebowski Fest" in Louisville, Ky.
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    Film critics have often cited "Plan 9 from Outer Space" (1959) as the worst movie ever made. With its cheesy special effects, lazy set design and a plot that combines UFOs with the living dead, the film has been often mocked in pop culture, including in the popular TV series "Seinfeld" and "X-Files."
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    Jodie Foster and Mel Gibson appearing in a film together may seem, if not a sure-fire hit, at least enough to attract the curious, but that was not the case with "The Beaver." The film, directed by Foster and released in May, is a story about a depressed father who uses a beaver hand-puppet to communicate. In its opening weekend, it grossed $107,577, according to Entertainment Weekly.
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    Film critics proclaimed "Gigli" the worst movie of 2003 after its release. Starring Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez, one of Hollywood's steamiest couples at the time (remember "Benifer"?), the film only grossed $4 million in its opening weekend while costing over $75 million in production, according to CNBC.
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    "Cutthroat Island" (1995) was a financial disaster and even once held the Guinness World Record for biggest box office flop, according to CNBC. The action film's plot, set in Jamaica in 1668, involves a bounty hunter who goes after a female pirate. While the film cost $98 million to make, its total U.S. gross was only $10 million, bankrupting the movie's production company, Carolco Pictures.
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