Warner Bros. is one of the most famous film studios of all time and for many good reasons. They helped bring Harry Potter to fans in the States. Somehow, they took Legos and developed movies that are not only hilarious but surprisingly touching. They proved just how fantastic big-screen superhero movies could be in 1989 with Tim Burton’s Batman. The Dark Knight would have some stumbles along the way, but Warner Bros. would prove it again with Christopher Nolan’s trilogy.
But, as with every studio, they can’t all be hits. Warner Bros. has seen its fair share of misfires. And while the DCEU may have popped into your head as soon as you saw the title of this list, none of those movies (bad as some of them may be) are anywhere near as low quality as some of these.
Catwoman has yet to be unseated as the worst live-action DC movie Warner Bros. has put out. Cheesy acting, a nonsensical story, and horrible effects helped it earn only $80 million on a $100 million budget.
It holds an abysmal 9% on Rotten Tomatoes, a 3.3 on IMDb, and it earned Halle Berry a well-deserved Razzie for Worst Actress.
19 The Wicker Man
Horror remakes can be wonderful in the right hands. Warner Bros. also distributed The Ring and The Grudge, for example.
But 2006’s The Wicker Man was not in the right hands. Following Nicolas Cage as a sheriff who’s been led into a small, cult-like community, it features some of the worst acting I’ve ever personally witnessed. And not just from Cage. It holds 15% on Rotten Tomatoes.
18 Jonah Hex
In the booming age of superhero movies, any comic adaptation is going to be heavily scrutinized. So it’s a shame for all involved that this DC property was such a disaster.
The blend of western and supernatural could have worked wonders and Josh Brolin gives it his gruffness, but the movie ultimately caters to the basest, “loud flashy action movie” denominator. It made $11 million against a $47 million budget.
17 Yogi Bear
Just because something made money doesn’t mean it was good. This soulless cash grab of a family film made $201 million worldwide on an $80 million budget. That’s not fantastic when you take marketing funds into account, but it’s much better than anything else you’ll see on this list.
The plot, about a documentary filmmaker coming into contact with the classic cartoon duo, is incredibly forgettable. Yogi Bear holds a 13% on Rotten Tomatoes.
16 Lady In The Water
Though it wasn’t great, The Village didn’t signal that M. Night Shyamalan had completely lost his touch. His next movie, on the other hand, did.
Lady in the Water is an utterly dull tale about an apartment building superintendent who tries to protect a bedtime story character from creatures who want to keep her in the real world. It understandably won 2 out of 4 Razzies, including Worst Director.
15 Wild Wild West
If Will Smith is still apologizing for a movie over a decade after release, it must be bad. The writing is atrocious and none of the acting can make up for it.
It made $170 million on a $220 million budget, but WB probably still lost money due to marketing. It holds 17% on Rotten Tomatoes and it won 5 out of 9 Razzies, including Worst Picture and Worst Director.
14 The Adventures of Pluto Nash
This is one of the big ones. And by that, I mean one of the biggest bombs Warner Bros. has ever experienced. It only made $7 million on a $100 million budget.
With a completely unfunny script and an Eddie Murphy well past his comedic prime, it holds 4% on Rotten Tomatoes and 5 Razzie nominations. However, it did help Murphy win Worst Actor of the Decade in 2010.
Historical biopics can be tricky. They need to be accurate, but also keep the audience’s attention. Alexander, at three hours long, certainly failed in the latter.
Not only was it incredibly boring, but Colin Farrell just didn’t fit the role of the great conqueror. It only just made back its budget, not including marketing, and holds 16% on Rotten Tomatoes.
12 The Dukes Of Hazzard
Not every TV-to-movie reboot can be 21 Jump Street. Long before that movie’s release, Warner Bros. put out The Dukes of Hazzard. The sitcom’s simple premise was probably fun in 30-minute increments, but as a feature film, it’s paper-thin.
Unfunny and poorly acted, it holds 14% on Rotten Tomatoes and was nominated for 5 Razzies, including Worst Screenplay and Picture.
11 Red Riding Hood
It was 2011 and Twilight was huge. That’s the only reason I can think of behind greenlighting this movie. It follows a young girl caught between two boys. Things are further complicated by the werewolf stalking her medieval village and the fact that it’s probably one of the townspeople.
It at least made its budget back, though only barely. It holds 10% on Rotten Tomatoes and 5.4 on IMDb.
10 Ballistic: Ecks Vs. Sever
One of the rare 0% holders on Rotten Tomatoes, though not the last one on this list. It follows two government agents who adamantly try to take the other out due to various circumstances.
Action movies don’t need clever premises as long as they deliver the action, but here, it fails to do anything original or interesting at every single moment. It made $20 million on a $70 million budget.
9 Fair Game
Fair Game is an action/romance movie about a cop tasked with protecting a civil law attorney from a KGB team. And while there were plenty of ridiculous movies like that in the 90s, hoo boy is there some bad acting here.
It holds 12% on Rotten Tomatoes and only made $11 million on a $50 million budget.
8 A Sound Of Thunder
A sci-fi/horror movie about an organization that allows big game hunters to go back in time and hunt dinosaurs, only to have one fateful trip change the course of history and mutate current climate and wildlife. Sounds awesome, right?
Well, in this case, you’d be wrong. Poor acting and poorer effects (even by 2005 standards) led to $11 million on an $80 million budget.
In the post-Ring era, Warner Bros. apparently tried to catch lightning twice. This time, it was a website that would be taking lives.
They must have just forgotten to include engaging characters, a thrilling storytelling, or any good scares, though. It holds 3% on Rotten Tomatoes, 3.4 on IMDb, and only made about half of its $40 million budget back.
Valentine is a slasher about five women who are stalked by a predator while preparing for Valentine’s Day. And it's just as formulaic and generic as the worst movies in that genre.
There have been so many great slashers that a bland one will be more heavily criticized. It holds 11% on Rotten Tomatoes and only just made its budget back.
2002 was a rough year for Eddie Murphy, and this comedy saw another performance that helped him “win” Worst Actor of the Decade in 2010.
Showtime followed two cops on what was meant to be a reality TV show that spoofed buddy cop movies. But it just wasn’t very funny. Or original. And it missed making its $85 million budget back by $7 million.
4 The In Crowd
Though it’s not a movie many may have heard of, it’s nonetheless deserving of a spot on this list. This 2000 thriller follows a mentally ill woman who falls in with a group of well-off college kids and their particularly twisted leader.
You’re better off just watching Cruel Intentions, as the 2% on Rotten Tomatoes should tell you. It only made $5 million on a $24 million budget.
3 The Exorcist II: The Heretic
Warner Bros. has had just as many stumbles with horror as they have had successes, but they really should never have bothered making a sequel to one of the most beloved scary movies of all time.
The premise is simple; the demon is still hidden within Regan somehow. But beyond that idiocy, the acting is lousy and the effects looked cheap in 1977. It holds 16% on Rotten Tomatoes.
2 One Missed Call
The second 0% holder on this list, One Missed Call saw Warner Bros. attempt to cash in on the Japanese horror remake trend they themselves had started.
It followed a group of friends receiving voicemails from their future selves as they were dying. But it was so painfully unscary that I’m shocked it made any money at all. It surprisingly made double its budget due to the genre’s popularity.
1 Battlefield Earth
Battlefield Earth is one of those movies that shows up on every “Worst Movies of All Time” list. And that’s completely understandable. It’s about a group of humans that rebel against their oppressive alien overlords in the year 3,000.
The acting, writing, direction– literally everything– are atrocious. It holds 3% on Rotten Tomatoes, won 7 out of 8 Razzies upon release, and won Worst Picture of the Decade in 2010.
Sources: empireonline.com, imdb.com