The comments section on Rotten Tomatoes used to be an absolute nightmare. There were accusations of bias, stupidity, and straight up death threats — a lot of people have serious problems with differences of opinion. This is strange because, while criticism can sometimes reach the level of great art, or even just make great points, it doesn’t often have a ton of impact on whether or not your beloved film will succeed or fail. Observe, as I provide you with examples of critically loathed films that people still went out in droves to see.

Transformers: Revenge Of The Fallen

Rotten Tomatoes Score: 19%

Domestic Box-Office: $402,111,870
Worldwide Box-Office: $836,303,693

This movie was just more of the same hard-to-discern CGI effects, slotted into an incomprehensible script that featured a lot of Shia LaBeouf running around yelling “No no no no no no no”. But the first Transformers was a hit, and Michael Bay knows how to make movies people will go see no matter how much trash critics talk about them, so Revenge Of The Fallen was even bigger than the first Transformers.

Pirates Of The Caribbean: At World’s End

Rotten Tomatoes Score: 45%

Domestic Box-Office: $309,420,425
Worldwide Box-Office: $963,420,425

Pirates Of The Caribbean: At World’s End is the most successful of the ones I’ve got on the list, which I guess makes sense — the world was not yet totally and completely bored/deeply annoying with Johnny Depp yet, and the first Pirates Of The Caribbean was one of the all-time surprising hits. But man, this movie takes every complaint anyone had with the first one and really dialed it up. At World’s End added nothing new that was good and enjoyable, and was I believe roughly five hours long.

Twilight: Breaking Dawn Part 1

Rotten Tomatoes Score: 24%

Domestic Box-Office: $281,287,233
Worldwide Box-Office: $430,884,723

None of the Twilight movies were particularly loved critically, so it makes sense that the first chapter of a movie based on a book that had zero business being split into two parts in the first place would be absolutely loathed by critics. Of course, every twilight movie made some very real, very serious money, so it also wasn’t surprising that people just sighed and made the decision to finish something that they’d invested over four hours of their life into.

Grown Ups

Rotten Tomatoes Score: 10%

Domestic Box-Office: $162,001,186
Worldwide Box-Office: $271,430,189

Grown Ups was seemingly made so Adam Sandler could take a vacation with his famous friends, and it really shows in the quality level. But then a bunch of people (oh those foolish, foolish people) went to see the movie, and it made a whole bunch of money and got a sequel. And that, dear friends, is why I am opposed to people being allowed to vote. On anything.

Cheaper By The Dozen

Rotten Tomatoes Score: 24%

Domestic Box-Office: $138,614,544
Worldwide Box-Office: $190,212,133

This was also a remake, and those usually flop, especially when critics all find said remakes to be joyless. But Cheaper By The Dozen came out during a peak for family movies, just because people were desperate to have something to do with their awful, stupid families, so it ended up doing pretty well.

Taken 2

Rotten Tomatoes Score: 21%

Domestic Box-Office: $139,854,287
Worldwide Box-Office: $236,287,019

Taken 2 was a bad sequel to a silly movie that hasn’t aged that well, but Taken was a GIANT hit, and is pretty much the reason we haven’t seen Liam Neeson really work as an actor in years. I mean, I’m happy the guy is probably rolling in dough now, but it’d be nice to see him in a movie where he did more than punch and/or shoot stuff.

Ride Along

Rotten Tomatoes Score: 18%

Domestic Box-Office: $134,938,200
Worldwide Box-Office: $153,997,819

Ride Along could’ve gotten a zero on Rotten Tomatoes and still done well — it had a super popular comedian in one of his first starring film roles, as well as enough decent jokes in the trailer (two or more is usually the rule) that people were going to be into seeing it no matter how little critics thought of it.


Rotten Tomatoes Score: 17%

Domestic Box-Office: 10 Billion Dollars
Worldwide Box-Office: Even More Than That

It’s crazy that C.H.U.D. is the most popular movie of all time, but really, who am I to judge the taste of your average theater-goer?


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