'The Oogieloves' Named the Biggest Flop of 2012

Posted 5:31 PM November 15th, 2012 by Jeff Giles
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The people have spoken, and the verdict is in: Of all the movies you didn't want to see in theaters this year, The Oogieloves in the Big Balloon Adventure reigns supreme.

The news is hardly surprising, given the film's poisonous critical word of mouth and infamously disastrous run at the box office, but now it's been framed in the context of 2012's other major commercial duds, and the results will forever be preserved as a cautionary tale for anyone foolhardy enough to believe that creating a hit family franchise is as simple as putting people in frightening Day-Glo costumes and hiring Toni Braxton to sing a song about the flu.

Fortunately, not all the films on Hollywood's 2012 Ignominious Failure List were family flicks -- or even critically panned. It's actually a pretty eclectic bunch, with room for hair metal (Rock of Ages), vaguely incestuous drama (People Like Us), bicycles (Premium Rush), and movies whose publicity campaigns try and trick people into thinking they're about to see Jennifer Aniston's boobs (Wanderlust).

And there was even room for an Adam Sandler movie, too! This feels like progress. Take a look at the full list below, courtesy of Forbes (via the A.V. Club):

1. The Oogieloves In The Big Balloon Adventure (Box office: $1 million / Budget: $20 million)
2. A Thousand Words (Box office: $20 million / Budget: $40 million)
3. Dredd (Box office: $28 million / Budget: $50 million)
4. Big Miracle (Box office: $25 million / Budget: $40 million)
5. Wanderlust (Box office: $21 million/ Budget: $30 million)
6. Rock Of Ages (Box office: $56 million / Budget: $74 million)
7. People Like Us (Box office: $12 million / Budget: $16 million)
8. That’s My Boy (Box office: $57 million / Budget: $70 million)
9. Premium Rush (Box office: $29 million / Budget: $35 million)
10. Red Tails (Box office: $50 million / Budget: $58 million)

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