17 Non-Profit Movies You'll Have A Hard Time Believing!

17 Non-Profit Movies You'll Have A Hard Time Believing!

Elsa Quartet
September 15 2016 - 03:43pm

You don’t always get what you expect. In cinema, especially, you need to be ready to take risks when putting money on promising productions because, well, things can turn out to be much different than what you hoped for.

In the list below, you’ll find very popular and beloved movies that disappointed their producers at the box office when they were first released. However, their true value was recognized a bit later and many of them are now considered to be modern classics!

Production budgets and total gross numbers were taken from  Box Office Mojo, and the storylines are from IMDB. 

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17. Tomorrowland (2015) | IMDb 6.5

17. Tomorrowland (2015)   | IMDb 6.5

Budget: $190 million

Box Office: $209 million

Bound by a shared destiny, a bright, optimistic teen bursting with scientific curiosity and a former boy-genius inventor jaded by disillusionment embark on a danger-filled mission to unearth the secrets of an enigmatic place somewhere in time and space that exists in their collective memory as 'Tomorrowland.'

16. Instinct (1999) | IMDb 6.5

16. Instinct (1999)  | IMDb  6.5

Budget$55 million

Box Office: $34 million

Nearly two years after having gone amiss in Africa, renowned anthropologist Dr. Ethan Powell is caught committing a crime and subsequently imprisoned in a Florida mental institution, where aspiring psychiatrist Dr. Theo Calder takes over his important case. Dr. Powell, who has been with a group of gorillas during all that time, is not talking at all and seems to be living in a dreamworld. Very slowly, Dr. Calder manages to reach Ethan Powell and starts finding out why Ethan killed two of the poachers...

15. The 13th Warrior (1999) | IMDb 6.6

15. The 13th Warrior (1999)  | IMDb  6.6

Budget$160 million

Box Office: $61.7 million

A man, having fallen in love with the wrong woman, is sent by the sultan himself on a diplomatic mission to a distant land as an ambassador. Stopping at a Viking village port to restock on supplies, he finds himself unwittingly embroiled on a quest to banish a mysterious threat in a distant Viking land.

14. Event Horizon (1997) | IMDb 6.7

14. Event Horizon (1997)   | IMDb 6.7

Budget$50 million

Box Office: $47.2 million

In the year 2047 a group of astronauts are sent to investigate and salvage the long lost starship 'Event Horizon'. The ship disappeared mysteriously 7 years before on its maiden voyage and with its return comes even more mystery as the crew of the 'Lewis and Clark' discover the real truth behind its disappearance and something even more terrifying.

13. Ender's Game (2013) | IMDb 6.7

13. Ender's Game (2013)  | IMDb  6.7

Budget$110 million

Box Office: $125 million

The Earth was ravaged by the Formics, an alien race seemingly determined to destroy humanity. Fifty years later, the people of Earth remain banded together to prevent their own annihilation from this technologically superior alien species. Ender Wiggin, a quiet but brilliant boy, may become the savior of the human race. He is separated from his beloved sister and his terrifying brother and brought to battle school in orbit around earth. He will be tested and honed into an empathetic killer who begins to despise what he does as he learns to fight in hopes of saving Earth and his family.

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12. Ali (2001) | IMDb 6.8

12. Ali (2001)  | IMDb 6.8

Budget$107 million

Box Office: $87.7 million

In 1964, a brash new pro boxer, fresh from his olympic gold medal victory, explodes on to the scene, Cassius Clay. Bold and outspoken, he cuts an entirely new image for African Americans in sport with his proud public self confidence with his unapologetic belief that he is the greatest boxer of all time. To his credit, he sets out to prove that with his highly agile and forceful style soon making him a formidable boxer who soon claims the heavyweight championship. His personal life is no less noteworthy with his allegiance to the Nation of Islam, his friendship with the controversial Malcolm X and his abandonment of his slave name in favour of Muhammad Ali stirring up controversy...

11. The Last Castle (2001) | IMDb 6.9

11. The Last Castle (2001)   | IMDb 6.9

Budget$72 million

Box Office: $27.6 million

When three star General Irwin is transferred to a maximum security military prison, its warden, Colonel Winter, can't hide his admiration towards the highly decorated and experienced soldier. Irwin has been stripped of his rank for disobedience in a mission, but not of fame. Colonel Winter, who runs the prison with an iron fist, deeply admires the General, but works with completely different methods in order to keep up discipline. After a short while, Irwin can feel Winter's unjust treatment of the inmates. He decides to teach Winter a lesson by taking over command of the facility and thus depriving him of his smug attitude...

10. The Island (2005) | IMDb 6.9

10. The Island (2005)   | IMDb 6.9

Budget$140 million

Box Office: $162.9 million

Lincoln Six Echo is just like everyone else - he's waiting to go to the Island, the only place left in the world to actually live a life. Thousands of people stay at a facility waiting to go to the Island. It all sounds like paradise, but Lincoln Six Echo soon discovers that there's actually a sinister purpose going on at that facility and that he must escape - but not before stopping the sinister plan.

9. The Fountain (2006) | IMDb 7.3

9. The Fountain (2006)   | IMDb 7.3

Budget$35 million

Box Office: $16 million

Three stories - one each from the past, present, and future - about men in pursuit of eternity with their love. A conquistador in Mayan country searches for the tree of life to free his captive queen; a medical researcher, working with various trees, looks for a cure that will save his dying wife; a space traveler, traveling with an aged tree encapsulated within a bubble, moves toward a dying star that's wrapped in a nebula; he seeks eternity with his love. The stories intersect and parallel; the quests fail and succeed.

8. Hugo (2011) | IMDb 7.5

8. Hugo (2011)  | IMDb 7.5

Budget$170 million

Box Office:  $185.8 million

Hugo is an orphan boy living in the walls of a train station in 1930s Paris. He learned to fix clocks and other gadgets from his father and uncle which he puts to use keeping the train station clocks running. The only thing that he has left that connects him to his dead father is an automaton (mechanical man) that doesn't work without a special key. Hugo needs to find the key to unlock the secret he believes it contains. On his adventures, he meets George Melies, a shopkeeper, who works in the train station, and his adventure-seeking god-daughter...

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7. Equilibrium (2002) | IMDb 7.5

7. Equilibrium (2002)   | IMDb 7.5

Budget$20 million

Box Office: $5.3 million

In a futuristic world, a strict regime has eliminated war by suppressing emotions: books, art and music are strictly forbidden and feeling is a crime punishable by death. Cleric John Preston (Bale) is a top ranking government agent responsible for destroying those who resist the rules. When he misses a dose of Prozium, a mind-altering drug that hinders emotion, Preston, who has been trained to enforce the strict laws of the new regime, suddenly becomes the only person capable of overthrowing it.

6. The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford (2007) | IMDb 7.5

6. The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford (2007)  | IMDb 7.5

Budget$30 million 

Box Office: $15 million

Taking place in the American Northwest in the early 1880s, the film dramatizes the last seven months in the life of famed outlaw Jesse James, beginning with the Blue Cut train robbery of 1881 and culminating in his assassination at the hands of Robert Ford the following April. In the time between these two fateful events, the young and jealous Ford befriends the increasingly mistrustful outlaw, even as he plots his demise.

5. Donnie Darko (2001) | IMDb 8.0

5. Donnie Darko (2001)  | IMDb  8.0


Box Office: $1.3 million

Donnie Darko doesn't get along too well with his family, his teachers and his classmates; but he does manage to find a sympathetic friend in Gretchen, who agrees to date him. He has a compassionate psychiatrist, who discovers hypnosis is the means to unlock hidden secrets. His other companion may not be a true ally. Donnie has a friend named Frank - a large bunny which only Donnie can see. When an engine falls off a plane and destroys his bedroom, Donnie is not there. Both the event, and Donnie's escape, seem to have been caused by supernatural events...

4. The Thing (1982) | IMDb 8.1

4. The Thing (1982)  | IMDb  8.1

Budget$15 million

Box Office: $19.6 million

A US research station, Antarctica, early-winter 1982. The base is suddenly buzzed and attacked by a helicopter from the nearby Norwegian research station. They appeared to be trying to kill one of the dogs from the US base. Having dealt with the threat, the members of the US team fly to the Norwegian base, only to discover them all dead or missing. They do find the remains of a strange creature the Norwegians burned. The Americans take it to their base and deduce that it an alien life form...

3. The Big Lebowski (1998) | IMDb 8.2

3. The Big Lebowski (1998)  | IMDb  8.2

Budget$15 million

Box Office: $17.5 million

When 'The Dude' Lebowski is mistaken for a millionaire Lebowski, two thugs urinate on his rug to coerce him into paying a debt he knows nothing about. While attempting to gain recompense for the ruined rug from his wealthy counterpart, he accepts a one-time job with high pay-off. He enlists the help of his bowling buddy, Walter, a gun-toting Jewish-convert with anger issues. Deception leads to more trouble, and it soon seems that everyone from porn empire tycoons to nihilists want something from The Dude.

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2. Blade Runner (1982) | IMDb 8.2

2. Blade Runner (1982)  | IMDb  8.2

Box Office: $28 million

Box Office: $32.9 million

In the futuristic year of 2019, Los Angeles has become a dark and depressing metropolis, filled with urban decay. Rick Deckard, an ex-cop, is a 'Blade Runner'. Blade runners are people assigned to assassinate 'replicants'. The replicants are androids that look like real human beings. When four replicants commit a bloody mutiny on the Off World colony, Deckard is called out of retirement to track down the androids. As he tracks the replicants, eliminating them one by one, he soon comes across another replicant, Rachel, who evokes human emotion, despite the fact that she's a replicant herself...

1. The Shawshank Redemption (1994) | IMDb 9.3

1. The Shawshank Redemption (1994)  | IMDb  9.3

Budget$25 million

Box Office: $28 million

Chronicles the experiences of a formerly successful banker as a prisoner in the gloomy jailhouse of Shawshank after being found guilty of a crime he did not commit. The film portrays the man's unique way of dealing with his new, torturous life; along the way he befriends a number of fellow prisoners, most notably a wise long-term inmate named Red.

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