Ridley Scott is one of Hollywood’s most accomplished directors, but what are his biggest box office hits and flops?
Ridley Scott may not have the perfect record as Christopher Nolan, but he is definitely a director with numerous classics under his belt. From Alien to Bounty hunter to GladiatorScott had been an influential director in many genres, demonstrating his unusual versatility.
That said, Scott’s films have been both blockbusters and flops. And while some of them don’t have numbers available regarding their box office (like their debut The Duellistas), there are entries in his filmography that are distinctive commercial successes, while others are regrettable failures.
10 Lowest: 1492: Conquest Of Paradise (1992) – $ 7.2 million – Available on Prime Video, Paramount + and Kanopy
1492: conquest of paradise is a largely unknown film that was not received very positively by critics at the time of its release. Interestingly, another film on the same topic (Christopher Columbus: the discovery) was released at the beginning of the same year, which may have contributed to 1492Poor box office performance.
The fictional story follows Christopher Columbus as he discovers the Americas and dramatically changes the lives of the indigenous peoples who live there.
9 Lowest: White Squall (1996) – $ 10.3 million – Available at Hoopla
white shower It is unique in the way that it combines its survival from disasters and coming-of-age subgenres while also taking place at sea. Despite Jeff Bridges starring in a prominent role, the film was a box office disappointment much like Scott’s previous work at the time – the aforementioned. 1492.
based on The last voyage of the albatross, the film shows a crew of high school and college students training on a ship as they travel while being hit by a violent storm.
8 Lowest: Someone Take Care of Me (1987) – $ 10.3 million – Available to buy on Prime Video, iTunes, Vudu, Microsoft Store, and FandangoNow
Someone to take care of me is another neglected Ridley Scott film that was also not commercially successful and also received mixed reviews from critics. Interestingly, the film’s title is derived from a song on its soundtrack which is a cover of Vangelis’s “Memories of Green” (originally used on Bounty hunter).
The story follows a NYPD who falls in love with a socialite who witnesses a murder that he must protect. The worst thing is that he is already married.
7 Lowest: Legend (1985) – $ 15.5 million – Available to buy on Prime Video, Google Play, iTunes, YouTube, and others
Although it is not among the worst roles of Tom Cruise, Legend It is still not the highest rated film of Cruise and Scott’s filmographies. It was a commercial flop, but it received a few award nominations and eventually developed a cult following.
Cruise plays a young man named Jack who is considered a “pure being” and must prevent the Lord of Darkness from covering the world in an eternal night.
6 Lowest: Blade Runner (1982) – $ 41.7 million – Available to buy on Prime Video, Google Play, iTunes, YouTube, and others
Hands down one of Harrison Ford’s best roles, Bounty hunter is a classic of the cyberpunk genre that has been loved for a long time. But when it was first released, it actually polarized critics and underperformed at the box office.
Loosely based on the novel by Philip K. Dick, it depicts a 2019 dystopian Los Angeles where synthetic humans known as replicants are created by the Tyrell Corporation and used in space colonies. Special officers known as Blade Runners track down the replicants and remove them permanently. A group of these replicants escapes to Earth and a blade runner named Rick Deckard must remove them.
5 Highest: Robin Hood (2010) – $ 321.7 million – Available on DirecTV, FuboTV and Starz
Even if Robin Hood It is Scott’s fifth highest grossing film, it actually had a mixed reaction from critics. With a stellar cast of characters like Russell Crowe and Cate Blanchett, Robin Hood He had a pretty good acting, but the story was boring.
Set in 12th century England, follow Robin Longstride with his gang of marauders who fight corruption and lead an all-out uprising against the crown.
4 Major: Hannibal (2001) – $ 351.7 million – Available on Showtime, DirecTV and FuboTV
Anthony Hopkins’ best known role to date, Hannibal Lecter was the highlight of The silence of the lambs, so it was inevitable that he would get another movie, and that was Hannibal. Despite receiving mixed reviews, it was a huge commercial success.
The story takes place ten years after the original film and follows Clarice Starling (now played by Julianne Moore) trying to capture Hannibal Lecter before his surviving victim does.
3 Major: Prometheus (2012) – $ 403.4 million – Available on HBO Now, HBO Max and DirecTV
Prometheus is somewhat in a position similar to Hannibal. It was another entry in his franchise, received mixed reviews, and was a commercial success. Michael Fassbender’s performance was particularly noteworthy, but the misspelled story stood out like a sore thumb.
Set in the late 21st century, it’s a prequel that follows the crew of the Prometheus spacecraft, on a mission to find the origins of humanity using an ancient star map of Earth.
two Highest: Gladiator (2000) – $ 465.4 million – Available on Syfy, DirecTV and FuboTV
One of Scott’s most acclaimed and shocking works, Gladiator It was a success in every way imaginable. In addition, it was the second highest grossing film of 2000 and won five Academy Awards, among others.
It takes place in 180 AD. C. and shows the son of a Roman emperor betraying his father and killing him before massacring the family of his father’s most loyal general. The general is reduced to being a gladiator and is preparing to fight his way and take revenge.
1 Highest: The Martian (2015) – $ 630.2 million – Available to buy on Prime Video, Google Play, iTunes, YouTube and others
Starring Matt Damon in the title role, The martian is one of the most successful sci-fi movies of the last decade with its funny yet dramatic story, jaw-dropping performances, and even scientific precision that isn’t as common in movies as it sounds.
Based on the novel of the same name, it tells the story of an astronaut who is abandoned by his crew on Mars after they presume he is dead. Now, he must survive there just long enough to be rescued.
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