J.Lo’s ‘Gigli’ A Bigger Flop Than ‘From Justin To Kelly’, ‘Glitter’

Contributed by SJ:

’s ‘Gigli’, Kelly Clarkson’s ‘From Justin To Kelly’, Madonna’s ‘Swept Away’ and ’s ‘Glitter’. Those are all movies of pop music’s elite singers. But switching from music to movies wasn’t so easy for most of these artists. Which movie is the biggest flop of them all? you will be surprised. Read on for an in-depth look comparing the movies.

J.Lo’s ‘Gigli’

Release date: August 1, 2003
Average theatres: 2,215
Budget: $54 million

Box office debut: $3.7 million (winner)
Week 1: $4.9 million (winner)
Week 2: $1.06 million
Week 3: Out of theatres
Box office total: $6.08 million (winner)

Flop debt: $47.9 million
All-time flop rank: 3,092

Important advantages: The movie has a star cast of two of the biggest stars in the world (at the time) J.Lo & Ben Affleck and also stars Al Pacino. Advertisments on TV, magazines other types of promotion totaled a whopping $20 million. ‘Gigli’ opened in more theatres then ‘Glitter’, ‘Swept Away’ and ‘From Justin To Kelly’.

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Mariah Carey’s ‘Glitter’

Release date: September 21, 2001
Average theatres: 1,225
Budget: $22 million

Box office debut: $2.4 million
Week 1: $2.9 million
Week 2: $1.13 million (winner)
Week 3: $150,000 (winner)
Box office total: $4.27 million

Flop debt: $17.7 million
All-time flop rank: 3,416

Important dis-advantages: This is Mariah Carey’s first major starring role in a movie. ‘Glitter’ opened 10 days after the September 11, 2002 attacks on America. Mariah Carey was not able to promote the movie due to her breakdown. ‘Glitter’ was released in 1,000 less theatres then ‘Gigli’ and ‘From Justin To Kelly’.
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Madonna’s ‘Swept Away’

Release date: October 11, 2002
Average theatres: 196
Budget: $10 million

Box office debut: $350,000
Week 1: $470,000
Week 2: $105,000
Week 3: $10,000 (weekend only) – Out of theatres
Box office total: $595,000

Flop debt: $9.4 million
All-time flop rank: 4,783

Important advantages: Madonna has starred in several movies already. ‘Swept Away’ is a known movie, because Madonna’s version is a re-make.

Important dis-advantages: The movie opened in limited release. Promotion was limited for this movie.
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Kelly Clarkson’s ‘From Justin To Kelly’

Release date: June 20, 2003
Average theatres: 2,001
Budget: $12 million

Box office debut: $2.7 million
Week 1: $3.9 million
Week 2: $890,000
Week 3: $40,000
Box office total: $4.92 million

Flop debt: $7.1 million
All-time flop rank: 3,290

Important advantage: The movie was promoted heavily.
Important dis-avantages: This is Kelly Clarkson & Justin Guarini’s first starring roles in a movie.

In the end, which movie is the biggest flop? J.Lo’s ‘Gigli’ wins. ‘Gigli’ starred big name stars and had A LOT of promotion but still couldn’t pull in the bucks to match the budget. ‘Glitter’, ‘Swept Away’ and ‘From Justin To Kelly’ were flops but ‘Gigli’ was the biggest flop of them all.

Source: http://www.therealdirt.cjb.net / Box Office Mojo


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One thought on “J.Lo’s ‘Gigli’ A Bigger Flop Than ‘From Justin To Kelly’, ‘Glitter’

  1. Sean says:

    Also remember that “From Justin to Kelly” opened the same weekend as Marvel’s “The Hulk” which played a factor in the film’s demise. I bet that if it were released a week or 2 before or after “The Hulk” that it would’ve grossed a lot more. Poor planning on Fox’s part

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