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7th Apr '18 12:44:09 PM Premonition45
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* ''Film/ThreeAmigos'' was only a modest money-earner and received mixed reviews on release. Today it's more fondly regarded by fans of 80's comedies, thanks to plenty of repeat showings on HBO, and eventually earned a spot on Bravo's "100 Funniest Movies" list.
7th Apr '18 10:55:50 AM Premonition45
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* Music/WeirdAlYankovic's ''Film/{{UHF}}''. Ironically, it didn't have to be this way. The movie got such an amazing reception by test audiences that Orion Studios decided to put it in direct competition with other movies in the summer of 1989, which included Creator/TimBurton's ''Film/{{Batman}}'', ''Film/IndianaJonesAndTheLastCrusade'', ''Film/LethalWeapon2'', ''Film/GhostbustersII'', ''Film/LicenceToKill'' and ''''Film/HoneyIShrunkTheKids''. ''UHF'' ultimately got lost in this shuffle. As Al would sing in the commentary, [[CreatorKiller "Orion! Orion! Is bankrupt now!"]].

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* Music/WeirdAlYankovic's ''Film/{{UHF}}''. Ironically, it didn't have to be this way. The movie got such an amazing reception by test audiences that Orion Studios decided to put it in direct competition with other movies in the summer of 1989, which included Creator/TimBurton's ''Film/{{Batman}}'', ''Film/IndianaJonesAndTheLastCrusade'', ''Film/LethalWeapon2'', ''Film/GhostbustersII'', ''Film/LicenceToKill'' and ''''Film/HoneyIShrunkTheKids''.''Film/HoneyIShrunkTheKids''. ''UHF'' ultimately got lost in this shuffle. As Al would sing in the commentary, [[CreatorKiller "Orion! Orion! Is bankrupt now!"]].
1st Apr '18 11:59:45 AM Twentington
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* ''Disney/LiloAndStitch'' did decently at the box office, but it didn't become as popular as it was until its' DVD release during the 2002 holiday season, which sold over a million copies in it's first year.

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* ''Disney/LiloAndStitch'' did decently at the box office, but it didn't become as popular as it was until its' its DVD release during the 2002 holiday season, which sold over a million copies in it's first year.
11th Mar '18 3:22:34 AM jormis29
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* Speaking of The Z Channel, James Woods got national recognition and an UsefulNotes/AcademyAward nomination solely because the cable station championed a little seen indie film ''Film/{{Salvador}}''.

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* Speaking of The Z Channel, James Woods Creator/JamesWoods got national recognition and an UsefulNotes/AcademyAward nomination solely because the cable station championed a little seen indie film ''Film/{{Salvador}}''.
3rd Mar '18 11:28:23 AM nombretomado
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* A zig-zagged example: The UniversalHorror movies ''were'' extremely successful in their own era of the 1930s and 40s... but it would also be hard to deny that the true height of their popularity was the mid-1950s through the early 70s, when the success of the ''[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shock_Theater Shock Theater]]'' television package sent them into every American kid's home, and resulted in a huge slew of new memorabilia, including ''[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Famous_Monsters_of_Filmland Famous Monsters of Filmland]]'' magazine, [[http://www.jeffs60s.com/auroramodels.php the Aurora monster kits]], and the immortal "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SOFCQ2bfmHw Monster Mash]]".

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* A zig-zagged example: The UniversalHorror Franchise/UniversalHorror movies ''were'' extremely successful in their own era of the 1930s and 40s... but it would also be hard to deny that the true height of their popularity was the mid-1950s through the early 70s, when the success of the ''[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shock_Theater Shock Theater]]'' television package sent them into every American kid's home, and resulted in a huge slew of new memorabilia, including ''[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Famous_Monsters_of_Filmland Famous Monsters of Filmland]]'' magazine, [[http://www.jeffs60s.com/auroramodels.php the Aurora monster kits]], and the immortal "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SOFCQ2bfmHw Monster Mash]]".
29th Jan '18 11:51:48 AM themisterfree
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** ''WesternAnimation/TheIronGiant'' failed at the box office thanks to Warner Bros having no faith in the movie. Fortunately, one of those who ''did'' see it was Ted Turner, who loved it so much that he had Cartoon Network run a 24-hour marathon of it on UsefulNotes/{{Thanksgiving|Day}}... a tradition that still runs to this day (back when he saw it he was still running his own company, he left after the disastrous AOL/Time Warner merger). It's easy to see why this film in particular would complement Thanksgiving day -- the vague 1950's small-town America setting is plump with nostalgia, and the plot is a wholesome [[ABoyAndHisX Boy and His Robot]] story, which only reveals more layers as the viewers grow up.

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** ''WesternAnimation/TheIronGiant'' failed at the box office thanks to Warner Bros having no faith in the movie. Fortunately, one of those who ''did'' see it was Ted Turner, UsefulNotes/TedTurner, who loved it so much that he had Cartoon Network run a 24-hour marathon of it on UsefulNotes/{{Thanksgiving|Day}}... a tradition that still runs to this day (back when he saw it he was still running his own company, he left after the disastrous AOL/Time Warner merger). It's easy to see why this film in particular would complement Thanksgiving day -- the vague 1950's small-town America setting is plump with nostalgia, and the plot is a wholesome [[ABoyAndHisX Boy and His Robot]] story, which only reveals more layers as the viewers grow up.



** It's somewhat of an urban legend that Ted Turner built his media empire on repeated airings of this movie, though that distinction more properly belongs to some of the other films on this page.

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** It's somewhat of an urban legend that Ted Turner UsefulNotes/TedTurner built his media empire on repeated airings of this movie, though that distinction more properly belongs to some of the other films on this page.



* ''Film/TheShawshankRedemption'' also failed at the box office despite some critical acclaim. Most of its success came from the fact that Ted Turner (who owned Castle Rock Entertainment at the time, and thus owned the rights to the film) loved the movie, and he made sure it was aired on his TNT and TBS networks almost every weekend for years. The film slowly picked up a fanbase from these airings, and its now considered one of the best films of all time. Even before the television rescue, it was also Vindicated by Video: since it got many UsefulNotes/AcademyAward nominations (including Best Picture) and was already available in VHS at the time, a lot of people decided to rent it.

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* ''Film/TheShawshankRedemption'' also failed at the box office despite some critical acclaim. Most of its success came from the fact that Ted Turner UsefulNotes/TedTurner (who owned Castle Rock Entertainment at the time, and thus owned the rights to the film) loved the movie, and he made sure it was aired on his TNT Creator/{{TNT}} and TBS Creator/{{TBS}} networks almost every weekend for years. The film slowly picked up a fanbase from these airings, and its now considered one of the best films of all time. Even before the television rescue, it was also Vindicated by Video: since it got many UsefulNotes/AcademyAward nominations (including Best Picture) and was already available in VHS at the time, a lot of people decided to rent it.
15th Dec '17 7:07:05 PM Anddrix
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* ''Film/{{Troy}}'' is a nascent example of the trope, as it underperformed at the American box office (but much better overseas) and is a LoveItOrHateIt among critics, but has developed a devoted fanbase since being released to cable and video, possibly in retrospect compared to later films like ''300''.

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* ''Film/{{Troy}}'' is a nascent example of the trope, as it underperformed at the American box office (but much better overseas) and is a LoveItOrHateIt polarizing among critics, but has developed a devoted fanbase since being released to cable and video, possibly in retrospect compared to later films like ''300''.
8th Dec '17 9:22:49 AM CombativeBoil
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* ''Creator/LarianStudios'' did this with their older role-playing games in the ''Divinity'' series, after receiving increased mainstream recognition for their Kickstarter-funded ''VideoGame/DivinityOriginalSin'' and [[VideoGame/DivinityOriginalSinII its sequel]]. Their older RPGs are frequently sold digitally as cheap anthology packages or bundled with special editions of their new titles.

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* ''Creator/LarianStudios'' did this with their older role-playing games in the ''Divinity'' series, after receiving increased mainstream recognition for their Kickstarter-funded ''VideoGame/DivinityOriginalSin'' and [[VideoGame/DivinityOriginalSinII its sequel]]. Their older RPGs games are frequently sold digitally as cheap anthology packages or bundled with special editions of their new titles.
8th Dec '17 9:22:08 AM CombativeBoil
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* ''Creator/LarianStudios'' did this with their older role-playing games in the ''Divinity'' series, after receiving increased mainstream recognition for their Kickstarter-funded ''VideoGame/DivinityOriginalSin'' and [[VideoGame/DivinityOriginalSinII its sequel]]. Their older RPGs are frequently sold digitally as cheap anthology packages or bundled with special editions of their new titles.
15th Nov '17 7:15:31 AM mimitchi33
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* The Japanese release of ''WesternAnimation/TheLegoMovie'' bombed because it came out during the 16-week box office romp of ''Disney/{{Frozen}}'', which gathered a lot of attention during those weeks with Japanese moviegoers. It later became one of the biggest-selling Western animated films when the DVD came out.
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