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18th Oct '17 1:04:49 PM Dancedom
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* ''Film/TheAdventuresOfElmoInGrouchland'' bombed at the box office because of its target audience, but later became the biggest-selling children's VHS of the late 90's.
* The 1994 comedy ''Film/{{Airheads}}'' bombed at the box office and was thrashed by critics. But due to the fact that it was played heavily on Creator/ComedyCentral during the mid-1990s it has managed to achieve CultClassic status -- especially among fans of hard rock and HeavyMetal music, due to all the rock & roll in-jokes and the cameos by famous rock musicians.

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* ''Film/TheAdventuresOfElmoInGrouchland'' bombed at the box office because of its target audience, but later became the biggest-selling children's VHS of the late 90's.
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* The 1994 comedy ''Film/{{Airheads}}'' bombed at the box office and was thrashed by critics. But due to the fact that it was played heavily on Creator/ComedyCentral during the mid-1990s late 1990s it has managed to achieve CultClassic status -- especially among fans of hard rock and HeavyMetal music, due to all the rock & roll in-jokes and the cameos by famous rock musicians.



* ''Film/BigFatLiar'' was a success at the box office, but it received mixed reviews from critics. Creator/DisneyChannel's airings in the mid-2000s helped make it a viewer favorite.

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* ''Film/BigFatLiar'' was a modest success at the box office, but it received mixed reviews from critics. Creator/DisneyChannel's airings in the mid-2000s helped make it a viewer favorite.



* ''Film/BladeRunner'''s theatrical release was on the last weekend of July 1982, a now-legendary [[SummerBlockbuster summer of blockbusters]], most in the sci-fi/fantasy/horror vein (''[[Film/ETTheExtraTerrestrial E.T.]]'' was king, but it was also the year of ''Film/StarTrekIITheWrathOfKhan'' and ''Film/{{Poltergeist}}''). Trailing stories of its lengthy TroubledProduction, it premiered to disappointing reviews that did, however, mention its visual splendor but found everything else moribund. It did poorly, but thanks to this trope and home video it was seen as one of the decade's most influential films by the end of the 1980s; and even managed to get [[Film/BladeRunner2049 a belated sequel]] over 30 years after the fact.

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* ''Film/BladeRunner'''s theatrical release was on the last weekend of July June 1982, a now-legendary [[SummerBlockbuster summer of blockbusters]], most in the sci-fi/fantasy/horror vein (''[[Film/ETTheExtraTerrestrial E.T.]]'' was king, but it was also the year of ''Film/StarTrekIITheWrathOfKhan'' and ''Film/{{Poltergeist}}''). Trailing stories of its lengthy TroubledProduction, it premiered to disappointing reviews that did, however, mention its visual splendor but found everything else moribund. It did poorly, but thanks to this trope and home video it was seen as one of the decade's most influential films by the end of the 1980s; and even managed to get [[Film/BladeRunner2049 a belated sequel]] over 30 years after the fact.



* ''Film/TheBreakfastClub'' had a tough time competing with ''Film/BeverlyHillsCop'', and didn't make as much money as people expected it to. It wasn't until the film hit VHS that it became the teenage classic it is today.

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* ''Film/TheBreakfastClub'' had a tough time competing with ''Film/BeverlyHillsCop'', and didn't make as much money as people expected it to.but still managed to turn a profit at the box office. It wasn't until the film hit VHS that it became the teenage classic it is today.



* ''Film/TheLastDragon'' was an odd mix of mid-'80s black culture and '70s MartialArtsMovie genre. A no show in theaters, it found a home on Saturday Afternoon movie blocks, and introduced us all to Sho'Nuff, the Shogun of Harlem, and Bruce Leroy.

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* ''Film/TheLastDragon'' was an odd mix of mid-'80s black culture and '70s MartialArtsMovie genre. A no show Though a modest success in theaters, it found a home on Saturday Afternoon movie blocks, and introduced us all to Sho'Nuff, the Shogun of Harlem, and Bruce Leroy.



* ''Film/RoadHouse'': When it was released, it got panned by critics and was considered a FollowUpFailure for Creator/PatrickSwayze after the success of ''Film/DirtyDancing''. In TheNineties, the number of cable channels exploded, all of which needed 24-hour programming. So the rights to lots of cheesy action movies were scooped up, and those movies put into heavy rotation. In particular, Turner (who owned TBS, the so-called "superstation") bought up the entire MGM film library, which just happened to include ''Film/RoadHouse''. And it wasn't long before TBS discovered the movie was drawing phenomenal ratings; Perhaps ''Road House'' is the very reason TBS is a "superstation".

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* ''Film/RoadHouse'': When it was released, it got panned by critics and was considered a FollowUpFailure for Creator/PatrickSwayze after the success of ''Film/DirtyDancing''. In TheNineties, the number of cable channels exploded, all of which needed 24-hour programming. So the rights to lots of cheesy action movies were scooped up, and those movies put into heavy rotation. In particular, Turner (who owned TBS, the so-called "superstation") bought up the entire MGM film library, which just happened to include ''Film/RoadHouse''.''Road House''. And it wasn't long before TBS discovered the movie was drawing phenomenal ratings; Perhaps ''Road House'' is the very reason TBS is a "superstation".



* ''Film/{{Troy}}'' is a nascent example of the trope, as it flopped in 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 flopped in 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''.



* ''Film/{{Willow}}'' was not a hit at the 1988 box office, but thanks to video and cable it gradually became a favorite among sword and sorcery fans and children of the 80s and early 90s in general.

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* ''Film/{{Willow}}'' was not a hit at the 1988 didn't live up to box office, office expectations in 1988, but thanks to video and cable it gradually became a favorite among sword and sorcery fans and children of the 80s and early 90s in general.
14th Oct '17 11:31:52 AM Yeow95
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* ''Film/BladeRunner'''s theatrical release was on the last weekend of July 1982, a now-legendary [[SummerBlockbuster summer of blockbusters]], most in the sci-fi/fantasy/horror vein (''[[Film/ETTheExtraTerrestrial E.T.]]'' was king, but it was also the year of ''Film/StarTrekIITheWrathOfKhan'' and ''Film/{{Poltergeist}}''). Trailing stories of its lengthy TroubledProduction, it premiered to disappointing reviews that did, however, mention its visual splendor but found everything else moribund. It did poorly, but thanks to this trope and home video it was seen as one of the decade's most influential films by the end of the 1980s.

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* ''Film/BladeRunner'''s theatrical release was on the last weekend of July 1982, a now-legendary [[SummerBlockbuster summer of blockbusters]], most in the sci-fi/fantasy/horror vein (''[[Film/ETTheExtraTerrestrial E.T.]]'' was king, but it was also the year of ''Film/StarTrekIITheWrathOfKhan'' and ''Film/{{Poltergeist}}''). Trailing stories of its lengthy TroubledProduction, it premiered to disappointing reviews that did, however, mention its visual splendor but found everything else moribund. It did poorly, but thanks to this trope and home video it was seen as one of the decade's most influential films by the end of the 1980s.1980s; and even managed to get [[Film/BladeRunner2049 a belated sequel]] over 30 years after the fact.
2nd Oct '17 12:59:26 PM KhesterBarbatos
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* ''Film/TheHobbit''. It's divisive status is still there but it's noticeably lessened over time, with people slowly warming up to it, thanks to the release of the Extended Cuts (which are the preferred versions by the cast and crew, including Creator/PeterJackson himself) and the news of the ExecutiveMeddling by Warner Bros. and the resulting TroubledProduction coming to light, which garnered sympathy for the crew. The BetterOnDVD state of the films helps too.

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* ''Film/TheHobbit''. It's Its divisive status is still there but it's noticeably lessened over time, with people slowly warming up to it, thanks to the release of the Extended Cuts (which are the preferred versions by the cast and crew, including Creator/PeterJackson himself) and the news of the ExecutiveMeddling by Warner Bros. and the resulting TroubledProduction coming to light, which garnered sympathy for the crew. The BetterOnDVD state of the films helps too.
2nd Oct '17 12:56:53 PM KhesterBarbatos
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* ''Film/TheAdventuresOfElmoInGrouchland'' bombed at the box office because of its' target audience, but later became the biggest-selling children's VHS of the late 90's.

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* ''Film/TheAdventuresOfElmoInGrouchland'' bombed at the box office because of its' its target audience, but later became the biggest-selling children's VHS of the late 90's.
6th Sep '17 8:05:24 PM WickedIcon
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* Despite its paramount success in Japan, ''Anime/PrincessMononoke'' was a box office bomb in the United States, in part due to Creator/HayaoMiyazaki insisting that the English dub be released unedited.[[note]]Miyazaki had previously expressed resentment towards ''[[{{Macekre}} Warriors of the Wind]]'', a CutAndPasteTranslation of ''Anime/NausicaaOfTheValleyOfTheWind'' that threw out the original's environmentalist themes in favor of pandering to an audience of young boys.[[/note]] Luckily, its immense critical acclaim gave it newfound success from television syndications and home media releases, bringing it on par with its Japanese performance by becoming the highest-selling anime production of 2001, and quite likely paving the way for the runaway success ''Anime/SpiritedAway'', Creator/StudioGhibli's following release, became.

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* Despite its paramount success in Japan, ''Anime/PrincessMononoke'' was a box office bomb in the United States, in part due to Creator/HayaoMiyazaki insisting that the English dub be released unedited.[[note]]Miyazaki had previously expressed resentment towards ''[[{{Macekre}} Warriors of the Wind]]'', a CutAndPasteTranslation of ''Anime/NausicaaOfTheValleyOfTheWind'' that threw out the original's environmentalist themes in favor of pandering to an audience of young boys.boys; while releasing most Ghibli films unedited, targeted for children, is a perfectly sane decision, ''Mononoke'' was ''likely not the right film to start with'' given how much BloodierAndGorier it is than Ghibli's previous (and later) films.[[/note]] Luckily, its immense critical acclaim gave it newfound success from television syndications and home media releases, bringing it on par with its Japanese performance by becoming the highest-selling anime production of 2001, and quite likely paving the way for the runaway success ''Anime/SpiritedAway'', Creator/StudioGhibli's following release, became.
6th Sep '17 1:28:24 PM SeptimusHeap
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* ''Film/{{Xtro}}'' was an obscure British sci-fi flick, but in the late 80's, it began running heavily on {{HBO}}, giving it a cult status and two sequels.

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* ''Film/{{Xtro}}'' was an obscure British sci-fi flick, but in the late 80's, it began running heavily on {{HBO}}, Creator/{{HBO}}, giving it a cult status and two sequels.
22nd Aug '17 6:07:47 PM rjd1922
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* ''WesternAnimation/TheSwanPrincess'' bombed at the box office, but made enough money on home video to spawn ''four'' sequels.

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* ''WesternAnimation/TheSwanPrincess'' bombed at the box office, but made enough money on home video to spawn ''four'' ''six'' sequels.
19th Aug '17 9:26:33 PM TommyTiger
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* Oh, ''Film/RemoWilliamsTheAdventureBegins'', was there a weekend afternoon movie block you '''weren't''' on in the '80s?

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* Oh, ''Film/RemoWilliamsTheAdventureBegins'', ''Film/RemoWilliamsTheAdventureBegins'' was there a in pretty much every weekend afternoon movie block you '''weren't''' on in the '80s?'80s.
3rd Jul '17 5:44:53 AM mimitchi33
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** ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirlsMovie'' had a decent reception with critics and fans, but with Warner Bros. opting to market the LiveActionAdaptation of ''Film/ScoobyDoo'' instead, it was opened against ''Film/MenInBlackII''. Despite heavy promotion on Cartoon Network, it bombed at the box office. Home video and showings on Cartoon Network and Boomerang helped it gain a strong audience.

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** * ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirlsMovie'' had a decent reception with critics and fans, but with Warner Bros. opting to market the LiveActionAdaptation of ''Film/ScoobyDoo'' instead, it was opened against ''Film/MenInBlackII''. Despite heavy promotion on Cartoon Network, it bombed at the box office. Home video and showings on Cartoon Network and Boomerang helped it gain a strong audience.
3rd Jul '17 5:44:32 AM mimitchi33
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** ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirlsMovie'' had a decent reception with critics and fans, but with Warner Bros. opting to market the LiveActionAdaptation of ''Film/ScoobyDoo'' instead, it was opened against ''Film/StarWars: Film/AttackOfTheClones''. Despite heavy promotion on Cartoon Network, it bombed at the box office. Home video and showings on Cartoon Network and Boomerang helped it gain a strong audience.

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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.
** ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirlsMovie'' had a decent reception with critics and fans, but with Warner Bros. opting to market the LiveActionAdaptation of ''Film/ScoobyDoo'' instead, it was opened against ''Film/StarWars: Film/AttackOfTheClones''.''Film/MenInBlackII''. Despite heavy promotion on Cartoon Network, it bombed at the box office. Home video and showings on Cartoon Network and Boomerang helped it gain a strong audience.


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* ''Film/TheAdventuresOfElmoInGrouchland'' bombed at the box office because of its' target audience, but later became the biggest-selling children's VHS of the late 90's.
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