PS: Best 2010s Domestic Box Office Movie Dud?

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Which widely seen 2010s movie*, whose initial North American release produced relatively meager ticket sales, is your favorite domestic box office dud of the decade? *approaching 100,000+ IMDb votes, maximum $2.5m Domestic USA-Canada box office take and 6.5+ IMDb rated (as of 20 January 2018)

See the partial list of exceptional and widely seen 2010s movies with meager domestic box office results here: http://www.imdb.com/list/ls066897287/
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Limited theatrical releases shouldn't be consider duds, especially if they have small budgets that they ended up breaking even with with what they did in fact earn from their meager box office intake (you can't use the rule of thumb to double the production budget to include marketing budget like a fully nationally released mega studio distributed picture).

Many of these are European productions and have already made enough to cover the production and marketing costs in their own home markets. Ergo... most of this list is nullified.
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I think you miss the point of the poll list, that just about every film listed is a HUGE SUCCESS, despite getting little or no help from the most important movie market in the world: North American movie ticket buyers. It is like trying to win a fight with one arm tied down, it can be done, but is much harder to accomplish and truly a feat when done.

This is simply an objective list of movies, which for a variety of reasons (sometimes on purpose) didn't sell a lot of tickets in North America, hence a weak or dud performance, domestically. Yet, all these films still ended up being widely seen and voted on by at least 100,000 IMDb voters or more. All were financial success due to their overseas box office or income from another distribution channel. Despite having big stars, talented directors and being critically acclaimed or were otherwise well-regarded; many of these films failed to crack the yearly top 250 of Box Office Mojo's top grossing domestic films.

It is an interesting, bottom looking look at the list of recent popular movie titles (bottom seventeen grossing of the top four hundred most widely seen 2010s movie titles) that are united by their poor American box office results. Some of the reasons for their lackluster US box office performance include extremely limited runs (1 week Oscar qualifying runs), no USA distributor (festival only showings) simultaneous video on demand release and streaming service co-distribution. More fundamental reason may include a NC-17 rating, the impediments of a subtitle only foreign language release, English language titles (ie Lars Von Trier) that struggled initially to find a US audience and the marketing and other challenges of an independent release. Some of these titles only found later success through television broadcast, video rentals or via internet streaming.

As for your observation;"Many of these are European productions and have already made enough to cover the production and marketing costs in their own home markets. Ergo... most of this list is nullified" A film can be a success overseas and still be a dud in North America, one thing has nothing to do with other. In 2018, the top North American film, The Last Jedi grossed over $606,021,888. The Circle which ranked #101 in 2018 at $20,497,844 was considered a borderline film in terms of success. The first film that crosses below the $2.5m threshold is LBJ, ranked #178 in 2018 with a minuscule $2,470,979 gross and is universally considered a box office dud. To put the threshold of less than $2.5 million in perspective, less than 1 out of every 1322 North Americans bought a ticket to these films. The North American theater market contains 360 million people and even to a film with a lowly $5 million budget, grossing only $2.5 million is almost always going to be disappointing.

It not feasible and unnecessary to breakdown the profitability of each film released over a decade of some likely 5,000+ domestic releases and reach a subjective judgement on whether the movie was a success. Stripping away dramatic words like "meager" and "dud", the poll simply asks which is the best movie of those that meets three requirements:100,000 IMDb votes or more (WIDELY SEEN), less than $2.5m Domestic USA-Canada box office (LOW USA TICKET SALES) and 6.5 or higher IMDb rating (HIGHLY RATED). Poll suggestion combines the contradictory elements of weak DOMESTIC box office results with  excellence in just about every other success metric.
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Poll Header Update (Reworded Title and Question)

2010s Box Office Dud Movies That Exploded

Which of these 2010s movies*, that produced relatively meager North American ticket sales, but went on to be widely seen anyways, is your favorite of the decade?


*approaching 100,000+ IMDb votes, maximum $2.5m Domestic USA-Canada box office take and 6.5+ IMDb user rated
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Jagten - The Hunt (2012)
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My personal  top four 2010s Box Office Dud Movies That Exploded in North America. I am flabbergasted they couldn't get better distribution deals (aside from Bright) for either the U.S. or Canada and didn't break $1 million in combined box office. Still, I could see Bright doing a decent box office. Meanwhile, four Chipmunk movies: Alvin and the Chipmunks (2007),Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel (2009) Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked (2011) and Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip (2015) outgrossed them $655 million to $1 million over roughly the same time period.

Predestination
1. Predestination (I) (2014)
North American Box Office Totals:
$68,372
The Hunt
2. The Hunt (2012)
North American Box Office Totals:
$610,968
Tucker and Dale vs Evil
3. Tucker and Dale vs Evil (2010)
North American Box Office Totals: $223,838
Bright
4. Bright (I) (2017)
North American Box Office Totals: Negligible Oscar Qualifying iPic Theaters Limited Box Office Run for Netflix Tentpole Streaming Title