8 Great Movies That Bombed Opening Weekend, but Became Big Later On

Citizen Kane

A movie’s success is usually determined by how well it performs at the box office, especially nowadays when it’s all about which superhero movie will beat out which on opening weekend. But that isn’t always the case!

These are eight great movies that gained a massive audience after bombing their opening weekend at the box office.

Citizen Kane
Citizen Kane is widely considered to be the best movie of all time, but it failed to find an audience when it was released in 1941. The opening box office numbers are not available, but Citizen Kane only manage to make just over $1.5 million during its entire box office run.

Its failure at the box office can be tied to newspaper publisher William Randolph Hearst refusing to advertise the film because the main character was an unflattering fictionalized version of himself.