Trailers of the Bottom 20 RoI (Return on Investment) Movies

In my doctoral research study, I examine the top 20 RoI movies. (And also, these, the Bottom 20 RoI, and also, 20 Controls.)

Movie RoI (Velikovsky 2014)

Movie RoI (Velikovsky 2014)

In my research, I’m addressing a problem that I call `The Less-Than-1% Problem in Movies and Screenwriting‘. Namely, that less than one percent of movie screenplays presented to producers, then become a movie, that breaks even… (This is a serious real-world problem, if you’re a film creative.)

The Less-Than-1% Problem in the domain of Movies (Velikovsky 2014)

The Less-Than-1% Problem in the domain of Movies (Velikovsky 2014)

JT on Games and Evolution

JT Velikovsky – presenting comparative movie RoI research (2014)

Here are the Bottom 20 RoI Movies.

Bottom 20 ROI Films - Characteristics (Data courtesy The-Numbers LLC)

Bottom 20 RoI Films – Some characteristics (Data courtesy of The-Numbers LLC)

And – here are their trailers: (Warning – many of these trailers are R-rated)

#1 – All The Queen’s Men (2002)


Roger Ebert has this movie listed in:

Your Movie Sucks (Ebert 2007)

Your Movie Sucks (Ebert 2007)

For your reading pleasure, here is Ebert’s brutal review of the movie All The Queen’s Men (2002).


#2 – The Open Road (2009)

This is one of the two bottom-20 RoI (biggest-money-loser) movies that features Justin Timberlake. (The other is Southland Tales, see #9 below)


#3 – Taxman (1999)


#4 – Ca$h (2010)


#5 – Harvard Man (2002)


#6 – Gentlemen Broncos (2009)


#7 – Fascination (2005)

This Trailer is dubbed in German. I like it better that way. (I don’t really speak German, but still.)


#8 – This Thing Of Ours (2003) 


#9 – Southland Tales (2007)


#10 – Edmond (2006)


#11 – Outlander (2009)


#12 – A Woman, A Gun, and a Noodle Shop (2010)


#13 – Imaginary Heroes (2004)


#14 – World’s Greatest Dad (2009)


#15 – Welcome To The Rileys (2010) 


#16 – All Good Things (2010)


#17 – Winter Passing (2006)


#18 – Eye See You (2002)


#19 – The Gambler (1999)


#20 – I Come With The Rain (2010)



And for more, see: The StoryAlity research weblog Index Some of the relevant posts would include:

StoryAlity #131 – Why Things (like, some Movies) Are Popular – and – The Anna Karenina principle

StoryAlity #53 – The StoryAlity High-RoI Film Story & Screenplay Checklist

StoryAlity #54 – StoryAlity Screenwriting Guidelines – for any aspiring Writer of High-RoI Films


JT Velikovsky

High-RoI Story/Screenplay/Movie and Transmedia Researcher

The above is (mostly) an adapted excerpt, from my doctoral thesis: “Communication, Creativity and Consilience in Cinema”. It is presented here for the benefit of fellow screenwriting, filmmaking and creativity researchers. For more, see https://aftrs.academia.edu/JTVelikovsky

JT Velikovsky is also a produced feature film screenwriter and million-selling transmedia writer-director-producer. He has been a professional story analyst for major film studios, film funding organizations, and for the national writer’s guild. For more see: http://on-writering.blogspot.com/


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