The 5 Biggest Box Office Flops Coming This Summer

2. World War Z (June 21)

The warmest reaction from early audiences has been, “Eh, it’s not that bad.” That’s what test audiences said about John Carter.

Plagued by delays and rewrites, the massively overbudget Brad Pitt movie about a zombie apocalypse suffers simultaneously from a groan-inducingly familiar setup and its being an attempt to launch a brand new franchise (based on the novel by Max Brooks, Mel’s son). Director Marc Forster is a fading B-lister who has never made a movie that connected with much of an audience except Quantum of Solace.

J.J. Abrams scribe Damon Lindelof was called in to straighten out the script, but few think the movie will recoup its $200 million budget when it opens against the second weekend of Man of Steel, which is getting excellent advance word.