Add “Shazam! Fury of the Gods” to the long list of box office flops. Warner Bros.’ latest DC tentpole earned just $30 million in its domestic box office debut, well below the $53 million the original “Shazam!” opened with in 2019. It’s a huge financial loss considering “Fury of the Gods” cost north of $110 million to make and another $100 million to market. The film joins titles such as Paramount’s “Babylon,” Universal’s “Bros” and Disney/Fox’s “Amsterdam” on the list of recent high-profile bombs from major Hollywood studios. But not all of these titles deserved such a box office fate. Film history is chock full of genuinely great movies that suffered abysmal box office fates.

No wonder Martin Scorsese went viral last year for railing against the industry’s obsession with box office numbers and judging films based on the strength of their opening weekend grosses. “Since the ’80s, there’s been a focus on numbers. It’s kind of repulsive,” Scorsese said at the 2022 New York Film Festival. “The cost of a movie is one thing. Understand that a film costs a certain amount, they expect to at least get the amount back… The emphasis is now on numbers, cost, the opening weekend, how much it made in the U.S.A., how much it made in England, how much it made in Asia, how much it made in the entire world, how many viewers it got. As a filmmaker, and as a person who can’t imagine life without cinema, I always find it really insulting.”

Edgar Wright is another major who has taken a stance against box office valuation, telling fans last fall during his BBC Maestro course, “The three-day weekend is not the end of the story for any movie. People shouldn’t buy into that idea. Rating films by their box office is like the football fan equivalent to films. Most of my favorite films that are considered classics today were not considered hits in their time.”

Scorsese and Wright have a point, as many of the most critically acclaimed films this century got their starts as box office flops. Be it “Children of Men” or “The Master” or “Under the Skin,” it’s become abundantly clear that you can’t judge a movie by its grosses. Below, Variety offers a selection of great films that flopped at the box office.