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Infographic: Attack of the Teflon turkeys

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The magic of Hollywood. It’s the only explanation for this otherwise baffling phenomenon: films that get universally panned on their release yet go on to generate huge box office returns for their studios.

Or maybe the credit should go to the people who market them ferociously and crank up the hype. To celebrate the unleashing of viral promos for archetypal Teflon turkey Fifty Shades Darker in May 2017, we rounded up the biggest flops-that-should’ve-been from the past five years. Hold your nose and hover over the infographic below to see which films have somehow walked unscathed from the critics’ bonfires…

This infographic was published in DG#27. Pick up a copy in our online shop or take out an annual subscription using the promotion code ‘SLOWPOST’ and you’ll get our current issue for free.

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