Citizen Kane (1941)
Director: Orson Welles
Stars: Orson Welles, Joseph Cotten, Dorothy Comingore, Everett Sloane, Ray Collins, George Coulouris, Agnes Moorehead, Paul Stewart, Ruth Warrick, Erskine Sanford, William Alland
Domestic Box Office Gross: $1.6 million
Long regarded as greatest film of all time, Citizen Kane had a rough release. Because media magnate William Randolph Hearst was the basis for Kane, the mogul did everything in his power to sink the film. He forbid every newspaper and radio station in his media conglomerate from discussing the film, and banned it from cinemas he owned. This had an effect on ticket sales.
As critical consensus crystallized around the picture, a masterpiece of form as content, its rep grew bigger until, you know, it was heralded as the GOAT among leading cinema publications.