25 Movies That Bombed in Theaters But Are Actually Great

Donnie Darko (2001)

Director: Richard Kelly
Stars: Jake Gyllenhaal, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Jena Malone, Drew Barrymore, Mary McDonnell, Katharine Ross, Patrick Swayze, Noah Wyle
Budget: $4.5 million
Domestic Box Office Gross: $1.2 million

Donnie Darko, seems, at this point, to have been a fluke for first-time filmmaker Richard Kelly—his subsequent pictures, Southland Tales and The Box, are, to differing degrees, misfires. But Donnie Darkois something special, even if it was an accidental knockout.

Featuring time travel, Jake Gyllenhaal's most underrated performance to date, and the freakiest bunny suit we've ever seen, Donnie Darko was a bit too esoteric for its own good. The film performed poorly in the states, but surprisingly almost made its budget back overseas. Since then, it's become a cult classic. And its soundtrack is to die for—you can never go wrong with Tears For Fears. Never.

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