There are many factors that could determine why one movie might outgross another, like distribution plans, marketing budgets, and accessibility. That said, 81 movies outperformed last night's Best Picture winner Birdman at the box office, including piles of digitized horse shit, Ouija and Sex Tape.
America's objection to taste wasn't limited to Alejandro González Iñárritu's dark comedy, either. Take American Sniper out of the equation and The Hunger Games: Mockingjay—Part 1 did more at the box office than the other seven films nominated for Best Picture combined. What does it say about us when the industry's highest regarded works can be eclipsed ten times over by Transformers: Age of Extinction? Complex News examines that question and more with a look at the shitty movies that crushed Birdman at the box office.