Disney is home to some of the best animated movies ever made on the planet. They’re wildly popular at the box office and most have at least one sequel a few years later. Unfortunately, not every movie Disney releases can be a box office hit. Here are five Disney Movies that tanked at the box office. Let’s see if you remember any of them from your childhood! They’re all available to stream on Disney+ as well with other TV streaming services like Netflix, Dish Network, Hulu, and GoLatino TV.
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Release Date: January 16, 2004
Box Office: $6.5 Million
Budget: $10 Million
Teacher’s Pet, originating from their cartoon series is an animated musical about a dog named Spot who regularly dresses up as a human so he can go to school with his owner Leonard. Spot hopes to become a human one day and after he finds a doctor that has the ability to pull it off, Spot goes for it. Unfortunately for Spot the treatment is only experimental and it goes horribly wrong. Spot is now in desperate need of his owner’s help to make everything right again.
While reviews weren’t horrific, they weren’t overly excited about the movie either and it just didn’t bring in the crowds Disney needed to make any money off of it. Disney had a budget of $10 million for Teacher’s Pet and it only brought in $6.5 million at the box office.
Doug’s 1st Movie
Release Date: March 26, 1999
Box Office: $19.4 Million
Budget: $5 Million
Doug’s 1st Movie, based off the Nickelodeon hit series Doug is almost like an extended episode. Doug and Skeeter discover a monster in the polluted Lucky Duck Lake and find out the monster isn’t actually a monster, but is friendly. Their new monster friend needs saving from the bad guys with bad intentions, but Doug has to get ready for the Valentine’s Day dance with Patti. Doug somehow has to save the monster before the dance and get all dressed up for the dance to impress his classmates.
Technically Doug’s 1st Movie didn’t tank at the box office. Disney had a budget of $5 million for the movie and they did make back $19.4 million from it. However, this is Disney and to them $19.4 million from a movie is peanuts to them even though the return on the investment was in the black.
A Goofy Movie
Release Date: April 7, 1995
Box Office: $35.3 Million
Budget: $18 Million
A Goofy Movie features the characters we know and love from Disney’s TV series Goof Troop. In the movie, it’s Goofy’s son Max’s last day of school before summer break. Max has a plan to impress his crush Roxanne and even lands a date with her but is forced to cancel. Goofy has other plans and won’t let Max skip out on their cross country road trip and fishing vacation.
Those that visited theaters really liked A Goofy Movie, but it didn’t make Disney piles of cash. Apparently it did well enough for Disney’s standards to warrant a sequel, An Extremely Goofy Movie which dropped in 2000 as a direct to video.
Recess: School’s Out
Release Date: February 10, 2001
Box Office: $44.5 Million
Budget: $23 Million
Recess: School’s Out, based on Disney’s hit TV series Recess, is the end of the school year at Third Street Elementary. A fun filled summer quickly turns into boredom when TJ’s friends go to Summer Camp. Trying to find something to do, TJ finds out that the formal principle is planning to end summer vacations forever! It’s up to TJ and his friends to make sure Dr. Benedict doesn’t succeed in creating the permanent winter.
Disney doubled their money with Recess: School’s Out, but their earnings are low compared to what we’d expect for a Disney movie despite it serving as Recess’ season 5 finale.
Rescuers Down Under
Release Date: November 16, 1990
Box Office: $47 Million
Budget: $37.9 Million
Rescuers Down Under is the sequel to the Rescuers, where a young boy named Cody responds to a distress call in Australia to save a rare giant golden eagle named Marahute. Cody frees Marahute, then tries to free a mouse, but quickly finds himself kidnapped by a bird poacher. The mouse runs for help and Miss Bianca and Bernard are on the case. They must team up to save Cody from the poacher before it’s too late.
While those that went to go see Rescuers Down Under genuinely enjoyed the movie, it still ended up being one of Disney’s lowest grossing animated movies.