Variety has unveiled the big box office winners of the year. While movies like 'Avengers: Infinity War' and 'Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom' came out top, breakouts like 'A Quiet Place' and 'Crazy Rich Asians' also gave the industry a boost.

Other films that turned over a major profit include 'Black Panther' and 'Incredibles 2' (both raking in over $1 billion) and medium-budget horrors that made back their budgets several times over. In the latter category are the films 'The Nun' and 'Halloween'.

The publication also examined figures for the big box office flops of 2018. Some of these you'll know, and won't be surprised at them flatlining at the box office. Others, you probably haven't even heard of.

Interestingly, Disney had several big hits at the box office this year, between the aforementioned 'Infinity War', 'Black Panther' and 'Incredibles 2.' However, it also had two of the biggest flops of the year.

The lessons here are manifold but nothing new. First, big budgets don't necessarily equate big profits. Second, the importance of marketing so people know your film exists can't be stressed enough. Lastly, the likes of 'Happytime Murders' and 'Girl in the Spider's Web' seem to indicate that negative reviews still affect audience figures.

With that in mind, here were the biggest flops of 2018:


'Robin Hood'

Production budget: $100 million
Global box office: $65 million

While it's still in cinemas, the Lionsgate 'hip' take (the producer's words, not ours) on the Medieval hero is proving to be the biggest bomb of the year.

Robin Hood 2018


'The Nutcracker and the Four Realms'

Production budget: $120 million
Global box office: $138 million

Disney was hoping to bank on the success of Christmas movies with this one. Alas, poor reviews and perhaps the outdated nature of the source material damaged it.

The Nutcracker and the Four Realms


'A Wrinkle In Time'

Production budget: $100 million
Global box office: $132 million

They said that Madeleine L’Engle’s classic novel couldn't be made into a film. Well, it would seem that is indeed the case. Even the star-filled cast of Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon and Mindy Kaling couldn't save it.

A Wrinkle in Time


'The Girl in the Spider's Web'

Production budget: $43 million
Global box office: $31 million

Director Fede Álvarez simply didn't have the expertise David Fincher had when it came to taking on the Millennium film series. Claire Foy of 'The Crown' fame wasn't the right star to sell it to audiences either.

 The Girl in the Spider's Web


'Happytime Murders'

Production budget: $40 million
Global box office: $27 million

An R-rated Muppets movie could have worked, but if the critical consensus is anything to go by, the concept was all it had going for it. Movie reviewers found it to be vulgar, witness and just not funny.

The Happytime Murders


'Sisters Brothers'

Production budget: $38 million
Global box office: $9 million

The first English language film from Jacques Audiard ('A Prophet', 'Rust & Bone') is the only film listed here that actually got a positive critical reception. However, audiences were just not interested. At the time of writing, it has not gotten an Irish release.

Sisters Brothers