In a summer featuring the likes of “The Lone Ranger,” “The Internship,” and “After Earth,” it’s almost an accomplishment to be considered the worst movie of the year, but “Grown Ups 2” is a celluloid egg of Shyamalan-sized proportions. The only positive thing Peter Keough for the Globe could think to offer was: “I guess the world should be grateful that he didn’t make a sequel to ‘Jack and Jill’ (2011).” Aggregation site Rotten Tomatoes currently has the film at a meager 6 percent and inspired Matt Patches from Time Out New York to declare, “Put it this way: In the first five minutes , a deer walks into the star’s bedroom and urinates on his face. It’s all downhill from there.”
Apparently, the same inexplicable fanbase who tunes in to watch dancing dogs in tutus on “America’s Got Talent” also enjoys some quality Sandler shenanigans because “Grown Ups 2” raked in a hefty $41.5 million in its opening weekend. There isn’t a cinema dark enough to hide the shame of these mysterious moviegoers, but it’s hardly the first time that America has turned up en masse to revel in the squalor of a surefire bomb. Here are 20 other horrid movies, as chosen by a variety of film critics, that have gone on to shatter box office records.