Released: May 9, 2008
Estimated Budget: $120 million
Domestic Opening Weekend: $18,561,337
Known for high-concept, futuristic movies like the Matrix trilogy and V for Vendetta, brothers Larry and Andy Wachowski hoped for big things upon the release of Speed Racer, based on a 1960s TV cartoon series and starring Emile Hirsch as the lead-footed title character in pursuit of victory. TIME’s Richard Corliss put the film on his list of the 10 best movies of 2008, calling the film “the future of movies” for its relentless action and lavish graphics. Audiences didn’t quite see things the same way: the $120 million movie grossed less than $19 million in its first weekend.