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7 of the Biggest Box Office ‘Turkeys’ Released on Thanksgiving

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After you’ve inhaled your turkey and mashed potatoes, you and your brood might get sick of talking to one another and head out to catch a flick. While Thanksgiving Day is known as a prime movie-opening occasion in Hollywood, the date is also known for the release of a bunch of stinkers.

This year’s Thanksgiving day releases include the likes of ‘The Muppets’ and ‘Hugo’. Time will tell if either of those movies will join the ranks of these biggest box office turkeys, courtesy of the stat geeks over at Box Office Mojo:

‘Rent’

(2006, $29 million gross on a $40 million budget) — No one wanted to see this debacle, with a cast of actors in their 30s and 40s pretending to be young hipsters. Plus a film about disease and poverty isn’t exactly an uplifting end to a holiday.

‘Planet 51′

(2009, $42 million gross on a $70 million budget) — With a budget of $70 million, this is the most expensive movie produced in Spain. The computer-animated tale of humans invading planet of little green men proved that in space, no one can hear you sigh.

‘Fred Claus’

(2007, $72 million gross on an unannounced budget) – With Paul Giamatti and Vince Vaughn no doubt demanding to be paid in elf hides, this early Christmas gift proved to be a lump of coal to moviegoers. The movie was originally titled ‘Fred Claus,’ but was changed due to a potential rights issue. It was then retitled ‘Joe Claus.’ After the rights were cleared, the title returned to ‘Fred Claus.’ It should have just been called ‘Crappy.’

‘The Missing’

(2003, $27 million on an unannounced budget) — Word has it that the title of this neo-Western directed by Ron Howard referred to its non-existent audience, but since no one saw the movie, nobody can really be sure.

‘Burlesque’

(2010, $39 million gross on a $55 million budget) — Starring Cristina Aguilera as a small-town girl trying to make a name for herself in the song-and-dance circuit under the tutelage of Cher, this is basically a remake of Showgirls, only without the nudity or unintentional comedy. Not a formula for success. The movie was shipped to theaters under the code name ‘Former Glory’ which was a pretty accurate description of the careers of the two stars.

‘Black Knight’

(2001, $33 million gross on a $50 million budget) — Martin Lawrence time-travels into the Middle Ages to take up a sword and suit of armor, all the better to help him sink to the bottom of the box office ocean.

‘Deck the Halls’

(2006, $25 million on an unannounced budget) — Matthew Broderick and Danny DeVito play mismatched neighbors who engage in a Christmastime house lighting rivalry. Only the dimmest of bulbs were tricked into buying tickets to this mess.

Read Phil Villarreal’s blog at becauseitoldyouso.com and follow him on Twitter: @philvillarreal

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