“Office Space” (1999)
1999’s “Office Space” may have understood office life, but it failed to understand the box office.
After weak reviews and a poor marketing campaign, the film failed to reach an audience making only $10.8 million in theaters.
Director Mike Judge chalked it up to the movie being a tough sell.
“Office Space isn’t like American Pie,” Judge told Entertainment Weekly. “It doesn’t have the kind of jokes you put in a 15-second television spot of somebody getting hit on the head with a frying pan. It’s sly. And let me tell you, sly is hard to sell.”
The film eventually found its niche on DVD becoming a top rental, and was later ranked fifth by EW in its list of the greatest comedies of the last 25 years.