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Controversy

Movies that created headlines over their allegedly controversial subject matter, 1980-Present. In parentheses, the movie's issue (perceived or real).

RowRankTitle (click to view)StudioLifetime Gross / TheatersOpening / TheatersDate
1 47 Bad Lieutenant
(Debauched Cop)
Aries $2,000,022 2 $47,454 2 11/20/92
2 52 Hounddog Emp. $131,961 11 $13,744 11 9/19/08
3 50 The Brown Bunny
(Oral sex climax)
Wells $366,301 19 $50,601 3 8/27/04
4 48 Vaxxed: From Cover-Up to Catastrophe CLS $1,163,265 95 $28,339 1 4/1/16
5 37 The Last Temptation of Christ
(Anti-Christian)
Uni. $8,373,585 123 $401,211 9 8/12/88
6 51 Stonewall (2015) RAtt. $187,674 129 $112,834 129 9/25/15
7 45 Priest (1995)
(Anti-Christian)
Mira. $4,165,845 154 $113,430 8 3/24/95
8 49 The Pope Must Die(t)
(Title Offensive to Christians)
Mira. $582,510 169 $264,147 169 8/30/91
9 40 Kids
(Debauched Youth)
Mira. $7,412,216 187 $85,709 2 7/21/95
10 33 Bowling for Columbine
(Gun control)
UA $21,576,018 248 $209,148 8 10/11/02
11 46 An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power Par. $3,496,795 556 $124,823 4 7/28/17
12 36 Religulous
(Religion)
LGF $13,011,160 568 $3,409,643 502 10/1/08
13 42 The Interview (2014) Sony $6,105,175 581 $1,794,666 331 12/25/14
14 27 Jungle Fever
(Interracial coupling)
Uni. $32,482,682 844 $5,332,860 636 6/7/91
15 43 Transformers: The Movie
(Animated use of ""S-word"","8087)
DEG $5,849,647 990 $1,779,559 990 8/8/86
16 39 Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed
(Creationism)
RM $7,720,487 1,052 $2,970,848 1,052 4/18/08
17 23 Thelma and Louise
(Feminism)
MGM $45,360,915 1,180 $6,101,297 1,179 5/24/91
18 44 Inchon
(Moonies)
MGM $5,200,986 1,291 $2,326,112 1,291 9/17/82
19 30 Dogma
(Anti-Christian)
Lions $30,652,890 1,292 $8,669,945 1,269 11/12/99
20 15 JFK
(JFK Conspiracy)
WB $70,405,498 1,395 $5,223,658 1,164 12/20/91
21 29 Powder
(Child molester director)
BV $30,862,156 1,621 $7,146,973 1,592 10/27/95
22 32 The Program
(Youth pranks)
BV $23,032,565 1,661 $6,821,931 1,653 9/24/93
23 28 United 93
(9/11)
Uni. $31,483,450 1,871 $11,478,360 1,795 4/28/06
24 9 Basic Instinct
(Vagina flash)
TriS $117,727,224 1,884 $15,129,385 1,567 3/20/92
25 21 Natural Born Killers
(Violence, Copycat murders)
WB $50,282,766 1,904 $11,166,687 1,510 8/26/94
26 26 Fight Club
(Anarchy)
Fox $37,030,102 1,966 $11,035,485 1,963 10/15/99
27 8 Fahrenheit 9/11
(Anti-Bush)
Lions $119,194,771 2,011 $23,920,637 868 6/23/04
28 31 W.
(Bush)
LGF $25,534,493 2,050 $10,505,668 2,030 10/17/08
29 13 Brokeback Mountain
(Gay cowboys)
Focus $83,043,761 2,089 $547,425 5 12/9/05
30 35 The Birth of a Nation FoxS $15,861,566 2,105 $7,004,254 2,105 10/7/16
31 14 Barbershop
(Anti-black leaders)
MGM $75,782,105 2,176 $20,627,433 1,605 9/13/02
32 41 The Brothers Grimsby
(AIDS Joke and Trump)
Sony $6,874,837 2,235 $3,258,327 2,235 3/11/16
33 38 The Promise (2017) ORF $8,224,288 2,251 $4,095,718 2,251 4/21/17
34 10 The Wolf of Wall Street Par. $116,900,694 2,557 $18,361,578 2,537 12/25/13
35 5 True Lies
(Anti-Arab)
Fox $146,282,411 2,561 $25,869,770 2,368 7/15/94
36 25 The Siege
(Anti-Arab)
Fox $40,981,289 2,582 $13,931,285 2,541 11/6/98
37 19 Bruno
(Gay panic)
Uni. $60,054,530 2,759 $30,619,130 2,756 7/10/09
38 20 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi Par. $52,853,219 2,917 $16,194,738 2,389 1/15/16
39 12 Zero Dark Thirty
(Torture)
Sony $95,720,716 2,946 $417,150 5 12/19/12
40 4 Django Unchained
(N-word)
Wein. $162,805,434 3,012 $30,122,888 3,010 12/25/12
41 16 World Trade Center
(9/11)
Par. $70,278,893 3,021 $18,730,762 2,957 8/9/06
42 22 Kick-Ass
(Violent/profane child)
LGF $48,071,303 3,065 $19,828,687 3,065 4/16/10
43 18 A Dog's Purpose
(Treatment of Animals)
Uni. $64,321,890 3,178 $18,222,810 3,059 1/27/17
44 34 Battlefield Earth
(Scientology)
WB $21,471,685 3,307 $11,548,898 3,307 5/12/00
45 24 The Great Wall
(White Washing)
Uni. $45,157,105 3,328 $18,469,620 3,326 2/17/17
46 1 The Passion of the Christ
(Anti-semitism)
NM $370,782,930 3,408 $83,848,082 3,043 2/25/04
47 3 The Day After Tomorrow
(Global warming)
Fox $186,740,799 3,444 $68,743,584 3,425 5/28/04
48 6 Angels & Demons
(Anti-Christian)
Sony $133,375,846 3,527 $46,204,168 3,527 5/15/09
49 17 The Golden Compass
(Anti-Christian)
NL $70,107,728 3,528 $25,783,232 3,528 12/7/07
50 11 Noah Par. $101,200,044 3,571 $43,720,472 3,567 3/28/14
51 2 The Da Vinci Code
(Anti-Christian)
Sony $217,536,138 3,757 $77,073,388 3,735 5/19/06
52 7 Ghostbusters (2016) Sony $128,350,574 3,963 $46,018,755 3,963 7/15/16
TOTAL (All Movies):$3,024,172,944----
AVERAGE (All Movies):$58,157,1721,868$15,105,9101,655-
TOTAL
(Wide Releases Only):
$2,955,600,417----
AVERAGE
(Wide Releases Only):
$75,784,6262,418$21,023,9732,293-



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UPCOMING RELEASES
Title (click to view)StudioRelease Date
All the Money in the World
(Kevin Spacey)
TriS 12/22/17
I Love You, Daddy Orch. TBD