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Biggest Flop of the Summer
You could look across the many films released in the summer of 1989 and note under-performers and those that just failed to reach expectations. Out-and-out flops were a bit of a rarity, though, as the decade closed out pretty strongly on the whole. That having been said, "Little Monsters" is an unfortunate case. You might expect a film featuring TV star Fred Savage and popular comedian Howie Mandel to have raked in more than a paltry $790,000, but it wasn't really the film's fault that it crashed and burned. It was simply a victim of the Vestron Pictures bankruptcy. The company sold "Little Monsters" off to United Artists, which promptly dumped it in no more than 180 theaters. Vestron kept certain foreign territories, but the film's box office abroad doesn't even appear to have been calculated. The result was a movie destined to be discovered, if at all, on VHS and TV airings.