Peter Jackson’s Disaster of a Steampunk Movie With 26% Tomatometer Blows Up Netflix Top

Peter Jackson’s Disaster of a Steampunk Movie With 26% Tomatometer Blows Up Netflix Top
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Sometimes even the greatest directors can’t avoid a failure — but then Netflix viewers come to rescue.


  • Peter Jackson, famous for directing Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit’s trilogies, once took up a seemingly promising film that resulted in a box office disaster.
  • The movie’s plot revolves around the events that happen in the very far future where all the big cities are capable of moving from one place to another.
  • The film eventually became a box office and critical flop, but six years after its release the movie is dominating Netflix ’s top.

Peter Jackson may be one of the world’s most proclaimed directors with fan-favorite franchises like Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit in his belt, but even the best filmmakers are not infallible.

This point finds its solid proof in Jackson’s latest project, 2018’s Mortal Engines, that he wrote and produced — and despite the film’s poor reviews, it has now managed to climb up to Netflix’s top of this week.

Based on Philip Reeve’s novel of the same name, Mortal Engines is notoriously known for its huge fiasco in the box office. The movie got its release back in 2018 and grossed only $85 million while the initial budget reached at least $100 million if not more.

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The film’s failure also resulted in an even bigger loss for Universal Pictures that reportedly had to watch its $174 million go away for good.

Though Mortal Engines comes here as yet another good example of a striking difference between the professional critics and the viewers.

As the movie is having its first big moment after being a total flop in the cinemas, it happens to be, just like other numerous films which are going viral now, a solid proof that the viewers (or just most of them) actually don’t check the movie’s rating on Rotten Tomatoes or the critics’s reviews — and if they like the film, they just watch it, as simple as that.

The Mortal Engines' plot may remind some of Miyazaki’s Howl’s Moving Castle as the storyline brings the viewers much further to the future where all the cities happen to be huge vehicles moving wherever and whenever they want.

In such a city that’s primarily based on the existing London, two main characters, Tom and Hester, meet and embark on a mission to stop a conspiracy that’s about to bring catastrophic repercussions.

Though the blockbuster kicked it off with a miserable 26% score on Rotten Tomatoes, six years later it may improve its position at least a little bit — and now it’s entirely up to Netflix’s viewers.