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Before John Wick, Keanu Reeves Starred In One Of Hollywood’s Biggest Flops

Keanu Reeves, one of the most successful and beloved Hollywood stars, has seen many successes and failures throughout his acting career. In 1993, the boxer-turned-actor took the title role in Jonathon Lyne’s Dracula, the adaptation of the Bram Stoker novel. Unfortunately, the film was a box office and critical flop, with critics being harsh in their reviews and scaring potential viewers away.

Despite the negative reception for the film, many viewers spoke highly of Keanu Reeves’ portrayal of the titular character. His performance was praised as one of the only highlights of the movie. Unfortunately, these compliments were not quite enough to make up for the rest of the failings of the movie.

The failure of the film took a toll on Reeves’ career, as he was unable to completely recover from the flop. Afterword, he starred in various other mediocre and critically derided works, such as The Watcher, The Replacements and Hardball, before signing on for The Matrix in 1999.

The Matrix was the movie that kickstarted Keanu Reeves’ return to fame and was the film that many cite as a key turning point in his career. As the ultimate success of The Matrix led to fantastic roles in other movies like The Lakehouse, Sweet November and Constantine, it is clear Reeves is a survivor and is proving resilient after the failure of Dracula.

While it was in fact a flop, Dracula is an important movie in Keanu Reeves’ career as it gave us a taste of the actor’s potential and what he would eventually become. It is a chapter in the success story of one of Hollywood’s most iconic actors and we are glad he survived it and continues to impress audiences and critics alike.

Before John Wick, Keanu Reeves Starred In One Of Hollywood’s Biggest Flops

Keanu Reeves, one of Hollywood’s most beloved actors, has had a long career in acting. His iconic role as Neo in The Matrix trilogy made him a household name, and modern action fans know him for his role as John Wick. But before playing these iconic characters, Reeves was a part of one of Hollywood’s biggest box office flops: 47 Ronin.

What Is 47 Ronin?

47 Ronin is a historic fantasy retelling of a famous Japanese folktale set in the 18th century. Reeves plays Kai, an outsider to the ronin group. He guides the group on a mission to avenge their fallen master.

The Box Office Flop

Unfortunately, despite its incredible visual effects, the film was a box office flop. Even though the movie had a production budget of over $175 million, it made only a fraction of that back in ticket sales.

What went Wrong?

Ultimately, there were a few factors that lead to the film’s financial failure.

  • It Was Released Too Late: Universal Studios delayed the release of the movie multiple times to adjust the special effects. This meant that the movie was released close to Christmas, an already crowded season for blockbusters.
  • It Wasn’t Well Received: Critics felt that the movie was cliche and that the storyline was too convoluted. As a result, the movie didn’t get the positive reviews it needed to perform well.
  • Lack of Advertising: Despite the large production budget, the studio spent a limited amount on advertising, which meant that potential audiences weren’t made aware of the movie.


Despite its failure at the box office, 47 Ronin was still an impressive feat and a reminder that no matter the movie, anything can still be a success. And Reeves is still the beloved Hollywood star we all know and love, thanks to his iconic role in The Matrix and John Wick.

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