did everyone think blade runner would be one or Films like Donnie Darko no they just happened.
Well, I can't comment on Blade Runner
, but when me and a few friends saw Donnie Darko
we knew that it gain a larger following in the future.
I think the point it that you can't thrust cult classic status on a movie, especially so soon after its release.
I agree, but no one here said it was a cult classic. They only said that it would be one in the future.
A movie becomes a cult classic when it goes unnoticed initially and gains a small, loyal following later on. Movies like Fight Club, Memento and Donnie Darko didn't do any business when they were in theaters. Watchmen on the other hand did do decent business. People did go to see it. It had action figures and all sorts of other merchandise. It was in the public eye, if only for a brief moment in time.
Money has absolutely no effect on whether a film is a cult classic, nor does it's initial popularity (or lack thereof). A cult classic is a film that has a very loyal, but small group of fans. Theoretically, a film can be well-known among mainstream audiences but still only have a small fanbase.
I don't think Watchmen will become an undiscovered gem. I think those that liked it the first time around will still like it, although maybe not as much as they did when they first saw it, and those that didn't like it will still probably not like it.
While you certainly have the right to your own opinion, I think that your personal feelings toward the film is affecting your prediction too much. Your suggestion that people may not like the movie during repeated viewings as much as they did during their initial viewing seems to stem from your opinion that the film wasn't a good one, and goes off of the assumption that your opinion is the right one and that more people will come around and realize that the film isn't as good as they originally thought it was.
With all due respect, you shouldn't forget that people have different opinions and taste from yourself. Ideally, a prediction should be based off of knowledge about the what you're predicting, good reasoning and accurate data. While personal opinion does and obviously should effect the prediction, it shouldn't be a major influence.