I agree that “The Thing” was a great movie, for that genre. I didn’t know it was a flop - well it wasn't exactly a flop, strictly speaking.
Its budget was $15 million; it made $19 million at the US box office.
But it should have made tons more money. At the time, most critics panned it.
Remember the great minimalist music in the film?
Well, the film's score was nominated for a Razzie Award - WTF?!