You can see the same in movie industry. Dark City and Sucker Punch were total flops. Fight club didn't do really well. Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole (2010) was out-grossed by lame movies like Rio by several times.
On the other hand there are stuff like Matrix, The Crow (1994), Pulp Fiction (1994) which did really well in box office. Nothing seems right...or have we grasped it completely wrong. The success might not lie in the quality or quantity of some product/creation. Just stop trying to make everything fit into your algorithm. It's a hopeless attempt to do so. Instead, try something that is context based. Just work your mind to figure out the answer.The answer does not lie within the product/creation. Move away from that tiny little circle and you'll see what really matters. Here is some help.