Harlin directed the WWE Studios action movie 12 Rounds starring John Cena. X. Instead Harlin made another foray into low-budget horror with The Covenant which was another moderate commercial success.
His film Cutthroat Island (1995) held the Guinness world record for "Biggest Box-Office Flop of All Time". Harlin's movies have earned US$506543064 in the United States as of January 2013 making him the 87th highest-grossing director in the American market.