The biggest box-office movie failures of all time

Even if a film costs millions to produce, that doesn't mean it will be a success. Discover the biggest losers in the box office.

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It’s always fun to hate a horrible movie with your friends. However, it is not at all amusing for a studio to have a major film failure. If a film fails to reach the break-even point, tons of money are lost for all those who have invested in the film, such as the distributor, the studio and the production company.

The reason why films fail varies: excessive spending, poor planning or a terrible scenario. Is your favourite movie on this list? We hope not!

18. Pan (2015)

Pan/IMDB

Estimated minimum loss: $86 to $150 million

Pan has been most criticized negatively, with critics accusing him of having a poor plot and heavy reliance on CGI. Unfortunately for this remake of Peter Pan, not only did he have a huge budget of $150 million, but he spent between $100 million and $125 million on marketing. Marketing can save or sink a movie!

Estimated loss, adjusted for inflation: $89 to $155 million
Production budget: $150 million
Gross amount: $128.4 million

17. A Wrinkle in Time (2018)

Disney Enterprises/IMDB

Estimated minimum loss: $86 to $186 million

Everyone remembers devouring this book published in 1962 when they were just a child. People did not like the film adaptation of Madeleine L’Engle’s book, however, even though Oprah Winfrey was the star. His graphics and his big heart impressed critics, but some found him to be “unbridledly ambitious to the end”.

Estimated loss, adjusted for inflation: Same
Production budget: $130 million
Gross amount: $132.7 million

16. Jack the Giant Slayer (2013)

Warner Brothers Picture/IMDB

Estimated minimum loss: $86 to $106 million

A bland and impersonal story? Digital effects too intense? This film has both, according to the general consensus on Rotten Tomatoes. The aggregator gave mixed results – a 51% approval rating based on about 195 reviews. But some movie critics liked watching Jack the Giant Slayer.

Estimated loss, adjusted for inflation: $90 to $111 million
Production budget: $185-200 million
Gross amount: $197.7 million

15. Jupiter Ascending (2015)

Warner Brothers Entertainment Inc/IMDB

Estimated minimum loss: $87 to $120 million

There was no ascent to Jupiter when it came to these ticket sales. Despite Warner Brothers’ ambition with this film, it only earned $47 million from national audiences. This film was a “space opera”, a concept that the audience may have grown tired of. There are a lot of films about space, aren’t there?

Estimated loss, adjusted for inflation: $90 to $124 million
Production budget: $175 million
Gross amount: $184 million

14. Evan Almighty (2007)

Evan Almighty/The Telegraph

Estimated minimum loss: $88 million

This comedy didn’t make all the difference at the box office. Evan Almighty, starring the actor from The Office Steve Carrell, is a derivative and sequel to Bruce Almighty‘s 2003 film, but it seems he couldn’t match his predecessor. Critics criticized him because he was very interested in special effects, but he didn’t have a sense of laughter.

Estimated loss, adjusted for inflation: $104 million
Production budget: $175 million
Gross amount: $173.4 million

13. Cutthroat Island (1995)

Cutthroat Island/IMDB

Estimated minimum loss: $89 million

After the failure of this film, Hollywood avoided pirates. Fortunately, Disney didn’t listen and was successful with Pirates of the Caribbean, but Cutthroat Island wasn’t so lucky…. His gross box office sales maintained him in the Guinness Book of World Records category “biggest box office flop”.

Estimated loss, adjusted for inflation: $143 million
Production budget: $98 million
Gross amount: $18.3 million

12. R.I.P.D. (2013)

Universial Pictures/IMDB

Estimated minimum loss: $91 to $115 million

Ryan Reynolds and Jeff Bridges are cop buddies in this action movie based on Peter M. Lenkov’s comic book Rest in Peace Department. I guess we have another common problem here: the book was better than the movie! R.I.P.D. has been both a commercial and critical failure.

Estimated loss, adjusted for inflation: $96 to $121 million
Production budget: $130 to $154 million
Gross amount: $78.3 million

11. The Promise (2016)

The Promise/IMDB

Estimated minimum loss: $94 to $102.1 million

There were a ton of movies called The Promise. To distinguish them, don’t forget that the 2016 version was the major bomb. The studio insisted that the purpose of the film was to draw attention to the story, not to make money. At least they didn’t promise money to the studio….

Estimated loss, adjusted for inflation: $96 to $104 million
Production budget: $90 million
Gross amount: $10.5 million

10. Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within (2001)

Columbia Pictures/IMDB

Estimated minimum loss: $94 million

The revolutionary animation of the film was intended to dazzle movie lovers, but instead it ruined the studio’s bank. Final Fantasy‘s advanced animation processes have made it possible to create photorealistic images, but also to increase the film’s budget to $137 million. He also joined stars such as Alec Baldwin, Steve Buscemi and Ving Rhames, but was still unable to break even.

Estimated loss, adjusted for inflation: $130 million
Production budget: $137 million
Gross amount: $85.1 million

9. The Mummy (2017)

Universal Studios/IMDB

Estimated minimum loss: $95 million

Turns out it was the last opus of The Mummy. There were other films in the franchise, but this one was the worst, unfortunately. His underperformance was attributed to poor critical and public reactions, as well as “blockbuster fatigue”, according to Deadline Hollywood. Do you think the public is tired of blockbusters?

Estimated loss, adjusted for inflation: Same
Production budget: $195 million
Gross amount: $409.1 million

8. Stealth (2005)

Stealth/IMDB

Estimated minimum loss: $96 million

This action film follows three fighter pilots as they join an automated stealth aircraft program. This seems to be an interesting premise, but its execution was not. He opened in 4th place, then lost more than half his audience during his second weekend. The critics were also not very kind to Stealth.

Estimated loss, adjusted for inflation: $120 million
Production budget: $135 million
Gross amount: $76.9 million

7. 47 Ronin (2013)

47 Ronin/IMDB

Estimated minimum loss: $97 to $150 million

This film has had multiple problems from the beginning, reports Cheat Sheet. It had the same name as a Japanese epic, but had nothing to do with it. Changing the name only confused the fans rather than adding legitimacy to the film. Second, they used actors unknown to the American public.

Estimated loss, adjusted for inflation: $102 to $158 million
Production budget: $175 to $225 million
Gross amount: $151.8 million

6. Titan A.E. (2000)

Twentieth Century Fox/IMDB

Estimated minimum loss: $100 million

This cartoon action movie had some big names like Matt Damon, Nathan Lane and Drew Barrymore, but it still cost the studio a lot of money. He opened at number 5, then lost momentum during his second weekend. People didn’t feel Titan A.E. It turns out that a movie needs a lot more than some famous actors.

Estimated loss, adjusted for inflation: $142 million
Production budget: $75-90 million
Gross amount: $36.8 million

5. Mars Needs Moms (2011)

Walt Disney Pictures/IMDB

Estimated minimum loss: $100 to $144 million

Mars Needs Moms is an example of a classic Hollywood budget overrun. Its $150 million budget overshadowed some of the largest film budgets, making it difficult for Pixar, even a huge animation studio, to take advantage of it. In addition to the $25 million spent on marketing, Mars Needs Moms was light years away from break-even.

Estimated loss, adjusted for inflation: $109 to $157 million
Production budget: $150 million
Gross amount: $39 million

4. Monster Trucks (2016)

Paramount/IMDB

Estimated minimum loss: $109 to $123.1 million

Not everyone likes monster trucks. In addition to losing a ton of money in the studio, critic aggregator Rotten Tomatoes gave the film a score of 31% based on 85 reviews. On Metacritic, Monster Trucks received more mixed reviews – 41% according to 23 reviews.

Estimated loss, adjusted for inflation: $111 to $126 million
Production budget: $125 million
Gross amount: $64.5 million

3. King Arthur: Legend of the Sword (2017)

King Arthur Legend of the Sword/IMDB

Estimated minimum loss: $115 to $153.2 million

A reimagining of King Arthur’s classic story, King Arthur was supposed to be a blockbuster with rising star Charlie Hunnam and renowned director Guy Ritchie. However, it failed because of poor planning, poor timing and jaded viewers, says The Guardian. Looks like a recipe for a box office bomb, doesn’t it?

Estimated loss, adjusted for inflation: $115 to $153 million
Production budget: $175 million
Gross amount: $148.7 million

2. John Carter (2012)

Frank Connor/Disney Enterprises Inc

Estimated minimum loss: $122 to $200 million

Critics have severely criticized John Carter. Here is what has been said about Rotten Tomatoes: “While John Carter looks superb and offers his share of thrills, he also suffers from an uneven pace and sometimes from an incomprehensible plot and characterization”. These mistakes proved very costly for all those who invested in this film.

Estimated loss, adjusted for inflation: $130 to $213 million
Production budget: $263.7 million
Gross amount: $284.1 million

1. Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas (2003)

Dreamworks/IMDB

Estimated minimum loss: $125 million

Fun fact: Sinbad was the last animation hand-drawn by Dreamworks. It’s not that funny: he lost the largest amount of money on our list today. Apparently, he lost so much that he almost ruined Dreamworks. They tried an aggressive marketing strategy in vain. Guess what lost them?

Estimated loss, adjusted for inflation: $166 million
Production budget: $60 million
Gross amount: $80.8 million


Source: finance101