I don’t know what the producers were smoking when they decided to make these films. From the bizarre to the boring and the just plain stupid, we count down the films that lost serious amounts of money at the box office. This just goes to show, sometimes producers have no idea what people really want. Films are all about taking risks, but why risk millions and millions of dollars on ridiculous films like Battlefield Earth, Mars Needs Moms, and Rollerball?
We may laugh and point fingers at these laughably poor films, but people’s careers were probably ended because of them. Who is at fault? Is it the writer, who failed to create an interesting script? Is it the director, who failed to adequately bring the script to life? Or does the fault lie with the actors, whose terrible performances incited groans from cinemas worldwide? The truth is that it depends on the film. One thing to remember though, is that every single one of these terrible films was once someone’s baby, their life’s work and a project they poured everything they had into. This fact just makes their failures even more hilarious.
This list focuses not on the worst movies of all time, but the movies that suffered the biggest losses of all time. These are films with budgets of around $100 million, films that were intended to be blockbusters. But in the end, they not only failed to make a profit, they lost tens of millions of dollars and ended up as the laughing stock of the entire entertainment industry. So what’s the moral of the story here? Simple. It doesn’t matter how much a movie is hyped up and advertised, it doesn’t matter how much money is spent or how many big-name actors are hired - if the film itself stinks, the people will spread the word and make sure it goes in the garbage where it belongs.
10 Rollerball (2002)
9 Red Planet (2000)
8 The Nutcracker 3D (2010)
7 The Adventures Of Pluto Nash (2002)
6 The Astronaut’s Wife (1999)
5 Battlefield Earth (2000)
4 How Do You Know (2010)
3 Mars Need Moms (2011)
2 Dudley Do Right (1999)
1 The Postman (1997)
The Postman was a film that was produced and directed by Kevin Costner, who also starred in the film as the main character. Like Costner's other film, Waterworld, this movie takes place in the post-apocalyptic future of 2013 (it was made in 1997). It had a budget of $80 million, which was a lot of money back in 1997, but that didn't stop this movie from being a complete failure at the box office. The plot has the potential to be interesting, but in the end its just a film about a guy pretending to be a mailman ... not the most gripping of story lines. The film only managed to gross $18 million at the box office. The film received extremely negative reviews, both in the press and online. It has a rotten tomatoes score of 9%. Since this film, Costner is rarely seen in films anymore, but in truth his career was already on a downward spiral at the time he made this film.
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