There are several movies that flop each year. Expectations are high and the films don't live up to them, it's common. Unfortunately, accurate numbers are never really available because Hollywood's accountants are great at hiding money and studios rarely divulge how much of a bath they took with certain films, lest it sully their reputation. That being said, we have rough estimates and even those aren't pretty. Some flops have massive budgets with lesser-known stars like John Carter and just fail miserably. More often than not, films that have an A-lister in the cast will be able to recoup any losses, even if the movie is terrible. Big names bring in big bucks. That's why when Will Smith makes a horrible movie, like After Earth, it doesn't lose boatloads of money. But that's not always the case and that's why we're here today.
Some movies aim for the stars. They bring in a big cast, set up a huge budget and then proceed to film a pile of garbage. These are the flops that we're most interested in. The box-office bombs that were so bad that even A-list actors couldn't save them. Some of these films were so disastrous they put the entire studio that funded them in danger. It's tough to wipe your hands of losses in excess of $100 million, even for the billionaires in the Hollywood studios. So we've gathered up some of the biggest flops with the biggest casts to see which is the worst of them all. Let's count them down. We'll start with the lowest losses and work our way up to the biggest losers. Some of the numbers are only ranges, so we've split the difference. Here are the 15 worst A-lister movie fails ever.
15 Gigli - $93 Million
14 Hart's War - $100 Million
13 How Do You Know - $100 Million
12 Jupiter Ascending - Over $100 Million
11 Windtalkers - Over $100 Million
10 Battlefield Earth - Over $100 Million
9 Evan Almighty - Over $100 Million
8 R.I.P.D - $110 Million
7 The Postman - $100 Million - $120 Million
6 Sahara - $120 Million
5 The Lone Ranger - $115 Million - $160 Million
4 The 13th Warrior - $100 Million - $180 Million
3 47 Ronin - $100 Million - $150 Million
2 The Adventures of Pluto Nash - $130 Million
1 Cutthroat Island - $140 Million
Geena Davis, Matthew Modine and Frank Langella, in a pirate comedy film, what ever could go wrong? Well, apparently everything. After you adjust for inflation, the 1995 Cutthroat Island is the biggest flop in film history, losing almost $140 million. With a budget between $100 and $115 million, the filmmakers of Cutthroat Island were probably just hoping to recover their costs after the shoot had so many issues. People were dropping out of the film, stars were threatening to quit, others were getting fired for threatening to expose themselves to Geena Davis (that truly happened), things were not going well. Sadly, no amount of hopes, prayers or Facebook likes could save this film. It would only bring in about $10 million in theaters. It proved to be a sinking ship that could not be rescued. Many also blame the film for damaging the career of Davis, an actress who was once very highly thought of in Hollywood. So it’s a star-killer too. Bless your heart Cutthroat Island. You never even stood a chance.
Sources: Wikipedia; CheatSheet; BuzzFeed
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