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The 20 Biggest Blockbuster Flops of All Time

Since Hollywood began, movies have always run the grand risk of flopping. Not just flopping but super-flopping. Movies that have huge hopes of being mega successes only to collapse majorly due to vari

Since Hollywood began, movies have always run the grand risk of flopping. Not just flopping but super-flopping. Movies that have huge hopes of being mega successes only to collapse majorly due to various factors, from bad marketing to poor reviews to just being no good at all. As time has gone on and budgets getting larger and larger, the risk of mega-flops grows far larger. In 1990, The Bonfire of the Vanities was considered a massive debacle for grossing only $15 million against a $50 million budget which for the time was outrageous. Today, of course, that’s considered low-budget as Hollywood has gone for “bigger is better” approach which just leads to more risk of movies becoming sheer disasters.

Some stand larger than others, usually for a big blockbuster. True, the famous flops of Town & Country and Evan Almighty were notable but those were cases of small comedies that just got ridiculously out of hand, not a blockbuster by any means. No, this list is for the movies that were intended to be big-budget smash hits and instead collapsed big time in losses that rocked their studios and set back careers. Some of these may not seem as huge in budget terms at first but when adjusted for inflation, you can see how much bigger a deal they truly are. Read and marvel at how the dreams of so many stars and executives could turn into nightmares that dashed so many movies to the side.

20 Tomorrowland

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Estimated Loss: $75,681,839

19 The Nutcracker in 3D

via moviocrity.com

Estimated Loss: $81,910,521

18 Supernova

via iscfc.net

Estimated Loss: $82,585,960

17 Treasure Planet

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Estimated Loss: $85,210,943

16 Jupiter Ascending 

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Estimated Loss: $87,056,139

15 The Alamo 

via yannickfrach.edu.glogster.com

Estimated Loss: $94,090,020

14 Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within

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Estimated Loss: $94,434,085

13 The Adventures of Pluto Nash

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Estimated Loss: $96,448,014

12 Stealth

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Estimated Loss: $96,533,564

11 Sahara

via youtube.com

Estimated Loss: $100,365,257

10 Jack the Giant Slayer

via movietv.to

 

Estimated Loss: $86,156,199—101,156,199

9 The Fall of the Roman Empire 

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Estimated Loss: ~$106,000,000 (adjusted for inflation)

A case of a budget that may seem okay but when adjusted for inflation, it’s one of the biggest bombs imaginable. A stand-out of the “swords and sandals” era of the 1950s and ‘60s, it boasted a great cast of Christopher Plummer, Sophia Loren, Alec Guinness and Omar Sharif and excellent detail and many reviews have noted it as far better than most of its ilk. Sadly, that wasn’t enough for moviegoers in 1964 as the film’s budget reached a then-unheard of $20 million and while much of it is on screen, it still stands as a very costly disaster. When adjusted for inflation, its losses are close to $125 million and while the movie is regarded as something of a classic by critics today, it didn’t help Samuel Bronston at the time and helped kill the entire massive epic of the day, a shame considering it’s an actually good flick.

8 R.I.P.D.  

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Estimated Loss: $90,837,890—114,837,890

7 The Lone Ranger

via youtube.com

 

Estimated Loss: $94,748,943—119,748,943

6 Heaven’s Gate

via wunc.org

 

Estimated Loss: ~$121,000,000 (adjusted for inflation)

5 John Carter

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Estimated Loss: $121,630,450

4 Mars Needs Moms

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Estimated Loss: $130,503,621

3 Cutthroat Island 

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Estimated Loss: $137,488,885 (adjusted for inflation)

2 47 Ronin 

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Estimated Loss: $149,518,763

1 The 13th Warrior 

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Estimated Loss: $97,896,514—182,838,584 (adjusted for inflation)

Directed by John McTiernan and based on a novel by Michael Crichton, this 1999 movie hit several delays which is natural for a historical action film. Only they became more and more common with bad weather and larger budget needed to cover constant rewrites. Antonio Banderas played an Arab poet forced to join a group of Vikings battling other enemies with the movie shot in 1997 for an intended 1998 release. However, test audiences didn’t react well to the footage shown and thus various reshoots and re-edits were made, each one driving the picture’s budget up toward a reported $160 million. It ended up grossing $60 million worldwide and while the exact numbers have never been confirmed, it’s been estimated its losses could reach $130 million, a massive collapse that still stands as tops in blockbusters that failed to succeed.

 

Sources: wikipedia.org

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