23 All-Time Biggest Box Office Bombs
This is a movie even George Clooney and Britt Robertson couldn't save. The stunning visual effects may have attracted young sci-fi fans, but the lack of coherent story killed it for most people. It caused Disney to lose $120-140 million after spending $330 million on production and marketing.
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2. Fantastic Four(2015)
Superhero movies are usually Hollywood blockbusters, but not all of them are successful. Based on the story by comic legend Stan Lee, Fantastic Four has been criticized for its screenplay, visual effects and unfaithfulness to its source material, which all together caused it to lose up to $100 million.
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3. Justice League(2017)
The estimated $300 million production budget endowed the film with fascinating action sequences, but the plot and the pacing were not so good. Being one of the most expensive movies ever made, it grossed $657 million worldwide and lost the studio about $60 million.
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4. The Mummy(2017)
WIth a worldwide opening of $172.4 million, the movie was the biggest global debut for Tom Cruise. However, the plot was more like a speedy unraveling of the Dark Universe, than a campy and exciting story, which pushed the audiences out of the cinema as fast as they’d arrived. The projected loss was estimated to have been up to $95 million.
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5. Ghost in the Shell (2017)
Based on the Japanese manga of the same name and starring heavyweights like Scarlett Johansson, the movie seemed to have everything required to be a hit. But critics gave it a mixed review and many accused it of racism and whitewashing, due to the Caucasian cast. Scarlett Johansson even received death threats. It grossed $169 million worldwide against a production budget of $110 million and is considered a box office bomb.
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6. The Lone Ranger(2013)
After the famous and profitable Pirates of the Caribbean installments, Gore Verbinski, Jerry Bruckheimer and Johnny Depp reunited and created The Lone Ranger. However, the success was not replicated. Having a white man playing a Native American might not have been a good idea. Eventually, the film lost $ 140 million.
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The movie was attached to some early-00s rising stars like Josh Lucas, Jessica Biel, Jamie Foxx, and director Rob Cohen, but that didn't stop it from being a major box office bomb with an estimated $111 million loss. Critics were harsh, too. Roger Ebert said this film was a "dumbed-down Top Gun."
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The film had a notoriously troubled and chaotic production, which may have contributed to the hotchpotch script, poor acting and unrealistic stunts. It lost $147 million (adjusted for inflation) and even made it into Guinness Book of World Records in the “largest box office flop” category. Luckily for the producers, Guinness later got rid of this category.
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9. Blade Runner 2049(2017)
This is actually a pretty good movie with 87 percent on Rotten Tomatoes. Critics praised its script, performances, visual effects and faithfulness to the original film. The box office, however, was less satisfying. Grossing $259 million worldwide, it is estimated to have lost $80 million.
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10. King Arthur: Legend of the Sword(2017)
Everyone knew the story of King Authur and people didn't want to hear it again from Guy Ritchie no matter how colorful the camerawork might be. It lost Warner Bros. and Village Roadshow Pictures over $150 million.
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11. Power Rangers(2017)
The movie was based on a familiar childhood franchise but was criticized for divergences from its source material. Although it was a big flop, losing an estimated $76 million, it was the first superhero film to feature LGBTQ and autistic characters.
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12. Monster Truck(2016)
The film lost the studios over $120 million, and critics were not satisfied either. Rotten Potatoes gives it 31 percent out of 93 reviews, and the consensus reads" the singularly high-concept Monster Trucks shows that it takes more than monsters and trucks to create a compelling feature film."
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Ben-Hur(1959) is a total masterpiece, so it was a shame that Paramount Pictures and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer brought us such a terrible remake in 2016. According to Rotten Tomatoes, the film has few ideas of its own and tries to cover it up with choppy editing and CGI. Hopefully the producers have learned their lesson from an estimated $110 million loss.
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After Steven Spielberg’s Hook (1991), the more recent Peter Pan (2003) and Finding Neverland (2004), viewers might not have wanted to hear the same story again, which was probably why Pan(2015) failed so hard. It grossed $128.4 million against a production budget of $150 million and was widely considered a box office bomb.
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15. 47 Ronin(2013)
This was one of Hollywood's biggest box office bombs with an estimated loss of $152 million. The reasons were complex. RogerEbert.com said the producers couldn't make a balance between fun CGI battles and the more restrained samurai culture. Others blamed the rather dull and unappealing story. Anyway, in the end audiences just didn't want to buy the tickets.
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16. Rise of the Guardians(2012)
The movie received a 74 percent on Rotten Tomatoes-not so bad, but it lost $83 million anyway. The reason might have been a lack of a creative story. After this failure, Dreamworks announced it was laying off 350 employees as part of a company-wide restructuring.
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17. John Carter(2012)
This is a movie that Taylor Kitsch's pecs couldn't save. Critics blamed its uneven pacing and occasionally incomprehensible plotting and characterization. $350 million was spent in production and marketing, and Disney lost $200 million in total.
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18. Mars Needs Moms(2011)
This is a classic tale of overspending. The total budget of the film reached $150 million, making it extremely difficult to break even. In fact, it only grossed $39 million worldwide. Critics were not pleased, either. Rotten Potatoes gave it a 37 percent rating out of 114 reviews and criticized it for "a lack of imagination and heart."
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19. The Nutcracker in 3D(2010)
This adaption of the Christmas classic had some Hollywood heavyweights like Nathan Lane and Elle Fanning, but that didn't stop the harsh critics. Rotten Tomatoes condemned it as "misguided, misconceived and misbegotten on every level'' with a ZERO percent out of 31 viewers. It only grossed $20 million against a $90 million budget.
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20. xXx: State of the Union(2005)
Ice Cube took the lead role in the film, but that couldn't save its illogical story and overuse of CGI. Rotten Tomatoes gave it a 17 percent rating and critics thought it was even more absurd and implausible than the first XXX movie. The total loss was estimated to be $78 million.
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21. Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas(2003)
This movie is not actually that bad, and critics did praise its vocal performances by stars like Brad Pitt, Catherine Zeta-jones and Michelle Pfeiffer. However, audiences were not interested in another cartoon after watching Finding Nemo, released just months prior. Dreamworks lost $125million and promptly abandoned hand-drawn animation.
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22. The Adventures of Pluto Nash(2002)
For a long time, Eddie Murphy seemed a guarantee for box office success – until this movie. It only got 4 percent on Rotten Tomatoes for being "neither adventurous or funny." Everyone was lambasting the script, the humor, acting, and visual effects. The loss is estimated to be $96 million.
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23. Titan A.E.(2000)
With Don Bluth and Gary Goldman directing, Joss Whedon and John August writing, and Matt Damon and Bill Pullman voicing, the movie was supposed to have been a hit. But the box office said no with a $100 million loss. Rotten Tomatoes reviewers thought "the story feels like a cut-and-paste job of other sci-fi movies."