Biggest Box Office Financial Flops Ever

Entertainment Review

It’s summer blockbuster time! And with plenty of great movies coming out, here’s a most notable list of forgettable and horrible movies which never regained their financial investment – becoming epic flops in movie industry history:

  1. John Carter (2012) – costing roughly $275 million to make and another $100 million to market, analysts estimate earned back $280 million worldwide. The movie was so bad, Disney (who produced it), announced to shareholders that the company would take a $200 million loss on the movie.
  2. 47 Ronin (2013) – this fantasy-genre, but sad ripoff of The Last Samurai cost an estimated $225 million with another $100 million to market. Universal Studios (who produced the movie) wrote off $175 million “all before the movie had seen the inside of a theater and sold a single ticket.”
  3. The Adventures of Pluto Nash (2002) – ever wonder why Eddie Murphy doesn’t make movies anymore? Just look this one up. I’m not even going to provide the sad figures on this epic fail of a movie.
  4. R.I.P.D. (2013) – most people don’t even remember this comic-based movie – but it’s part of a slew of Ryan Reynolds flops that was release. It cost Universal Studios $154 million to make and another $40 million to market. Unfortunately it only earned back $78.3 million with its cheap laughs, stereotypical characters, and convoluted story.
  5. Windtalkers (2002) – ever wonder why John Woo doesn’t make movies for Hollywood anymore? Don’t get me wrong, I think the story of the Windtalkers is a great one. But this movie was poorly written with action scenes that just dragged on with little purpose. It cost MGM studios $120 million to make and another $39 million to market, but earned just $77.6 million back. In today’s dollars, that’s about a $106 million loss.

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Kue has a Masters in Business Administrations (MBA) from California State University, Fresno. He works as the Director of Education and Outreach for the California Department of Business Oversight in addition to being a contributing writer for news, business, and international blogs. He has also written, directed, and produced an award-winning film as well as authored several books on business, philosophy, and Asian folk lore.