10 Biggest Movie Flops That
Cost A Fortune

Despite the fame, glory and enormous amount of money that movies can bring, not all are successful commercially. Here are 10 biggest movie flops that burned a hole in the investor's pocket.

biggest movie flops

1. 47 Ronin

Production Budget : $225 million

Worldwide Gross : $155 million

Estimated Loss : $152 million

A lot of hope was pinned onto Keanu Reeves shoulders to deliver a hit with the movie 47 Ronin. Something the producers didn’t forecast was the huge flop the movie would turn out to be. Although the movie brought in $155 million, it was nowhere enough to even break even with the production budget and the additional costs. 

2. Mars Needs Moms 

Production Budget : $150 million

Worldwide Gross : $39 million

Estimated Losses : $130 million

The Disney produced movie bombed at the box office. The movie resulted in a $130 million loss to Disney Entertainment. The movie was lambasted for its poor script, plot and storytelling. Disney usually produces blockbusters but this movie definitely proves that one shouldn’t rest on one’s laurels. Seth Green and Seth Dusky star in this box office bomb. 

3. The 13th Warrior

Production Budget : $150 million

Worldwide Gross : $62 million

Estimated Losses : $129 million

The 1999 movie starring Antonio Banderas and Vladimir Kulich failed to capture the hearts of audiences worldwide. The production of the movie increased to around $160 million after all the re-shoots and promotional expenses. Its poor run in the box office cost the producers over $100 million in losses with a worldwide gross of only $62 million. 

4. The Lone Ranger

Production Budget : $250 million

Worldwide Gross : $260 million

Estimated Losses : $129 million

It is usually odd for a movie to be called a flop after raking in $260 million. It’s even odder if the movie is a Johnny Depp starrer. The Lone Ranger is one of the most expensive movies ever. Its production budget alone stood at $250 million. Another $150 million was injected to the marketing budget of the movie. When taking all the amount of money invested on this movie to consideration, a worldwide gross of only $260 million seems meager.

5. R.I.P.D

Production Budget : $154 million

Worldwide Gross : $78 million

Estimated Losses : $114 million

Backed by performances from Ryan Reynolds and Jeff Bridges, R.I.P.D was released in 2013. The movies was heavily likened to the Men In Black franchise and was received poorly by critics. The movie grossed $78 million worldwide and bombed at the box office incurring losses of around $91 million. 

6. John Carter

Production Budget : $250 million

Worldwide Gross : $283 million

Estimated Losses : $109 million

John Carter is another Disney film to make it to this list. The science fiction was released in 2012. The movie performed below expectations at the box office. After $250 million was invested in the movie excluding the costs of re-shoots and promotional campaigns, the movie could only bring in $283 million. The losses stood at over $100 million.

7. Final Fantasy : The Spirits Within

Production Budget : $145 million

Worldwide Gross : $85 million

Estimated Losses : $102 million

The animated movie took over 4 years for completion. For all the hard work that went into making this movie, it received a lukewarm response at the box office. Its worldwide gross stood at $85 million failing to break even. The box office bomb led to the demise of Square Pictures.

8. Jack The Giant Slayer

Production Budget : $200 million

Worldwide Gross : $198 million

Estimated Losses : $100 million

The movie is considered to be one of the biggest flops of modern times. Jack the Giant Slayer is an American fantasy movie based on the fairytale “Jack and the Beanstalk”. The movie grossed $198 million worldwide and even fell short of breaking even with the production budget, let alone the extra marketing expenses. 

9. Sahara

Production Budget : $160 million

Worldwide Gross : $119 million

Estimated Losses : $100 million

The star power of Matthew McConaughey, Steve Zahn and Penelope Cruz could do nothing to save the movie from deep water. $160 million was spent alone on the production costs. An additional amount of $81 million was spent in distribution expenses. It grossed only $119 million at the box office. 

10. Stealth 

Production Budget : $135 million

Worldwide Gross : $77 million

Estimated Losses : $97 million

Although, Stealth had a good line up of cast members in Jessica Biel, Jamie Foxx, Josh Lucas, Joe Morton and a capable director in Rob Cohen, it bombed at the box office.  Stealth’s production budget stood at $135 million which excludes advertising costs and it only made $77 million. The movie turned out to be one of the biggest flops in cinematic history. 

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