List Of Movies Generating Losses

In the film and media industry, if a film released in theatres fails to break even by a large amount, it is considered a box office bomb or box office flop, thus losing money for the distributor, studio, and/or production company that invested in it. Due to the secrecy surrounding costs and profit margins in the film industry, figures of losses are usually rough estimates at best, and there are often conflicting estimates over how much a film has lost. To accommodate this uncertainty the losses are presented as ranges where this is the case and the list is ordered alphabetically in the absence of a definitive order. Because the films on the list have been released over a large span of time currency inflation is also a factor that must be considered, so the losses are adjusted for inflation using the United States Consumer Price Index to enable a fair comparison.

Many films on this list grossed more than their production budgets but yet are still regarded as flops. This can be due to Hollywood accounting practices that typically manipulate profits or keep costs secret to avoid profit-sharing agreements,[1] but it is also possible for films to lose money legitimately even when the theatrical gross exceeds the budget. This is because a distributor does collect the full gross, and the full cost of a film can substantially exceed its production budget once distribution and marketing is taken into account. For example, tax filings in 2010 for Cinemark Theatres show that only 54.5 percent of ticket revenues went to the distibutor, with the exhibitor retaining the rest. While the distributor's cut will vary from film to film, a Hollywood studio will typically collect half the gross in the United States and less in other parts of the world. Marketing often represents a substantial share of the overall cost of the picture too: for a film with an average sized budget the promotion and advertising costs are typically half that of the production budget, and in the case of smaller films it is not unusual for the cost of the marketing to be higher than the production budget.[2] In some cases, a company can make profits from a box office bomb when ancillary revenues are taken into account, such as home media sales and rentals, television broadcast rights, and licensing rights, so a film that loses money at the box office can still eventually break even.[3]

Biggest box office bombs

The following list is limited to films that are potentially among the top one hundred box office losses, adjusted for inflation (approximately upper-bound losses of $60 million or higher).

  film currently playingBackground shading indicates films playing in the week commencing 18 August 2017 in theaters around the world.


Biggest box office bombs
Title Year Production budget Gross Estimated loss Ref
Nominal [nb 1]
The 13th Warrior 1999 $100,000,000-160,000,000 $61,700,000 $69,000,000-129,000,000 $99,000,000-185,000,000 [# 1]
47 Ronin 2013 $151,800,000 $98,000,000-150,000,000 $101,000,000-154,000,000 [# 2]
The Adventures of Baron Munchausen 1988 $23,500,000 $8,100,000 $38,500,000 $78,000,000 [# 3]
The Adventures of Pluto Nash 2002 $100,000,000 $7,100,000 $96,000,000 $128,000,000 [# 4]
2000 $76,000,000-98,600,000 $35,100,000 $63,500,000 $88,000,000 [# 5]
The Alamo 2004 $107,000,000 $25,800,000 $94,000,000 $119,000,000 [# 6]
Alexander 2004 $155,000,000 $167,300,000 $71,000,000 $90,000,000 [# 7]
Ali 2001 $107,000,000 $87,700,000 $63,000,000 $85,000,000 [# 8]
Alice Through the Looking Glass 2016 $170,000,000 $299,500,000 $70,000,000+ $70,000,000+ [# 9]
Allied 2016 $85,000,000 $118,600,000 $75,000,000-90,000,000 $75,000,000-90,000,000 [# 10]
Aloha 2015 $37,000,000 $26,300,000 $65,000,000 $66,000,000 [# 11]
Around the World in 80 Days 2004 $110,000,000 $72,200,000 $74,000,000 $94,000,000 [# 12]
The Astronaut's Wife 1999 $75,000,000 $19,600,000 $65,000,000 $93,000,000 [# 13]
Ballistic: Ecks vs. Sever 2002 $70,000,000 $19,900,000 $70,100,000 $93,000,000 [# 14]
Battlefield Earth 2000 $73,000,000-103,000,000 $29,700,000 $73,300,000 $102,000,000 [# 15]
Battleship 2012 $209,000,000 $303,000,000 $58,000,000 $61,000,000 [# 16]
Beloved 1998 $80,000,000 $22,900,000 $68,500,000 $101,000,000 [# 17]
Ben-Hur 2016 $100,000,000 $94,100,000 $75,000,000-121,700,000 $75,000,000-120,000,000 [# 18]
The BFG 2016 $140,000,000 $179,600,000 $77,000,000-100,000,000 $77,000,000-100,000,000 [# 19]
Blackhat 2015 $70,000,000 $19,700,000 $68,000,000-90,000,000 $69,000,000-91,000,000 [# 20]
Catwoman 2004 $100,000,000 $82,100,000 $52,900,000 $67,000,000 [# 21]
Chill Factor 1999 $70,000,000 $11,800,000 $64,000,000 $92,000,000 [# 22]
The Chronicles of Riddick 2004 $105,000,000-120,000,000 $115,800,000 $47,000,000-73,000,000 $60,000,000-93,000,000 [# 23]
Conan the Barbarian 2011 $90,000,000 $48,800,000 $60,000,000-66,000,000 $64,000,000-70,000,000 [# 24]
The Cotton Club 1984 $47,000,000 $25,900,000 $32,100,000 $74,000,000 [# 25]
Cowboys & Aliens 2011 $163,000,000 $174,800,000 $63,000,000-75,000,000 $67,000,000-80,000,000 [# 26]
Cutthroat Island [nb 2] 1995 $98,000,000 $18,300,000 $89,000,000 $140,000,000 [# 27]
Deepwater Horizon 2016 $110,000,000-120,000,000 $119,500,000 $60,000,000-118,000,000 $60,000,000-118,000,000 [# 28]
Doctor Dolittle 1967 $17,000,000 $9,000,000 $10,800,000 $78,000,000 [# 29]
Driven 2001 $94,000,000 $54,700,000 $67,000,000 $91,000,000 [# 30]
Dudley Do-Right 1999 $70,000,000 $10,000,000 $65,000,000 $93,000,000 [# 31]
Ender's Game 2013 $110,000,000 $125,500,000 $69,000,000 $71,000,000 [# 32]
Evan Almighty 2007 $175,000,000 $173,400,000 $88,000,000 $102,000,000 [# 33]
The Fall of the Roman Empire 1964 $18,400,000 $4,800,000 $14,300,000 $110,000,000 [# 34]
Fantastic Four 2015 $120,000,000-125,000,000 $168,000,000 $80,000,000-100,000,000 $81,000,000-101,000,000 [# 35]
Fathers' Day 1997 $85,000,000 $35,700,000 $67,000,000 $100,000,000 [# 36]
Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within 2001 $137,000,000 $85,100,000 $94,000,000 $127,000,000 [# 37]
The Finest Hours 2016 $70,000,000-80,000,000 $52,100,000 $75,000,000 $75,000,000 [# 38]
Ghost in the Shell film currently playing 2017 $110,000,000 $169,800,000 $60,000,000 $60,000,000 [# 39]
Ghostbusters 2016 $144,000,000 $229,100,000 $75,000,000 $75,000,000 [# 40]
Gigli 2003 $75,600,000 $7,300,000 $72,000,000 $94,000,000 [# 41]
Gods and Generals 2003 $55,000,000-60,00,000 $12,900,000 $47,100,000 $61,000,000 [# 42]
Gods of Egypt 2016 $140,000,000 $150,700,000 $80,000,000-90,000,000 $80,000,000-90,000,000 [# 43]
The Good Dinosaur 2015 $175,000,000-200,000,000 $332,200,000 $85,000,000 $86,000,000 [# 44]
The Great Raid 2005 $80,000,000 $10,800,000 $75,000,000 $92,000,000 [# 45]
The Great Wall 2016 $150,000,000 $332,000,000 $75,000,000 $75,000,000 [# 46]
Green Lantern 2011 $200,000,000 $219,900,000 $69,000,000-90,000,000 $73,000,000-96,000,000 [# 47]
Happy Feet Two 2011 $135,000,000 $158,000,000 $65,000,000 $69,000,000 [# 48]
Hard Rain 1998 $70,000,000 $19,900,000 $60,000,000 $88,000,000 [# 49]
Hart's War 2002 $70,000,000-95,000,000 $32,300,000 $62,700,000 $93,000,000-126,000,000 [# 50]
Heaven's Gate 1980 $44,000,000 $3,500,000 $40,500,000 $118,000,000 [# 51]
Hello, Dolly! 1969 $25,300,000 $33,200,000 $10,000,000 $65,000,000 [# 52]
How Do You Know 2010 $100,000,000 $48,700,000 $76,000,000-105,000,000 $83,000,000-115,000,000 [# 53]
Hudson Hawk 1991 $65,000,000 $17,200,000 $47,800,000 $84,000,000 [# 54]
Hugo 2011 $150,000,000-170,000,000 $185,800,000 $57,000,000-92,000,000 $61,000,000-98,000,000 [# 55]
The Huntsman: Winter's War 2016 $115,000,000 $165,000,000 $75,000,000 $75,000,000 [# 56]
Inchon 1982 $46,000,000 $5,200,000 $40,800,000 $101,000,000 [# 57]
Instinct 1999 $80,000,000 $34,100,000 $63,000,000 $91,000,000 [# 58]
The Invasion 2007 $80,000,000 $4,000,000 $71,000,000 $82,000,000 [# 59]
Ishtar 1987 $51,000,000-55,000,000 $14,400,000 $40,600,000 $86,000,000 [# 60]
Jack Frost 1998 $85,000,000 $34,600,000 $68,000,000 $100,000,000 [# 61]
Jack the Giant Slayer 2013 $185,000,000-200,000,000 $197,700,000 $86,000,000-106,000,000 $88,000,000-109,000,000 [# 62]
John Carter 2012 $263,700,000 $284,100,000 [# 63]
Jupiter Ascending 2015 $175,000,000 $184,000,000 $87,000,000-120,000,000 $88,000,000-121,000,000 [# 64]
King Arthur: Legend of the Sword film currently playing 2017 $175,000,000 $140,800,000 $150,000,000 $150,000,000 [# 65]
K-19: The Widowmaker 2002 $100,000,000 $65,700,000 $67,000,000 $89,000,000 [# 66]
Krull 1983 $27,000,000 $16,500,000 $33,500,000 $81,000,000 [# 67]
Land of the Lost 2009 $100,000,000 $68,800,000 $64,000,000-66,000,000 $71,000,000-74,000,000 [# 68]
The Last Castle 2001 $72,000,000 $27,600,000 $44,400,000 $60,000,000 [# 69]
Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return 2014 $70,000,000 $18,700,000 $71,000,000 $72,000,000 [# 70]
Live by Night 2016 $65,000,000 $22,300,000 $75,000,000 $75,000,000 [# 71]
Lolita 1997 $62,000,000 $1,100,000 $61,000,000 $91,000,000 [# 72]
The Lone Ranger 2013 $225,000,000-250,000,000 $260,500,000 $95,000,000-190,000,000 $98,000,000-195,000,000 [# 73]
The Lovely Bones 2009 $65,000,000 $93,600,000 $58,000,000 $65,000,000 [# 74]
Lucky You 2007 $55,000,000 $8,400,000 $61,000,000 $70,000,000 [# 75]
The Man from U.N.C.L.E. 2015 $75,000,000 $109,800,000 $80,000,000 $81,000,000 [# 76]
Mars Needs Moms 2011 $150,000,000 $39,000,000 $100,000,000-144,000,000 $106,000,000-153,000,000 [# 77]
Monkeybone 2001 $75,000,000 $7,600,000 $71,000,000 $96,000,000 [# 78]
Monster Trucks 2016 $125,000,000 $64,500,000 $115,000,000 $115,000,000 [# 79]
Nine 2009 $80,000,000 $54,000,000 $57,000,000 $64,000,000 [# 80]
The Nutcracker in 3D 2010 $90,000,000 $16,200,000 $82,000,000 $90,000,000 [# 81]
One from the Heart 1982 $26,000,000 $600,000 $25,400,000 $63,000,000 [# 82]
Osmosis Jones 2001 $70,000,000 $14,000,000 $63,000,000 $85,000,000 [# 83]
Pan 2015 $150,000,000 $128,400,000 $93,000,000-150,000,000 $94,000,000-152,000,000 [# 84]
Peter Pan 2003 $130,600,000 $122,000,000 $70,000,000 $91,000,000 [# 85]
Pixels 2015 $88,000,000 $244,900,000 $75,000,000 $76,000,000 [# 86]
Poseidon 2006 $160,000,000 $181,700,000 $69,000,000-77,000,000 $82,000,000-91,000,000 [# 87]
The Postman 1997 $80,000,000 $20,800,000 $70,000,000 $104,000,000 [# 88]
R.I.P.D. 2013 $130,000,000-154,000,000 $78,300,000 $91,000,000-115,000,000 $94,000,000-118,000,000 [# 89]
Red Planet 2000 $80,000,000 $33,500,000 $63,000,000 $88,000,000 [# 90]
Revolution 1985 $28,000,000 $400,000 $27,600,000 $61,000,000 [# 91]
Rise of the Guardians 2012 $145,000,000 $306,900,000 $87,000,000 $91,000,000 [# 92]
Rollerball 2002 $70,000,000 $25,900,000 $54,000,000 $72,000,000 [# 93]
Rush Hour 3 2007 $140,000,000 $258,000,000 $59,000,000 $68,000,000 [# 94]
Sahara 2005 $160,000,000 $119,300,000 $78,400,000-100,000,000 $96,000,000-123,000,000 [# 95]
Seventh Son 2015 $95,000,000 $114,200,000 $85,000,000 $86,000,000 [# 96]
Soldier 1998 $60,000,000-75,000,000 $14,600,000 $60,000,000 $88,000,000 [# 97]
A Sound of Thunder 2005 $80,000,000 $11,700,000 $74,000,000 $91,000,000 [# 98]
Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas 2003 $60,000,000 $80,800,000 $125,000,000 $163,000,000 [# 99]
Speed Racer 2008 $120,000,000 $93,900,000 $73,000,000-81,000,000 $81,000,000-90,000,000 [# 100]
Sphere 1998 $73,000,000-80,000,000 $50,100,000 $61,000,000 $90,000,000 [# 101]
Stealth 2005 $135,000,000 $76,900,000 $96,000,000 $118,000,000 [# 102]
Supernova 2000 $90,000,000 $14,800,000 $83,000,000 $115,000,000 [# 103]
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows 2016 $135,000,000 $245,600,000 $75,000,000 $75,000,000 [# 104]
Titan A.E. 2000 $75,000,000-90,000,000 $36,800,000 $100,000,000 $139,000,000 [# 105]
Tomorrowland 2015 $180,000,000-190,000,000 $209,200,000 $76,000,000-150,000,000 $77,000,000-152,000,000 [# 106]
Town & Country 2001 $90,000,000 $10,400,000 $85,000,000 $115,000,000 [# 107]
Treasure Planet 2002 $140,000,000 $109,600,000 $85,000,000 $113,000,000 [# 108]
Windtalkers 2002 $115,000,000-120,000,000 $77,600,000 $76,000,000-81,000,000 $101,000,000-108,000,000 [# 109]
The Wolfman 2010 $150,000,000 $139,800,000 $76,000,000-80,000,000 $83,000,000-88,000,000 [# 110]
xXx: State of the Union 2005 $113,100,000 $71,000,000 $78,000,000 $96,000,000 [# 111]
Zoom 2006 $75,600,000 $12,500,000 $69,000,000 $82,000,000 [# 112]

See also

Notes

  1. ^ Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis Community Development Project. "Consumer Price Index (estimate) 1800-". Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. Retrieved 2017. 
  2. ^ Cutthroat Island was once listed as having the "largest box office loss" by Guinness World Records,[4][5] but the category has since been retired.

References

  1. ^ Susman, Gary (April 14, 2015). "The 19 Biggest Box Office Bombs in Movie History". Moviefone. Retrieved 2015. 
  2. ^ Anders, Charlie Jane (January 31, 2011). "How much money does a movie need to make to be profitable?". io9. Retrieved 2013. 
  3. ^ Davidson, Adam (June 26, 2012). "How Does the Film Industry Actually Make Money". The New York Times. Retrieved 2015. 
  4. ^ "Largest Box Office Loss". Guinness World Records. HIT Entertainment. Archived from the original on November 27, 2005. Retrieved 2013. 
  5. ^ McClintock, Pamela (July 8, 2013). "Why 'Mars Needs Moms' bombed for Disney". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2013. Other infamous financial flops include Renny Harlin's pirate pic Cutthroat Island -- listed in the Guinness Book of Records as the biggest bomb of all time -- Sahara, The Adventures of Pluto Nash and Gigli. 

Chart sources

  1. ^ The 13th Warrior
  2. ^ 47 Ronin
  3. ^ The Adventures of Baron Munchausen
  4. ^ The Adventures of Pluto Nash
  5. ^ The Adventures of Rocky & Bullwinkle
  6. ^ The Alamo
  7. ^ Alexander
  8. ^ Ali
  9. ^ Alice Through the Looking Glass
  10. ^ Allied
  11. ^ Aloha
  12. ^ Around the World in 80 Days
  13. ^ The Astronaut's Wife
  14. ^ Ballistic
  15. ^ Battlefield Earth
  16. ^ Battleship
  17. ^ Beloved
  18. ^ Ben-Hur
  19. ^ The BFG
  20. ^ Blackhat
  21. ^ Catwoman
  22. ^ Chill Factor
  23. ^ The Chronicles of Riddick
  24. ^ Conan the Barbarian
  25. ^ The Cotton Club
  26. ^ Cowboys & Aliens
  27. ^ Cutthroat Island
  28. ^ Deepwater Horizon
  29. ^ Doctor Doolittle
  30. ^ Driven
  31. ^ Dudley Do-Right
  32. ^ Ender's Game
  33. ^ Evan Almighty
  34. ^ The Fall of the Roman Empire
  35. ^ Fantastic Four
  36. ^ Father's Day
  37. ^ Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within
  38. ^ The Finest Hours
  39. ^ Ghost in the Shell
  40. ^ Ghostbusters
  41. ^ Gigli
  42. ^ Gods and Generals
  43. ^ Gods of Egypt
  44. ^ The Good Dinosaur
  45. ^ The Great Raid
  46. ^ The Great Wall
  47. ^ Green Lantern
  48. ^ Happy Feet Two
  49. ^ Hard Rain
  50. ^ Hart's War
  51. ^ Heaven's Gate
  52. ^ Hello, Dolly!
  53. ^ How Do You Know
  54. ^ Hudson Hawk
  55. ^ Hugo
  56. ^ The Huntsman
  57. ^ Inchon
  58. ^ Instinct
  59. ^ The Invasion
  60. ^ Ishtar
  61. ^ Jack Frost
  62. ^ Jack the Giant Slayer
  63. ^ John Carter
  64. ^ Jupiter Ascending
  65. ^ King Arthur: Legend of the Sword
  66. ^ K-19: The Widowmaker
  67. ^ Krull
  68. ^ Land of the Lost
  69. ^ The Last Castle
  70. ^ Legends of Oz
  71. ^ Live by Night
  72. ^ Lolita
  73. ^ The Lone Ranger
  74. ^ The Lovely Bones
  75. ^ Lucky You
  76. ^ The Man from U.N.C.L.E.
  77. ^ Mars Needs Moms
  78. ^ Monkeybone
  79. ^ Monster Trucks
  80. ^ Nine
  81. ^ The Nutcracker in 3D
  82. ^ One From the Heart
  83. ^ Osmosis Jones
  84. ^ Pan
  85. ^ Peter Pan
  86. ^ Pixels
  87. ^ Poseidon
  88. ^ The Postman
  89. ^ R.I.P.D.
  90. ^ Red Planet
  91. ^ Revolution
  92. ^ Rise of the Guardians
  93. ^ Rollerball
  94. ^ Rush Hour 3
  95. ^ Sahara
  96. ^ Seventh Son
  97. ^ Soldier
  98. ^ A Sound of Thunder
  99. ^ Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas
  100. ^ Speed Racer
  101. ^ Sphere
  102. ^ Stealth
  103. ^ Supernova
  104. ^ Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows
  105. ^ Titan A.E.
  106. ^ Tomorrowland
  107. ^ Town & Country
  108. ^ Treasure Planet
  109. ^ Windtalkers
  110. ^ The Wolfman
  111. ^ XXX: State of the Union
  112. ^ Zoom

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