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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. Unless officially acknowledged by studios, figures of losses are usually rough estimates at best. This is mostly due to Hollywood accounting practices that typically manipulate profits or keep costs secret to avoid profit-sharing agreements.[1] 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 performs poorly at the box office can still break even after its theatrical run.[2]

Biggest box office bombs[edit]

The following is a list of the biggest box office losses in the history of the film industry. Because currency devalues over time, it is important to adjust the nominal losses for inflation to make a fair comparison. The list is limited to films that are potentially among the top 100 box office losses, adjusted for inflation ($57 million or higher). It is impossible to provide an exact ranking due to missing data and conflicting estimates for several films.

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Biggest box office bombs
Title Year Production budget Gross Estimated loss Ref
Nominal Adjusted for inflation [nb 1]
The 13th Warrior 1999 $100,000,000–160,000,000 $61,700,000 $69,000,000–129,000,000 $98,000,000–184,000,000 [# 1]
47 Ronin 2013 $175,000,000–225,000,000 $151,800,000 $98,000,000–150,000,000 $100,000,000–153,000,000 [# 2]
The Adventures of Baron Munchausen 1988 $23,500,000 $8,100,000 $38,500,000 $77,000,000 [# 3]
The Adventures of Pluto Nash 2002 $100,000,000 $7,100,000 $96,000,000 $127,000,000 [# 4]
The Adventures of Rocky & Bullwinkle 2000 $76,000,000–98,600,000 $35,100,000 $63,500,000 $87,000,000 [# 5]
The Alamo 2004 $107,000,000 $25,800,000 $94,000,000 $118,000,000 [# 6]
Alexander 2004 $155,000,000 $167,300,000 $71,000,000 $89,000,000 [# 7]
Ali 2001 $107,000,000 $87,700,000 $63,000,000 $84,000,000 [# 8]
Alice Through the Looking Glass 2016 $170,000,000 $299,400,000 $80,000,000+ $80,000,000+ [# 9]
Aloha 2015 $37,000,000 $26,300,000 $65,000,000 $65,000,000 [# 10]
Around the World in 80 Days 2004 $110,000,000 $72,200,000 $74,000,000 $93,000,000 [# 11]
The Astronaut's Wife 1999 $75,000,000 $19,600,000 $65,000,000 $92,000,000 [# 12]
Ballistic: Ecks vs. Sever 2002 $70,000,000 $19,900,000 $70,100,000 $92,000,000 [# 13]
Battlefield Earth 2000 $73,000,000–103,000,000 $29,700,000 $73,300,000 $101,000,000 [# 14]
Battleship 2012 $209,000,000 $303,000,000 $58,000,000 $60,000,000 [# 15]
Beloved 1998 $80,000,000 $22,900,000 $68,500,000 $100,000,000 [# 16]
Ben-Hur 2016 $100,000,000 $94,100,000 $75,000,000–121,700,000 $75,000,000–122,000,000 [# 17]
The BFG 2016 $140,000,000 $177,900,000 $100,000,000+ $100,000,000+ [# 18]
Blackhat 2015 $70,000,000 $19,700,000 $68,000,000–90,000,000 $68,000,000–90,000,000 [# 19]
The Bonfire of the Vanities 1990 $47,000,000 $15,700,000 $31,300,000 $57,000,000 [# 20]
Catwoman 2004 $100,000,000 $82,100,000 $52,900,000 $66,000,000 [# 21]
Chill Factor 1999 $70,000,000 $11,800,000 $64,000,000 $91,000,000 [# 22]
The Chronicles of Riddick 2004 $105,000,000–120,000,000 $115,800,000 $47,000,000–73,000,000 $59,000,000–92,000,000 [# 23]
Conan the Barbarian 2011 $90,000,000 $48,800,000 $60,000,000–66,000,000 $63,000,000–70,000,000 [# 24]
The Cotton Club 1983 $47,000,000 $25,900,000 $32,100,000 $76,000,000 [# 25]
Cowboys & Aliens 2011 $163,000,000 $174,800,000 $63,000,000–75,000,000 $66,000,000–79,000,000 [# 26]
Cutthroat Island [nb 2] 1995 $98,000,000 $18,300,000 $89,000,000 $138,000,000 [# 27]
Doctor Dolittle 1967 $17,000,000 $9,000,000 $10,800,000 $77,000,000 [# 28]
Driven 2001 $94,000,000 $54,700,000 $67,000,000 $90,000,000 [# 29]
Dudley Do-Right 1999 $70,000,000 $10,000,000 $65,000,000 $92,000,000 [# 30]
Ender's Game 2013 $110,000,000 $125,500,000 $69,000,000 $70,000,000 [# 31]
Evan Almighty 2007 $175,000,000 $173,400,000 $88,000,000 $101,000,000 [# 32]
The Fall of the Roman Empire 1964 $18,400,000 $4,800,000 $14,300,000 $109,000,000 [# 33]
Fantastic Four 2015 $120,000,000–125,000,000 $168,000,000 $80,000,000–100,000,000 $80,000,000–100,000,000 [# 34]
Fathers' Day 1997 $85,000,000 $35,700,000 $67,000,000 $99,000,000 [# 35]
Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within 2001 $137,000,000 $85,100,000 $94,000,000 $126,000,000 [# 36]
The Finest Hours 2016 $70,000,000–80,000,000 $52,100,000 $75,000,000 $75,000,000 [# 37]
Ghostbusters film currently playing 2016 $144,000,000 $229,100,000 $58,600,000–75,000,000 $59,000,000–75,000,000 [# 38]
Gigli 2003 $75,600,000 $7,300,000 $72,000,000 $93,000,000 [# 39]
Gods and Generals 2003 $55,000,000–60,00,000 $12,900,000 $47,100,000 $61,000,000 [# 40]
Gods of Egypt 2016 $140,000,000 $145,700,000 $86,000,000 $86,000,000 [# 41]
The Good Dinosaur 2015 $175,000,000–200,000,000 $332,200,000 $85,000,000 $85,000,000 [# 42]
The Great Raid 2005 $80,000,000 $10,800,000 $75,000,000 $91,000,000 [# 43]
Green Lantern 2011 $200,000,000 $219,900,000 $69,000,000–90,000,000 $73,000,000–95,000,000 [# 44]
Happy Feet Two 2011 $135,000,000 $158,000,000 $65,000,000 $66,000,000 [# 45]
Hard Rain 1998 $70,000,000 $19,900,000 $60,000,000 $87,000,000 [# 46]
Hart's War 2002 $70,000,000–95,000,000 $32,300,000 $62,700,000 $92,000,000–125,000,000 [# 47]
Heaven's Gate 1980 $44,000,000 $3,500,000 $40,500,000 $117,000,000 [# 48]
Hello, Dolly! 1969 $25,300,000 $33,200,000 $10,000,000 $65,000,000 [# 49]
Honky Tonk Freeway 1981 $24,000,000 $2,000,000 $22,000,000 $57,000,000 [# 50]
How Do You Know 2010 $100,000,000 $48,700,000 $76,000,000–105,000,000 $83,000,000–114,000,000 [# 51]
Hudson Hawk 1991 $65,000,000 $17,200,000 $47,800,000 $83,000,000 [# 52]
Hugo 2011 $150,000,000–170,000,000 $185,800,000 $57,000,000–92,000,000 $60,000,000–97,000,000 [# 53]
Inchon 1982 $46,000,000 $5,200,000 $40,800,000 $100,000,000 [# 54]
Instinct 1999 $80,000,000 $34,100,000 $63,000,000 $90,000,000 [# 55]
The Invasion 2007 $80,000,000 $4,000,000 $71,000,000 $81,000,000 [# 56]
Ishtar 1987 $51,000,000–55,000,000 $14,400,000 $40,600,000 $85,000,000 [# 57]
Jack Frost 1998 $85,000,000 $34,600,000 $68,000,000 $99,000,000 [# 58]
Jack the Giant Slayer 2013 $185,000,000–200,000,000 $197,700,000 $86,000,000–106,000,000 $88,000,000–108,000,000 [# 59]
John Carter 2012 $263,700,000 $284,100,000 $122,000,000–200,000,000 $126,000,000–206,000,000 [# 60]
Jupiter Ascending 2015 $175,000,000 $184,000,000 $87,000,000–120,000,000 $87,000,000–120,000,000 [# 61]
K-19: The Widowmaker 2002 $100,000,000 $65,700,000 $67,000,000 $88,000,000 [# 62]
Krull 1983 $27,000,000 $16,500,000 $33,500,000 $80,000,000 [# 63]
Kubo and the Two Strings film currently playing 2016 $60,000,000 $69,500,000 $80,000,000+ $80,000,000+ [# 64]
Land of the Lost 2009 $100,000,000 $68,800,000 $64,000,000–66,000,000 $71,000,000–73,000,000 [# 65]
The Last Castle 2001 $72,000,000 $27,600,000 $44,400,000 $59,000,000 [# 66]
Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return 2014 $70,000,000 $18,700,000 $71,000,000 $71,000,000 [# 67]
Lolita 1997 $62,000,000 $1,100,000 $61,000,000 $90,000,000 [# 68]
The Lone Ranger 2013 $225,000,000–250,000,000 $260,500,000 $95,000,000–190,000,000 $97,000,000–193,000,000 [# 69]
The Lovely Bones 2009 $65,000,000 $93,600,000 $58,000,000 $64,000,000 [# 70]
Lucky You 2007 $55,000,000 $8,400,000 $61,000,000 $70,000,000 [# 71]
The Man from U.N.C.L.E. 2015 $75,000,000 $109,800,000 $80,000,000 $80,000,000 [# 72]
Mars Needs Moms 2011 $150,000,000 $39,000,000 $100,000,000–144,000,000 $105,000,000–152,000,000 [# 73]
Monkeybone 2001 $75,000,000 $7,600,000 $71,000,000 $95,000,000 [# 74]
Mr. Peabody & Sherman 2014 $145,000,000 $275,700,000 $57,000,000 $57,000,000 [# 75]
Nine 2009 $80,000,000 $54,000,000 $57,000,000 $63,000,000 [# 76]
The Nutcracker in 3D 2010 $90,000,000 $16,200,000 $82,000,000 $89,000,000 [# 77]
One from the Heart 1982 $26,000,000 $600,000 $25,400,000 $62,000,000 [# 78]
Osmosis Jones 2001 $70,000,000 $14,000,000 $63,000,000 $84,000,000 [# 79]
Pan 2015 $150,000,000 $128,400,000 $93,000,000–150,000,000 $93,000,000–150,000,000 [# 80]
Pete's Dragon film currently playing 2016 $65,000,000 $141,900,000 $64,100,000 $64,000,000 [# 81]
Peter Pan 2003 $130,600,000 $122,000,000 $70,000,000 $90,000,000 [# 82]
Pixels 2015 $88,000,000 $243,600,000 $75,000,000 $75,000,000 [# 83]
Poseidon 2006 $160,000,000 $181,700,000 $69,000,000–77,000,000 $81,000,000–91,000,000 [# 84]
The Postman 1997 $80,000,000 $20,800,000 $70,000,000 $103,000,000 [# 85]
R.I.P.D. 2013 $130,000,000–154,000,000 $78,300,000 $91,000,000–115,000,000 $93,000,000–117,000,000 [# 86]
Red Planet 2000 $80,000,000 $33,500,000 $63,000,000 $87,000,000 [# 87]
Revolution 1985 $28,000,000 $400,000 $27,600,000 $61,000,000 [# 88]
Rise of the Guardians 2012 $145,000,000 $306,900,000 $87,000,000 $90,000,000 [# 89]
Rollerball 2002 $70,000,000 $25,900,000 $54,000,000 $71,000,000 [# 90]
Rush Hour 3 2007 $140,000,000 $258,000,000 $59,000,000 $67,000,000 [# 91]
Sahara 2005 $160,000,000 $119,300,000 $78,400,000–100,000,000 $95,000,000–121,000,000 [# 92]
Seventh Son 2015 $95,000,000 $114,200,000 $85,000,000 $85,000,000 [# 93]
Soldier 1998 $60,000,000–75,000,000 $14,600,000 $60,000,000 $87,000,000 [# 94]
A Sound of Thunder 2005 $80,000,000 $11,700,000 $74,000,000 $90,000,000 [# 95]
Speed Racer 2008 $120,000,000 $93,900,000 $73,000,000–81,000,000 $80,000,000–89,000,000 [# 96]
Sphere 1998 $73,000,000–80,000,000 $50,100,000 $61,000,000 $89,000,000 [# 97]
Star Trek Beyond 2016 $185,000,000 $343,500,000 $70,000,000+ $70,000,000+ [# 98]
Stealth 2005 $135,000,000 $76,900,000 $96,000,000 $117,000,000 [# 99]
Supernova 2000 $90,000,000 $14,800,000 $83,000,000 $114,000,000 [# 100]
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows 2016 $135,000,000 $245,600,000 $67,000,000 $67,000,000 [# 101]
Titan A.E. 2000 $75,000,000–90,000,000 $36,800,000 $100,000,000 $138,000,000 [# 102]
Tomorrowland 2015 $180,000,000–190,000,000 $209,000,000 $76,000,000–150,000,000 $76,000,000–150,000,000 [# 103]
Town & Country 2001 $90,000,000 $10,400,000 $85,000,000 $114,000,000 [# 104]
Treasure Planet 2002 $140,000,000 $109,600,000 $85,000,000 $112,000,000 [# 105]
War Dogs 2016 $40,000,000–50,000,000 $86,200,000 $67,700,000 $68,000,000 [# 106]
Windtalkers 2002 $115,000,000–120,000,000 $77,600,000 $76,000,000–81,000,000 $100,000,000–107,000,000 [# 107]
The Wolfman 2010 $150,000,000 $139,800,000 $76,000,000–80,000,000 $83,000,000–87,000,000 [# 108]
xXx: State of the Union 2005 $113,100,000 $71,000,000 $78,000,000 $95,000,000 [# 109]
Zoom 2006 $75,600,000 $12,500,000 $69,000,000 $81,000,000 [# 110]

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis Community Development Project. "Consumer Price Index (estimate) 1800–". Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. Retrieved October 21, 2016. 
  2. ^ Cutthroat Island was once listed as having the "largest box office loss" by Guinness World Records,[3][4] but the category has since been retired.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Susman, Gary (April 14, 2015). "The 19 Biggest Box Office Bombs in Movie History". Moviefone. Retrieved August 15, 2015. 
  2. ^ Davidson, Adam (June 26, 2012). "How Does the Film Industry Actually Make Money". The New York Times. Retrieved August 15, 2015. 
  3. ^ "Largest Box Office Loss". Guinness World Records. HIT Entertainment. Archived from the original on November 27, 2005. Retrieved July 16, 2013. 
  4. ^ McClintock, Pamela (July 8, 2013). "Why 'Mars Needs Moms' bombed for Disney". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved July 16, 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[edit]

  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. ^ Aloha
  11. ^ Around the World in 80 Days
  12. ^ The Astronaut's Wife
  13. ^ Ballistic
  14. ^ Battlefield Earth
  15. ^ Battleship
  16. ^ Beloved
  17. ^ Ben-Hur
  18. ^ The BFG
  19. ^ Blackhat
  20. ^ The Bonfire of the Vanities
  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. ^ Doctor Doolittle
  29. ^ Driven
  30. ^ Dudley Do-Right
  31. ^ Ender's Game
  32. ^ Evan Almighty
  33. ^ The Fall of the Roman Empire
  34. ^ Fantastic Four
  35. ^ Father's Day
  36. ^ Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within
  37. ^ The Finest Hours
  38. ^ Ghostbusters
  39. ^ Gigli
  40. ^ Gods and Generals
  41. ^ Gods of Egypt
  42. ^ The Good Dinosaur
  43. ^ The Great Raid
  44. ^ Green Lantern
  45. ^ Happy Feet Two
  46. ^ Hard Rain
  47. ^ Hart's War
  48. ^ Heaven's Gate
  49. ^ Hello, Dolly!
  50. ^ Honky Tonk Freeway
  51. ^ How Do You Know
  52. ^ Hudson Hawk
  53. ^ Hugo
  54. ^ Inchon
  55. ^ Instinct
  56. ^ The Invasion
  57. ^ Ishtar
  58. ^ Jack Frost
  59. ^ Jack the Giant Slayer
  60. ^ John Carter
  61. ^ Jupiter Ascending
  62. ^ K-19: The Widowmaker
  63. ^ Krull
  64. ^ Kubo and the Two Strings
  65. ^ Land of the Lost
  66. ^ The Last Castle
  67. ^ Legends of Oz
  68. ^ Lolita
  69. ^ The Lone Ranger
  70. ^ The Lovely Bones
  71. ^ Lucky You
  72. ^ The Man from U.N.C.L.E.
  73. ^ Mars Needs Moms
  74. ^ Monkeybone
  75. ^ Mr. Peabody & Sherman
  76. ^ Nine
  77. ^ The Nutcracker in 3D
  78. ^ One From the Heart
  79. ^ Osmosis Jones
  80. ^ Pan
  81. ^ Pete's Dragon
  82. ^ Peter Pan
  83. ^ Pixels
  84. ^ Poseidon
  85. ^ The Postman
  86. ^ R.I.P.D.
  87. ^ Red Planet
  88. ^ Revolution
  89. ^ Rise of the Guardians
  90. ^ Rollerball
  91. ^ Rush Hour 3
  92. ^ Sahara
  93. ^ Seventh Son
  94. ^ Soldier
  95. ^ A Sound of Thunder
  96. ^ Speed Racer
  97. ^ Sphere
  98. ^ Star Trek Beyond
  99. ^ Stealth
  100. ^ Supernova
  101. ^ Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows
  102. ^ Titan A.E.
  103. ^ Tomorrowland
  104. ^ Town & Country
  105. ^ Treasure Planet
  106. ^ War Dogs
  107. ^ Windtalkers
  108. ^ The Wolfman
  109. ^ XXX: State of the Union
  110. ^ Zoom

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