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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, presented along with how much money each film lost. 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. The films are ordered alphabetically since it is not possible 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 $98,000,000–183,000,000 [# 1]
47 Ronin 2013 $175,000,000–225,000,000 $151,800,000 $98,000,000–150,000,000 $100,000,000–152,000,000 [# 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 $126,000,000 [# 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]
Aloha 2015 $37,000,000 $26,300,000 $65,000,000 $65,000,000 [# 9]
Around the World in 80 Days 2004 $110,000,000 $72,200,000 $74,000,000 $93,000,000 [# 10]
The Astronaut's Wife 1999 $75,000,000 $19,600,000 $65,000,000 $92,000,000 [# 11]
Ballistic: Ecks vs. Sever 2002 $70,000,000 $19,900,000 $70,100,000 $92,000,000 [# 12]
Battlefield Earth 2000 $73,000,000–103,000,000 $29,700,000 $73,300,000 $101,000,000 [# 13]
Battleship 2012 $209,000,000 $303,000,000 $58,000,000 $60,000,000 [# 14]
Beloved 1998 $80,000,000 $22,900,000 $68,500,000 $99,000,000 [# 15]
Blackhat 2015 $70,000,000 $2,000,000 $68,000,000–90,000,000 $68,000,000–90,000,000 [# 16]
The Bonfire of the Vanities 1990 $47,000,000 $15,700,000 $31,300,000 $57,000,000 [# 17]
Catwoman 2004 $100,000,000 $82,100,000 $52,900,000 $66,000,000 [# 18]
Chill Factor 1999 $70,000,000 $11,800,000 $64,000,000 $91,000,000 [# 19]
The Chronicles of Riddick 2004 $105,000,000–120,000,000 $115,800,000 $47,000,000–73,000,000 $59,000,000–91,000,000 [# 20]
Conan the Barbarian 2011 $90,000,000 $48,800,000 $60,000,000–66,000,000 $63,000,000–69,000,000 [# 21]
The Cotton Club 1983 $47,000,000 $25,900,000 $32,100,000 $76,000,000 [# 22]
Cowboys & Aliens 2011 $163,000,000 $174,800,000 $63,000,000–75,000,000 $66,000,000–79,000,000 [# 23]
Cutthroat Island [nb 2] 1995 $98,000,000 $18,300,000 $89,000,000 $138,000,000 [# 24]
Doctor Dolittle 1967 $17,000,000 $9,000,000 $10,800,000 $77,000,000 [# 25]
Driven 2001 $94,000,000 $54,700,000 $67,000,000 $90,000,000 [# 26]
Dudley Do-Right 1999 $70,000,000 $10,000,000 $65,000,000 $92,000,000 [# 27]
Ender's Game 2013 $110,000,000 $125,500,000 $69,000,000 $70,000,000 [# 28]
Evan Almighty 2007 $175,000,000 $173,400,000 $88,000,000 $100,000,000 [# 29]
The Fall of the Roman Empire 1964 $18,400,000 $4,800,000 $14,300,000 $109,000,000 [# 30]
Fantastic Four 2015 $120,000,000–125,000,000 $168,000,000 $80,000,000–100,000,000 $80,000,000–100,000,000 [# 31]
Fathers' Day 1997 $85,000,000 $35,700,000 $67,000,000 $99,000,000 [# 32]
Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within 2001 $137,000,000 $85,100,000 $94,000,000 $126,000,000 [# 33]
The Finest Hours 2016 $70,000,000–80,000,000 $52,100,000 $75,000,000 $75,000,000 [# 34]
Gigli 2003 $75,600,000 $7,300,000 $72,000,000 $93,000,000 [# 35]
Gods and Generals 2003 $55,000,000–60,00,000 $12,900,000 $47,100,000 $61,000,000 [# 36]
The Good Dinosaur 2015 $175,000,000–200,000,000 $331,900,000 $85,000,000 $85,000,000 [# 37]
The Great Raid 2005 $80,000,000 $10,800,000 $75,000,000 $91,000,000 [# 38]
Green Lantern 2011 $200,000,000 $219,900,000 $69,000,000–90,000,000 $73,000,000–95,000,000 [# 39]
Happy Feet Two 2011 $135,000,000 $158,000,000 $65,000,000 $66,000,000 [# 40]
Hard Rain 1998 $70,000,000 $19,900,000 $60,000,000 $87,000,000 [# 41]
Hart's War 2002 $70,000,000–95,000,000 $32,300,000 $62,700,000 $92,000,000–125,000,000 [# 42]
Heaven's Gate 1980 $44,000,000 $3,500,000 $40,500,000 $116,000,000 [# 43]
Hello, Dolly! 1969 $25,300,000 $33,200,000 $10,000,000 $65,000,000 [# 44]
Honky Tonk Freeway 1981 $24,000,000 $2,000,000 $22,000,000 $57,000,000 [# 45]
How Do You Know 2010 $100,000,000 $48,700,000 $76,000,000–105,000,000 $82,000,000–114,000,000 [# 46]
Hudson Hawk 1991 $65,000,000 $17,200,000 $47,800,000 $83,000,000 [# 47]
Hugo 2011 $150,000,000–170,000,000 $185,800,000 $57,000,000–92,000,000 $60,000,000–97,000,000 [# 48]
Inchon 1982 $46,000,000 $5,200,000 $40,800,000 $100,000,000 [# 49]
Instinct 1999 $80,000,000 $34,100,000 $63,000,000 $89,000,000 [# 50]
The Invasion 2007 $80,000,000 $4,000,000 $71,000,000 $81,000,000 [# 51]
Ishtar 1987 $51,000,000–55,000,000 $14,400,000 $40,600,000 $85,000,000 [# 52]
Jack Frost 1998 $85,000,000 $34,600,000 $68,000,000 $99,000,000 [# 53]
Jack the Giant Slayer 2013 $185,000,000–200,000,000 $197,700,000 $86,000,000–106,000,000 $87,000,000–108,000,000 [# 54]
John Carter 2012 $263,700,000 $284,100,000 $122,000,000–200,000,000 $126,000,000–206,000,000 [# 55]
Jupiter Ascending 2015 $175,000,000 $184,000,000 $87,000,000–120,000,000 $87,000,000–120,000,000 [# 56]
K-19: The Widowmaker 2002 $100,000,000 $65,700,000 $67,000,000 $88,000,000 [# 57]
Krull 1983 $27,000,000 $16,500,000 $33,500,000 $80,000,000 [# 58]
Land of the Lost 2009 $100,000,000 $68,800,000 $64,000,000–66,000,000 $71,000,000–73,000,000 [# 59]
The Last Castle 2001 $72,000,000 $27,600,000 $44,400,000 $59,000,000 [# 60]
Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return 2014 $70,000,000 $18,700,000 $71,000,000 $71,000,000 [# 61]
Lolita 1997 $62,000,000 $1,100,000 $61,000,000 $90,000,000 [# 62]
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 [# 63]
The Lovely Bones 2009 $65,000,000 $93,600,000 $58,000,000 $64,000,000 [# 64]
Lucky You 2007 $55,000,000 $8,400,000 $61,000,000 $70,000,000 [# 65]
The Man from U.N.C.L.E. 2015 $75,000,000 $109,800,000 $80,000,000 $80,000,000 [# 66]
Mars Needs Moms 2011 $150,000,000 $39,000,000 $100,000,000–144,000,000 $105,000,000–151,000,000 [# 67]
Monkeybone 2001 $75,000,000 $7,600,000 $71,000,000 $95,000,000 [# 68]
Mr. Peabody & Sherman 2014 $145,000,000 $275,700,000 $57,000,000 $57,000,000 [# 69]
Nine 2009 $80,000,000 $54,000,000 $57,000,000 $63,000,000 [# 70]
Nothing but Trouble 1991 $40,000,000 $8,500,000 $31,500,000 $55,000,000 [# 71]
The Nutcracker in 3D 2010 $90,000,000 $16,200,000 $82,000,000 $89,000,000 [# 72]
One from the Heart 1982 $26,000,000 $600,000 $25,400,000 $62,000,000 [# 73]
Osmosis Jones 2001 $70,000,000 $14,000,000 $63,000,000 $84,000,000 [# 74]
Pan 2015 $150,000,000 $128,400,000 $93,000,000–150,000,000 $93,000,000–150,000,000 [# 75]
Peter Pan 2003 $130,600,000 $122,000,000 $70,000,000 $90,000,000 [# 76]
Pixels 2015 $88,000,000 $243,600,000 $75,000,000 $75,000,000 [# 77]
Poseidon 2006 $160,000,000 $181,700,000 $69,000,000–77,000,000 $81,000,000–90,000,000 [# 78]
The Postman 1997 $80,000,000 $20,800,000 $70,000,000 $103,000,000 [# 79]
R.I.P.D. 2013 $130,000,000–154,000,000 $78,300,000 $91,000,000–115,000,000 $92,000,000–117,000,000 [# 80]
Red Planet 2000 $80,000,000 $33,500,000 $63,000,000 $87,000,000 [# 81]
Revolution 1985 $28,000,000 $400,000 $27,600,000 $61,000,000 [# 82]
Rise of the Guardians 2012 $145,000,000 $306,900,000 $87,000,000 $90,000,000 [# 83]
Rollerball 2002 $70,000,000 $25,900,000 $54,000,000 $71,000,000 [# 84]
Rush Hour 3 2007 $140,000,000 $258,000,000 $59,000,000 $67,000,000 [# 85]
Sahara 2005 $160,000,000 $119,300,000 $78,400,000–100,000,000 $95,000,000–121,000,000 [# 86]
The Scarlet Letter 1995 $46,000,000 $10,400,000 $35,600,000 $55,000,000 [# 87]
Seventh Son 2015 $95,000,000 $114,200,000 $85,000,000 $85,000,000 [# 88]
Soldier 1998 $60,000,000–75,000,000 $14,600,000 $60,000,000 $87,000,000 [# 89]
A Sound of Thunder 2005 $80,000,000 $11,700,000 $74,000,000 $90,000,000 [# 90]
Speed Racer 2008 $120,000,000 $93,900,000 $73,000,000–81,000,000 $80,000,000–89,000,000 [# 91]
Sphere 1998 $73,000,000–80,000,000 $50,100,000 $61,000,000 $89,000,000 [# 92]
Stealth 2005 $135,000,000 $76,900,000 $96,000,000 $116,000,000 [# 93]
Supernova 2000 $90,000,000 $14,800,000 $83,000,000 $114,000,000 [# 94]
Titan A.E. 2000 $75,000,000–90,000,000 $36,800,000 $100,000,000 $137,000,000 [# 95]
Tomorrowland 2015 $180,000,000–190,000,000 $209,000,000 $76,000,000–150,000,000 $76,000,000–150,000,000 [# 96]
Town & Country 2001 $90,000,000 $10,400,000 $85,000,000 $114,000,000 [# 97]
Treasure Planet 2002 $140,000,000 $109,600,000 $85,000,000 $112,000,000 [# 98]
Windtalkers 2002 $115,000,000–120,000,000 $77,600,000 $76,000,000–81,000,000 $100,000,000–107,000,000 [# 99]
The Wolfman 2010 $150,000,000 $139,800,000 $76,000,000–80,000,000 $82,000,000–87,000,000 [# 100]
xXx: State of the Union 2005 $113,100,000 $71,000,000 $78,000,000 $95,000,000 [# 101]
Zoom 2006 $75,600,000 $12,500,000 $69,000,000 $81,000,000 [# 102]

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 November 10, 2015. 
  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. ^ Aloha
  10. ^ Around the World in 80 Days
  11. ^ The Astronaut's Wife
  12. ^ Ballistic
  13. ^ Battlefield Earth
  14. ^ Battleship
  15. ^ Beloved
  16. ^ Blackhat
  17. ^ The Bonfire of the Vanities
  18. ^ Catwoman
  19. ^ Chill Factor
  20. ^ The Chronicles of Riddick
  21. ^ Conan the Barbarian
  22. ^ The Cotton Club
  23. ^ Cowboys & Aliens
  24. ^ Cutthroat Island
  25. ^ Doctor Doolittle
  26. ^ Driven
  27. ^ Dudley Do-Right
  28. ^ Ender's Game
  29. ^ Evan Almighty
  30. ^ The Fall of the Roman Empire
  31. ^ Fantastic Four
  32. ^ Father's Day
  33. ^ Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within
  34. ^ The Finest Hours
  35. ^ Gigli
  36. ^ Gods and Generals
  37. ^ The Good Dinosaur
  38. ^ The Great Raid
  39. ^ Green Lantern
  40. ^ Happy Feet Two
  41. ^ Hard Rain
  42. ^ Hart's War
  43. ^ Heaven's Gate
  44. ^ Hello, Dolly!
  45. ^ Honky Tonk Freeway
  46. ^ How Do You Know
  47. ^ Hudson Hawk
  48. ^ Hugo
  49. ^ Inchon
  50. ^ Instinct
  51. ^ The Invasion
  52. ^ Ishtar
  53. ^ Jack Frost
  54. ^ Jack the Giant Slayer
  55. ^ John Carter
  56. ^ Jupiter Ascending
  57. ^ K-19: The Widowmaker
  58. ^ Krull
  59. ^ Land of the Lost
  60. ^ The Last Castle
  61. ^ Legends of Oz
  62. ^ Lolita
  63. ^ The Lone Ranger
  64. ^ The Lovely Bones
  65. ^ Lucky You
  66. ^ The Man from U.N.C.L.E.
  67. ^ Mars Needs Moms
  68. ^ Monkeybone
  69. ^ Mr. Peabody & Sherman
  70. ^ Nine
  71. ^ Nothing but Trouble
  72. ^ The Nutcracker in 3D
  73. ^ One From the Heart
  74. ^ Osmosis Jones
  75. ^ Pan
  76. ^ Peter Pan
  77. ^ Pixels
  78. ^ Poseidon
  79. ^ The Postman
  80. ^ R.I.P.D.
  81. ^ Red Planet
  82. ^ Revolution
  83. ^ Rise of the Guardians
  84. ^ Rollerball
  85. ^ Rush Hour 3
  86. ^ Sahara
  87. ^ The Scarlet Letter
  88. ^ Seventh Son
  89. ^ Soldier
  90. ^ A Sound of Thunder
  91. ^ Speed Racer
  92. ^ Sphere
  93. ^ Stealth
  94. ^ Supernova
  95. ^ Titan A.E.
  96. ^ Tomorrowland
  97. ^ Town & Country
  98. ^ Treasure Planet
  99. ^ Windtalkers
  100. ^ The Wolfman
  101. ^ XXX: State of the Union
  102. ^ Zoom

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