The 25 Biggest Box Office Flops Of All Time

Box office flops happen a lot more than you’d expect, just look at the newest Fantastic Four movie. Not every film released is a box office success. Some films are given massive budgets, then fail to deliver when they’re released. If a film does not break even, then it is generally considered a flop. To determine how a film is rated a flop, you must consider all the factors that financially backed a movie (the budget and more) and that movie would need to gross twice its budget in order to break even. Any film that does not do that would be considered a flop.

25
Hugo
Budget: $150,000,000–170,000,000
Worldwide Gross: $185,770,160
Total Losses: $57,114,920—77,114,920

For a Martin Scorsese movie, we expected some bigger numbers from the box office for this movie.
24
XXX: State of the Union
Budget: $113,100,000
Worldwide Gross:  $71,022,693
Total Losses: $77,588,654

Is anyone surprised that this was not a box office success?
23
Tomorrowland
Budget: $180,000,000
Worldwide Gross:  $204,650,192
Total Losses: $77,674,904

For such a massive Disney production, this flop is of epic proportions. It had so much to live up to and it did not deliver financially or critically.
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22
The Wolfman
Budget: $150,000,000
Worldwide Gross: $139,789,765
Total Losses: $80,105,118

With all the love for "supernatural" things, we expected this film to do better. It didn't even manage to gross as much as it's budget.
21
Windtalkers
Budget: $115,000,000–120,000,000
Worldwide Gross: $77,628,265
Total Losses: $76,185,868—81,185,868

We're honestly surprised this Nic Cage movie isn't higher up on this list.
20
The Nutcracker in 3D
Budget: $90,000,000
Worldwide Gross: $16,178,959
Total Losses: $81,910,521

This movie flopping is proof you don't mess with the classics.
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19
Supernova
Budget: $90,000,000
Worldwide Gross: $14,828,081
Total Losses: $82,585,960

This worldwide gross is one of the lowest on this list. The only reason this flop doesn't break the top ten is because the films before it had even bigger budgets.
18
Town & Country
Budget: $90,000,000
Worldwide Gross: $10,372,291
Total Losses: $84,813,855

A movie about a man who wants to cheat on his wife but then thinks better of it? We have no idea why people didn't run to the theaters to see this.
17
Treasure Planet
Budget: $140,000,000
Worldwide Gross: $109,578,115
Total Losses: $85,210,943

Come on Disney, what even was this movie?!
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16
Jupiter Ascending
Budget: $179,000,000
Worldwide Gross: $181,887,723
Total Losses: $88,056,139

This movie looked so bad, we're flabbergasted that it managed to break then $100 mil gross mark.
15
Evan Almighty
Budget: $175,000,000
Worldwide Gross: $173,418,781
Total Losses: $88,290,610

This movie couldn't live up to it's successor.
14
Cutthroat Island
Budget: $98,000,000
Worldwide Gross: $18,333,397
Total Losses: $88,833,301

Buried treasure? Battles? Romance? Sounds like it could be great, but it wasn't.
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13
Green Lantern
Budget: $200,000,000
Worldwide Gross: $219,851,172
Total Losses: $90,074,414

We're willing to bet money that you've been scrolling through this list waiting to find this film on it. Sorry Ryan Reynolds, even your beautiful face couldn't make a live-action Green Lantern movie good.
12
The Alamo
Budget: $107,000,000
Worldwide Gross: $25,819,961
Total Losses: $94,090,020

You'd think the Alamo would have been able to wrangle up more money.
11
Final Fantasy: the Spirits Within
Budget: $137,000,000
Worldwide Gross: $85,131,830
Total Losses: $94,434,085

For a movie based on such a popular video game series, we expected a much higher turnout at the box office.
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10
The Adventures of Pluto Nash
Budget: $100,000,000
Worldwide Gross: $7,103,973
Total Losses: $96,448,014

This box office wasn't just a flop, it was a total bomb.
9
Stealth
Budget: $135,000,000
Worldwide Gross: $76,932,872
Total Losses: $96,533,564

Movies with artificial intelligence should make more money, but this movie just couldn't do it.
8
Sahara
Budget: $160,000,000
Worldwide Gross: $119,269,486
Total Losses: $100,365,257

It's pretty obvious why this didn't do well. We're sorry Matthew.
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7
Jack The Giant Slayer
Budget: $185,000,000–200,000,000
Worldwide Gross: $197,687,603
Total Losses: $86,156,199—101,156,199

You'd think that the man who brought us the successful X-Men reboot would be able to make the story of Jack the Giant Slayer profitable, but sadly he could not.
6
R.I.P.D.
Budget: $130,000,000–154,000,000
Worldwide Gross: $78,324,220
Total Losses: $90,837,890—114,837,890

This wannabe Men In Black could not hold a candle to MIB's box office success.
5
The Lone Ranger
Budget: $225,000,000–250,000,000
Worldwide Gross: $260,502,115
Total Losses: $94,748,943—119,748,943

Johnny Depp killed it a the box office with the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise, but he could not bring it home with this movie.
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4
John Carter
Budget: $263,700,000
Worldwide Gross: $284,139,100
Total Losses: $121,630,450

This movie proves that while Disney tends to do well in films, it's also made some epic bad decisions as well.
3
The 13th Warrior
Budget: $100,000,000–160,000,000
Worldwide Gross: $61,698,899
Total Losses: $69,150,551—129,150,551

Vikings + poets = not a box office success.
2
Mars Needs Moms
Budget: $150,000,000
Worldwide Gross: $38,992,758
Total Losses: $130,503,621

Ouch. Where do they get their money back for this one?
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47 Ronin
Budget: $225,000,000
Worldwide Gross: $150,962,475
Total Losses: $149,518,763

We don't even feel bad for the people involved here. Who would give a film like this THAT high of a budget?!

The films losses, budgets, and grosses are all estimates, as “this is mostly due to Hollywood accounting practices that typically manipulate profits or keep information on costs a secret in order to avoid profit-sharing agreements.”

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