Monday, March 13, 2006

Biggest Movie Flops of All Time

I've seen lots of lists of the "world's worst movies" and "biggest Hollywood flops" but every one of these lists seems incomplete -- they list the movies by how much they cost (without bothering to subtract their earnings) or they list the overall loss and don't compensate for inflation.

I've compiled the following lists of movies, ranked by how much money they actually lost at the box-office -- compensated for inflation to 2005 dollars so that you can get a true picture.

I haven't included "secondary market earnings" which includes Cable TV and DVD sales. Depending on how popular these films are on DVD and how cleverly they were marketed in that medium, some of these films might have even made money (or at least "lost less" money).

LOSS -- MOVIE
$99,109,016 -- Heaven's Gate (1980)
$95,600,000 -- The Adventures of Pluto Nash (2002)
$94,382,589 -- Cutthroat Island (1995)
$90,089,425 -- "Inchon" (1981)
$81,500,000 -- Town & Country (2001)
$69,800,000 -- The Core (2003)
$68,400,000 -- Monkeybone (2001)1
$68,000,000 -- "Gigli" (2003)2
$67,682,414 -- "Ishtar" (1987)
$66,852,667 -- The Postman (1997)
$62,600,000 -- Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within (2001)3
$61,100,000 -- Osmosis Jones (2001)4
$57,700,000 -- Soldier (1998)
$57,600,000 -- The Four Feathers (2002)
$57,486,632 -- "Hudson Hawk" (1991)
$54,600,000 -- Ballistic: Ecks vs. Sever (2002)
$51,500,000 -- "Battlefield Earth" (2000)5
$46,300,000 -- "3000 Miles to Graceland" (2001)
$34,239,621 -- "Howard the Duck" (1986)6

Notes:
  1. I still haven't forgiven Brendon Fraser for the 2 hours of my life that I threw away watching this terrible film.
  2. Not even the power of Jennifer Lopez's sweet ass could save this stinker.
  3. I really love CG, so I've watched this one three times trying to see if I could figure out the inscrutable plot. I still haven't figured it out. Too bad.
  4. I actually really enjoy this film! I own it on DVD.
  5. I watched this one and laughed out loud at how bad it was. John Travolta's acting was so bad it was hard to believe. The plot was filled with so many plot holes and ridiculous events that it's not possible to suspend disbelief no matter how hard you try. Boy -- was this film BAD!
  6. This is often credited for being the worst movie of all time. It isn't even available on DVD yet (and for good reason!). The duck-on-human sex scene still haunts me. What a stinker!

6 Comments:

Blogger manoj said...

why does cliopetra and waterworld not feature in this list

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Blogger Ziggah said...

"why does cliopetra and waterworld not feature in this list"

Waterworld:
Production Budget: $175,000,000
Worldwide Gross: $264,218,220
$89 million in profit

Cleopatra (1999)
Production Budget: $30,000,000
was never in theaters to begin with, but advertising and DVD sales reported a profit

Cleopatra (1963)
Production Budget: $44,000,000
Worldwide Gross: $57,777,778
$13 million in profit

Cleopatra (1934)
I can find exact numbers but it was reported a box office hit and is just recently selling is 75th anniversary DVDs

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Blogger Prestonbob said...

I always thought Waterworld wasn't that bad.But$89million profit is a proper success.The Postman,no suprises there methinks.

3:53 AM  
Blogger Prestonbob said...

I always thought Waterworld wasn't that bad.But$89million profit is a proper success.The Postman,no suprises there methinks.

3:54 AM  

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