The top 10 box office bombs


With the news that Disney expects its movie John Carter to make a colossal loss of £126m, it is set to join the biggest cinema flops in history.

So we take a look at the top 10 box office bombs of all time to save you wasting time on a dud when next choosing a movie to watch.

The biggest Hollywood box office bombs
Rated by total net loss / total net loss (inflation adjusted)

1. Cutthroat Island (1995)
$96.5 million / $147.2 million
A Christmastime spectacle that failed to live up to high expectations due to proving, according to the New Tork Times "too stupidly smutty for children, too cartoonish for sane adults." It put Hollywood off pirate scripts until Pirates of the Caribbean almost a decade later.

2. The Alamo (2004)
$119.2 million / $146.6 million
A shockingly poor box office performance from a movie that even critics said perhaps didn't quite deserve it. At a cost of over $100million, it was surprise for everyone involved when it made just $9m on opening weekend.

3. The Adventures of Pluto Nash (2002)
$113 million / $145.9 million
A comedy that failed to make anyone laugh, particularly the producers who spent nearly three times its box office takings on the $20m marketing budget alone. The only joke came from lead Eddie Murphy who said: "I know two or three people that liked this movie."

4. Sahara (2005)
$121.7 million / $144.9 million
Described as "a mindless adventure flick with a preposterous plot" by, the huge budget of Sahara and hopes for a franchise were blown away by dismal reviews and audience disinterest.

5. Mars Needs Moms (2011)
$136 million / $140.5 million
The latest motion capture animated production from the Robert Zemeckis company that gave us Polar Express, A Christmas Carol and Beowulf lacked on many fronts – story, character and dialogue. The impressive 3D animation wasn't enough to pull the $150m movie through a disastrous reaction at the US box office.

6. The 13th Warrior (1999)
$98.3 million / $137.1 million
After failing to impress test audiences, producers continued to plough in cash with reshoots, bringing the total cost to around $160 million. The film is said to be a cult hit on DVD, but a thin plot failed to attract cinemagoers.

7. Town & Country (2001)
$94.6 million / $124.2 million
Extensive re-editing, re-writing and re-writing dragged out production of this "non-com" over three years with a price tag of $105 million. When it did finally hit screens, the disjointed film failed to attract viewers.

8. Speed Racer (2008)
$106 million / $114.5 million
It took over 14 years for the idea of Speed Racer to get to the screen and Sky Movies described the result as "nothing short of visual assault and battery." It cost $120m to produce, but took less than $20m in the opening weekend.

9. Heaven's Gate (1980)
$40.5 million / $114.3 million
Director Michael Cimino's reportedly caused a huge amount of friction on set and filming was behind schedule from week one. When the Western finally came to screen, months over schedule, it put the studio United Artists out of business and became regarded as one of the biggest flops of all time.

10. Stealth (2005)
$94 million / $111.7 million
Criticised for a predictable poor script and soulless CGI effects, Stealth failed to live up to its $135m budget. Returns were minimal for the opening weekend, and dropped by 50% every week for the rest of its run.

Source: Film Site
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