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The Biggest Box Office Busts of All Time  

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Some movies just don't draw the crowds. Unfortunately for the film studios, that means major losses when the movies they've produced bring in a worldwide gross significantly lower than it cost to make them. What are biggest film flops? Titles like Cowboys & Aliens, The Lone RangerFinal Fantasy: The Spirits Within, and The Adventures of Pluto Nash. have all been huge box office busts.

Movies have the ability to make us feel. They make us want to believe, be inspired, and live vicariously through the stories we see on screen. But often movies that studios bet on to make us feel some sort of connection fail... big time.

These biggest film flops provide the kind of escapism that studios hope people seek in entertainment. But often times it is simply the wrong property, or the wrong mix of actors, and the movie falls flat and fails to draw an audience. Or, the movie’s budget is so large, it simply can not make back its money. These movies may vary in their genre but they are all equally terrible and failed to earn big at the box office.


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Seth Green, Joan Cusack, Elisabeth Harnois
$130,503,621 estimated loss Mars Needs Moms is a 2011 American 3D motion capture computer-animated science fiction comedy film co-written and directed by Simon Wells, and based on the Berkeley Breathed book of the same ...more
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Omar Sharif, Antonio Banderas, Tony Curran
$69,150,551-129,150,551 estimated loss The 13th Warrior is a 1999 American historical fiction action film based on the novel and is a loose retelling of the tale of Beowulf. It stars Antonio Banderas as Ahmad ibn Fadlan, Diane Venora ...more
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Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter, Armie Hammer
$94,748,943-119,748,943 estimated loss The Lone Ranger is a 2013 action adventure film written by Ted Elliott, Justin Haythe and Terry Rossio and directed by Gore Verbinski.
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Ryan Reynolds, Marisa Miller, Jeff Bridges
$90,837,890-114,837,890 estimated loss R.I.P.D. is a 2013 American science fiction action-comedy film starring Jeff Bridges and Ryan Reynolds. Robert Schwentke directed the film based on a screenplay adapted from the comic book Rest ...more
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Willem Dafoe, Bryan Cranston, Mark Strong
$108,610,950 estimated loss John Carter is a 2012 American science fiction fantasy film directed by Andrew Stanton and produced by Walt Disney Pictures. It is based on A Princess of Mars, the first book in the Barsoom ...more
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Alec Baldwin, Steve Buscemi, James Woods
$72,434,085-102,434,085 estimated loss Film Production NotesFinal Fantasy: The Spirits Within emerges from its successful interactive game roots to deliver an exciting new breed of motion picture adventure. A fresh, provocative take ...more
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Ewan McGregor, Stanley Tucci, Ian McShane
$86,156,199-101,156,199 estimated loss Jack the Giant Slayer is a 2013 American fantasy adventure film based on the English fairy tales "Jack the Giant Killer" and "Jack and the Beanstalk". The film is directed by ...more
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Penélope Cruz, Matthew McConaughey, William H. Macy
$100,365,257 estimated loss Sahara, an American/Spanish 2005 action–comedy adventure film directed by Breck Eisner, is based on the best-selling book of the same name by Clive Cussler. It stars Matthew McConaughey, Steve ...more
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Jessica Biel, Jamie Foxx, Wentworth Miller
$96,533,564 estimated loss Stealth is a 2005 American science fiction action film starring Josh Lucas, Jessica Biel, Jamie Foxx, Sam Shepard, Joe Morton and Richard Roxburgh. The film was directed by Rob Cohen, director ...more
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Eddie Murphy, Alec Baldwin, Rosario Dawson
$96,448,014 estimated loss The Adventures of Pluto Nash is a 2002 Australian-American science fiction comedy film directed by Ron Underwood and starring Eddie Murphy.
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Emily Deschanel, Billy Bob Thornton, Dennis Quaid
$94,090,020 loss The Alamo is a 2004 American film about the Battle of the Alamo during the Texas Revolution. The film was directed by Texan John Lee Hancock, produced by Ron Howard, Brian Grazer, and Mark ...more
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Blake Lively, Ryan Reynolds, Angela Bassett
$90,074,414 estimated loss Green Lantern is a 2011 action fantasy film written by Greg Berlanti, Michael Green and Marc Guggenheim and directed by Martin Campbell.
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Geena Davis, Frank Langella, Matthew Modine
$88,741,339 estimated loss Cutthroat Island is a 1995 romantic comedy action adventure film directed by Renny Harlin. The film stars Geena Davis, Matthew Modine, and Frank Langella. The film, having endured a notoriously ...more
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Morgan Freeman, Steve Carell, Jon Stewart
$88,290,610 estimate loss Evan Almighty is a 2007 American comedy film and the stand-alone sequel/spin-off to Bruce Almighty. The film was directed by Tom Shadyac, based on the characters created by Steve Koren and Mark ...more
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Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Emma Thompson, Martin Short
$85,210,943 estimated loss Treasure Planet is a 2002 American animated science fiction adventure film directed by Ron Clements and John Musker. After he receives a map from a pirate, a rebellious teen (Joseph ...more
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Goldie Hawn, Diane Keaton, Charlton Heston
$84,813,855 estimated loss Town & Country is a 2001 film starring Warren Beatty, Diane Keaton, Goldie Hawn and Garry Shandling and directed by Peter Chelsom. It is a romantic comedy in which Beatty plays an architect, ...more
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Angela Bassett, James Spader, Robin Tunney
$82,585,960 estimated loss Supernova is a 2000 science fiction horror film, from Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. The film was written by David C. Wilson, William Malone and Daniel Chuba and directed by Walter Hill, credited as ...more
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Elle Fanning, John Turturro, Nathan Lane
$81,910,521 estimated loss Nutcracker: The Untold Story is a 2009 fantasy film directed by Andrei Konchalovsky and written by Chris Solimine and Andrei Konchalovsky.
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Nicolas Cage, Mark Ruffalo, Christian Slater
$76,185,868—81,185,868 estimated loss Windtalkers is a 2002 American film directed and produced by John Woo, and starring Nicolas Cage and Adam Beach. The film was released in the United States on June 14, 2002.
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Emily Blunt, Anthony Hopkins, Hugo Weaving
$80,105,118 estimated loss The Wolfman is a 2010 American horror film directed by Joe Johnston. It is a remake of the 1941 film of the same name, and tells the story of Lawrence Talbot who returns to his eerie English ...more
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Samuel L. Jackson, Willem Dafoe, Ice Cube
$77,588,654 estimated loss xXx: State of the Union, released as xXx²: The Next Level outside the United States and Canada, is a 2005 action film directed by Lee Tamahori. It is a sequel to the 2002 film xXx. The film ...more
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Jude Law, Chloë Grace Moretz, Christopher Lee
$57,114,920—77,114,920 estimated loss Hugo is a 2011 American 3D historical adventure drama film directed and co-produced by Martin Scorsese and adapted for the screen by John Logan. Based on Brian Selznick's novel The Invention of ...more
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Reese Witherspoon, Jack Nicholson, Owen Wilson
$75,665,547 estimated loss How Do You Know is an upcoming 2010 film written, produced and directed by James L. Brooks. The film stars Reese Witherspoon, Paul Rudd, Owen Wilson and Jack Nicholson.
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Olivia Wilde, Harrison Ford, Daniel Craig
$75,588,838 estimated loss Cowboys & Aliens is a 2011 American science fiction Western film directed by Jon Favreau and starring Daniel Craig, Harrison Ford, and Olivia Wilde. The film is based on the 2006 graphic ...more
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James Franco, Sam Worthington, Connie Nielsen
$74,615,345 estimated loss The Great Raid is a 2005 film about the Raid at Cabanatuan on the island of Luzon, Philippines during WWII. It is directed by John Dahl and stars Benjamin Bratt, Joseph Fiennes, James Franco, ...more