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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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  • 1
    Mars Needs Moms

    Mars Needs Moms

    Seth Green, Joan Cusack

    Released2011

    Directed bySimon Wells

    $130,503,621 estimated loss

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  • 2
    The 13th Warrior

    The 13th Warrior

    Omar Sharif, Antonio Banderas

    Released1999

    Directed byJohn McTiernan, Michael Crichton

    $69,150,551-129,150,551 estimated loss
  • 3
    The Lone Ranger

    The Lone Ranger

    Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter

    Released2013

    Directed byGore Verbinski

    $94,748,943-119,748,943 estimated loss

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  • 4
    R.I.P.D.

    R.I.P.D.

    Ryan Reynolds, Marisa Miller

    Released2013

    Directed byRobert Schwentke

    $90,837,890-114,837,890 estimated loss

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  • 5
    John Carter

    John Carter

    Willem Dafoe, Bryan Cranston

    Released2012

    Directed byAndrew Stanton

    $108,610,950 estimated loss
  • 6
    Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within

    Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within

    Alec Baldwin, Steve Buscemi

    Released2001

    Directed byMotonori Sakakibara, Hironobu Sakaguchi

    $72,434,085-102,434,085 estimated loss

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  • 7
    Jack the Giant Killer

    Jack the Giant Killer

    Ewan McGregor, Stanley Tucci

    Released2013

    Directed byBryan Singer

    $86,156,199-101,156,199 estimated loss

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  • 8
    Sahara

    Sahara

    Penélope Cruz, Matthew McConaughey

    Released2005

    Directed byBreck Eisner

    $100,365,257 estimated loss

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  • 9
    Stealth

    Stealth

    Jessica Biel, Jamie Foxx

    Released2005

    Directed byRob Cohen

    $96,533,564 estimated loss
  • 10
    The Adventures of Pluto Nash

    The Adventures of Pluto Nash

    Eddie Murphy, Alec Baldwin

    Released2002

    Directed byRon Underwood

    $96,448,014 estimated loss

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  • 11
    The Alamo

    The Alamo

    Emily Deschanel, Billy Bob Thornton

    Released2004

    Directed byJohn Lee Hancock

    $94,090,020 loss

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  • 12
    Green Lantern

    Green Lantern

    Blake Lively, Ryan Reynolds

    Released2011

    Directed byMartin Campbell

    $90,074,414 estimated loss

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  • 13
    Cutthroat Island

    Cutthroat Island

    Geena Davis, Frank Langella

    Released1995

    Directed byRenny Harlin

    $88,741,339 estimated loss
  • 14
    Evan Almighty

    Evan Almighty

    Morgan Freeman, Steve Carell

    Released2007

    Directed byTom Shadyac

    $88,290,610 estimate loss

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  • 15
    Treasure Planet

    Treasure Planet

    Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Emma Thompson

    Released2002

    Directed byRon Clements, John Musker

    $85,210,943 estimated loss

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  • 16
    Town & Country

    Town & Country

    Goldie Hawn, Diane Keaton

    Released2001

    Directed byPeter Chelsom

    $84,813,855 estimated loss

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  • 17
    Supernova

    Supernova

    Angela Bassett, James Spader

    Released2000

    Directed byFrancis Ford Coppola, Jack Sholder, Walter Hill, James Thomas Lee Knight

    $82,585,960 estimated loss

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  • 18
    The Nutcracker in 3D

    The Nutcracker in 3D

    Elle Fanning, John Turturro

    Released2009

    Directed byAndrei Konchalovsky

    $81,910,521 estimated loss
  • 19
    Windtalkers

    Windtalkers

    Nicolas Cage, Mark Ruffalo

    Released2002

    Directed byJohn Woo

    $76,185,868—81,185,868 estimated loss

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  • 20
    The Wolfman

    The Wolfman

    Emily Blunt, Anthony Hopkins

    Released2010

    Directed byJoe Johnston

    $80,105,118 estimated loss

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  • 21
    XXX: State of the Union

    XXX: State of the Union

    Samuel L. Jackson, Willem Dafoe

    Released2005

    Directed byLee Tamahori

    $77,588,654 estimated loss

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  • 22
    Hugo

    Hugo

    Jude Law, Chloë Grace Moretz

    Released2011

    Directed byMartin Scorsese

    $57,114,920—77,114,920 estimated loss

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  • 23
    How Do You Know

    How Do You Know

    Reese Witherspoon, Jack Nicholson

    Released2010

    Directed byJames L. Brooks

    $75,665,547 estimated loss
  • 24
    Cowboys & Aliens

    Cowboys & Aliens

    Olivia Wilde, Harrison Ford

    Released2011

    Directed byJon Favreau filmography

    $75,588,838 estimated loss

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  • 25
    The Great Raid

    The Great Raid

    James Franco, Sam Worthington

    Released2005

    Directed byJohn Dahl

    $74,615,345 estimated loss

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