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The Biggest Box Office Flops Of The 2010s

Updated January 8, 2020 271.4k views15 items

The millennium is finally moving out of its awkward teen years and into the 2020s, but there are some rough memories that will continue to plague this decade for years to come. While superheroes and art-horror headlined the decade's cinema, there are quite a few films that will be remembered for how little impact they had on the box office. Not every movie can be a hit, but this decade saw some pretty big flops limp their way into - and quickly out of - theaters.

Some of these movies will be remembered for being box office failures of historic proportions; others underperformed so badly that they changed the course of major franchises forever. Even some movies that managed to make their money back are considered huge flops, as film budgets don't necessarily account for other costs like marketing.

A good chunk of these films will likely be forgotten in time, existing as little more than answers to obscure 2010s trivia questions. These are the biggest movie flops of the 2010s, and their box office failures will largely define their historical legacy.

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  • How Much Did It Cost: $150,000,000

    How Much Did It Make (Domestic): $21,392,758

    Why Was It Such A Flop: At best, this movie lost Disney a minimum of $111 million. Most movie budgets don't account for marketing, however, and it's estimated that the studio spent an additional $50 million marketing this motion-capture animated feature from producer Robert Zemeckis. As to why this movie flopped, the odd animation and bizarre title likely didn't do much to entice typical animated film audiences to come out and see it.

    • Actors: Seth Green, Joan Cusack, Elisabeth Harnois, Dee Bradley Baker, Mindy Sterling
    • Released: 2011
    • Directed by: Simon Wells
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  • How Much Did It Cost: $120,000,000

    How Much Did It Make (Domestic): $56,117,548

    Why Was It Such A Flop: While there are a lot of things wrong with the final product that is Josh Trank's Fantastic Four, the real issues stem from problems behind the scenes. Fox famously feuded with Trank over the film, eventually firing the director altogether. It's hard to say if that decision left the film better or worse, but it's clear when watching the heavily reshot, nonsensically cobbled-together film that there was no cohesive vision behind it.

    • Actors: Kate Mara, Jamie Bell, Michael B. Jordan, Miles Teller, Toby Kebbell
    • Released: 2015
    • Directed by: Josh Trank
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  • Cats

    How Much Did It Cost: $95,000,000

    How Much Did It Make (Domestic): $25,000,585 (as of January 8, 2020)

    Why Was It Such A Flop: Just as the decade was set to be over, Cats showed up to give us one more massive flop before we moved on to the 2020s. People were already criticizing this movie back when the first trailers revealed a nightmarish vision of A-list celebrities underneath CGI fur slinking through musical numbers. If the questionable CGI wasn't enough to keep audiences away, the tidal wave of negative reviews upon its release sealed the deal. One reviewer said the film was "the worst thing to happen to cats since dogs."

    • Actors: Jennifer Hudson, Taylor Swift, Ian McKellen, James Corden
    • Released: 2019
    • Directed by: Tom Hooper
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  • Conan the Barbarian
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    How Much Did It Cost: $90,000,000

    How Much Did It Make (Domestic): $21,295,021

    Why Was It Such A Flop: Jason Momoa took on the title role in the 2011 adaptation of Conan the Barbarian, and the Game of Thrones actor was far from the biggest problem. Momoa himself credits the poor script with the film's lackluster performance, as he says it diverged too greatly from the source material.

    • Actors: Morgan Freeman, Rose McGowan, Rachel Nichols, Ron Perlman, Jason Momoa
    • Released: 2011
    • Directed by: Marcus Nispel
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