Biggest Box Office Bombs

atkins-bookshelf-moviesLists about movies abound on the Internet, however the most dreaded — at least for producers and the studios — is the list of the biggest box office bombs. There is no pride in being ranked number one. The very mention of the list sends shivers down the spine of every big name producer in Tinseltown. Like any high stakes business, for the film industry the rewards are extremely high (eg, Avatar’s worldwide gross of almost $3 billion), but the risks are just as great — just ask the folks at Disney who wrote off a $200 million loss on John Carter that cost more than $350 million for production and marketing. Nothing proves the emotional power of movies when you witness a group of high-level studio executives cry uncontrollably like newborn babies thrust into the cold world. Below is the list of films that rank as the biggest box office bombs, based on the amount of money lost (production and marketing costs minus ticket receipts). All sums have been adjusted for inflation as of 2008:

1. John Carter (2012): Budget: $350 million;  net loss: $200 million
2. Cutthroat Island (1995): Budget: $115 million; net loss: 146.9 million
3. The Alamo (2004): Budget: $145 million; net loss: $134.8 million
4.  The Adventures of Pluto Nash (2002): Budget: $120 million; net loss: $134.4 million
5. Sahara (2005): Budget: $241 million; net loss: $133.1 million
6. The 13th Warrior (1999): Budget: $160 million; net loss: $125.9 million
7. Town & Country (2001): Budget: 105 million; net loss: $115.3 million
8. Speed Racer (2008): Budget: $200 million; net loss: $106 million
9. Heaven’s Gate (1980): Budget: $44 million; net loss: $104.5 million
10. Final Fantasy: The Spirit Within (2001): Budget: $167 million; net loss: $99.8

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For further reading: http://www.boxofficemojo.com; www.cnbc.com/id/38815985

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