The 10 Biggest Box Office Bombs

There were extremely high expectations for Disney’s The Lone Ranger, since it was supposed to be the beginning of a new franchise. However, it flopped at the box office during its opening weekend.

The Lone Ranger, which was based off of the 1930s radio show and 1950s television series, brought in a disappointing $48.9 million in North America since opening on July 3. That doesn’t sound that terrible until you consider that the film cost about $250 million to make with an additional $175 million for marketing.

Even more disheartening was that the film starred Johnny Depp, was directed by Gore Verbinski, and produced by Jerry Bruckheimer. In case you forgot, these three were involved in the three Pirates of the Caribbean films.

When the dust settles on The Lone Ranger, it’s said that it could cost the House of Mouse about $150 million. While Disney can definitely absorb the hit (they did have a little movie called Iron Man 3 earlier this year) it’s still a huge financial loss which brings back memories of last year’s other bomb, John Carter.

It’s still too early to find out how bad The Lone Ranger will hurt Disney, but it can definitely already be considered a massive failure like Green Lantern and the infamous Ishtar. For fans of the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise, they better hope that The Lone Ranger won’t crack into the 10 Biggest Box Office Bombs listed below. Why? Because the film’s failure could cause a riff between Disney and Bruckheimer, which could prevent Pirates of the Caribbean 5 from releasing on July 7, 2015.

Until then, here are the 10 Biggest Box Office Bombs of all time according to the net loss of the films.

10. Stealth (2005)


Not only did this Jessica Biel and Jamie Foxx film cost the studio a loss of $110,340,657 million, it was panned by critics and has become of the industry’s most colossal mistakes.

9. Heaven’s Gate (1980)


Poor reviews and negative press probably helped cause the failure of this epic Western film that starred Kris Kristofferson, Christopher Walken, Isabelle Huppert, Jeff Bridges, John Hurt, and Sam Waterston. It cost over $44 million to make and only made $3 million at the box office. Considering inflation, that’s a loss of $112,890,792.

8. Speed Racer (2008)


Despite being directed by the Wachowskis, who directed The Matrix, and being based off the popular Japanese anime series, this disastrous adaptation ended up costing the studio over $113 million.

7. Town & Country (2001)


This romcom had an impressive cast of Warren Beatty, Diane Keaton, Goldie Hawn, and Garry Shandling, but that wasn’t enough to net a profit. Instead, the film tanked and cost the studio almost $123 million.

6. The 13th Warrior (1999)


It’s a shame that this Antonio Banderas action film lost over $135 million at the box office because it’s actually an enjoyable flick.

5. Mars Needs Moms (2011)


You would assume that a collaboration between Robert Zemeckis and Disney would be a box-office smash. But, that wasn’t the case with Mars Needs Moms. Instead, it’s become one of the biggest flops in the history of cinema by costing Disney over $138 million.

4. Sahara (2005)


This action-comedy adventure was based off a best-selling book and starred Matthew McConaughey, so it should have done better than losing $143 million for the studio. Even more interesting is that it did alright at the box office, it’s just that production costs caused Sahara to bomb.

3. The Adventures of Pluto Nash (2002)


When you think of box-office bombs The Adventures of Pluto Nash should always come to mind. This Eddie Murphy science fiction comedy film ended up costing $144,101,700 to produce and release. It also had the honor of being nominated for five Golden Raspberry Awards in 2003.

2. The Alamo (2004)


Not even proud Texans went to the theater to catch the 2004 film based on the iconic 1836 Battle of the Alamo. Even with mega-producers Ron Howard and Brain Glazer as well as a cast including Billy Bob Thornton and Dennis Quaid, The Alamo still had a net loss of $144,859,553.

1. Cutthroat Island (1995)


This action and romantic pirate adventure, we think, was such a tremendous loss at the box office that is caused Carolco Pictures to go bankrupt. The Geena Davis and Matthew Modine vehicle cost the studio over $145 million, which landed it in the Guinness Book of World Records as the biggest box office flop of all time.

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