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5 of the Biggest Box Office Bombs That Were Hard to Watch

Box Office Bombs

Some movies become blockbusters and others are box office bombs. We’ve taken a look at some of the movies that cost way more to make than they generated in ticket sales. These movie flops were sometimes hard to sit through.

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5. John Carter

It’s one of the box office bombs that had some severe consequences for Disney. The 2012 sci-fi movie, starring Taylor Kitsch, was a major miss for the studio that usually manages to captivate and wow audiences.

As the movie cost around $307 million to make, its $284 million worldwide sales couldn’t even save it from disaster, causing Rich Ross to resign as Head of Walt Disney Studios. The movie proved that a big box office flop could be more severe than just a movie studio losing money.

4. The Lone Ranger

You wouldn’t expect a movie starring Johnny Depp to flop, but this 2013 movie couldn’t even be saved by his star power (and that was even before his public romantic woes with ex-wife, Amber Heard). The movie also scored a measly 31% on Rotten Tomatoes, but that’s not why it’s one of the box office bombs.

The movie had a staggering $250 million price tag to produce and market and only ended up racking in $175 million worldwide, meaning it lost around $75 million for Disney.

3. The 13th Warrior

Antonio Banderas isn’t known for starring in box office bombs, but rather as a movie star that has some serious ticket-sales power. However, even he can’t escape making a flop of a film at least a few times in his career.

The 1999 movie, The 13th Warrior had a relatively modest budget of $160 million compared to some of the price tags on the production and marketing of other movies. However, it still managed to come in at a loss, having only managed to generate $61.6 million in ticket sales worldwide. That means the movie didn’t even make back close to half of what it cost to make and market the movie.

2. King Arthur: Legend of the Sword

This 2017, Guy Ritchie movie had the hallmarks of a blockbuster in the making.

Unfortunately, it ended up being one of the biggest box office bombs ever. It is estimated that it cost Warner Bros. $175 million to make and market the movie, which bombed at a whopping $150 million loss. To add insult to injury, the movie only scored 29% on Rotten Tomatoes.

1. 47 Ronin

Opening on Christmas Day 2013 might not have been the best idea, or perhaps it was due to its $225 million budget that this movie bombed so hard at the box office.

Whatever the reason, this movie starring Keanu Reeves did not impress movie-goers and ended up being one of the biggest box office bombs of all time, resulting in an estimated $175 million loss.

Have you watched any of the box office bombs on our list? Did you think they would do better or worse? Drop us a comment below and let us know.


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