Big Budget Hollywood Movies That Flopped Badly
Movies can either make or destroy an actor’s and the production house’s whole career and that’s why they take budgeting decisions really carefully but sometimes, what sounds good in a board meeting might not translate the same way on the screen. And no, DC’s Justice League is not the only movie that has flopped despite a huge budget, so here’s a list of movies with big budgets that flopped…
- THE LONE RANGER
The Pirates of the Caribbean movies have had a roaring success. The dream team consisting of Gore Verbinski, Jerry Bruckheimer, and Johnny Depp was all cast into the 2013 movie The Lone Ranger. The production house assumed the movie would be a success just like the Pirates of the Caribbean movies but the foreshadowing of its demise started early on when production costs started escalating and the movie was almost shut down before completion. After managing to finally put it on screens, it was immediately slammed by the public as well as critics and sent the company into a loss of 98 million dollars with a production budget was 225 million dollars.
- MONSTER TRUCKS
Paramount is a big name in Hollywood, and they wanted to open a new franchise with this 2016 movie but kids movies have been known to be the cause of great losses. So when the movie barely earned 10 million when it was released with the production cost of 125 million dollars, it endured a loss of 115 million and the franchise Paramount was so eager to launch scurried down the drain.
- JOHN CARTER
This 2012 Science Fiction venture was valued at a production cost of 263 million. John Carter had asolid cast with Taylor Kitsch, Oscar-winning Andrew Stanton from Wall-E, Finding Nemo and on directing duties and celebrated source material from Edgar Rice Burroughs but none of that could save it from flopping with a loss of 122 million. The Mars-based franchise failed to happen for Mega company Disney, who then decided to look elsewhere for their science-fiction fix. By the end of the year, they roped in Star Wars.
- SINBAD: LEGEND OF THE SEVEN SEAS
Nothing could save this 2003 DreamWorks disaster, not even the likes of Bradd Pitt and Michelle Pfeiffer. Even though Sinbad: The Legend of the Seven Seas garner some positive reviews, the audience just couldn’t be convinced to like old fashioned cartoons after Pixar’s hit Finding Nemo which had just come out. The production cost for Sinbad was only 60 million but it ran DreamWorks into the ground with a loss of 125 million. Thank god DreamWorks let go of hand drawn cartoons and took on better animated projects such as Madagascar and Shrek 2.