The first major blockbuster of the year is here, folks! Disney’s “John Carter” comes out this Friday and most people know absolutely nothing about it.
The film comes from the mind of author Edgar Rice Burroughs, who wrote the 11-volume tale of a dying Mars and John Carter—the earthling brought to the planet to save all who inhabit it.
Disney shelled out $250 million big ones for the production helmed by Pixar director Andrew Stanton, who previously directed “Finding Nemo” and “Wall-E.”
That’s a lot of dough and pressure to throw on someone who’s directing a live-action film for the first time and Taylor Kitsch, whose most starring role to date is as a small town football player on the acclaimed “Friday Night Lights.”
But considering the intriguing trailer and the impressive, just-released 10-minute scene from the movie, we certainly hope the film ends up a success.
So while we wait for the results, let’s take a look at some of the biggest box office bombs of the last 30 years.
Scientology's experiment with Hollywood starring John Travolta was not only a terrible movie but had an embarrassing result.
The alien invasion film eventually made under $30 million and won an astonishing nine Razzies total including ones for Worst Picture and Worst Actor for Travolta.
Total Production Cost: $73,000,000
Worldwide Gross: $29,725,663
Total Loss: 70.59%
This Kurt Russell vehicle about a soldier who must learn human feelings and save the world was a terribly entry in the science fiction genre.
Director Paul W.S. Anderson would fare much better commercially four years later with 'Resident Evil' but this film was a big box office and critical bomb.
Total Production Cost: $60,000,000
Worldwide Gross: $14,594,226
Total Cost: 75.68%
Remember the Alamo?
Well no one remembered to go to this movie about the historic fight at the Alamo anyway.
Even stars like Billy Bob Thorton and 'The Lost Boys' heartthrob Jason Patric couldn't save this giant flop.
Total Production Cost: $107,000,000
Worldwide Gross: $25,820,000
Total Loss: 75.87%
Well Mariah Carey can't be good at everything, can she?
This struggling musician-turned-popstar story didn't take a lot to make, but it didn't make a lot either.
Not only that, but the movie was panned by critics everywhere and Carey won a Razzie award for Worst Actress.
Total Production Cost: $22,000,000
Worldwide Gross: $5,271,666
Total Loss: 76.04%
Considered the biggest commercial failure in the Guinness Book of World Records, this big-budget film stars Geena Davis and 'Full Metal Jacket' actor Matthew Modine in an action adventure with pirates who hunt for treasure and look for a missing father.
Total Production Cost: $98,000,000
Worldwide Gross: $18,517,322
Total Loss: 81.11%
It sounds clever: an animated comedy adventure about a human immune system under attack by a deadly virus.
Starring Chris Rock as a cocky white blood cell, 'Fraiser' actor David Hyde Pierce as a cold pill and Laurence Fishburne as the virus, 'Osmosis Jones' tanked in theatres despite being directed by the Farrelly Brothers, aka the comedy team behind 'There's Something About Mary.'
Total Production Cost: $75,000,000
Worldwide Gross: $14,026,418
Total Loss: 81.30%
This science fiction horror debacle stars James Spader and Angela Basset as a pilot and medical officer (respectively) aboard a spaceship that rescues a young man who brings aboard an alien entity that destroys the very nature of humanity.
Total Production Cost: $90,000,000
Worldwide Gross: 14,828,081
Total Loss: 83.52%
When basing a movie on a brilliant short story by Ray Bradbury, there's no room for mistakes.
Unfortunately 'A Sound of Thunder' is full of mistakes as the cast and crew ruin an intriguing story about the consequences of time travel.
Total Production Cost: $80,000,000
Worldwide Gross: $11,665,465
Total Loss: 85.42%
What a strange idea for a film.
Martians go around kidnapping mothers because they need steal their 'momness' and one little kid tries to stop them from taking his own mother.
Needless to say, parents and kids didn't really get it. The movie was an epic failure and caused Disney to abandon their 3D remake of 'Yellow Submarine'
Total Production Cost: $150,000,000
Worldwide Gross: $38,992,758
Total Cost: 85.74%
This train wreck of a relationship resulted in a train wreck of a film about a lesbian and a low-ranking mobster who fall in love while kidnapping a mentally-challenged brother of a federal prosecutor.
The film won the dishonors of Worst Film, Worst Director, Worst Screenplay, Worst Actor, Worst Actress and more at the Razzies.
Total Production Cost: $54,000,000
Worldwide Gross: $7,266,209
Total Loss: 86.55%
The last time Warren Beatty and Diane Keaton starred together in a film, 'Reds,' the movie was nominated for Best Picture and also enjoyed some commercial success.
The second time... not so much.
This romantic comedy follows a married couple and their lives along with their best friends.
Total Production Cost: $90,000,000
Worldwide Gross: $10,372,291
Total Loss: 88.48%
Starring Brendan Fraser and Sarah Jessica Parker, this re-imagination of 'Dudley Do-Right' follows the iconic Canadian Mountie as he defeats his childhood acquaintance Snidely.
As expected, the film was unfunny, immature and unnecessary.
Total Production Cost: $70,000,000
Worldwide Gross: $9,974,410
Total Loss: 88.53%
Up until 2002, Eddie Murphy had been an extremely successful comedy and voice actor for films like 'Coming to America,' 'The Nutty Professor,' and 'Shrek.'
So naturally, he wanted to make a big-budget action, sci-fi comedy about a man trying to save his nightclub from the space mafia.
And naturally, it began the downward spiral in his career.
Total Production Cost: $100,000,000
Worldwide Gross: $7,103,973
Total Loss: 92.9%
Director Michael Cimino had a lot to prove for his next venture after his film 'The Deer Hunter' became a critical and awards darling.
What he followed up with was beyond disappointing.
This Western about a sheriff who tries to protect Wyoming immigrant farmers from wealthy ranchers was a gigantic commercial failure.
Total Production Cost: $44,000,000
Worldwide Gross: 3,484,331
Total Loss: 92.08%
The second screen adaptation of the acclaimed novel was sure to be a critical hit with respectable commercial success based off the capable hands of 'Fatal Attraction' director Adrian Lyne and stars Jeremy Irons and Melanie Griffith.
But it ended up being neither of those things. The controversial subject matter of an older man falling in love with an adolescent girl made an extremely quiet entrance and exit at the box office.
Total Production Cost: $62,000,000
Worldwide Gross: $1,147,784
Total Loss: 98.15%
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