High budgets do not guarantee a good film, and low budgets donâ€™t ensure a bad one. Many factors may result in a box office flop. It may be poorly directed, have a bad script or bad acting. The movie may feature good actors, but the star power alone does not result in expected box office returns.
I havenâ€™t seen the movie myself but I came across its name during my research. It was the highest budget movie when it was made in the year 1987. Ishtar was a financial flop, generating only $14 million in North American box office receipts against its $30 million budget. In this movie two terrible lounge singers get booked to play a gig in a Moroccan hotel but somehow become pawns in an international power play between the CIA, the Emir of Ishtar, and the rebels trying to overthrow his regime.
2. Heavenâ€™s Gate
This will always be remembered for the money it cost and the money it lost, the notorious, Heavenâ€™s Gate is based on the historical 1980s Jhonson county war incident in Wyoming. This movie is $42 million thrown to the winds. It opened to poor reviews and earned less than $3 million domestically from an estimated budget of $42 million.
3. Cut-Throat Island
Recorded as the biggest box office flop of all time. I think it cost $115 million to make, and it only brought in about $10 million. A disaster. Cutthroat Island was viewed by the New York Times as “too stupidly smutty for children and too cartoonish for any sane adult”.
4. Speed 2 cruise control
Do yourself a favour and see a movie instead. Not only is Speed 2 missing the first movieâ€™s main character, but the excitement seems to have departed with him. It “won” the award for Worst Remake or Sequel.
Although the movie is considered to be a flop in U.S, as it only made $48 million while the estimated budget was $110 million, it made USD $164,508,066 worldwide.
5. Battlefield Earth: A saga of the year 3000
The film, in which hairy aliens have enslaved humanity in the year 3000, was made with a $73 million budget, but grossed only $21 million in the U.S. Financially, it is regarded as one of the most expensive flops in film history, and a box office bomb. I think the movie was a disaster because it was filled with hard to believe nonsense.
I canâ€™t see this list being complete without Waterworld..There are plenty of things $175 million can buy, but commercial success is not one of them. At the time of its production, Waterworld set a record for most expensive movie ever made. But poor reception and bad reviews led to box-office revenues of only $88.2 million.
The story goes like this after global warming has melted the polar ice caps and flooded civilization. The Mariner (Costner), a mysterious drifter, attempts to escape the savage “Smokers” and escort Helen (Tripplehorn) and her daughter Enola (Majorino) to the legendary Dryland.
7. The Adventures of Pluto Nash
Massive flop. The film featured Murphy as a nightclub owner living on the moon in the year 2087, which may also be the year people finally forget just how boring, corny and painfully unfunny this movie proved to be. The $100 million spent to make Pluto yielded a grand total of $7 million at the box office.
Often called a worst movie of 2003 is a violent story about how a criminal lesbian, a tough-guy hit-man with a heart of gold, and a retarded man came to be best friends through a hostage. With a budget of approximately $54 million, it managed an overall U.S. gross of about $6 million.
With a budget estimated in nine figures, the film only managed to gross $40 million in the U.S making it one of the major flops of 2004. It won in the categories of Worst Picture, Worst Actress, Worst Director, and Worst Screenplay. The only thing the movie really had to offer was Berry in a cat suit.
Another in a series of man-vs.-machine plots. The 2005 film was incapable of drawing an audience large enough to compete with its steep production budget. The film cost $130 million to produce and brought in only about $32 million in the U.S making for one of the biggest box-office losses in film history. It might be of interest to you if you want to see lots of jet airplanes going real fast and making a lot of noise, and if you donâ€™t care that the story doesnâ€™t merely defy logic, but strips logic bare.