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Biggest Movie Flops

Posted by Neil
Aug 4, 2016

Biggest Movie Flops

We recently conducted some research in a bid to find out what makes certain movies make it big at the box office while others fail miserably.

A great number of factors, including equipment and special effects, play a part in whether a director releases an instant hit or one of the biggest movie failures ever to have graced the big screen. Here are the five biggest movie flops to date.

How Do You Know?

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How Do You Know? tells the story of a young woman stuck in the middle of a love triangle. It stars household names like Jack Nicholson, Reese Witherspoon, Owen Wilson and Paul Rudd. Everyone in the movie learns to make lemonade from the lemons life has dealt them, which is ironic because the film tanked. The 2010 romance had high hopes of box office success but when it came down to it the movie ended up making a $71.3m loss.

The Alamo

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John Lee Hancock’s 2004 movie The Alamo was a retelling of the 1960 classic starring John Wayne. Hoping to recreate the magic of the original, Dennis Quaid and Billy Bob Thornton were called in to portray the 1863 standoff between Davy Crockett and Jim Bowie and Mexican dictator Santa Anna’s forces. Wartime movies either go incredibly well and are warmly received by the critics or they fail outright. Unfortunately for The Alamo, it was the latter. In the end, the movie made an $81.2m loss.

Cutthroat Island







Cutthroat Island tells the tale of a female pirate and her comrades as they race against their rivals to find a hidden island and locate its mysterious treasure.

It fell out of favour with critics because they felt that the action scenes were unconvincing and relied too much on slow-motion effects for their drama. With a budget of $98m, the movie made only $10m at the box office, resulting in an $88m loss.

The Adventures of Pluto Nash

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The Adventures of Pluto Nash sees Eddie Murphy as a space-age man in the future struggling to keep his lunar nightclub out of the clutches of the mafia. The movie ended up being such a disaster that its star, Alec Baldwin, asked to be removed from the credits. The action comedy failed to produce the Beverley Hills-esque laughs audiences were expecting and it ended up making a $92.9m loss.

The 13th Warrior

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The 13th Warrior was the brainchild of the author of Jurassic Park and the director of Die Hard, so you’d think it would have been an overnight success. In reality, it ended up becoming one of the biggest movie flops of all time. It follows a love-struck man on a diplomatic mission for a sultan, who unwittingly ends up in a battle with the Vikings against a formidable force like none they have ever faced before.

The historic movie made the record books for all the wrong reasons thanks to its staggering $98.3m loss.

For more movie-related news, take a look at our interactive piece, which plots the biggest movie flops and triumphs of all time. To find out more about how the research behind the piece was carried out, you can read our handy blog post on box office success.

Please note that the above figures do not include inflation.

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