/Worst Film Week – Box Office Bombs

Worst Film Week – Box Office Bombs

In keeping with this weeks theme of our picks for the Worst films of all time, we thought it would be appropriate to print the official list of the least successful films of all time, based on budget. Essentially, take what you earn on a film away from the original budget, and you have some of the most financially abhorrent films ever made. Whether the film is actually a bad one or not is not the question, it’s just the return on the outlay makes these films the worst performing cinematic turkeys of all time:

Biggest Money Losers, Based on Absolute Loss on Worldwide Gross
Release Date Movie Distributor Budget Worldwide Gross Loss
1 4/27/2001 Town & Country New Line $105,000,000 $10,364,769 -$99,817,616
2 7/29/2005 Stealth Sony $138,000,000 $76,416,746 -$99,791,627
3 8/16/2002 The Adventures of Pluto Nash Warner Bros. $100,000,000 $7,094,995 -$96,452,503
4 7/11/2001 Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within Sony $137,000,000 $85,131,830 -$94,434,085
5 8/27/1999 The 13th Warrior Buena Vista $125,000,000 $61,698,899 -$94,150,551
6 6/22/2007 Evan Almighty Universal $175,000,000 $173,219,280 -$88,390,360
7 4/8/2005 Sahara Paramount Pictures $145,000,000 $121,671,925 -$84,164,038
8 4/9/2004 The Alamo Buena Vista $92,000,000 $23,911,362 -$80,044,319
9 9/2/2005 A Sound of Thunder Warner Bros. $80,000,000 $6,300,451 -$76,849,775
10 6/14/2002 Windtalkers MGM/UA $115,000,000 $77,628,265 -$76,185,868
11 6/16/2004 Around the World in 80 Days Buena Vista $110,000,000 $72,004,159 -$73,997,921
12 5/9/2008 Speed Racer Warner Bros. $120,000,000 $92,387,402 -$73,806,299
13 4/2/2004 Home on the Range Buena Vista $110,000,000 $76,482,461 -$71,758,770
14 11/24/2004 Alexander Warner Bros. $155,000,000 $167,297,191 -$71,351,405
15 2/18/2005 Son of the Mask New Line $100,000,000 $59,918,422 -$70,040,789
16 5/12/2006 Poseidon $160,000,000 $181,674,817 -$69,162,592
17 5/9/1997 Father’s Day Warner Bros. $85,000,000 $35,681,080 -$67,159,460
18 7/19/2002 K-19: The Widowmaker Paramount Pictures $100,000,000 $65,716,126 -$67,141,937
19 8/8/2007 Daddy Day Camp Sony $76,000,000 $18,197,398 -$66,901,301
20 11/26/2003 Timeline Paramount Pictures $80,000,000 $26,703,184 -$66,648,408

But, in order to balance the ledger, we will, just to be fair, present the highest box office earners. These are the films that represent the biggest earners compared to budget. If this is an indication of quality, then why are the Star Wars prequels in here?

Most Profitable Movies, Based on Absolute Profit on Worldwide Gross
Release Date Movie Distributor Budget Worldwide Gross Profit
1 12/19/1997 Titanic 20th Century Fox $200,000,000 $1,848,813,795 $724,406,898
2 12/17/2003 The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King New Line $94,000,000 $1,133,027,325 $472,513,663
3 6/11/1993 Jurassic Park Universal $63,000,000 $920,100,000 $397,050,000
4 5/25/1977 Star Wars Ep. IV: A New Hope 20th Century Fox $11,000,000 $797,900,000 $387,950,000
5 5/19/2004 Shrek 2 DreamWorks SKG $70,000,000 $915,278,586 $387,639,293
6 6/11/1982 ET: The Extra-Terrestrial Universal $10,500,000 $792,910,554 $385,955,277
7 7/7/2006 Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest Buena Vista $150,000,000 $1,065,659,812 $382,829,906
8 12/18/2002 The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers New Line $94,000,000 $926,284,377 $369,142,189
9 11/16/2001 Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone Warner Bros. $125,000,000 $976,457,891 $363,228,946
10 5/19/1999 Star Wars Ep. I: The Phantom Menace 20th Century Fox $115,000,000 $924,288,297 $347,144,149
11 11/15/2002 Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets Warner Bros. $100,000,000 $878,987,880 $339,493,940
12 5/30/2003 Finding Nemo Buena Vista $94,000,000 $866,592,978 $339,296,489
13 7/3/1996 Independence Day 20th Century Fox $75,000,000 $817,400,878 $333,700,439
14 5/25/2007 Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End Buena Vista $150,000,000 $952,420,425 $326,210,213
15 12/19/2001 The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring New Line $109,000,000 $868,621,686 $325,310,843
16 7/11/2007 Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix Warner Bros. $150,000,000 $938,468,864 $319,234,432
17 5/23/1997 The Lost World: Jurassic Park Universal $75,000,000 $786,686,679 $318,343,340
18 6/15/1994 The Lion King Buena Vista $79,300,000 $783,839,505 $312,619,753
19 5/19/2005 Star Wars Ep. III: Revenge of the Sith 20th Century Fox $115,000,000 $848,998,815 $309,499,408
20 7/18/2008 The Dark Knight Warner Bros. $185,000,000 $966,692,764 $298,346,382

The above information is taken from www.the-numbers.com.

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