Fernby Films

Top Ten Biggest Box Office Bombs

We published a similar list during our first Worst Film Week, so we thought it was about time to bring back the infamous list of the biggest box-office bombs of all time. Based on earnings (or lack thereof) compared to their cost to produce, these films are the biggest wastes of money to date. The below list is adjusted for 2008 dollars, with the most costly being the film that bankrupted Carolco Pictures, Cutthroat Island.

Film Year Total cost (production+marketing) (USD) Worldwide theater gross (USD) Net losses (USD) Net losses inflation adjusted (2008 USD)
Cutthroat Island 1995 115,000,000 10,017,322 -104,982,678 -146,947,958
The Alamo 2004 145,000,000 25,819,961 -119,180,039 -134,784,016
The Adventures of Pluto Nash 2002 120,000,000 7,103,973 -112,896,027 -134,396,524
Sahara 2005 241,000,000 119,269,486 -121,730,514 -133,141,605
The 13th Warrior 1999 160,000,000 61,698,899 -98,301,101 -125,887,312
Town & Country 2001 105,000,000 10,372,291 -94,627,709 -115,352,672
Speed Racer 2008 200,000,000 93,945,766 -106,054,234 -106,054,234
Heaven’s Gate 1980 44,000,000* 3,484,331 -40,515,669 -104,542,449
Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within 2001 167,000,000 85,131,830 -81,868,170 -99,798,592
Inchon 1982 46,000,000* 5,200,986 -40,799,014 -89,870,942

© 2010 – 2018, https:. All rights reserved.

Next Post

Previous Post

3 Comments

  1. Dan September 22, 2010

    Sahara isn't a good film but it has some redeeming qualities. What I can't understand is that it cost SO much to make! That's incredible, no wonder it made a huge loss.

    • Rodney September 22, 2010

      From what I understand, the majority of Sahara's budget was swallowed up by Matthew McConaughey's personal training bill… 🙂

  2. Dan September 22, 2010

    …haha…that makes sense. I don't think he's had a decent leading-man role since Sahara came out!

Leave a Reply

© 2020 Fernby Films

Theme by Anders Norén

Scroll Up