Greatest Box-Office Bombs, Disasters and Film Flops
of All-Time

Summary Chart

Greatest Box-Office Bombs, Disasters and Flops of All-Time

The following summary chart provides estimates of the film flops (disasters, bombs, etc.) that potentially lost the highest amounts of revenue, based upon their estimated losses. Although some films appeared at first to do well (in foreign and/or domestic markets), their marketing and production budget costs were so substantial that they doomed the film from making a profit. However, sometimes a film was able to recoup its costs years later, due to sales of ancillary products (DVD sales and rentals), TV rights, licensing fees, etc. The films in the list below are reviewed in detail in the pages that follow.


Greatest Box-Office Flops
of All-Time

All Figures in Millions, Currently as of Mid-2018
Based upon Estimated Losses (In Descending Order)
Production Budget Figures are Not the Total Cost (Additional Marketing Not Included)

Title Screen
(Film Title, Year)
Production Budget
(approx.)
Gross Revenue
(Domestic)
Gross Revenue
(Worldwide)
Estimated Loss
(Not Inflation-Adjusted)
Estimated Loss
(Inflation-Adjusted)

John Carter (2012)
$250 million
$73 million
$284 million
$122-200 million
$130-213 million

The Lone Ranger (2013)
$215 million
$89.3 million
$260.5 million
$95-190 million
$100-200 million

47 Ronin (2013)
$175 million
$38.4 million
$151.8 million
$97-150 million
$103-158 million

Pan (2015)
$150 million
$35 million
$128.4 million
$86-150 million
$96-155 million

Tomorrowland (2015)
$190 million
$93.4 million
$209.2 million
$76-150 million
$78-155 million

King Arthur: Legend of the Sword (2017)
$175 million
$39.2 million
$148.7 million
$115-150 million
$150 million

Mars Needs Moms (2011)
$150 million
$21.4 million
$39 million
$100-144 million
$109-157 million

The 13th Warrior (1999)
$160 million
$32.7 million
$61.7 million
$69-129 million
$101-190 million

Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas (2003)
$60 million
$26.5 million
$80.8 million
$125 million
$166 million

Ben-Hur (2016)
$100 million
$26.4 million
$94 million
$76-122 million
$76-122 million

Jupiter Ascending (2015)
$176 million
$47.4 million
$184 million
$87-120 million
$90-124 million

R.I.P.D. (2013)
$130 million
$33.6 million
$78.3 million
$91-115 million
$96-121 million

Deepwater Horizon (2016)
$110 million
$61.4 million
$121.8 million
$60-112 million
$61-120 million

Titan A.E. (2000)
$75 million
$22.8 million
$36.8 million
$100 million
$142 million

Sahara (2005)
$160 million
$68.7 million
$119.3 million
$78-100 million
$98-125 million

The Adventures of Pluto Nash (2002)
$100 million
$4.4 million
$7.1 million
$96 million
$131 million

Stealth (2005)
$135 million
$32.1 million
$76.9 million
$96 million
$120 million

Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within (2001)
$137 million
$32.1 million
$85.1 million
$94 million
$130 million

The Alamo (2004)
$107 million
$22.4 million
$25.8 million
$94 million

$122 million


Cutthroat Island (1995)
$98 million
$10 million
$18.3 million
$89 million
$143 million

Hart's War (2002)
$70 million
$19.1 million
$32.3 million
$62.7 million
$95-129 million

Heaven's Gate (1980)
$44 million
$3.5 million
$3.5 million
$40.5 million
$120 million

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