Flashback Magazine did a compilation with the biggest losses movies of all time. For this ranking, we considered various criteria such as: Ticket, high budget, losses and expectations generated around the plot and the cast.
5 - Cutthroat Island, 1995
The production came to be in the Guinness Book as the biggest loss in absolute numbers yet for a film company: the developer bankrupted Carolco Pictures.
It seems that the gambling was already present at the time of pre-production: Michael Douglas, Keanu Reeves, Liam Neeson, Jeff Bridges, Ralph Fiennes, Charlie Sheen and MichaelKeaton turned down the role that would end with the unimpressive Matthew Modine.
Douglas, in fact, withdrew when he learned that Geena Davis’s character is more important than his. The pirate movie director Renny Harlin, Die Hard 2, husband of Geena Davis, until it was seen as a good lap-style cap-and-dagger, but the public is not encouraged.
The film buried the career of Geena Davis. After that, she only did one more, The Long Kiss Goodnight, another work of husband Harlin. Today, apart from Geena, he continues, any evidence, directing and producing. But only small movies.
BUDGET: $ 92 million
BOX OFFICE: U.S. $ 11 million
4 - TOWN & COUNTRY, 2001
With a star cast - Waren Beatty, Goldie Hawn, Andie McDowell, Charlton Heston and Natassia Kinski - the movie about long-term couples in crisis and in cases of infidelity was the cause of embarrassment for the studio, who waited two years to dump the pump the market. Many wondered how the budget was $ 90 million, since no expensive special effects roll in a film based on dialogues. The answer: bad management. To do scenes with snow, for example, the team traveled to the mountains of Idaho, in winter. Arriving there, had no snow. The director decided to cover the ground with artificial snow. After spending the day filming a hell of snow fell at night. And he chose to reshoot scenes to enjoy the natural scenery. It took three years to complete the film. Director Peter Chelsom until he gave a comeback: filmed the relatively successful Written in the Stars (2001) and Dance (2004).
BUDGET: $ 90 million
BOX OFFICE: $ 6.7 million
3 - Monkeybone, 2001
Crossing Beetlejuice with Forbidden World, Monkeybone has not pleased the public but has won praise from some big shots from the press. The film is unconventional - a blend of animation with real actors to tell the story of a cartoonist (Brenda Fraser). Your character will flip the TV show, and he thinks to ask his girlfriend (Bridget Fonda) in marriage. All goes well until he suffered an accident and falls into a coma. The cartoonist will stop at a kind of purgatory with his creation Monkeybone the monkey. You have to fight against Death (Whoopi Goldberg). The money left in the animation effects. But failure is attributed to marketing: Monkeybone was sold as a kids film.
But much o fthe stories are for adults. It was the last feature film from director Henry Selic. But he continues to send and in animations, was responsible for visual effects, and beautiful in The Life Aquatic of Steve Zissou (2004).
BUDGET: $ 75 million
BOX OFFICE: $ 5.4 million
2 - THE ADVENTURES OF PLUTO NASH, 2002
It was not the year for Eddie Murphy. He began starring in the 2002 bomb Showtime, which gave $ 45 million loss, and closed with Pluto Nash, a catastrophe that has gained the reputation of worst film in history. In this comedy by Ron Underwood (Mighty Joe Young, The Tremors), an entrepreneur fighting to defend their space mafia nightclub on the moon With $ 100 million, the movie might have special effects first. The filling of bad jokes and awkward situations made the film a failure. As one American critic wrote:” Rarely has so much money has provided so little fun.” Even Eddie Murphy has found the result so bad that he refused to promote the film. Warner, for fear of injury, left the production in the fridge for two years before releasing it. But nothing prevented the fiasco. Ron Underwood also made two films back and forth. Both budget-below zero, of course.
BUDGET: U.S. $ 100 million
BOX OFFICE: $ 4.4 million
1) Heavens Gate, 2002
The movie that got nearly 100% injury, promised to be a hit.
Its director, Michael Cimino,had taken five Oscars for his second film, The Deer Hunter was a box office success.The United Artists studio then got excited and gave a blank check to the guy filming Heaven’s Gate. Early in the filming, he found that the spacing between the houses of the stage setting was very narrow. Perfectionist, gave orders to build afresh. They spent millions just to get a few inches. Bossy, firing and hiring employees every week. He was right: the budget, provided $ 2 million, jumped to $ 44 million (U.S. $ 111 million intoday’s dollars.) Cimino also gave the movie four and a half hours in duration.Executives at United Artists hit the foot, and he agreed to cut three and half hours. The public did not swallow. The halls were empty, and United Artists failed. After the failure,Cimino still left to do five films - all with little money. No revenge. And he does not step on a set ten years ago.
BUDGET: $ 44 million
BOX OFFICE: $ 1.5 million