A lot of movies lose money. It's just something that happens in this business. But there are some movies that for one reason or another, become infamous for making so little money they are classified as a "bomb". Now the movies on this list I personally feel aren't that bad. In fact I even really enjoyed most of them. Sometimes it's not about the quality of the film, it all has to do with the timing of its release and how it's marketing. So take a gander at the 10 movies that lost the most money.
1. 47 Ronin (2013) Lost $150 million
I actually enjoyed this film. Yes it had its flaws, but I was entertained by it and I guess I’m just a sucker for movies with Samurai, demons and Keanu Reeves. Yes, he's my man crush... Whoa!
2. Mars Needs Moms (2011) Lost $130 million
This is a film that ultimately fell victim to the uncanny valley? What’s that you ask? It’s when something that contains human features that looks and moves almost exactly like human beings but it’s just different enough to cause revulsion to people. In this case the characters looked so real that they didn’t look real enough. Wait, did that just make sense? I recommend reading up on this concept a bit, it's really interesting. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uncanny_valley
But regardless, I love Seth Green, he’s fricken’ Scott Evil!
3. The 13th Warrior (1999) Lost $129 million
Fun fact: this movie was directed by the same guy who directed Die Hard and based on a book written by the same guy who wrote Jurassic Park. It also has this really cool campfire scene where Antonio Banderas learns the language of the Vikings he's traveling with.
4. The Lone Ranger (2013) Lost $119 million
One of Johnny Depp’s rare box office bombs. It wasn’t really that bad. The train sequence was really cool in it!
5. R.I.P.D. (2013) Lost $114 million
The trailer didn't even mention that Kevin Bacon was in. KEVIN BACON! Studies show that if you show Kevin Bacon in a movie trailer, it will make money! Lots!
6. John Carter (2012) Lost $108 million
Okay, so confession. I loved this movie. I was a huge fan of the book it was based on which is one of the very first modern science fiction novels ever written. George Lucas even stole the name “Sith” from a giant bug monster briefly mentioned in the third novel in this series. This is also one of the inspirations for Avatar. There were some glaring flaws in the movies but I don’t think it was really given a chance. It had an awful marketing campaign which I place the blame on for it’s weak performance. But if you haven’t seen it, please give this a chance!
7. Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within (2001) Lost $102 million
I loved this movie too. I grew up playing the Final Fantasy video games so I might be a little biased. But this movie was so ahead of its time that I don’t think the studio knew how to market it. It has amazing CGI in it and I always looked at it as a prototype for some of the effects used in Avatar. Give this particular film a watch (and no I don't mean buy the movie a watch for Christmas, I mean WATCH IT), you might be surprised.
8. Jack the Giant Slayer (2013) Lost $101 million
Amazing cast, just the wrong movie for the wrong time.
9. Sahara (2005) Lost $100 million
This is a classic example of an overbloated budget. It was a fun and entertaining movie, but it cost $160 million to make which is pretty difficult to make up at the box office unless you have an insane marketing campaign behind it.
10. Stealth (2005) Lost $96 million
Only one on the list I haven't seen. Guess no one saw it either...
But seriously look at these movies. None of them were really that bad. I've watched tons of movies and these aren't even close to be considered bad. You wanna see a bad movie? Then check out "The Room". That was so bad it gave me nightmares. There's also this British movie called "Death Bed: The Bed That Eats People". Well okay that movie was so bad it was kinda good.
But there are plenty of bad movies that are that make loads of money. Guess that's just the way of life. Anyway I hope you learned something.