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The Biggest Box Office Bombs of the Past Decade

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What do “Avengers: Endgame” and the movies in this gallery have in common?

Absolutely nothing.

To date, “Endgame” holds the record for highest-grossing movie worldwide at $2.8 billion. This astronomical figure triumphs over the biggest box office bombs of the past decade, some of which lost over $100 million.

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GOBankingRates analyzed hundreds of widely-released films — meaning at least 2,000 theaters showed the film in its lifetime — to determine the biggest movie losses of the past decade. Using data from Box Office Mojo, researchers then evaluated losses in terms of domestic gross and worldwide gross to the production budget. Films had to lose money both domestically and worldwide to be included. The total loss figure comes from subtracting the film’s worldwide gross from its budget.

Here are some of our findings:

  • Biggest total loss: “Mars Needs Moms” (2011) is the biggest box office failure on this list, with a net loss of $111,007,242.
  • Biggest domestic loss: However, according to our researchers, “47 Ronin” suffered the biggest domestic loss in comparison to its production budget, totaling more than $136 million. On the other hand, its total loss when taking into account foreign box office numbers was only around $23 million.
  • Biggest budgets: “King Arthur: Legend of the Sword” and “47 Ronin” are tied for the biggest-budget films on this list at $175 million.
  • Lowest budget: The lowest production budget on this list belongs to “Rules Don’t Apply” at $25 million. If you don’t know what that movie is, perhaps that’s why it couldn’t clear such a low bar.
  • Remake pitfalls: Several movies on this list attempted to reimagine or revitalize popular media of the past, including “Robin Hood,” “Conan the Barbarian” and “The Legend of Hercules.” A pitfall to avoid when you’re pitching your own script?
  • Most bombs in a studio: Universal Pictures has the dubious honor of distributing the most films on this list: six. The next lucky striker is Warner Brothers at five.

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Last updated: March 26, 2021

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How Do You Know (2010)

  • Production budget: $120,000,000
  • Domestic gross: $30,212,620
  • Foreign gross: $18,456,287
  • Total loss: $71,331,093

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©Universal Pictures

The Wolfman (2010)

  • Production budget: $150,000,000
  • Domestic gross: $61,979,680
  • Foreign gross: $77,810,085
  • Total loss: $10,210,235

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©Universal Pictures

Green Zone (2010)

  • Production budget: $100,000,000
  • Domestic gross: $35,053,660
  • Foreign gross: $59,828,889
  • Total loss: $5,117,451

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©Walt Disney Pictures

Mars Needs Moms (2011)

  • Production budget: $150,000,000
  • Domestic gross: $21,392,758
  • Foreign gross: $17,600,000
  • Total loss: $111,007,242
©Lionsgate

Conan the Barbarian (2011)

  • Production budget: $90,000,000
  • Domestic gross: $21,295,021
  • Foreign gross: $27,500,000
  • Total loss: $41,204,979
©Omnilab Media

Killer Elite (2011)

  • Production budget: $70,000,000
  • Domestic gross: $25,124,966
  • Foreign gross: $31,258,790
  • Total loss: $13,616,244
©New Line Cinema

Rock of Ages (2012)

  • Production budget: $75,000,000
  • Domestic gross: $38,518,613
  • Foreign gross: $20,900,000
  • Total loss: $15,581,387
©DNA Films

Dredd (2012)

  • Production budget: $50,000,000
  • Domestic gross: $13,414,714
  • Foreign gross: $22,211,811
  • Total loss: $14,373,475
©Columbia Pictures

That’s My Boy (2012)

  • Production budget: $70,000,000
  • Domestic gross: $36,931,089
  • Foreign gross: $20,788,004
  • Total loss: $12,280,907
©Universal Pictures

R.I.P.D. (2013)

  • Production budget: $130,000,000
  • Domestic gross: $33,618,855
  • Foreign gross: $44,705,365
  • Total loss: $51,675,780
©Bluegrass Films

47 Ronin (2013)

  • Production budget: $175,000,000
  • Domestic gross: $38,362,475
  • Foreign gross: $113,421,364
  • Total loss: $23,216,161

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Paranoia (2013)

  • Production budget: $35,000,000
  • Domestic gross: $7,385,015
  • Foreign gross: $6,400,000
  • Total loss: $21,214,985
©Summertime Entertainment

Legends of Oz: Dorothy’s Return (2014)

  • Production budget: $70,000,000
  • Domestic gross: $8,462,027
  • Foreign gross: $10,200,000
  • Total loss: $51,337,973
©Village Roadshow Pictures

Winter’s Tale (2014)

  • Production budget: $60,000,000
  • Domestic gross: $12,600,231
  • Foreign gross: $18,525,000
  • Total loss: $28,874,769
©Summit Entertainment

The Legend of Hercules (2014)

  • Production budget: $70,000,000
  • Domestic gross: $18,848,538
  • Foreign gross: $42,430,914
  • Total loss: $8,720,548
©Warner Bros.

Pan (2015)

  • Production budget: $150,000,000
  • Domestic gross: $35,088,320
  • Foreign gross: $93,300,000
  • Total loss: $21,611,680
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Blackhat (2015)

  • Production budget: $70,000,000
  • Domestic gross: $8,005,980
  • Foreign gross: $11,646,077
  • Total loss: $50,347,943
©Warner Bros.

In the Heart of the Sea (2015)

  • Production budget: $100,000,000
  • Domestic gross: $25,020,758
  • Foreign gross: $68,900,000
  • Total loss: $6,079,242

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©Bluegrass Films

Free State of Jones (2016)

  • Production budget: $50,000,000
  • Domestic gross: $20,810,036
  • Foreign gross: $4,225,914
  • Total loss: $24,964,050
©New Regency Pictures

Rules Don’t Apply (2016)

  • Production budget: $25,000,000
  • Domestic gross: $3,652,206
  • Foreign gross: $233,136
  • Total loss: $21,114,658
LightWorkers Media / Metro-Goldwyn-Meyer

Ben-Hur (2016)

  • Production budget: $100,000,000
  • Domestic gross: $26,410,477
  • Foreign gross: $67,650,834
  • Total loss: $5,938,689
©Babieka

The Promise (2017)

  • Production budget: $90,000,000
  • Domestic gross: $8,224,288
  • Foreign gross: $4,224,388
  • Total loss: $77,551,324
©Warner Bros.

King Arthur: Legend of the Sword (2017)

  • Production budget: $175,000,000
  • Domestic gross: $39,175,066
  • Foreign gross: $109,500,000
  • Total loss: $26,324,934

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Downsizing (2017)

  • Production budget: $68,000,000
  • Domestic gross: $24,449,754
  • Foreign gross: $30,554,136
  • Total loss: $12,996,110
©Media Rights Capital

Mortal Engines (2018)

  • Production budget: $100,000,000
  • Domestic gross: $15,951,040
  • Foreign gross: $67,706,100
  • Total loss: $16,342,860
©Summit Entertainment

Robin Hood (2018)

  • Production budget: $100,000,000
  • Domestic gross: $30,824,628
  • Foreign gross: $53,955,918
  • Total loss: $15,219,454
©Entertainment Studios Motion Pictures

The Hurricane Heist (2018)

  • Production budget: $35,000,000
  • Domestic gross: $6,115,825
  • Foreign gross: $0
  • Total loss: $28,884,175
©United Artists Releasing

Missing Link (2019)

  • Production budget: $100,000,000
  • Domestic gross: $16,649,539 
  • Foreign gross: $9,916,171 
  • Total loss: $73,434,290
©STX

Playmobil: The Movie (2019)

  • Production budget: $75,000,000
  • Domestic gross: $1,115,008 
  • Foreign gross: $15,234,295 
  • Total loss: $58,650,697)
©Universal

Cats (2019)

  • Production budget:$95,000,000
  • Domestic gross: $27,166,770 
  • Foreign gross:$46,668,668 
  • Total loss: $21,164,562

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Methodology: GOBankingRates determined the biggest box office bombs of the past decade by analyzing films released widely, meaning they have at least 2,000 theaters showing the film in its lifetime, and evaluating the film’s losses in terms of (1) domestic gross to production budget and (2) worldwide gross (domestic plus foreign) to production budget. These two factors were scored and then ranked; movies that lost money domestically, but managed a profit worldwide were excluded; films had to lose money both domestically and worldwide. Marketing budgets were not factored in due to their more limited availability. All box office and production budget data for years 2010 – 2018 was sourced from Box Office Mojo on Aug. 9, 2019 and for 2019 on March 15, 2021. Since the year 2021 is not over yet, no movies were included from this year and since 2020 was so greatly impacted by the COVID pandemic that year is excluded as well.

Last updated: Mar. 19, 2021

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