A Box Office Bomb, or less severely a ''flop'', is a movie for which production and marketing cost greatly exceeds its gross revenue, ergo [[MoneyDearBoy fails to turn a profit]] for the studio behind the film. While in the press the two terms have some crossover, a flop may be applied to all disappointing results but a bomb is outright failure costing studios millions. With today's budgets you can even see losses in the hundred million dollar range.

So how can you tell when a movie has bombed?

Well this depends on several factors. First is how much the studio paid to make the movie, paying all those people and companies you see in the credits at the end, which is generally public information. Second is how much the studio paid to promote the movie, which is not generally public information is generally a comparable percentage of the film's budget. A $150 million dollar film may well have spent $75 million on advertising. Third what you generally hear reported on is a film's theater gross revenue not what is returned to the studio itself. In America the general rule is that the studio only gets about half of the box office gross back, the other half going to the actual theaters that showed the film.

Put these together and you can see that a movie mustn't merely cover its budget but probably needs to make '''twice that''' before it can begin paying for its marketing costs much less become profitable.

A common objection at this point is to bring up the [[GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff international box office.]] Afterall the film made several hundred million more then its budget around the world, clearly these studios just want us to think only America matters and the Hollywood press keeps buying it! Right?

Well actually... not really. Or not yet anyways. While the rest of the world is [[CaptainObvious a much bigger market]] and can rack up film returns in the billions, behind these numbers overseas distribution is actually a lot less profitable for the studios themselves. While domestically studios take home about half of box office overseas they take home far less and have additional costs like needing a local dub track. How much can vary depending on the country in question. So studios still count on covering their costs domestically and judge a movie accordingly. While its possible in practice [[AvertedTrope aversions]] tend to be from marginal cases. Around the world taste in American movies tends to favor the same films and the biggest hits at home are also the biggest hits around the world.

[[http://io9.com/5747305/how-much-money-does-a-movie-need-to-make-to-be-profitable Good further reading on how much movies need to make can be found here.]]

Commonly cited possible reasons for box office failures:
* '''Misreading the Market:''' Probably the biggest real reason is that its just plain '''hard''' to know what people will like. Worse it changes all the time. What was innovative two years ago when you tried to FollowTheLeader and greenlit the movie is now a [[ClicheStorm tired old cliché]] nobody will see. Maybe you [[ViewersAreMorons underestimated]] the audience... or [[ViewersAreGeniuses overestimated]] them. Point is sometimes even your best efforts fail.
* '''Bad word-of-mouth:''' The movie just happened to be so bad that people avoided it. Those who enjoy [[SoBadItsGood cheesy fun]] usually buy it on VHS[=/=]{{DVD}}, or simply pirate it later. The importance of this factor has only been increased by [[NewMediaAreEvil the internet]], which has drastically increased the speed at which word of mouth (good or bad) spreads, and led to the present day emphasis on opening weekends as an indicator of performance.
* '''[[DuelingMovies Competition]]:''' This is particularly often in effect with {{summer blockbuster}}s. People have a limited amount of brainless action they would watch, and if there's a lot of that available, some titles may be neglected. They also tend to be high-budget, and as such if the movie flops, it costs a ''lot''. There is, however, often a principle similar to AwardSnub in nature: several good movies (with similar target audiences) are released simultaneously, thus one of them performs truly spectacularly, another one flops, but both are considered [[VindicatedByHistory great in hindsight]] (the hit ''Film/ETTheExtraTerrestrial'' and the flop ''Film/BladeRunner'', for example).
* '''Poor marketing:''' Many a bomb became so despite (or due to) being an excellent movie in general. [[NeverTrustATrailer Incorrect]] or [[MisaimedMarketing misleading]] information about them (or just plain ''lack'' of marketing) makes audiences rely exclusively on word-of-mouth, which is generally not enough for a movie to successfully perform. The internet has made this situation a bit better, but not that much. These movies almost always achieve [[CultClassic cult status]] and can later become profitable on DVD.
* '''Other Circumstances:''' Sometimes movies flop due to something that's not directly related to the movie itself or the movie industry as a whole. {{Funny Aneurysm Moment}}s and TooSoon, for example, tend to hit {{disaster movie}}s' sales very hard when bad timing happens; the 9/11 attacks and the Indian Ocean tsunami, for example, killed a lot of those even though they were obviously filmed prior to the catastrophe. Maybe your headlining actor [[TomCruise jumped the couch]] on some talk show. The same effect involves comedies lampooning airports, airlines, and the security process, which all brought down the film adaptation of ''Literature/BigTrouble'', which was bumped to the DumpMonths from its original position ten days after the 11th. Another example of unfortunate timing is if a movie's [[GenreKiller genre is killed]] prior to release.

For older films, please remember to take inflation into account when looking at films made decades in the past. ''Film/{{Cleopatra}}'''s $44 million budget in the early '60s, while nothing impressive today, would be equivalent to $325.6 million in 2012 dollars. Furthermore, an independent film or studio is less able to absorb huge losses than a major studio, so the threshold for a bomb is lower for them. The lower figures (both budget and box-office) for older films and indie films can be deceptive.

Has nothing to do with UsefulNotes/HollywoodAccounting, where the movie is not ''actually'' a flop but the real revenue is hidden in various ways to let studios weasel out of agreements to pay certain people a percent of the profits. Unless maybe someone is trying for a SpringtimeForHitler sorta scheme and other sorts of fraud.

Flops tend to become {{Franchise Killer}}s, {{Genre Killer}}s, and {{Creator Killer}}s, or "spawn" a StillbornFranchise. CriticalDissonance is often at full force here if critics liked it. VindicatedByVideo often helps (especially with BetterOnDVD thrown in), as does VindicatedByCable. For when the critics ''and'' the (too small) audience love the movie, yet it still fails commercially, see AcclaimedFlop.

!! list of bombs

* ''[[Film/TheSixthDay The 6th Day]]'' (2000) -- Budget, $82 million. Box office, $34,604,280 (domestic), $96,085,477 (worldwide).
* ''Literature/TheThirteenthWarrior'' (1999) -- Budget, $85 million (not counting marketing costs), $160 million (counting them). Box office, $61,698,899. When adjusted for inflation, this is the biggest flop of all time.[[note]]See the note attached to ''The Lone Ranger'', though.[[/note]]
* ''[[Film/FortySevenRonin 47 Ronin]]'' (2013) -- Budget, $175 million (not counting marketing and editing costs), $225 million (counting them). Box office, $38,362,475 (domestically), $150,962,475 (worldwide). As a result of rising costs during filming and editing, [[ExecutiveMeddling Universal pulled the director Carl Rinsch from the film and had their executives complete the movie.]] Adding insult to injury, the studio then wrote down the initial budget's costs... ''[[ScrewedByTheNetwork before the film got released in the US.]]''
* ''1492: Conquest of Paradise'' (1992) -- Budget, $47 million. Box office, $11,089,907. Was nearly a CreatorKiller for director Creator/RidleyScott, who didn't direct another movie for four years.
* ''Film/ThreeThousandMilesToGraceland'' (2001) -- Budget, $62 million. Box office, $18,720,175.
* ''Film/TheAdventuresOfBaronMunchausen'' (1988) -- Budget, $46.63 million. Box office, $8,083,123.
* ''Film/TheAdventuresOfPinocchio'' (1996) -- Budget, $25 million. Box office, $15,094,530.
* ''Film/TheAdventuresOfPlutoNash'' (2002) -- Budget, $100–120 million. Box office, $7,103,973. Sat on the shelf for ages because everyone knew it was a catastrophe. Creator/EddieMurphy himself [[OldShame disowned it]].
* ''[[Film/RockyAndBullwinkle The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle]]'' (2000) -- Budget, $76 million (not counting marketing costs), $98.6 million (counting them). Box office, $35,134,820.
* ''Film/AfterEarth'' (2013) -- Budget, $130 million. Box office, $60,522,097 (domestically), $243,843,127 (worldwide).
* ''Film/AfterTheSunset'' (2004) -- Budget, $60 million. Box office, $28,331,233 (domestic), $61,347,797 (worldwide).
* ''Film/AgainstTheRopes'' (2004) -- Budget, $39 million. Box office, $6,614,280.
* ''Film/TheAlamo'' (2004) -- Budget, $145 million. Box office, $25,819,961.
* ''Film/AlexAndEmma'' (2003) -- Budget, $30 million. Box office, $15,368,897.
* ''Film/AlexRiderOperationStormbreaker'' (2006) -- Budget, $40 million. Box office, $23,937,870.
* ''Film/{{Alexander}}'' (2004) -- Budget, $155 million (not counting marketing costs), $201.2 million (counting them). Box office, $167,298,192.
* ''Film/{{Alfie}}'' (2004) -- Budget, $60 million. Box office, $35,150,546.
* ''Film/{{Ali}}'' (2001) -- Budget, $107 million. Box office, $87,713,825.
* ''Film/AllTheKingsMen'' (2006) -- Budget, $55 million. Box office, $9,450,897.
* ''AllThePrettyHorses'' (2000) -- Budget, $57 million. Box office, $18,133,495.
* ''An AlanSmithee Film: Burn Hollywood Burn'' (1998) -- Budget, $10 million. Box office (get ready to faint), $52,850. Winning six [[GoldenRaspberryAward Razzies]], it spelt the end of the use of the "AlanSmithee" pseudonym. It also [[CreatorKiller killed]] Arthur Hiller's direction career (he knew the movie was so bad, he asked the crew to be ''credited as Smithee'').
* ''Film/AmazonWomenOnTheMoon'' (1987) -- Budget, $5 million. Box office, $500,000.
* ''Film/{{Amelia}}'' (2009) -- Budget, $40 million. Box office, $19,642,013.
* ''Film/AnAmericanCarol'' (2008) -- Budget, $20 million. Box office, $7,013,191.
* ''American Outlaws'' (2001) -- Budget, $35 million. Box office, $13,342,790.
* ''Another You'' (1991) -- Budget, $17 million. Box office, $2,865,916.
* ''Literature/AroundTheWorldIn80Days'' (2004) -- Budget, $110 million. Box office, $72,178,895.
* ''Film/{{Assassins}}'' (1995) -- Budget, $50 million. Box office, $30,303,072 (domestically), $83,303,072 (worldwide).
* ''WesternAnimation/AstroBoy'' (2009) -- Budget, $65 million. Box office, $39,886,986. The losses of the film sucked producer Imagi Studios into a black hole of debt.
* ''Film/TheAstronautsWife'' (1999) -- Budget, $80 million. Box office, $19,598,588.
* ''Film/AtlasShrugged Parts I'' and ''II'' -- Budget, roughly $20 million. Box Office, less than $5 million each. Commentators found it impossible not to comment on the irony of the adaptation of a famous libertarian/"Objectivist" work being rejected by the movie free-market, and then its producers plowing forward with both a sequel and planned Part III -- using Website/{{Kickstarter}}, of all things, which just adds to the irony.
* ''Film/AtFirstSight'' (1999) -- Budget, $60 million. Box office, $22,365,133.
* ''Film/AtLongLastLove'' (1975) -- Budget, $6 million. Box office, $1.5 million. The film received such bad reviews director Peter Bogdanovich published a full page apology letter in several newspapers. A studio editor recut the film on his own time four years later. 33 years after that, Bogdanovich saw this cut and liked it so much he finally allowed it to be released on DVD to better reviews in 2013, 38 years after premiering in theaters.
* ''Film/{{Australia}}'' (2008) -- Budget, $130 million. Box office, $49,554,002 (domestically), $211,342,221 (worldwide).
* ''Film/{{The Avengers|1998}}'' (1998) -- Budget, $60 million. Box office, $23,384,939. Director Jeremiah Chechik didn't direct another film until 2013.
* ''Film/BabysDayOut'' (1994) -- Budget, $48 million. Box office, $16,827,402.
* ''Film/{{Bad Company|2002}}'' (2002) -- Budget, $70 million. Box office, $65,977,295.
* ''Bait'' (2000) -- Budget, $51 million. Box office, $15.4 million. It [[StarDerailingRole nearly ended Jamie Foxx's leading career]], as he wouldn't lead again in a theatrical film for four years, but his [[CareerResurrection later resurgence]] thankfully saved him.
* ''Film/BallisticEcksVsSever'' (2002) -- Budget, $70–90 million. Box office, $19,924,033.
* ''Film/{{Bandits}}'' (2001) -- Budget, $75 million. Box office, $67,631,903.
* ''Bandslam'' (2009) -- Budget, $20 million. Box office, $12,225,023. A definite case of MisaimedMarketing.
* ''Film/BangkokDangerous'' (2008) -- Budget, $45 million. Box office, $42,487,390.
* ''[[Series/BarneyAndFriends Barney's Great Adventure]]'' (1998) -- Budget, $15 million. Box office, $12 million. This film, along with an earlier string of box office failures, led [=PolyGram=] to sell out their film division, and eventually themselves, to Seagram, [[CreatorKiller who placed the PolyGram name under Universal a year later]].
* ''Film/{{Baseketball}}'' (1998) -- Budget, $23 million. Box office, $7,027,290.
* ''Film/{{Basic}}'' (2003) -- Budget, $50 million. Box office, $42,792,561. Creator/JohnMcTiernan has directed a film since this feature.
* ''Film/BasicInstinct2'' (2006) -- Budget, $70 million. Box office, $38,629,478. It began the derailment of star Sharon Stone's career and ended Michael Caton-Jones' directing career. It was even dubbed by the [[GoldenRaspberryAward Razzies]] in the 2007 Razzie Awards ceremony as "[[MedalOfDishonor Basically, It Stinks,]] [[EpicFail Too]]".
* ''Film/BattlefieldEarth'' (2000) -- Budget, $75 million ([[UsefulNotes/HollywoodAccounting declared]]), $44 million (actual). Box office, $29,725,663. The JustForFun/{{egregious}} case of UsefulNotes/HollywoodAccounting involved in the production led to Franchise Pictures being sued into bankruptcy.
* ''Film/{{Battleship}}'' (2012) -- Budget, $209 million. Box office, $65 million (domestically), [[GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff $302.8 million (worldwide)]]. While it was a hit globally, that didn't prevent the U.S. media from pairing up this film with ''Film/JohnCarter'' as one of the big bombs of summer 2012 after it grossed a weak $25.5 million on its opening weekend.
* ''The Beautician and the Beast'' (1997) -- Budget, $16 million. Box office, $11.4 million. Fran Drescher's first and only theatrical lead role, and her last theatrical appearance overall.
* ''Literature/BeautifulCreatures'' (2013) -- Budget, $60 million. Box office, $19,452,138 (domestically), $60,052,138 (worldwide).
* ''Film/BeforeAndAfter'' (1996) -- Budget, $35 million. Box office, $8,797,839.
* ''Film/BeingHuman'' (1994) -- Budget, $40 million. Box office, $1,519,366.
* ''Literature/{{Beloved}}'' (1998) -- Budget, $80 million. Box office, $22,852,487.
* ''Betsy's Wedding'' (1990) -- Budget, $26 million. Box office, $19.7 million. Arguably [[StarDerailingRole the end of Molly Ringwald's stardom]], as afterwards she wouldn't do another theatrical film role for six years.
* ''Film/BeyondBorders'' (2003) -- Budget, $35 million. Box office, $11,705,002.
* ''Film/BicentennialMan'' (1999) -- Budget, $100 million. Box office, $87,423,861.
* ''The Big Bounce'' (2004) -- Budget, $50 million. Box office, $6,807,176.
* ''Film/BigBully'' (1996) -- Budget, $15 million. Box office, $2,042,350. [[StarDerailingRole One of the career halting films with Tom Arnold released that year]] and was also the last theatrical live-action movie that Creator/RickMoranis would star in (though it was less to do with this movie and more to do with his wife's passing).
* ''Big Miracle'' (2012) -- Budget, $40 million. Box office, $24.7 million.
* ''Literature/BigTrouble'' (2002) -- Budget, $40 million. Box office, $8,493,890.
* ''The Big Year'' (2011) -- Budget, $41 million. Box office, $7.4 million. The film's failure might partly explain why Creator/SteveMartin isn't currently planned for any theatrical projects in the near future.
* ''Big Wednesday'' (1978) -- Budget, $11 million. Box office, $4.5 million. Though it had a [[GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff good reception in Japan]].
* ''BillyBathgate'' (1991) -- Budget, $48 million. Box office, $15,565,363.
* ''Disney/TheBlackCauldron'' (1985) -- Budget, $44 million. Box office, $21,288,692.
* ''The Black Dahlia'' (2006) -- Budget, $50 million. Box office, $49.3 million. Director Creator/BrianDePalma took a seven-year sabbatical from Hollywood-level filmmaking.
* ''Film/BlackKnight'' (2001) -- Budget, $50 million. Box office, $39,976,235.
* ''Film/{{Blindness}}'' (2008) -- Budget, $25 million. Box office, $19,844,979.
* ''Film/BloodInBloodOut'' (1993) -- Budget, $35 million. Box office, $4,496,583.
* ''Film/TheBlueBird'' (1976) -- Budget, $12 million. Box office, $887,000.
* ''Boat Trip'' (2002) -- Budget, $20 million. Box office, $15 million.
* ''Body of Evidence'' (1993) -- Budget, $30 million. Box office, $13.2 million.
* ''Bogus'' (1996) -- Budget, $30 million. Box office, $4.3 million.
* ''Literature/TheBonfireOfTheVanities'' (1990) -- Budget, $47 million. Box office, $15,691,192.
* ''Film/TheBorder'' (1982) -- Budget, $22 million. Box office, $6,118,683.
* ''Boys and Girls'' (2000) -- Budget, $35 million. Box office, $25.8 million. After the huge success of ''ShesAllThat'', director Robert Iscove worked once again with Freddie Prinze Jr. on this movie. Iscove never really had a theatrical hit again, and this movie was part of a rut that Prinze was stuck in during the early '00s.
* ''Film/BrokedownPalace'' (1999) -- Budget, $25 million. Box office, $10,115,013.
* ''Film/TheBrothersGrimm'' (2005) -- Budget, $88 million. Box office, $37,916,267 (domestic), $105,316,267 (worldwide).
* ''Bucky Larson: Born to be a Star'' (2011) -- Budget, just under $10 million. Box office, $2,529,395. It was taken out of theaters after only two weeks, and quickly derailed Nick Swardson's film career before it could even get started (the MisaimedMarketing didn't seem to help either).
* ''Film/BulletToTheHead'' (2013) -- Budget, $55 million. Box office, $13,561,515.
* ''Film/BulletproofMonk'' (2003) -- Budget, $52 million. Box office, $37,713,879.
* ''Cabin Boy'' (1994) -- Budget, $10 million. Box office, $3.6 million.
* ''Film/CanadianBacon'' (1995) -- Budget, $11 million. Box office, $178,104. Little wonder this is Creator/MichaelMoore's only theatrical foray outside the documentary genre to date (admittedly, he has done more than almost anyone to make nonfiction films profitable).
* ''Film/CantStopTheMusic'' (1980) -- Budget, $20 million. Box office, $2 million.
* ''WesternAnimation/CatsDontDance'' (1997) -- Budget, $32 million. Box office, $3,566,637. [[ScrewedByTheNetwork It fell through the cracks]] after Creator/WarnerBros bought Turner just before the movie was released, and proceeded to not promote it at all.
* ''Film/TheCatInTheHat'' (2003) -- Budget, $109 million. Box office, $133,960,541 (worldwide), $101,149,285 (domestic). Although it was a success worldwide, it couldn't recoup the budget domestically due to losing audience very quickly. It [[StarDerailingRole began]] the career derailment of Mike Myers (whose career was further damaged with ''Film/TheLoveGuru''[[note]]That movie bombed financially in its own right too, grossing back just $40,863,344 of its $62 million budget.[[/note]]), and was widely panned by fans and critics for the huge amount of [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar crap that went by]]. The [[Creator/DrSeuss Seuss]] estate responded by banning any further live-action adaptations of his works.
* ''Film/{{Catwoman}}'' (2004) -- Budget, $100 million. Box office, $82,102,379. Creator/HalleBerry quit the ''X-Men'' franchise to be in this film; rumor has it she crawled back to the producers for a part in ''X-Men 3'' for a substantially lower paycheck.
* ''Film/ChainReaction'' (1996) -- Budget, $55 million. Box office, $21,226,204 (domestically), [[GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff $60,209,334 worldwide]]. Creator/MorganFreeman would not get another award-caliber role until ''Film/MillionDollarBaby'' in 2004.
* ''Chairman of the Board'' (1998) -- Budget, $10 million (estimated). Box office, $181,233.
* ''Film/TheChamber'' (1996) -- Budget, $50 million. Box office, $22,540,359.
* ''Chill Factor'' (1999) -- Budget, $70 million. Box office, $11,263,966.
* ''Christopher Columbus: The Discovery'' (1992) -- Budget, $45 million. Box office, $8,251,071. The CreatorBreakdown behind the scenes led to the split of the Salkind directing duo, who never did a film together again.
* ''Film/TheChroniclesOfRiddick'' (2004) -- Budget, $105 million. Box office, $57,761,012 (domestic), $115,772,733 (worldwide).
* ''Film/CityHall'' (1996) -- Budget, $40 million. Box office, $20,340,204.
* ''CityOfEmber'' (2008) -- Budget, $55 million. Box office, $17,929,684.
* ''Film/CityOfJoy'' (1992) -- Budget, $27 million. Box office, $14,683,921.
* ''Film/{{Cleopatra}}'' (1963) -- Budget, $44 million. Box office, $57,777,778. However, Creator/TwentiethCenturyFox only got roughly half the film's box office take (the rest went to the theaters), and since $44 million was an exorbitant price tag in 1963's dollars (equivalent to $325.6 million today), they nearly went bankrupt and had to sell off parts of its huge backlot (which turned the remnants of the sold parts to what became known as Century City). ''Cleopatra''’s TroubledProduction and ultimate failure were among the decisive moments in the FallOfTheStudioSystem, and the film was considered ''the'' example of failure for decades afterwards, only turning a profit for the studio in the '90s thanks to VHS and DVD sales. It only took 30 years!
* ''Literature/CloudAtlas'' (2012) -- Budget, $102 million. Box office, $27,108,272 (domestically), $129,787,143 (worldwide). It didn't help that it received criticism from Asians (and Halle Berry) for the decision to have some of the actors, Berry included, play in {{Yellowface}}.
* ''Film/CollateralDamage'' (2002) -- Budget, $85 million. Box office, $78,382,433.
* ''Film/ColorOfNight'' (1994) -- Budget, $40 million. Box office, $19,726,050.
* ''[[Film/ConanTheBarbarian2011 Conan the Barbarian]]'' (2011) -- Budget, $90 million. Box office, $48,795,021.
* ''Film/ConnieAndCarla'' (2004) -- Budget, $27 million. Box office, $11,341,016.
* ''Film/CoolAsIce'' (1991) -- Budget, $6 million. Box office, $1.1 million. Was seen as one of the factors of Vanilla Ice's popularity downfall.
* ''Film/CoolWorld'' (1992) -- Budget, $28 million. Box office, $14,110,589. Director Creator/RalphBakshi was so dismayed by the film's reception and ExecutiveMeddling that he eventually retired from filmmaking.
* ''Film/TheCore'' (2003) -- Budget, $60 million. Box office, $31,186,986 (domestic), $73,498,611 (worldwide).
* ''The Cotton Club'' (1984) -- Budget, $58 million. Box office, $25,928,721. Suffered an epically TroubledProduction, including the gangland-style execution of a would-be backer and a budget-skyrocketing war of egos between producer Robert Evans and director Creator/FrancisFordCoppola, both of whose careers were already in trouble from other box office disappointments.
* ''Film/CowboysAndAliens'' (2011) -- Budget, $163 million. Box office, $100,240,551 (domestically), $174,822,325 (worldwide).
* ''Film/CradleWillRock'' (1999) -- Budget, $36 million. Box office, $2,903,404.
* ''Creature'' (2011) -- Budget, $3 million. Box office, $300,000. It was promptly jettisoned from theaters a week later.
* ''Crimewave'' (1986) -- Budget, $3 million. Box office, $5,101. Yes, you read that right. In America the movie was released to theaters in ''only two states'', Alaska and Kansas, in order to obtain quick television rights. Star BruceCampbell likes to say "The movie wasn't released, it escaped."
* ''Film/CryBaby'' (1990) -- Budget, $12 million. Box office, $8.2 million. Was almost [[CreatorKiller an end]] to Creator/JohnWaters' directing career.
* ''Film/CutthroatIsland'' (1995) -- Budget, $98 million. Box office, $18,517,322. This film [[CreatorKiller bankrupted Carolco Pictures]], [[StarDerailingRole derailed Geena Davis' career]], her marriage with director Renny Harlin (whose career was also badly damaged), and [[GenreKiller destroyed the entire swashbuckling adventure genre]] (and it seems that any pirate movie without the ''Franchise/PiratesOfTheCaribbean'' name will be destined to fail).
* ''D.O.A.'' (1988) -- Budget, $29 million. Box office, $12 million.
* ''D-Tox'' (2002) -- Budget, $55 million. Box office, $6,337,141.
* ''Film/DarkShadows'' (2012) -- Budget, $150 million. Box office, $79,727,149 (domestic), $245,527,149 (worldwide).
* ''Film/DarlingLili'' (1970) -- Budget, $25 million. Box office, $3.25 million.
* ''Film/{{Daylight}}'' (1996) -- Budget, $90 million. Box office, $33,023,469 (domestically), [[GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff $159,212,469 (worldwide)]].
* ''Film/DearGod'' (1996) -- Budget, $22 million. Box office, $7,138,523.
* ''Film/DeathToSmoochy'' (2002) -- Budget, $50 million. Box office, $8,382,938.
* ''Film/{{Deception}}'' (2008) -- Budget, $25 million. Box office, $17,741,298.
* ''Film/DeepRising'' (1998) -- Budget, $45 million. Box office, $11,203,026.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Delgo}}'' (2008) -- Budget, $40 million. Box office, $915,840. (No, that's not a typo.) [[MedalOfDishonor It had one of the worst openings ever for a film playing in over 2,000 theaters]], [[EpicFail earning just $511,920 at 2,160 sites]].
* ''Film/{{Delirious}}'' (1991) -- Budget, $18 million. Box office, $5,546,826.
* ''Film/DesperateMeasures'' (1998) -- Budget, $50 million. Box office, $13,806,137.
* ''Film/TheDevilsOwn'' (1997) -- Budget, $90 million. Box office, $42,868,348 (domestically), $140,807,547 (worldwide). This served as the final film for director Alan J. Pakula, as he was killed in a car accident the next year after its release.
* ''Film/TheDilemma'' (2011) -- Budget, $70 million. Box office, $69,721,966.
* ''Disorganized Crime'' (1989) -- Budget, $20 million. Box office, $7 million.
* ''Film/DoctorDolittle'' (1967) -- Budget, $17 million. Box office, $6.2 million.
* ''Film/{{Domino}}'' (2005) -- Budget, $50 million. Box office, $22,944,502.
* ''Film/{{Doom}}'' (2005) -- Budget, $60 million. Box office, $55,987,321.
* ''Literature/{{Dreamcatcher}}'' (2003) -- Budget, $68 million. Box office, $33,715,436 (domestic), $75,715,436 (worldwide). The film's disappointing take prompted Creator/LawrenceKasdan to not direct another movie for nine years.
* ''Film/DreamHouse'' (2011) -- Budget, $50 million. Box office, $38,502,340.
* ''Film/{{Driven}}'' (2001) -- Budget, $72 million. Box office, $54,744,738.
* ''Film/DropZone'' (1994) -- Budget, $45 million. Box office, $28,735,315.
* ''DudleyDoRight'' (1999) -- Budget, $70 million. Box office, $9,974,410.
* ''Film/DungeonsAndDragons'' (2000) -- Budget, $45 million. Box office, $33 million.
* ''Film/{{Duplex}}'' (2003) -- Budget, $40 million. Box office, $19,322,135.
* ''Film/{{Dutch}}'' (1991) -- Budget, $17 million. Box office, $4,603,929.
* ''Ed'' (1996) -- Budget, $24 million. Box office, $4 million.
* ''Film/{{EdTV}}'' (1999) -- Budget, $80 million. Box office, $35,319,689.
* ''Film/EdgeOfDarkness'' (2010) -- Budget, $80 million. Box office, $43,313,890 (domestic), $81,124,129 (worldwide).
* ''Film/EdgeOfTomorrow'' (2014) -- Budget, $178 million. Box office, $91,365,604 (domestic), [[GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff $339,965,604 (worldwide)]].
* ''Film/EndersGame'' (2013) -- Budget, $110 million. Box office, $61,737,191 (domestically), $125,537,191 (worldwide). The film suffered from poor marketing that couldn't really make clear [[UncertainAudience if the film was targeted to kids or adults]]. Had the misfortune of coming out[[note]]Huhuhuh... [[HehHehYouSaidX Coming out]]... [[WesternAnimation/BeavisAndButthead Huhuh]].[[/note]] at a time when gay rights were a hot issue and when Creator/OrsonScottCard was known far and wide as a HeteronormativeCrusader.
* ''Film/{{Envy}}'' (2004) -- Budget, $40 million. Box office, $14,581,765.
* ''Film/{{Equilibrium}}'' (2002) -- Budget, $20 million. Box office, $5,359,645.
* ''Ernest Rides Again'' (1993) -- Budget, $7 million. Box office, $1.4 million. Was the last Ernest movie released theatrically.
* ''Film/EscapeFromLA'' (1996) -- Budget, $50 million. Box office, $25,477,365.
* ''Film/EscapePlan'' (2013) -- Budget, $50 million. Box office, $25,132,228 (domestic), $137,324,564 (worldwide).
* ''Film/EvanAlmighty'' (2007) -- Budget, $175 million. Box office, $173,418,781.
* ''Eve of Destruction'' (1991) -- Budget, $13 million. Box office, $5,451,119.
* ''Film/EventHorizon'' (1997) -- Budget, $60 million. Box office, $26,673,242.
* ''Film/{{Evolution}}'' (2001) -- Budget, $80 million. Box office, $38,345,494 (domestic), $98,376,292 (worldwide).
* ''Excess Baggage'' (1997) -- Budget, $20 million. Box office, $14.5 million. Was supposed to be the first in a line of movies produced by Alicia Silverstone, but the movie's poor box office made it her only production credit.
* ''Film/TheExpress'' (2008) -- Budget, $40 million. Box office, $9,808,124.
* ''Extreme Measures'' (1996) -- Budget, $38 million. Box office, $17,380,126.
* ''Film/ExtremeOps'' (2002) -- Budget, $40 million. Box office, $10,959,475.
* ''Fair Game'' (1995) -- Budget, $50 million. Box office, $11,534,477. Was such a bomb that some of the crew (including director Andrew Sipes) [[CreatorKiller never worked on another movie again.]]
* ''The Fall of The Roman Empire'' (1964) -- Budget, $19 million. Box office, $4.75 million. Comparisons with contemporary Roman epic ''Cleopatra'' are inevitable, although ''Fall'' had a substantially less TroubledProduction and was much more well-received by critics. Audiences, however, had lost interest in sword and sandal epics following ''Cleopatra'' (and, unlike ''Cleopatra'', ''Fall'' has largely faded into obscurity since its initial release in 1964).
* ''Film/TheFan'' (1996) -- Budget, $55 million. Box office, $18,626,419.
* ''Disney/{{Fantasia}}'' (1940) -- Budget, $2,280,000. Box office, $361,800.
* ''Theatre/TheFantasticks'' (2000) -- Budget, $10 million. Box office, $49,666.
* ''Film/FathersDay'' (1997) -- Budget, $85 million. Box office, $35,681,080.
* ''Film/FearAndLoathingInLasVegas'' (1998) -- Budget, $18.5 million. Box office, 10.6 million.
* ''Film/FearDotCom'' (2002) -- Budget, $40 million. Box office, $18,902,905.
* ''Femme Fatale'' (2002) -- Budget, $35 million. Box office, $16.8 million.
* ''Film/TheFifthEstate'' (2013) -- Budget, $28 million. Box office, $8,555,008.
* ''Anime/FinalFantasyTheSpiritsWithin'' (2001) -- Budget, $135–167 million. Box office, $85,131,830. This film's failure led to the collapse of Square Pictures and delayed the merger of [[SquareEnix Squaresoft with Enix]]; the latter company was hesitant at merging with a company that had just lost a large amount of money in a high-profile manner.
* ''Film/FireDownBelow'' (1997) -- Budget, $60 million. Box office, $16,228,448.
* ''Film/FirstKnight'' (1995) -- Budget, $75 million. Box office, $37,600,435 (domestic), $127,600,435 (worldwide).
* ''Film/FlashGordon'' (1980) -- Budget, $35 million. Box office, $27,107,960.
* ''Film/FlightOfTheIntruder'' (1991) -- Budget, $35 million. Box office, $14,587,732.
* ''[[Film/TheFlightOfThePhoenix2004 Flight of the Phoenix]]'' (2004) -- Budget, $45 million. Box office, $34,586,264.
* ''Film/{{Flyboys}}'' (2006) -- Budget, $60 million. Box office, $17,834,865.
* ''ForLoveOrMoney'' (1993) -- Budget, $30 million. Box office, $11,146,270.
* ''Film/ForLoveOfTheGame'' (1999) -- Budget, $50 million. Box office, $46.1 million
* ''For the Boys'' (1991) -- Budget, $40 million. Box office, $23,202,444. It didn't help that the whole world was waiting in line to see ''Disney/BeautyAndTheBeast'' that same day.
* ''Film/FrankensteinUnbound'' (1990) -- Budget, $11.5 million. Box office, $334,748.
* ''Film/{{Freaked}}'' (1993) -- Budget, $12 million. Box office, $29,296.
* ''Film/{{Freedomland}}'' (2006) -- Budget, $37.7 million. Box office, $14,655,626.
* ''From Justin to Kelly'' (2003) -- Budget, $12 million. Box office, $4.9 million. Aside from [[StarDerailingRole just about killing Justin Guarini's reputation]], the film's failure ensured the impossibility of future ''Series/AmericanIdol'' movies.
* ''Fun Size'' (2012) -- Budget, $14 million. Box office, $10.9 million. The lowest-grossing movie released by Creator/{{Nickelodeon}} so far.
* ''Film/TheGarbagePailKidsMovie'' (1987) -- Budget, $30 million. Box office, $1,576,615. Parental protests over the film's RefugeInVulgarity led to it being pulled from theaters within weeks of its release.
* ''Film/GeronimoAnAmericanLegend'' (1993) -- Budget, $35 million. Box office, $18,635,620.
* ''Film/GetCarter'' (2000) -- Budget, $63.6 million. Box office, $19,412,993.
* ''Film/{{Getaway}}'' (2013) -- Budget, $18 million. Box office, $10,501,938.
* ''Film/GettingEvenWithDad'' (1994) -- Budget, $30 million. Box office, $18,869,594. Coming out the same weekend as ''Disney/TheLionKing'' didn't help either.
* ''Film/GhostsOfMars'' (2001) -- Budget, $28 million. Box office, $14,010,832.
* ''Film/{{Gigli}}'' (2003) -- Budget, $54–74 million. Box office, $7,266,209. Suffered from ExecutiveMeddling that shifted the focus from the crime-comedy elements to the "Creator/{{Ben|Affleck}}[[Music/JenniferLopez nifer]]" romance.
* ''Film/{{Glitter}}'' (2001) -- Budget, $22 million. Box office, $5,271,666. This film's failure, along with that of the accompanying soundtrack album, sent Music/MariahCarey's career [[StarDerailingRole into recession]] for several years. Being released the weekend after 9/11 (in what was already [[DumpMonths a traditionally poor month]]) couldn't have helped either.
* ''Film/GodsAndGenerals'' (2003) -- Budget, $56 million. Box office, $12,923,936.
* ''TheGoldenCompass'' (2007) -- Budget, $180 million. Box office, $70 million (domestically), [[GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff $372,234,864 (internationally)]]. Unfortunately, Creator/NewLineCinema had sold off the international distribution rights in order to raise enough money for the film's production, meaning that they only got the domestic gross, and never saw a penny of the international box office. As a result, [[CreatorKiller New Line was absorbed into]] Creator/WarnerBros soon after.
* ''Gone Fishin’'' (1997) -- Budget, $53 million. Box office, $19,736,932. A tremendously TroubledProduction, the movie suffered various delays, confused marketing (Disney couldn't entirely figure out whether to market it to older kids or adults), and a stuntwoman's death during filming. Disney sent it out to die against ''Film/TheLostWorldJurassicPark'', and director Christopher Cain didn't work on another theatrical film for ten years.
* ''Film/TheGoodThief'' (2003) -- Budget, $30 million. Box office, $6,460,758.
* ''Graffiti Bridge'' (1990) -- Budget, $7 million. Box office, $4.2 million. The film killed off any hope of Prince appearing on the big screen ever again. Also probably one of the turning points which became the foundation for Prince's feud with Warner Bros. in the mid-90s.
* ''Grease 2'' (1982) -- Budget, $11.3 million. Box office, $15.1 million. The film's failure [[FranchiseKiller killed off plans for a third movie.]]
* ''TheGreatRaid'' (2005) -- Budget, $80 million. Box office, $10,769,311.
* ''Film/GreenLantern'' (2011) -- Budget, $225 million (plus another $100 million for marketing). Box office, $219,851,172. Creator/WarnerBros wanted this to be their big new superhero trilogy, but combined with generally negative reviews and poor box office numbers, this appears to be a StillbornFranchise (though there are still plans to have Green Lantern in the JusticeLeague film, when and if it ever gets made).
* ''Film/GreenZone'' (2010) -- Budget, $100 million. Box office, $94,882,549.
* ''Film/{{Grindhouse}}'' (2007) -- Budget, $67 million. Box office, $25,422,088. A rare film in that it was [[Film/{{Machete}} outperformed by]] [[Film/HoboWithAShotgun its spinoffs]].
* ''[[Film/GulliversTravels2010 Gulliver's Travels]]'' (2010) -- Budget, $112 million. Box office, $42,779,261 (domestically), [[GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff $237,382,724 (worldwide)]] and really put a dent in Creator/JackBlack's mainstream career.
* ''Film/HangingUp'' (2000) -- Budget, $60 million. Box office, $51,880,044. The film served as Creator/WalterMatthau's last feature, as he died a few months after its release.
* ''Film/HardRain'' (1998) -- Budget, $70 million. Box office, $19,870,567.
* ''Film/HarleyDavidsonAndTheMarlboroMan'' (1991) -- Budget, $23 million. Box office, $7,018,525.
* ''Hart's War'' (2002) -- Budget, $70 million. Box office, $33,076,815.
* ''Film/{{Havana}}'' (1990) -- Budget, $40 million. Box office, $9,243,140.
* ''Heartbeeps'' (1981) -- Budget, $10 million. Box office, $2.1 million. The film's failure killed any chances of Andy Kaufman doing a Tony Clifton movie.
* ''Film/{{Heathers}}'' (1989) -- Budget, $2 million. Box office, $1,108,462.
* ''Film/HeavenAndEarth'' (1993) -- Budget, $33 million. Box office, $5,864,949.
* ''Film/HeavensGate'' (1980) -- Budget, $44 million. Box office, $3,484,331. This film's failure led to [[CreatorKiller the bankruptcy of United Artists, the ruination of director Michael Cimino's career]] and (along with other flops) [[GenreKiller the end of]] [[NewHollywood the auteur period in Hollywood]], and became a byword for box office disasters.
* ''Hero'' (1992) -- Budget, $42 million. Box office, $19,507,345 (domestically), $66,507,345 (worldwide).
* ''Film/HighlanderIITheQuickening'' (1991) -- Budget, $30 million (not counting marketing costs), $34 million (counting them). Box office, $15,556,340. A notorious critical and commercial flop, noted especially for its TroubledProduction and is a notorious example of ExecutiveMeddling.
* ''Film/HollywoodHomicide'' (2003) -- Budget, $75 million. Box office, $51,142,659.
* ''Holy Man'' (1998) -- Budget, $60 million. Box office, $12,069,719.
* ''WesternAnimation/HomeOnTheRange'' (2004) -- Budget, $110 million. Box office, $103,951,461.
* ''Film/TheHoneymooners'' (2005) -- Budget, $25 million. Box office, $13,183,426.
* ''Honky Tonk Freeway'' (1981) -- Budget, $24 million. Box office, $2,004,742. Accusations of stereotyping of American culture and the revelation that the film was funded through a tax avoidance scheme, courtesy of the executive producer, didn't seem to help matters. Many also agree that the film began the erosion of music label EMI's film studio, though some argue that ''Can't Stop the Music'' played an earlier role as well.
* ''Hot Rod'' (2007) -- Budget, $25.3 million. Box office, $14.3 million.
* ''Literature/TheHouseOfTheSpirits'' (1994) -- Budget, $40 million. Box office, $6,265,311.
* ''Film/HowardTheDuck'' (1986) -- Budget, $37 million. Box office, $37,962,774. Allegedly, two Creator/{{Universal}} executives [[BloodOnTheDebateFloor got into a fistfight]] while arguing over who was to blame for greenlighting the film; both of them deny this. Company president Frank Price's resignation, meanwhile, has been directly attributed to this same movie. It is also one of the few productions Creator/GeorgeLucas has ever admitted [[OldShame regret over]].
* ''How Do You Know'' (2010) -- Budget, $120 million. Box office, $48,668,907.
* ''HowToLoseFriendsAndAlienatePeople'' (2008) -- Budget, $28 million. Box office, $19,151,797.
* ''Film/{{Hounddog}}'' -- Budget, $5 million. Box office, $131,961. The film was intended to be a break into more adult material for star Creator/DakotaFanning; its failure delayed this by a couple of years. Most notable for the controversy over a rape scene involving Fanning's character, and the subsequent dismissal by critics of said scene as being pure {{Narm}}.
* ''Film/HudsonHawk'' (1991) -- Budget, $65 million. Box office, $17,218,080. Numerous reports on the film's TroubledProduction place the blame on Creator/BruceWillis letting his ego run rampant, causing multiple re-shoots and editing wars.
* ''TheHudsuckerProxy'' (1994) -- Budget, $40 million. Box office, $2,816,518.
* ''Film/{{Hugo}}'' (2011) -- Budget, $156 million (not counting marketing costs), $190 million (counting them). Box office, $185,770,160.
* ''Film/TheHunted2003'' (2003) -- Budget, $55 million. Box office, $45,496,534.
* ''Film/IFrankenstein'' (2014) -- Budget, $65 million. Box office, $19,075,290 (domestic), $71,154,592 (worldwide).
* ''Film/ISpy'' (2002) -- Budget, $70 million. Box office, $50,732,945.
* ''Film/{{Idiocracy}}'' (2006) -- Budget, $25 million. Box office, $495,303. It has been widely speculated that 20th Century Fox deliberately sabotaged the film's release and marketing (giving it a limited release and no advertising), partly because of all the {{Take That}}s the film gives to its parent company's [[FoxNewsChannel news division]], and partly to avoid angering all the companies that had ProductPlacement in this movie.
* ''Film/IllDoAnything'' (1994) -- Budget, $40 million. Box office, $10,424,645.
* ''Film/ImagineThat'' (2009) -- Budget, $55 million. Box office, $22,985,194.
* ''Film/{{Impostor}}'' (2001) -- Budget, $40 million. Box office, $8,145,541.
* ''Inchon'' (1982) -- Budget, $46 million. Box office, $5,200,986. In 1995, it made the Guinness Book of World Records as "[[MedalOfDishonor the biggest money-loser in history]]," later to be surpassed by the aforementioned ''Cutthroat Island''.
* ''{{Inkheart}}'' (2009) -- Budget, $60 million. Box office, $17,303,424 (domestically), $62,450,361 (worldwide).
* ''Instinct'' (1999) -- Budget, $80 million. Box office, $34,105,207.
* ''Intersection'' (1994) -- Budget, $35 million. Box office, $21.3 million. Director Mark Rydell wouldn't direct another theatrical film for twelve years.
* ''Film/IntoTheBlue'' (2005) -- Budget, $50 million. Box office, $44,434,439.
* ''Film/TheInvasion'' (2007) -- Budget, $80 million. Box office, $40,170,558.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheIronGiant'' (1999) -- Budget, $70 million. Box office, $31,333,917.
* ''Film/{{Ishtar}}'' (1987) -- Budget, $55 million. Box office, $14,375,181. Its failure led to Coca-Cola leaving the film business, selling off Creator/ColumbiaPictures to Creator/{{Sony}}.
* ''The Island'' (1980) -- Budget, $22 million. Box office, $15.7 million.
* ''TheIsland'' (2005) -- Budget, $126 million. Box office, $35,818,913 (domestically), $162,949,164 (worldwide).
* ''[[Film/TheIslandOfDoctorMoreau The Island of Dr. Moreau]]'' (1996) -- Budget, $40 million. Box office, $27,663,982 (domestic), $49,627,779 (worldwide).
* ''Film/JackTheGiantSlayer'' (2013) -- Budget, $195 million (production alone), $295 million (marketing included). Box office, $65,039,498 (domestically), $197,539,498 (worldwide). This movie did horribly enough that Hollywood is reconsidering its trend of DarkerAndEdgier FairyTale {{Remake}}s.
* ''Film/{{Jade}}'' (1995) -- Budget, $50 million. Box office, $9,851,610. This film and ''Kiss of Death'' from earlier that year, marked a stillborn attempt to make David Caruso a movie star after suddenly leaving ''NYPDBlue'', and faded from public view before coming back with ''CSIMiami''.
* ''Film/JakobTheLiar'' (1999) -- Budget, $45 million. Box office, $4.9 million.
* ''Film/JawsTheRevenge'' (1987) -- Budget, $20 million (not counting marketing costs), $23 million (counting them). Box office, $20,763,013 (domestically), [[GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff $51,881,013 (worldwide)]]. The film's overwhelming {{Hatedom}} finally convinced executives that the ''Film/{{Jaws}}'' hype from the seventies has long come to an end (the film was made purely of ExecutiveMeddling).
* ''Film/JimmyHollywood'' (1994) -- Budget, $30 million. Box office, $3,783,003.
* ''Film/JoeSomebody'' (2001) -- Budget, $38 million. Box office, $24,516,772.
* ''Film/JohnCarter'' (2012) -- Budget, $250 million (not counting marketing costs), $350 million (counting them). Box office, $263,704,913. Once the movie's dismal American box office numbers came in, Creator/{{Disney}} anticipated that it would take a $200-million wash on the film; even after [[GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff the international box office]] helped to at least partially salvage it, it still went down as one of the biggest flops in history.
* ''Film/JohnnyMnemonic'' (1995) -- Budget, $26 million. Box office, $19,075,720.
* ''Film/JonahHex'' (2010) -- Budget, $47 million. Box office, $10,547,117. Too many people thought "ItsShortSoItSucks," and coming out the same weekend as ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory3'' didn't do it any favors either.
* ''Josh and S.A.M.'' (1993) -- Budget, $18 million. Box office, $1,640,220.
* ''Film/JosieAndThePussycats'' (2001) -- Budget, $39 million. Box office, $14.8 million. Ended up being a huge blow to [[StarDerailingRole Rachael Leigh Cook's leading career.]]
* ''Film/JudgeDredd'' (1995) -- Budget, $90 million. Box office, $34,693,481 (domestically), $113,493,481 (worldwide). Effectively [[InkStainAdaptation hamstrung]] any attempts to establish the Judge Dredd franchise in the U.S.
** On that note, the reboot ''Film/{{Dredd}}'' (2012) -- Budget, $50 million. Box office, $13,414,714 (domestically), $22,211,811 (foreign). Despite this, it has [[CultClassic enjoyed better reception]] [[AcclaimedFlop than the Stallone version]].
* ''Judgment Night'' (1993) -- Budget, $21 million. Box office, $12 million.
* ''Film/{{Junior}}'' (1994) -- Budget, $60 million. Box office, $36,763,355 (domestic), $108,431,355 (worldwide).
* ''Film/TheJuror'' (1996) -- Budget, $44 million. Box office, $22,754,725.
* ''[[Film/LesVisiteurs Just Visiting]]'' (2001) -- Budget, $35 million. Box office, $16,176,732. Its failure led to Disney shutting down Creator/HollywoodPictures, though they would continue to use the brand for their home video releases. They later reopened the studio five years later.
* ''K19TheWidowmaker'' (2002) -- Budget, $100 million (not counting marketing costs), $135 million (counting them). Box office, $65,716,126.
* ''Film/{{Killers}}'' (2010) -- Budget, $75 million. Box office, $47,059,963 (domestic), $98,159,963 (worldwide). Supporting co-star Creator/TomSelleck has not made any theatrical film appearances since then, though he remains a popular television star by reprising his role as the title character in two additional ''Literature/JesseStone'' television movies and playing the lead role in the police procedural ''Series/BlueBloods''.
* ''Film/KillerElite'' (2011) -- Budget, $70 million. Box office, $56,383,756.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheKingAndI'' (1999) -- Budget, $25 million. Box office, $11,993,021. The film's negative reception and failure prompted the estates of RodgersAndHammerstein to permanently mandate that [[NiceJobBreakingItHero animated adaptations of their works are to be completely forbidden]].
* ''Film/KingArthur'' (2004) -- Budget, $120 million. Box office, $51,882,244 (domestic), $203,567,857 (worldwide).
* ''Film/KingdomOfHeaven'' (2005) -- Budget, $130 million. Box office, $47,398,413 (domestically), $211,652,051 (worldwide).
* ''Film/KissOfDeath'' (1995) -- Budget, $40 million. Box office, $14,942,422.
* ''Film/{{Krull}}'' (1983) -- Budget, $27 million (not counting marketing costs), $50 million (counting them). Box office, $16,519,460.
* ''Film/LadyInTheWater'' (2006) -- Budget, $70 million. Box office, $42,285,169 (domestic), $72,785,169 (worldwide).
* ''Film/{{Ladyhawke}}'' (1985) -- Budget, $20 million. Box office, $18.43 million.
* ''Film/LandOfTheLost'' (2009) -- Budget, $142 million. Box office, $69,548,641.
* ''Film/LargerThanLife'' (1996) -- Budget, $30 million. Box office, $8,315,693.
* ''Film/LastActionHero'' (1993) -- Budget, $85 million. Box office, $50,016,394 (domestically), $137,298,489.
* ''TheLastCastle'' (2001) -- Budget, $72 million. Box office, $27,642,707.
* ''Film/TheLastLegion'' (2007) -- Budget, $67 million. Box office, $25,303,038.
* ''Film/LastManStanding'' (1996) -- Budget, $67 million. Box office, $47,267,001.
* ''Film/TheLastStand'' (2013) -- Budget, $30-45 million. Box office, $12,050,299 (domestic), $48,330,757 (worldwide).
* ''Film/TheLeagueOfExtraordinaryGentlemen'' (2003) -- Budget, $78 million. Box office, $66,465,204 (domestic), [[GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff $179,265,204 (worldwide)]]. Derailed Creator/SeanConnery's mainstream career, as he effectively retired after his work here. Heck, this movie pretty much derailed ''everybody'''s careers.
* ''Film/{{Leatherheads}}'' (2008) -- Budget, $58 million. Box office, $41,299,492.
* ''Film/{{Legend}}'' (1985) -- Budget, $30 million. Box office, $15,502,112.
* ''TheLegendOfBaggerVance'' (2000) -- Budget, $60 million. Box office, $39,459,427.
* ''Film/TheLegendOfHercules'' (2014) -- Budget, $70 million. Box office, $61,279,452.
* ''TheLegendOfTheLoneRanger'' (1981) -- Budget, $18 million. Box office, $12.6 million. The bad reputation of the film's TroubledProduction and legal issues put a dent in any possible success. Was supposed to be the big debut of leading actor Klinton Spilsbury, yet it ended up being his ''only'' film appearance.'
* ''WesternAnimation/LegendsOfOzDorothysReturn'' (2014) -- Budget, $70 million. Box office, $8,624,262.
* ''Film/LeonardPart6'' (1987) -- Budget, $24 million. Box office, $4,615,255. Creator/BillCosby was so disgusted with it that rather than promote it, he implored people to ''avoid'' it.
* ''Film/LetItRide'' (1989) -- Budget, $18 million. Box office, $4,973,285.
* ''Film/TheLifeAquaticWithSteveZissou'' (2004) -- Budget, $50 million. Box office, $34,808,403.
* ''Film/TheLifeOfDavidGale'' (2003) -- Budget, $38 million. Box office, $19,955,598 (domestic), $38,955,598 (worldwide). The film's critical and commercial failure prompted director Creator/AlanParker to retire from filmmaking, despite a high quality track record before it.
* ''Film/LifeOrSomethingLikeIt'' (2002) -- Budget, $40 million. Box office, $16,872,671.
* ''Life Stinks'' (1991) -- Budget, $13 million. Box office, $4,102,526. The film's enormous critical and commercial flop was [[StarDerailingRole bad]] [[CreatorKiller news]] for star, director, producer, and writer Creator/MelBrooks, whose career took a downturn after this.
* ''Film/{{Lifeforce}}'' (1985) -- Budget, $25 million. Box office, $11,603,545.
* ''Lion of the Desert'' (1981) -- Budget, $35 million (estimated). No accurate box office numbers seem to exist, but the revenue could be around $1–1.5 million. The fact that it is a historical epic honoring a Libyan national hero, commissioned and financed by the UsefulNotes/MuammarGaddafi dictatorship, results in a very powerful case of AudienceAlienatingPremise. This is too bad, because most critics who actually bothered to see it say that it is really good.[[note]]It currently boasts an 80% score on RottenTomatoes and 7.8 in Imdb.[[/note]]
* ''Anime/LittleNemoAdventuresInSlumberland'' (1989) -- Budget, $35 million. Box office, $1,368,000.
* ''Film/LittleNicky'' (2000) -- Budget, $85 million. Box office, $58,292,295.
* ''Literature/ALittlePrincess'' (1995) -- Budget, $17 million. Box office, $10,015,449. Despite critical acclaim, Warner Bros. barely promoted the movie, and it floundered out during a very competitive month.
* ''Film/TheLoneRanger'' (2013) -- Budget, $215–275 million (not counting marketing costs), $380–$450 million (counting them). Box office, $260,002,115. Currently [[MedalOfDishonor the biggest flop of all-time]], and the second-biggest[[note]]Depending on whose account is trusted, either this or ''The 13th Warrior'' is the biggest flop in history when adjusting for inflation. Wiki/{{Wikipedia}} lists ''The 13th Warrior'' as first, though, as the highest reliable figure for the amount of money that film lost is larger than the highest reliable figure for ''The Lone Ranger''.[[/note]] when adjusted for inflation.
* ''Film/TheLongKissGoodnight'' (1996) -- Budget, $65 million. Box office, $33,447,612 (domestic), $89,456,761 (worldwide).
* ''Film/LooneyTunesBackInAction'' (2003) -- Budget, $80 million. Box office, $68,514,844. The movie's financial failure led the WB to think audiences no longer were into traditional 2D animation and that the Looney Tunes don't have the lasting appeal that they hoped, canceling the planned Looney Tunes shorts in production. In light of this fiasco, the Looney Tunes will probably never get another theatrical film release in the foreseeable future (ironically, it actually got decent critical reception, [[CriticalDissonance particularly vis-à-vis]] [[Film/SpaceJam the last Tunes movie]]).
* ''Loser'' (2000) -- Budget, $20 million. Box office, $18.4 million. After this film's disappointing results, director Amy Heckerling took a break from movies until 2007's ''I Could Never Be Your Woman''.
* ''Film/LostHorizon'' (1973) -- Budget, $12 million. Box office, $3 million.
* ''Film/LoveAffair'' (1994) -- Budget, $60 million. Box office, $18,272,894.
* ''Film/TheLoveGuru'' (2008) -- Budget, $62 million. Box office, $40,863,344.
* ''Film/LuckyNumbers'' (2000) -- Budget, $63 million. Box office, $10,890,222.
* ''Lucky You'' (2007) -- Budget, $55 million. Box office, $8,382,477. In fairness, it faced [[Film/SpiderMan3 tough competition]] that opening weekend.
* ''Film/MadCity'' (1997) -- Budget, $50 million. Box office, $10,541,523.
* ''Film/TheMajestic'' (2001) -- Budget, $72 million. Box office, $37,317,558.
* ''Film/{{Mallrats}}'' (1995) -- Budget, $6.1 million. Box office, $2,454,447. This and the aforementioned ''Canadian Bacon'' led to threats by Creator/{{Universal}} and [=PolyGram=] higher-ups to shut down Gramercy Pictures; it soldiered on until 2000.
* ''Film/ManOnTheMoon'' (1999) -- Budget, $82 million. Box office, $47,434,430.
* ''Man Trouble'' (1992) -- Budget, $30 million. Box office, $4 million. Director Bob Rafelson's career [[CreatorKiller never fully recovered after this.]]
* ''Film/TheManWithTheIronFists'' (2012) -- Budget, $15 million (not counting marketing costs), $20 million (counting them). Box office, $18,416,465. It lost its audience due to [[Film/{{Skyfall}} its]] [[Film/WreckItRalph competition]], and Universal, who quickly lost confidence with the film, gave it no promotion upon the release date.
* ''Film/MarciX'' (2003) -- Budget, $20 million. Box office, $1,675,706.
* ''The Marrying Man'' (1991) -- Budget, $26 million. Box office, $12,454,758.
* ''Film/MarsNeedsMoms'' (2011) -- Budget, $150 million. Box office, $38,992,758. Its failure caused Disney to shut down [=ImageMovers=] Digital, the production company it had formed with Creator/RobertZemeckis (the film's producer) and the production of a ''WesternAnimation/YellowSubmarine'' remake; he would later reopen the studio at Universal.
* ''MaryReilly'' (1996) -- Budget, $47 million. Box office, $12,379,402.
* ''MaryShelleysFrankenstein'' (1994) -- Budget, $45 million. Box office, $22,006,296 (domestic), $112,006,296 (worldwide).
* ''Film/TheMaster'' (2012) -- Budget, $32 million. Box office, $16,258,724 (domestic), $26,248,232 (worldwide). Protests from the Church of Scientology may have had a part in this film's failure (the main character is an {{Expy}} of L. Ron Hubbard).
* ''Film/MaximumOverdrive'' (1986) -- Budget, $10 million. Box office, $7.4 million. Creator/StephenKing vowed to never direct another theatrical film again.
* ''McHalesNavy'' (1997) -- Budget, $42 million. Box office, $4,408,420.
* ''Film/MeetDave'' (2008) -- Budget, $60 million. Box office, $50,650,079.
* ''Film/MeetJoeBlack'' (1998) -- Budget, $90 million. Box office, $44,619,100 (domestically), $142,940,100 (worldwide). Universal Pictures fired their chairman after this film failed.
* ''Meet the Deedles'' (1997) -- Budget, $24 million. Box office, $4.3 million.
* ''Film/{{Megaforce}}'' (1982) -- Budget, $20 million. Box office, $5,675,599.
* ''Film/MemoirsOfAnInvisibleMan'' (1992) -- Budget, $40 million. Box office, $14,358,033.
* ''Film/TheMeteorMan'' (1993) -- Budget, $30 million. Box office, $8,023,147. Compare this to director Robert Townsend's directorial debut, ''Hollywood Shuffle'', which was made for $700,000 and grossed nearly $6 million, a huge proportional profit.
* ''Film/{{Metro}}'' (1997) -- Budget, $55 million. Box office, $32,000,301.
* ''Film/MiamiVice'' (2006) -- Budget, $135 million. Box office, $63,450,470 (domestic), $163,794,509 (worldwide).
* ''MidnightInTheGardenOfGoodAndEvil'' (1997) -- Budget, $35 million. Box office, $25,105,255.
* ''Film/MightyJoeYoung'' (1998) -- Budget, $90 million. Box office, $50,632,037.
* ''Film/MilkMoney'' (1994) -- Budget, $20 million. Box office, $18,137,661.
* ''Film/MiracleAtStAnna'' (2008) -- Budget, $45 million. Box office, $9,323,833.
* ''Film/TheMissing'' (2003) -- Budget, $60 million. Box office, $38,364,277.
* ''Mixed Nuts'' (1994) -- Budget, $15 million. Box office, $6.8 million.
* ''Film/TheModSquad'' (1999) -- Budget, $50 million. Box office, $13,263,993.
* ''Film/MoneyTrain'' (1995) -- Budget, $68 million. Box office, $35,431,113 (domestically), $77,224,232 (worldwide).
* ''Film/{{Monkeybone}}'' (2001) -- Budget, $75 million. Box office, $7,622,365. The film was significantly changed from its source material, and the resulting film was blasted by critics.
* ''Film/TheMortalInstrumentsCityOfBones'' (2013) -- Budget, $60 million. Box office, $31,165,421 (domestic), $90,565,421 (worldwide).
* ''Motherhood'' (2009) -- Budget, $10 million. Box office, $726,354. Easily the biggest bomb of Creator/UmaThurman's career. Particularly notable for its British release, where it's the second-biggest flop of all time. It was shown in only one UK cinema and took £88 on its opening weekend. On its opening night it took £9. That's '''one ticket'''.
* ''Film/MrBugGoesToTown'' (1941) -- Budget, $713,511. Box office, $214,000. The film received almost no promotion from Paramount in either its 1941 release, nor its 1946 re-release as "Hoppity Goes To Town". The premiere was also delayed by producer Max Fleischer.
* ''Mr. Magoo'' (1997) -- Budget, $30 million. Box office, $21.4 million. Disney was forced to pull the movie shortly after release due to pressure from blindness advocates. It was a [[CreatorKiller huge blow to director Stanley Tong]] as well, possibly one of the reasons why he never directed another American film again.
* ''Film/MrsWinterbourne'' (1996) -- Budget, $25 million. Box office, $10,082,005.
* ''Film/{{Multiplicity}}'' (1996) -- Budget, $45 million. Box office, $21 million.
* ''Film/{{Mumford}}'' (1999) -- Budget, $28 million. Box office, $4,555,459.
* ''Film/MyFavoriteMartian'' (1999) -- Budget, $65 million. Box office, $36,850,101.
* ''Film/MysteryMen'' (1999) -- Budget, $65 million. Box office, $33,461,011.
* ''Film/NeedForSpeed'' (2014) -- Budget, $66 million. Box office, $43,511,047 (domestic), $203,211,047 (worldwide).
* ''Film/{{Newsies}}'' (1992) -- Budget, $15 million. Box office, $2,819,485.
* ''Film/NewYorkMinute'' (2004) -- Budget, $30 million. Box office, $21,289,826.
* ''Film/{{Next}}'' (2007) -- Budget, $70 million. Box office, $18,211,013 (domestic), $76,066,841 (worldwide).
* ''Theatre/{{Nine}}'' (2009) -- Budget, $80 million. Box office, $53,998,806.
* ''Noises Off'' (1992) -- Budget, $12 million. Box office, $2.2 million.
* ''Film/{{North}}'' (1994) -- Budget, $40 million. Box office, $7,182,747. Creator/RobReiner's career has never recovered.
* ''Not Fade Away'' (2012) -- Budget, $20 million. Box office, $427,000. Paramount basically gave this one the InvisibleAdvertising treatment as it was dumped onto the market with almost no trailers, TV or Internet spots or posters.
* ''Film/NothingButTrouble'' (1991) -- Budget, $40 million. Box office, $8,479,793. This served as star Creator/DanAykroyd's only directorial effort behind the camera.
* ''Film/TheNutcrackerIn3D'' (2010) -- Budget, $90 million. Box office, $14,678,086, nearly all of which came from the Russian market.
* ''Film/{{Oldboy|2013}}'' (2013) -- Budget, $30 million. Box office, $4,861,022.
* ''Film/OnDeadlyGround'' (1994) -- Budget, $50 million. Box office, $38.5 million. Considered by some to be the [[StarDerailingRole beginning of the end]] of StevenSeagal's popularity at the time.
* ''OneForTheMoney'' (2012) -- Budget, $40 million. Box office, $36,893,721.
* ''One from the Heart'' (1982) -- Budget, $26 million. Box office, $636,796. This film [[CreatorKiller bankrupted]] Francis Ford Coppola, with most of his work for the next two decades being done [[MoneyDearBoy to pay off the debts he accrued from making it]]. Like ''Film/HeavensGate'', it also heavily contributed to the end of the NewHollywood era.
* ''Film/OneNightStand'' (1997) -- Budget, $24 million. Box office, $2,618,335.
* ''The Only Game in Town'' (1970) -- Budget, $10 million. Box office, $1.5 million. The film's box office failure led to acclaimed director George Stevens' complete retirement from directing.
* ''Film/TheOogielovesInTheBigBalloonAdventure'' (2012) -- Budget, $20 million ($60 million when marketing is factored in). Box office, $1,065,907. The [[TastesLikeDiabetes triple-G-rated]] film produced by Kenn Viselman (who was instrumental in importing ''Teletubbies'' to the United States) has become infamous for its [[EpicFail absolutely dismal]] theatrical run. Notably, it '''underperformed ''Delgo''''' in its opening weekend, becoming the new worst opening weekend for a film playing in around 2,000 theaters. Despite this, [[http://theweek.com/article/index/232799/how-the-oogieloves-became-the-biggest-box-office-bomb-of-all-time sequels remain desired]].
* ''Film/TheOrder'' (2003) -- Budget, $35 million. Box office, $11,559,747.
* ''Film/OsmosisJones'' (2001) -- Budget, $75 million. Box office, $14,026,418.
* ''Film/{{Outlander}}'' (2008) -- Budget, $47 million. Box office, $7,033,683, nearly all of which came from overseas.
* ''Film/{{Paranoia|2013}}'' (2013) -- Budget, $35 million. Box office, $13,385,015. Notable for having the lowest-grossing opening weekend in Creator/HarrisonFord's career.
* ''WesternAnimation/ThePebbleAndThePenguin'' (1995) -- Budget, $28 million. Box office, $3,983,912. Became victim of constant ExecutiveMeddling, with many of the voices getting rerecorded and characters heavily edited. It was the last production of Creator/DonBluth's studio before he and co-director Gary Goldman moved to Creator/TwentiethCenturyFox. Bluth was so embarrassed with the film's final results that [[AlanSmithee he had his name removed from the credits]].
* ''The Pest'' (1997) -- Budget, $17 million. Box office, $3.5 million.
* ''Film/PeterPan'' (2003) -- Budget, $100 million (not counting marketing costs), $130.6 million (counting them). Box office, $48,462,608 (domestically), $121,975,011 (worldwide). The film's failure, thanks to [[Film/TheLordOfTheRings a much bigger adventure film released the same month]], caused distributor Universal's parent company to sell off 80 percent of the studio's stake to Creator/{{NBC}}'s parent, General Electric, which formed a partnership that later became NBC Universal.
* ''Film/ThePhantom'' (1996) -- Budget, $45 million. Box office, $17,323,326.
* ''Film/PirateRadio'' (2009) -- Budget, $50 million. Box office, $36,348,784.
* ''Pirates'' (1986) -- Budget, $40 million. Box office, $1,641,825.
* ''Film/PlayItToTheBone'' (1999) -- Budget, $24 million. Box office, $8,434,146.
* ''Film/{{Pompeii}}'' (2014) -- Budget, $100 million. Box office, $101,819,748.
* ''Film/{{Poseidon}}'' (2006) -- Budget, $160 million. Box office, $60,674,817 (domestically), $181,674,817 (worldwide). Suffered the unfortunate fate of being a film about a disaster at sea released when the Indian Ocean tsunami was still fresh on everyone's mind. Between that and the film's negative reviews, this marked the derailment of director Creator/WolfgangPetersen's career, as he hasn't helmed another feature since.
* ''Film/ThePostman'' (1997) -- Budget, $80 million. Box office, $17,626,234. Where ''Film/{{Waterworld}}'' failed (since its gross actually exceeded its budget), ''The Postman'' succeeded in [[CreatorKiller ending]] Creator/KevinCostner's A-list status and his run as producer-director of his own movies. He would continue finding work as an actor (and even [[Film/OpenRange direct again]]), to relative success.
* ''Film/{{Prefontaine}}'' (1997) -- Budget, $8 million. Box office, $589,304.
* ''Film/{{Priest}}'' (2011) -- Budget, $60 million. Box office, $29,136,626 (domestic), $78,309,131 (worldwide).
* ''Film/ProofOfLife'' (2000) -- Budget, $65 million. Box office, $62,761,005.
* ''Film/TheQuickAndTheDead'' (1995) -- Budget, $32 million. Box office, $18.6 million. Started a slump of underperforming Creator/SamRaimi movies for the next several years.
* ''Film/RadioFlyer'' (1992) -- Budget, $35 million. Box office, $4,651,977. This could have been Creator/RichardDonner's last movie had it not been for ''Film/LethalWeapon 3'' just [[{{Pun}} three months later]].
* ''Film/RaiseTheTitanic'' (1980) -- Budget, $40 million. Box office, $7 million. The movie's failure helped bring about the [[CreatorKiller demise of Lew Grade's ITC Entertainment]], which was ensured by the failure of ''The Legend of [[Franchise/TheLoneRanger the Lone Ranger]]'' the following year. You can thank the producers' lawsuit against Clayton Moore for that.
* ''Film/RandomHearts'' (1999) -- Budget, $64 million. Box office, $31,502,583 (domestic), $74,608,570 (worldwide).
* ''Film/RapaNui'' (1994) -- Budget, $20 million. Box office, $305,070.
* ''Film/{{Rebound}}'' (2005) -- Budget, $33.1 million. Box office, $17,492,014.
* ''[[Film/RedDawn2012 Red Dawn]]'' (2012) -- Budget, $65 million. Box office, $48,169,782.
* ''Film/RedPlanet'' (2000) -- Budget, $80–100 million. Box office, $33,463,969. Director Antony Hoffman had no screen credits before this, and none after.
* ''Film/RedSonja'' (1985) -- Budget, $17.9 million. Box office, $6,948,633.
* ''Film/{{Redacted}}'' (2007) -- Budget, $5 million. Box office, $65,000. That's sixty-five ''thousand'' dollars. International revenues added another … $700,000.
* ''Film/ReindeerGames'' (2000) -- Budget, $42 million. Box office, $32.1 million.
* ''Film/TheRelic'' (1997) -- Budget, $60 million. Box office, $33,956,608.
* ''Film/RenaissanceMan'' (1994) -- Budget, $40 million. Box office, $24,332,324.
* ''Theatre/{{Rent}}'' (2005) -- Budget, $40 million. Box office, $31,670,620.
* ''Disney/TheRescuers Down Under'' (1990) -- Budget, $37,931,000. Box office, $27,931,461 (domestically), $47,431,461 (worldwide). This is unsurprising, given what it was [[Film/{{Rocky}} up]] [[Film/HomeAlone against]]. However, thanks to worldwide gross, it luckily didn't hamper Disney's then-fledgling Renaissance. It did however prompt Disney to make all its future sequels DirectToVideo. It's remembered fondly, however, for being popular with critics and for performing well in the VHS market.
* ''Film/{{Restoration}}'' (1995) -- Budget, $19 million. Box office, $4,005,941.
* ''Film/ReturnToTheBlueLagoon'' (1991) -- Budget, $11 million. Box office, $2,807,854.
* ''Film/{{Revolution|1985}}'' (1985) -- Budget, $28 million. Box office, $358,574. ExecutiveMeddling led to the film being released at Christmas when it wasn't even finished. Creator/AlPacino didn't make another movie for four years.
* ''Rhinestone'' (1984) -- Budget, $28 million. Box office, $21 million. Possibly a CreatorKiller for director Bob Clark, whose theatrical career turned low-key from then on after this film.
* ''Film/RichieRich'' (1994) -- Budget, $40 million. Box office, $38,087,756. Along with ''Film/GettingEvenWithDad'' and ''Film/ThePagemaster'', one of three Culkin films that performed poorly at the box office that year. He did not appear in another feature film until 2003.
* ''Film/TheRightStuff'' (1983) -- Budget, estimated between $19 million to $27 million. Box office, $21,192,102. The triple-hit knockout of this film, ''WesternAnimation/TwiceUponATime'' and ''Film/OnceUponATimeInAmerica'' (the third of which became the unfortunate victim of ExecutiveMeddling) led to the film's executive producer Alan Ladd, Jr. to shut down his production company and leave Warner Bros., and while he was appointed executive of MGM/UA just a year after the third aforementioned film's release, he would not return to his own and produce another film until ''Film/{{Braveheart}}''.
* ''Film/{{RIPD}}'' (2013) -- Budget, $130 million. Box office, $78,324,220.
* ''Film/RideWithTheDevil'' (1999) -- Budget, $38 million. Box office, $635,096.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheRoadToElDorado'' (2000) -- Budget, $95 million. Box office, $76,432,727. Plans for sequels were cancelled due to its lackluster take.
* ''[[Film/{{Robocop2014}} RoboCop]]'' (2014) -- Budget, $100 million (not counting marketing costs), $130 million (counting them). Box office, $57,107,906 (domestic), [[GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff $239,207,906 (worldwide)]]. Despite being rescued by foreign gross, it may go down as one of the biggest box office flops of 2014, grossing only a muggy $21.5 million on its opening weekend domestically.
* ''Film/RobotJox'' (1990) -- Budget, $10 million. Box office, $1.2 million.
* ''WesternAnimation/RockADoodle'' (1991) -- Budget, $18 million. Box office, $11,657,385. This film sank Creator/DonBluth's studio into bankruptcy, though it would survive to make three more critical and commercial busts (''WesternAnimation/{{Thumbelina}}'', ''WesternAnimation/ATrollInCentralPark'', and ''WesternAnimation/ThePebbleAndThePenguin''), and turned star Glen Campbell into a laughingstock.
* ''WesternAnimation/RockAndRule'' (1983) -- Budget, $8 million. Box office, '''$30,379'''. Yes, only thirty thousand bucks. The film received no promotion from MGM in either its original American release, nor its home video release.
* ''Film/RockOfAges'' (2012) -- Budget, $75 million. Box office, $59,418,613.
* ''Film/{{Rollerball}}'' (2002) -- Budget, $70 million. Box office, $25,852,764. It promptly [[StarDerailingRole ended]] Chris Klein's mainstream career.
* ''Run'' (1991) -- Budget, $16 million. Box office, $4,409,328.
* ''Film/TheRundown'' (2003) -- Budget, $85 million. Box office, $80,916,492.
* ''Film/{{Sabotage}}'' (2014) -- Budget, $35 million. Box office, $17,508,518.
* ''Film/{{Sahara|1984}}'' (1984) -- Budget, $25 million. Box office, $1,402,962.
* ''Film/{{Sahara}}'' (2005) -- Budget, $241.1 million.[[note]]That was $160 million in production costs, plus $81.1 million in distribution and marketing expenses.[[/note]] Box office, $119,269,486. After a lawsuit put several documents relating to the film's production into the public domain, the ''[[AmericanNewspapers Los Angeles Times]]'' did [[http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-movie15apr15,0,6005119.story a report]] using the film as a case study in UsefulNotes/HollywoodAccounting and production costs run amok.
* ''Film/SantaClausTheMovie'' (1985) -- Budget, $50 million. Box office, $23,717,291.
* ''Film/SaveTheGreenPlanet'' (2003) -- Budget, $3 million. Box office $15,516.
* ''Literature/TheScarletLetter'' (1995) -- Budget, $46 million. Box office, $10,382,407. The film was derided for adding sex and action scenes and changing the ending. DemiMoore didn't help by claiming "In truth, not very many people have read the book."
* ''Film/SchoolForScoundrels'' (2006) -- Budget, $35 million. Box office, $23,947,685.
* ''Scorched'' (2002) -- Budget, $7 million. Box office, $8,000. That's right, ''8,000 dollars''.
* ''Film/ScottPilgrimVsTheWorld'' (2010) -- Budget, $85–90 million ($60 million after tax rebates). Box office, $47,664,559.
* ''September Dawn'' (2007) -- Budget, $11 million. Box office, $1 million. The controversial film lasted in theaters for two weeks before being pulled. It's the last theatrical release that Christopher Cain has directed so far.
* ''Film/{{Serenity}}'' (2005) -- Budget, $39 million. Box office, $38,869,464.
* ''Shadow Conspiracy'' (1997) -- Budget, $45 million. Box office, $2,312,463.
* ''Film/ShanghaiSurprise'' (1986) -- Budget, $17 million. Box office, $2,315,683. Derailed Music/{{Madonna}}'s film career, but Sean Penn's mainstream career managed to recover (though their relationship did not). Director Jim Goddard, however, was much less fortunate.
* ''Film/{{Sheena}}'' (1984) -- Budget, $25 million. Box office, $5,778,353.
* ''Film/ShootEmUp'' (2007) -- Budget, $39 million. Box office, $26,820,641.
* ''Film/{{Showgirls}}'' (1995) -- Budget, $45 million. Box office, $20,350,754. Derailed the Hollywood career of star Elizabeth Berkley, and the viability of NC-17 rated films in general.
* ''Film/{{Showtime}}'' (2002) -- Budget, $85 million. Box office, $77,741,732.
* ''Silent Fall'' (1994) -- Budget, $30 million. Box office, $3,180,674.
* ''Film/ASimpleWish'' (1997) -- Budget, $28 million. Box office, $8.3 million.
* ''WesternAnimation/SinbadLegendOfTheSevenSeas'' (2003) -- Budget, $60 million. Box office, $26,483,452 (domestic), $80,767,884 (worldwide).
* ''Sing'' (1989) -- Budget, $11.5 million. Box office, $2.2 million.
* ''Film/{{Slither}}'' (2006) -- Budget, $15 million (not counting marketing costs), $29.5 million (counting them). Box office, $12,834,936.
* ''SmillasSenseOfSnow'' (1997) -- Budget, $35 million. Box office, $2,372,903.
* ''Film/{{Solaris}}'' (2002) -- Budget, $47 million. Box office, $30,002,758.
* ''Film/{{Soldier}}'' (1998) -- Budget, $75 million. Box office, $15 million.
* ''Film/SonOfTheMask'' (2005) -- Budget, $84 million. Box office, $57.5 million. Nearly every major cast and crew member who worked on this movie [[StarDerailingRole never recovered from it]].
* ''Son of [[Franchise/ThePinkPanther the Pink Panther]]'' (1993) -- Budget, $25 million (not counting marketing costs), $28 million (counting them). Box office, $2,438,031. This attempted reboot of the troubled franchise ended up becoming [[StillbornFranchise stillborn]] instead, nearly killing Roberto Benigini's then-fledgling American reputation and forcing producer Creator/BlakeEdwards to retire. Famed Czech actor Herbert Lom, who reprised his long-running role as Inspector Dreyfus in the film, became blindsided by the film-making process after the film's failure that he retired from acting, though he would make two final appearances on the television series ''[[Creator/AgathaChristie Agatha Christie's]] Marple'', eleven years later.
* ''Sorcerer'' (1977) -- Budget, $22 million. Box office, $12 million. (It didn't help that everyone on Earth was standing in line to watch ''Film/StarWars'' that year.)
* ''Film/TheSorcerersApprentice'' (2010) -- Budget, $150 million. Box office, $63,150,991 (domestic), $215,283,742 (worldwide).
* ''Literature/ASoundOfThunder'' (2005) -- Budget, $80 million. Box office, $11,665,465.
* ''Film/{{Spanglish}}'' (2004) -- Budget, $80 million. Box office, $55,041,367.
* ''Film/Speed2CruiseControl'' (1997) -- Budget, $160 million. Box office, $48,608,066 (domestically), $164,508,066 (worldwide).
* ''Film/SpeedRacer'' (2008) -- Budget, $120 million (not counting marketing costs), $200 million (counting them). Box office, $93,945,766. Damaged the careers and reputation of the Wachowskis (though their fall was actually signalled much earlier, with ''Film/TheMatrixRevolutions'').
* ''Literature/{{Sphere}}'' (1998) -- Budget, $80 million. Box office, $37,020,277.
* ''Film/StarTrekNemesis'' (2002) -- Budget, $60 million. Box office, $67.3 million. Though it opened against [[Film/TheLordOfTheRings stiff competition]], its poor performance halted the ''Star Trek'' film franchise until [[Film/StarTrek the reboot]] seven years later.'
* ''Film/StarshipTroopers'' (1997) -- Budget, $105 million. Box office, $54,814,377 (domestic), $121,214,377 (worldwide).
* ''Film/{{Stay}}'' (2005) -- Budget, $50 million. Box office, $8,342,132.
* ''Film/StealBigStealLittle'' (1995) -- Budget, $35 million. Box office, $3,150,170.
* ''Film/{{Stealth}}'' (2005) -- Budget, $135 million. Box office, $76,932,872.
* ''Film/{{Steel}}'' (1997) -- Budget, $16 million. Box office, $1,710,972.
* ''Film/TheStepfordWives'' (2004) -- Budget, $90 million. Box office, $59,484,742 (domestic), $102,001,626 (worldwide).
* ''Film/{{Stolen}}'' (2012) -- Budget, $35 million. Box office, $2,106,558.
* ''Stop-Loss'' (2008) -- Budget, $25 million. Box office, $11 million.
* ''Film/StrangeDays'' (1995) -- Budget, $42 million. Box office, $7,959,291.
* ''StreetFighterTheLegendOfChunLi'' (2009) -- Budget, $50 million. Box office, $12,764,201.
* ''Stuart Saves His Family'' (1995) -- Budget, $6.3 million. Box office, $912,082. This movie's failure put a temporary halt on the previously successful ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' films until ''Night at the Roxbury'' three years later.
* ''Literature/TheStupids'' (1996) -- Budget, $25 million. Box office, $2 million. Was critically blasted as well.
* ''Film/SuckerPunch'' (2011) -- Budget, $82 million. Box office, $36,392,502 (domestic), $89,792,502 (worldwide).
* ''Sugar & Spice'' (2001) -- Budget, $27 million. Box office, $16.9 million. Was director Francine [=McDougall=]'s theatrical debut; since its failure she has yet to do another one, mainly sticking to television features now.
* ''Film/{{Sunset}}'' (1988) -- Budget, $19 million. Box office, $4,594,452.
* ''The Super'' (1991) -- Budget, $22 million. Box office, $11 million.
* ''Film/SuperCapers'' (2009) -- Budget, $2,000,000. Box office, $30,955. Yes, that's around '''1.5%''' of its budget made up.
* ''Film/SuperMarioBros'' (1993) -- Budget, $42 million (not counting marketing costs), $48 million (counting them). Box office, $20,915,465.
* ''Supercross'' (2005) -- Budget, $9 million. Box office, $3 million (domestic). Apparently fared a little better [[GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff outside America]].
* ''Film/{{Supergirl}}'' (1984) -- Budget, $35 million. Box office, $14.2 million. The film's failure was possibly a reason why superheroine movies were a wasteland for decades.
* ''Film/{{Supernova}}'' (2000) -- Budget, $90 million. Box office, $14,828,081.
* ''Film/SuspectZero'' (2004) -- Budget, $27 million. Box office, $11,416,075.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSwanPrincess'' (1994) -- Budget, $35 million. Box office, $9,771,658.
* ''Film/{{Swept Away|2002}}'' (2002) -- Budget, $10 million. Box office, $598,645. Music/{{Madonna}} was so dismayed by the reception that she hasn't appeared in a starring live-action role since.
* ''Film/{{Switchback}}'' (1997) -- Budget, $38 million. Box office, $6,492,660.
* ''Switching Channels'' (1988) -- Budget, $19 million. Box office, $9.1 million.
* ''Take Me Home Tonight'' (2011) -- Budget, $19 million. Box office, $6.9 million.
* ''Film/TheTakingOfBeverlyHills'' (1991) -- Budget, $19 million. Box office, $939,277.
* ''Film/TallTale'' (1995) -- Budget, $32 million. Box office, $11,047,627.
* ''Film/TankGirl'' (1995) -- Budget, $25 million. Box office, $4,064,495.
* ''Tempest'' (1982) -- Budget, $13 million. Box office, $5 million.
* ''Film/TerminalVelocity'' (1994) -- Budget, $50 million. Box office, $16,487,349.
* ''Texas Rangers'' (2001) -- Budget, $38 million. Box office, $763,740. Sat on a shelf for two years before being shoved out to theaters. Director Steve Miner wouldn't direct another theatrical film for nine years.
* ''Film/ThatsMyBoy'' (2012) -- Budget, $70 million. Box office, $57,719,093.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheThiefAndTheCobbler'' (1993) -- Budget, $28 million. Box office, $669,276 (no, we didn't mistype it). WhatCouldHaveBeen perhaps a milestone in animation turned into one of the biggest flops of all time. The film sat on the shelf for decades because Creator/RichardWilliams tried to completely finance it independently (a technique he was noted for in many of his projects) and failed to complete it on the deadline the studio set for him. It was then taken from him and then [[ExecutiveMeddling turned into a saccharine musical]]. [[CreatorBacklash He refuses to acknowledge any part of it]] and [[OldShame regrets having completion insurance for it.]]
* ''Film/{{The Thing|2011}}'' (2011) -- Budget, $38 million. Box office, $27,428,670.
* ''The Thing Called Love'' (1993) -- Budget, $14 million. Box office, $1,029,721.
* ''A Thousand Words'' (2012) -- Budget, $40 million. Box office, $22,044,277. Filmed in 2008, but was shelved for four years due to Creator/{{Dreamworks}} breaking away from Paramount.
* ''Film/{{Thunderbirds}}'' (2004) -- Budget, $57 million. Box office, $28,283,637.
* ''Tigerland'' (2000) -- Budget, $10 million. Box office, $139,692.
* ''Film/{{Timeline}}'' (2003) -- Budget, $80 million. Box office, $43,935,763.
* ''WesternAnimation/TitanAE'' (2000) -- Budget, $75 million. Box office, $36,754,634. The film's failure, caused by lack of promotion due to Creator/TwentiethCenturyFox's lack of confidence, led to the closure of Fox Animation Studios, the company Fox formed with the film's directors Creator/DonBluth and Gary Goldman. Fox later returned to the animation industry by appointing Creator/BlueSkyStudios as their animation division beginning with ''WesternAnimation/IceAge'' (which was initially going to be a 2D animated feature, until ''Titan A.E.'' bombed). It is both Bluth and Goldman's last major film project to date. It was also a major factor to ending TheRenaissanceAgeOfAnimation (with the failures of the aforementioned ''Treasure Planet'' and ''Home on the Range'' serving as the final blows), as the film's failure convinced the major animation studios (Disney and Creator/DreamWorks to be more specific) that the traditional animation industry was no longer being classified as relevant thanks to the ever-growing popularity of computer animation (though there still are [[Disney/ThePrincessAndTheFrog hopes]] [[Disney/WinnieThePooh for]] yet another renaissance).
* ''Film/{{Torque}}'' (2004) -- Budget, $40 million. Box office, $21,215,059 (domestic), $46,546,197 (worldwide).
* ''[[Film/TotalRecall2012 Total Recall]]'' (2012) -- Budget, $125 million. Box office, $58,877,969 (domestic), [[GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff $198,467,168 (worldwide)]].
* ''Tough Guys Don't Dance'' (1987) -- Budget, $5 million. Box office, $858,250. Ryan O'Neal's infamous acting in this film ([[MemeticMutation "OH GOD, OH MAN!"]]) ended up denting what was a promising leading career for him. His acting career never fully recovered.
* ''The Tournament'' (2009) -- Budget, $8 million. Box office, $490,000. A TroubledProduction (the original budget was $4 million and ended up drying out the budget twice) and a release to theaters delayed by two years didn't do many favors.
* ''Town & Country'' (2001) -- Budget, $90 million (not counting marketing costs), $105-110 million (counting them). Box office, $10,372,291. Creator/WarrenBeatty has had no affiliation with any movie since.
* ''Film/{{Transcendence}}'' (2014) -- Budget, $100 million. Box office, $90,022,309.
* ''Disney/TreasurePlanet'' (2002) -- Budget, $140–180 million. Box office, $109,578,115. This and the failure of ''Disney/HomeOnTheRange'' led Disney to ([[Disney/ThePrincessAndTheFrog temporarily]]) abandon the traditional animation format.
* ''Film/{{Trespass|2011}}'' (2011) -- Budget, $35 million. Box office, $9,612,469.
* ''WesternAnimation/ATrollInCentralPark'' (1994) -- Budget, $23 million. Box office, $71,368. You read that right, the film grossed less than one third of 1% of its budget, making it, proportionally, one of the biggest (maybe ''the'' biggest) box office flops in the history of animated films. Warner Bros. deliberately gave the film no promotion [[SelfFulfillingProphecy because they were certain it would fail.]]
* ''TroopBeverlyHills'' (1989) -- Budget, $18 million. Box office, $8.5 million. Though it did become a bit of a [[VindicatedByCable cult classic.]]
* ''Film/TrueCrime'' (1999) -- Budget, $55 million. Box office, $16,649,768.
* ''True Identity'' (1991) -- Budget, $15 million. Box office, $4.6 million. British comedian Lenny Henry's foray into the American public, the film's bombing put a halt to his plans, and since then his only movie roles have been voiceovers.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Turbo}}'' (2013) -- Budget, $135 million. Box office, $83,028,128 (domestically), $282,570,682 (worldwide). This is [[Creator/DreamworksAnimation DreamWorks Animation]]'s biggest flop in a decade, following ''WesternAnimation/SinbadLegendOfTheSevenSeas''.
* ''Film/TurboAPowerRangersMovie'' (1997) -- Budget, $8 million. Box office, $9,615,840. Compared to ''Film/MightyMorphinPowerRangersTheMovie'', which grossed over $60 million on a $15 million budget, its rather poor showing coupled with the franchise's decline would lead this movie to be the last big-screen showing for the franchise and a movie of any sort wouldn't happen until 2012's Direct-To-TV's [[Series/PowerRangersSamurai "Clash of the Red Rangers"]].
* ''Film/{{Turbulence}}'' (1997) -- Budget, $55 million. Box office, $11,538,235.
* ''Turk 182'' (1985) -- Budget, $15 million. Box office, $3.5 million. It put Robert Urich's theatrical career to a [[StarDerailingRole screeching halt.]]
* ''Film/{{Twilight|1998}}'' (1998) -- Budget, $37 million. Box office, $15,055,091.
* ''Film/{{Twisted|2004}}'' (2004) -- Budget, $50 million. Box office, $40,954,603.
* ''Under the Cherry Moon'' (1986) -- Budget, $12 million. Box office, $10 million. Though the film flopped, it did well enough in Europe to allow Warner Bros. to greenlight Music/{{Prince}}'s next film project, ''Graffiti Bridge''. Later became a CultClassic on home video.
* ''Film/{{Unforgettable}}'' (1996) -- Budget, $18 million. Box office, $2,483,790.
* ''Film/UntilTheEndOfTheWorld'' (1991) -- Budget, $23 million. Box office, $829,675.
* ''V.I. Warshawski'' (1991) -- Budget, $24 million. Box office, $11.1 million. Arguably a StarDerailingRole for star Kathleen Turner.
* ''Film/{{Valmont}}'' (1989) -- Budget, $33 million. Box office, $1,132,112.
* ''Film/{{Virus}}'' (1999) -- Budget, $75 million. Box office, $30.6 million.
* ''Film/WalkHardTheDeweyCoxStory'' (2007) -- Budget, $35 million. Box office, $18,317,151.
* ''Film/WalkingWithDinosaurs'' (2013) -- Budget, $80 million. Box office, $34,436,338 (domestic), $106,036,338 (worldwide).
* ''Wanderlust'' (2012) -- Budget, $32 million. Box office, $24 million.
* ''Film/WarriorsOfVirtue'' (1997) -- Budget, $35 million. Box office, $3,277,084.
* ''Film/TheWarriorsWay'' (2010) -- Budget, $42 million. Box office, $11,087,569.
* ''Film/{{Waterworld}}'' (1995) -- Budget, $175 million (with marketing: approximately $235 million). Box office, $264,218,220. Although the estimate gives the assumption that it broke even, [[http://www.nytimes.com/1995/07/31/business/waterworld-disappointment-as-box-office-receipts-lag.html?pagewanted=all&src=pm studios often split the grosses with the theaters, generally 50/50]]. Thus, this infamous TroubledProduction did, indeed, lose money at the box office.
* ''Film/TheWatch'' (2012) -- Budget, $68 million. Box office, $68,267,862. Its marketing campaign received controversy for allegedly being connected (in a way) to the Trayvon Martin case.
* ''Film/WeAreMarshall'' (2006) -- Budget, $65 million. Box office, $43,545,364.
* ''Film/WereNoAngels'' (1989) -- Budget, $20 million. Box office, $10,555,348.
* ''Film/WhatPlanetAreYouFrom'' (2000) -- Budget, $60 million. Box office, $14,145,677.
* ''Film/WhatsTheWorstThatCouldHappen'' (2001) -- Budget, $45 million. Box office, $38,464,131.
* ''Film/WhenTimeRanOut'' (1980) -- Budget, $20 million. Box office, $3 million.
* ''Where the Heart is'' (1990) -- Budget, $22 million. Box office, $1 million.
* ''White Dog'' (1982) -- Budget, $7 million (estimated). Box office, $46,509 (no, you didn't read it wrong). Noted for its especially TroubledProduction, suffering from ExecutiveMeddling from Creator/{{Paramount}} because of its racist characterizations (the film centered around a [[FantasticRacism white]] [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin dog]] [[spoiler:[[UnfortunateImplications terrorizing and maiming African Americans]]]]), and [[CreatorKiller destroyed]] Samuel Fuller's mainstream career. The general public has repeatedly criticized Paramount for not allowing a wide release of the film, given that the film gives an important lesson of the African Americans' DarkAndTroubledPast.
* ''Film/WhiteHouseDown'' (2013) -- Budget, $150 million. Box office, $73,103,784 (domestic), $203,185,194 (worldwide).
* ''Film/WhiteSquall'' (1996) -- Budget, $38 million. Box office, $10,292,300.
* ''Film/TheWholeTenYards'' (2004) -- Budget, $40 million. Box office, $26,155,781.
* ''Film/WickerPark'' (2004) -- Budget, $30 million. Box office, $21,568,818.
* ''Wild Bill'' (1995) -- Budget, $30 million. Box office, $2 million.
* ''Film/WildWildWest'' (1999) -- Budget, $170 million. Box office, $113,804,681 (domestic), $222,104,681 (worldwide).
* ''Film/{{Windtalkers}}'' (2002) -- Budget, $115 million. Box office, $77,628,265. This and the critical failure of ''{{Paycheck}}'' ended JohnWoo's Hollywood career.
* ''Film/WintersTale'' (2014) -- Budget, $60 million. Box office, $27,400,231.
* ''Film/WithoutLimits'' (1998) -- Budget, $25 million. Box office, $777,423.
* ''Film/{{The Wolfman|2010}}'' (2010) -- Budget, $150 million. Box office, $139,789,765.
* ''Film/WyattEarp'' (1994) -- Budget, $63 million. Box office, $25,052,000.
* ''XXX: State of the Union'' (2005) -- Budget, $87–113 million. Box office, $71,022,683.
* ''YearOne'' (2009) -- Budget, $60 million. Box office, $43,337,279 (domestic), $62,357,900 (worldwide). This film [[CreatorKiller killed]] Harold Ramis' direction career, and also tarnished the star power of Creator/JackBlack and MichaelCera. It didn't help that audiences accused both actors of {{Typecasting}}.
* ''Film/YesGiorgio'' (1982) -- Budget, $19 million. Box office, $2,279,543. Luciano Pavarotti's first and last movie.
* ''Film/YourHighness'' (2011) -- Budget, $50 million. Box office, $24,856,478.
* ''Film/{{Zathura}}'' (2005) -- Budget, $65 million. Box office, $64,321,501.
* ''Film/ZoomAcademyForSuperheroes'' (2006) -- Budget, $75.6 million. Box office, $12,506,188.
* ''Film/ZyzzyxRoad'' (2006) -- Budget, $2 million. Box office -- $30. Yes, thirty bucks, or ''six'' tickets (two sold to actors who appeared in the film; the director returned their money, so the film had a net box office of $20). The film received only a one-week domestic release (playing one screen in Dallas) to comply with Screen Actors Guild rules. The producer had no intention otherwise of opening it in the U.S. until after it had foreign distribution. (Foreign gross to date: $368,000.)
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