I Could Never Be Your Woman (2007) Budget, $25 million. Box office, $9,569,470. Despite the talents of director Amy Heckerling and stars Michelle Pfeiffer and Paul Rudd, a last-minute backout from the film's intended theatrical distributor (mostly due to contractual disputes between Pfeiffer and MGM) prompted it to go Direct to Video in North America.
I Don't Know How She Does It (2011) Budget, $24 million. Box office, $9,662,284 (domestic), $30,551,495 (worldwide). The last film directed to date by Douglas McGrath; he's stuck to playwriting since.
I Dreamed of Africa (2000) Budget, $34 million. Box office, $14,400,327. It posted the third worst opening in over 2,000 theaters when it premiered and Sony dumped it straight to video in the UK. This along with Bless the Child, which was released several months later firmly put Kim Basingernote I Dreamed of Africa was pretty much a passion project on Basinger's part. where she was prior to her brief career-resurrecting Oscar win for L.A. Confidential three years prior. To further add insult to injury, Basinger and company were soon accused of hypocrisy after it emerged that circus elephants were used during the making of I Dreamed of Africa.
I, Frankenstein (2014) Budget, $65 million. Box office, $19,075,290 (domestic), $71,154,592 (worldwide). Based on a graphic novel by Underworld creator Kevin Grevioux, its critical and financial takedown killed a planned crossover with that film series. This also killed off Stuart Beattie's directorial career and consigned him to screenwriting.
I Heart Huckabees (2004) Budget, $20 million. Box office, $12,785,432 (domestic), $20,072,172 (worldwide). Got a decent amount of studio hype, but the reviews that deemed it So Okay, It's Average despite its ambitious script helped put a damper on its box office. Thankfully video sales helped get it out of the red a bit.
I Know Who Killed Me (2007) Budget, $12 million. Box office, $9,669,758. This film's failure, the lot of Razzies that came with it, and star Lindsay Lohan's legal and personal troubles that followed firmly turned the teenage queen into a late-night punch-line. It also firmly locked director Chris Sivertson in the C-list of Hollywood filmmakers, killed the career of writer Jeffrey Hammond after just a single film, and producer Frank Mancuso Jr., who was also one of the two figures behind the ill-fated Bowdlerization of Cool World 15 years prior, didn't get a credit on another film for the rest of the decade.
I Saw the Light (2015) Budget, $13 million. Box office, $1,620,978. Heavy panning from critics and having its release date pushed back helped make this Hank Williams biopic die a quick death at the box office. The failure of this film ended up cancelling a future project by director/producer Marc Abraham, and he's been laying low from the limelight since, only reappearing in a documentary recently.
I Sell the Dead (2008) - Budget: $750,000, Box office: $8,050. It only played in two theaters.
I Spy (2002) Budget, $70 million. Box office, $50,732,945. One of three flops in 2002 that severely impacted Eddie Murphy's career.
I Still Believe (2020) Budget, $12 million. Box office, $10,482,561. The first movie by Christian film producer Kingdom Story Company, it was one of many theatrical releases in March 2020 to flop due to the COVID-19 pandemic happening around the same time, which lead to nationwide theater closures, several tentpoles being delayed, and many movies, including this one, getting early digital releases to entertain people stuck in their homes.
I Want Your Money (2010) Budget, $400,000. Box office, $433,000. A failed attempt at a conservative view of the fiscal crisis, trying to compare Reaganomics to Obamanomics when Obama hadn't really had that much of a chance to operate as president. It only had a limited run for a week before most theaters dropped it.
The Ice Harvest (2005) Budget, $14 million. Box office, $10,196,568. This adaptation of the Scott Phillips novel was the penultimate film directed by Harold Ramis. It got a mixed reception from critics and thawed out of theaters after three weeks.
Ice Station Zebra (1968) Budget, $8-10 million. Box office, $4.6 million (rentals), $15.7 million (gross). This was one of two films, the other being The Shoes of the Fisherman, whose financial takedowns led to MGM president Robert O'Brien getting demoted to Chairman; he left the company in May 1969. It's now best known as the film Howard Hughes obsessed over during the last years of his life.
The Identical (2014) Budget, $16 million (not counting marketing costs), $32 million (counting them). Box office, $2,747,075. This was universally lambasted for its wooden acting, poor production values, tacked on religious elementsnote It was funded by a Messianic Jewish group. and playing its attempt at being a musical biopic parody completely straight. It didn't help that it was released in early September, in the midst of the smash success of Guardians of the Galaxy.
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 Thats the film gives to its parent company's news division, and partly to avoid angering all the companies that had Product Placement in this movie. The film was Vindicated by Cable and has since become a Cult Classic.
Idle Hands (1999) Budget, $15 million. Box office, $4,152,230. Has been Rodman Flender's last directorial credit on a theatrical film to date. Vivica A Fox's career as a leading actress hindered a bit after this, though fortunately she rebounded the following decade. Critics hated this supernatural stoner comedy but it became a Cult Classiconce it hit video.
If Looks Could Kill (1991) Budget, $12 million. Box office, $7.7 million. Meant to be a starring vehicle for Richard Grieco, the film failing ended up killing his chances, as since he's mainly done direct-to-video and TV movies since. The last film that Darren Star wrote the screenplay for.
If Lucy Fell (1996) Budget, $5 million. Box office, $2.4 million. Director Eric Schaeffer wouldn't helm another theatrical film for five years. This has also been the last theatrical film written by Tony Spiridakis.
If Only (2004) Budget, $3 million. Box office, $532,673. After this, a TV movie, and a four-year wait off the grid, helmer Gil Junger has stayed strictly in television.
Igby Goes Down (2002) Budget, $9 million. Box office, $6,919,198. Still got a good critical reception, but director Burr Steers has only directed two more movies to date. Production company Atlantic Streamline would be absorbed by MGM shortly after, and would only have one more film under than brand before being retired.
Igor (2008) Budget, $25 million. Box office, $19,528,602 (domestic), $30,747,504 (worldwide). This movie was Exodus Film Group's first movie, as well as its last. This is also the first CGI film distributed by MGM, and it ended up being the last until The Addams Family (2019).
I'll Be Home for Christmas (1998) Budget, $30 million. Box office, $12,214,338. This derailed Jonathan Taylor-Thomas's chances for a serious film career. This also sent director Arlene Sanford straight to television note Barring Frank Mc Klusky, C.I., which had a paltry theatrical release. since.
I'll Do Anything (1994) Budget, $40 million. Box office, $10,424,645. Part of a bad year for Nick Nolte, who also had Blue Chips and I Love Trouble flop in between. This was intended to be a musical before a bad test screening forced the songs out.
Illegally Yours (1988) Budget, $13 million. Box office, $259,019. Director Peter Bogdanovich was basically strong-armed into directing this by the studio, which he accepted as he was having money issues at the time. This was supposed to come out in July 1987, but a bad test screening (in which half the audience walked out), and the bankruptcy of distributor DEG pushed it back to May 1988, where it died against movies like Beetlejuice and Good Morning, Vietnam. Bogdanovich considers this one of his biggest failures.
I'm Not Ashamed (2016) - Budget, $1.5 million. Box office, $2.1 million. Based on the journals of Rachel Scott, the first victim of the Columbine Massacre, critics eviscerated this Christian drama for its use of real events to push its agenda.
I'm Not Rappaport (1996) Budget, Unknown. Box office, $26,011. The second and final film from director/writer Herb Gardner was an adaptation of his play; it saw a very limited release.
Imaginaerum (2012) Budget, $3.7 million. Box office, $190,819. It was only released in Finland, Russia and Malaysia, which certainly didn't help things. It got pretty decent reviews from critics, but anyone who wasn't a fan of Nightwish (since the movie was based on the band's music) didn't have much interest in it.
Imaginary Crimes (1994) Budget, Unknown. Box office, $89,611. This adaptation of Sheila Ballantyne's novel never got as far as seven theaters. Ironically, it opened against Pulp Fiction, which also starred Harvey Keitel.
Immediate Family (1989) Budget, $14 million. Box office, $5,932,613. This drama about adoption, directed by Jonathan Kaplan, received mixed reviews, with some criticizing it for being a little too manipulative and saccharine.
In Country (1989) Budget, $18 million. Box office, $3,531,791. It had a limited release, even though the reviews were good and Bruce Willis got a Golden Globe nomination for it.
The In Crowd (2000) Budget, $24 million. Box office, $5,280,035. This teen thriller was universally panned for being an unintentionally funnyCliché Storm. Director Mary Lambert stuck to TV/Direct-to-Video until the documentary 14 Women.
In Dreams (1999) Budget, $30 million. Box office, $12 million. Ripped by critics, the film's flopping led to director Neil Jordan not working on another American-based production until 2007's The Brave One.
The In-Laws (2003) Budget, $40 million. Box office, $26,891,849. This remake of the 1979 film was the second consecutive flop for Michael Douglas following It Runs In The Family and was one of several lifelong busts for production company Franchise Pictures. Italy was the only foreign market that surpassed $1 million and its UK release was cut short after two weeks.
In Secret (2013, 2014) $2 million. Box office, $444,179. Roadside Attractions gave this a paltry release of 266 theaters and withdrew it after two weeks.
In the Cut (2003) Budget, $12 million. Box office, $4,750,602 (domestic), $23,726,793 (worldwide). One of a string of bombs that ultimately did in Meg Ryan's career. It has had better critical reception since its release and the uncut DVD release ended up selling very well thanks to, well, reasons.
In the Heart of the Sea (2015) Budget, $100 million. Box office, $93.9 million. This was originally supposed to be released in March, but it was pushed back to December to get a 3D conversion and increase its awards chances. Its new release date was the week before The Force Awakens, which left it stranded at sea, and its mixed reviews killed its Oscar chances anyway.
In the Land of Blood and Honey (2011) Budget, $13 million. Box office, $303,877 (domestic). Angelina Jolie's narrative directorial debut, following the documentary A Place In Time, never left a limited release. It didn't help that author Josip Kneević sued Jolie for plagiarism of his story, Slamanje due (though the case was dismissed).
In the Mix (2005) Budget, Unknown. Box office, $10,223,896. This is the last theatrical film directed by Ron Underwood, as he's focused nothing but straight-to-DVD and made-for-TV movies ever since. It has also been writer Jacqueline Zambrano's last screenplay credit on a film to date.
In the Name of the King (2007) Budget, $60 million. Box office, $13,097,915. This is the first and only time Uwe Boll tried to direct a movie with a budget that would make the movie a tentpole. Again, it did not stop a film series from entering production, though this first installment's massive failure ensured they would not see the inside of a cineplex, instead going Direct to Video.
In the Valley of Elah (2007) Budget, $23 million. Box office, $6,777,741 (domestic), $29,541,790 (worldwide). One of several films based on the Iraq War to flounder at the box office, though the critics liked it and Tommy Lee Jones got an Oscar nomination for it. One of the last films released under the Warner Independent Pictures banner before the brand was shut down the following year.
inAPPropriate Comedy (2013) Budget, unknown. Box office, $228,004. This movie got even worse reviews than Vince Offer's previous movie, The Underground Comedy Movie, and it sunk the careers of Rob Schneider (whose name already marks films he's attached to as theatrical radioactive waste by this point), Lindsay Lohan (who was still reeling from I Know Who Killed Me and her legal drama), and Adrien Brody (though he'd later bounce back with The Grand Budapest Hotel). Offer himself would never direct/write another movie again.
Incarnate (2016) Budget, $5 million. Box office, $4.8 million (domestic), $6,341,855 (worldwide). This was exorcised from theaters after four weeks.
Inchon (1982) Budget, $46 million. Box office, $5,200,986. Controversial religious leader Sun Myung Moon personally financed this notorious Korean War epic, with an all-star cast led by Sir Laurence Olivier as General Douglas MacArthur. (Olivier's reason for his participation for this film is the Trope Namer for Money, Dear Boy.) In 1995, it made the Guinness Book of World Records as "the biggest money-loser in history", later to be surpassed by Cutthroat Island. The film has never been released on home video, though bootleg copies (derived from a telecast on GoodLife TV a defunct Moon-owned cable channel) have surfaced. It also brought down director Terence Young's (the man who directed three of the first four James Bond films) career.
The Incredible Burt Wonderstone (2013) Budget, $30 million. Box Office, $27,437,881. Burt Wonderstone is the first (and so far, last) major film directing effort from Don Scardino.
The Indian in the Cupboard (1995) Budget, $45 million. Box office, $35,656,131. The film didn't stand a chance against its summer competition despite respectful reviews. Plans to adapt the remaining books in the series were shelved after its underperformance.
The Indian Runner (1991) Budget, $7 million. Box office, $191,125. Sean Penn did not try to write/produce another film for 4 years, and executive producer and future Breitbart News/Donald Trump staff member Steve Bannon did not get another film credit until the end of the 90's.
Infamous (2006) Budget, $13 million. Box office, $2,613,717. Douglas McGrath's Bio Pic of Truman Capote and his creation ofIn Cold Blood came out a year after Capote tackled the same subject matter. The critics liked it, though not to the same extent as the earlier film, and it lingered in limited release for ten weeks.
Inferno (2016) Budget, $75 million. Box office, $34,343,574 (domestic), $220,021,259 (worldwide). While the previous two adaptations of Dan Brown's Robert Langdon book tetralogy with Tom Hanks were panned heavily by critics, they were financially successful (though Angels & Demons did fall short of its budget domestically). This one managed to be both considered hellspawn by critics AND a Hell-level bomb in the United States, grossing only $15 million there in the last week of the fall season, with Hanks's Sully having come out the month earlier and DreamWorks Animation's Trolls, Disney/Marvel's Doctor Strange (2016), and Hacksaw Ridge kicking off the Thanksgiving/Christmas season the next week (Inferno was pushed back that far to get it away from The Force Awakens). This could result in any plans for the one remaining book in the novel series, The Lost Symbol, being sent to the netherworld.
The Infiltrator (2016) Budget, $28-47.5 million. Box office, $18 million. It got generally good reviews, particularly for Bryan Cranston's performance, but it was buried on opening weekend by holdover smash The Secret Life of Pets and the only other wide release that week, Ghostbusters. Its failure saw distributor Broad Green lay off 6% of its staff and replace its president of distribution.
The Informers (2008) Budget, $18 million. Box office, $382,174. This adaptation of the Bret Easton Ellis short story collection was universally panned for its heavy apathy and was pulled after 3 days.
Inherent Vice (2014) Budget, $20 million. Box office, $14,710,975. The first adaptation of any of Thomas Pynchon's works received generally positive reviews from critics, but divided reactions from audiences over its bizarre humor, leading many patrons to walk out.
Inkheart (2009) Budget, $60 million. Box office, $17,303,424 (domestic), $62,450,361 (worldwide). Its release date was pushed back numerous times due to New Line's financial troubles and the film itself testing poorly. It finally came out in January 2009 where it received a mixed reception from critics and apathy from audiences.
Instinct (1999) Budget, $50 million. Box office, $34,105,207. The first film produced by Spyglass Entertainment; critics generally hated it but audiences were more forgiving. Spyglass had better luck a few months later when The Sixth Sense premiered.
The International (2009) Budget, $50 million. Box office, $25,450,527 (domestic), $60,161,391 (worldwide). The first of two consecutive flops for Clive Owen, with Duplicity following the next month.
Intersection (1994) Budget, $45 million. Box office, $21.3 million. Director Mark Rydell wouldn't direct another theatrical film for twelve years.
The Interview (2014) Budget, $42-44 million. Box office, $6,105,175 (domestic), $11,305,175 (worldwide). Largely due to almost all cinema chains refusing to show the film following terrorist threats and the massive Sony hack that forced leader Amy Pascal's resignation, the film only played at roughly 300 screens in the US. However, the film was released for digital download and video-on-demand, where it earned close to $40 million. Sony expects to break even on the film, while others speculate they could still lose as much as $30 million on the film due to the high marketing costs and poor box office performance.
Into the Blue (2005) Budget, $50 million. Box office, $44,434,439. Its box office sinking didn't prevent a Direct to Video sequel from following four years later.
Into the Night (1985) Budget, $8 million. Box office, $7,562,164. This John Landis comedy was filmed just as he stood trial for manslaughter for the fatal accident during the filming of his segment on Twilight Zone: The Movie. It's been speculated that the numerous cameos by various filmmakers in the film were a show of support for Landis. These cameos were one of the biggest nuisances for critics, including Roger Ebert, who otherwise gave it a generally mixed reception. Landis had better luck later that year with Spies Like Us.
Into the Sun (2005) Budget, $15 million. Box office, $175,563. It only saw a theatrical release in Japan and went Direct to Video in the U.S.
Intolerance (1916) Budget, $2.5 million, Box office, under $100,000. Despite tremendous reviews, this now-classic film went down in history as the first big detonation to hit Hollywood, and was a shock to the nascent industry. It single-handedly sunk D.W. Griffith's production company, Triangle Films, and ruined both his career and his personal life. The film's failure was due in part to its length (over five hours in the original cut), its then innovative techniques (which confused the audiences), and poor timing it was an anti-war film that came out just as the US population was growing in favor of entering World War I.
Invaders From Mars (1986) Budget, $7 million. Box office, $4.9 million (domestic). Tobe Hooper's remake of the 50's B-Movie suffered from mismanagement from Cannon Films, who were apparently angry the film was much more family-friendly than they were expecting. It didn't help that two different posters gave the film a PG and an R-Rating. This flop helped secure Cannon Films' doom, but it's since become a Cult Classic.
The Invasion (2007) Budget, $80 million. Box office, $40,170,558. This fourth version of Invasion of the Body Snatchers suffered massive Executive Meddling which turned it from a psychological thriller into an incomprehensible action film light on scares. Critics unanimously declared this to be the worst version yet. This dealt a serious blow to director Oliver Hirschbiegel's career until he did 13 Minutes in 2015.
The Invisible (2007) Budget, $30 million (estimated). Box office, $26,810,113. This movie destroyed Disney's Hollywood Pictures label a second time after it was shut down years prior.
The Invitation (2015) Budget, $1 million. Box office, $354,835. Despite glowing reviews from critics and audiences alike, a limited release and video-on-demand fate led to dreary box office returns. Despite this, it was able to gain a much bigger audience via positive word-of-mouth when it landed on Netflix.
Ironweed (1987) Budget, $27 million. Box office, $7,393,346. The second of two pairings of Meryl Streep and Jack Nicholson, who both added to their record Oscar nominations tallies with this Acclaimed Flop. William Kennedy, who wrote the original novel it was based on and wrote the screenplay for this film, hasn't gone back to screenwriting since.
Irrational Man (2015) Budget, $11 million. Box office, $4 million (domestic), $27.4 million (worldwide). This Woody Allen film was the last film by his longtime executive producer Jack Rollins who died a month before its release. The end result was received less favorably by critics than Allen's usual works.
Irréversible (2002) Budget, 4.65 million euros ($4.3 million). Box office, 4.5 million euros ($4.2 million). This controversial film got panned not only for its violent content, which included a 10-minute rape scene, but also because director Gaspar Noé added an infrasound track to the film, which caused several health and comfort problems for viewers and compelled them to walk out of screenings. Noe didn't direct another movie until his dream project, Enter the Void in 2009, which got made in part because of Irreversible's notoriety, which got him noticed by the execs of both films' distributor, Wild Bunch.
Ishtar (1987) Budget, $55 million. Box office, $14,375,181. Its failure, along with that of other films such as The Adventures of Baron Munchausen and Leonard Part 6, led to Coca-Cola leaving the film business, selling off Columbia Pictures to Sony, who also had Tristar Pictures. In addition, the troubled film ensured that director Elaine May would not take another movie credit for nine years, and she hasn't had a directing job since.
The Island (2005) Budget, $126 million. Box office, $35,818,913 (domestic), $162,949,164 (worldwide). The film was panned for excessive product placement, and it got DreamWorks sued by the makers of the film Parts: The Clonus Horror, who accused the film of committing copyright infringement.
Isn't She Great? (2000) Budget, $44 million. Box office, $3,003,296. The killing blow to the career of director Andrew Bergman, who withdrew from Hollywood as a result. Also dealt damage to Bette Midler's career.
It Happened in Athens (1962) - Budget, $1,250,750. Box office, $1,050,026. This Jayne Mansfield and Trax Colton comedy was made by Fox to help offset the ballooning budget of its Troubled ProductionCleopatra. Instead, it worsened Fox's dire financial predicement, forcing the studio to release Mansfield and Colton from their contracts.
It Runs in the Family (1994) Budget, $15 million. Box office, $70,396. Bob Clark and Jean Shepherd reunited to try to recreate the magic of A Christmas Story, with a mostly new cast. Originally called A Summer Story, the studio had no faith in it, retitled it, and dumped it in a handful of theaters with almost no hype at all.
It's a Wonderful Life (1946) Budget, $3.18 million. Box office, $3.3 million (original release), $10.8 million (after re-releases). When this film was originally released, it cost RKO Radio Pictures $525,000 and forced director Frank Capra to sell his production company to Paramount. This film is now considered one of Capra's masterpieces (helped by constant reruns at Christmastime) and won a Technical Achievement Oscarnote For its innovative fake snow.
It's Kind of a Funny Story (2010) Budget, $8 million. Box office, $6,491,240. The film version of Ned Vizzini's semi-autobiographical novel got generally positive reviews but it only topped out at 757 theaters. Directors Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck waited five years before they made their next movie, Mississippi Grind.
It's Pat! (1994) Budget, $8 million. Box office, $60,822. The reason for the low gross was that the movie only saw release in three cities, and was ripped out of theaters after its opening weekend. It's Pat, along with Stuart Saves His Family, ended the Dork Age of movies based off of Saturday Night Live sketches. Didn't do any favors to Julia Sweeney's career, director Adam Bernstein to this day almost exclusively stuck to directing TV (although with quite an accomplished career there), Lorne Michaels, while having no credits on this movie, still regrets approving the usage of the character (owned by NBC) as it has been counted on his record by press regardless. As an added final bonus, It's Pat was released two days after studio chairman Jeffrey Katzenberg's well publicized and acrimonious firing from Disney, who distributed this film through Touchstone.
Jack and Jill (2011) Budget, $79 million. Box office, $74,158,157 (domestic), $149,673,788 (worldwide). The infamous film's very poor performance with critics and the American box office, along with its unprecedented sweep at the Razzies (it "won" every single award given out in that ceremony and won 10 total), effectively ended Adam Sandler's run of financially successful films and firmly confirmed the derailing of the viability of having Al Pacino as a major bill on a movie poster. It also derailed the A-list career of Katie Holmes, and no mainstream movies with a single actor playing a male and female role simultaneously have been made since.
Jack Frost (1998) Budget, $85 million. Box office, $34.5 million (domestic). A Star-Derailing Role for lead Michael Keaton, who was frozen into the B list of movie stars until Birdman in 2014 (he played a dead father reincarnated as a snowman animated by Industrial Light and Magic and Jim Henson's Creature Shop; their animation was criticized by Roger Ebert). This movie was ironically released a year after an icey horror movie with the same name and which also used a live snowman, which didn't help matters. Director Troy Miller's film prospects began freezing overnight thanks to this movie, co-writer Mark Steven Johnson didn't work another movie until Ben Affleck's version of Daredevil in 2003, and it was part of a bad spell for snowman animators Jim Henson's Creature Shop.
Jack the Bear (1993) Budget, Unknown. Box office, $5,145,823. Originally set for a late 1991 release, the post-production was delayed due to internal issues (the studio needed to refilm some scenes, which were troublesome as the actors needed were signed on to other movies) and director Marshall Herskovitz and producer Bruce Gilbert clashing how the editing should go. Then set for a late 1992 release, and delayed again, before finally sneaking in to spring of 1993. As a result the movie's promotions were lacking and it debuted during a brutally packed week. After Herskovitz's following film, Dangerous Beauty, also bombed, he stayed away from directing feature films and stuck to producing and working on TV shows.
Jack the Giant Slayer (2013) Budget, $195 million (production alone), $295 million (marketing included). Box office, $65 million (domestic), $197.5 million (worldwide). This movie did horribly enough that Hollywood is reconsidering its trend of Darker and EdgierFairy TaleRemakes. The success of Disney's film adaptation of Into the Woods, however, may help the genre's chances.
The Jacket (2005) Budget, $29 million. Box office, $21,126,225. Ended up being the only American film to be directed by John Maybury so far.
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 NYPD Blue, and he faded from public view before coming back with CSI: Miami. One of two films that year that thrashed Joe Eszterhas's career, the other being Showgirls, and Burn Hollywood Burn would give him his third and final strike 3 years later.
Jane Got a Gun (2016) Budget, $25 million. Box office, $1,513,793. This suffered a very Troubled Production due to constant recasts, its original director Lynne Ramsey getting dismissed on the first day of shooting and its production company Relativity Media filing for bankruptcy. The end result was dumped in early January, where it was dismissed by critics and audiences, making it the worst opening of Natalie Portman's career.
Jaws: The Revenge (1987) Budget, $20 million (not counting marketing costs), $23 million (counting them). Box office, $20,763,013 (domestic), $51,881,013 (worldwide). This film finally convinced MCA/Universal executives that the Jaws hype from the seventies had long come to an endnote Long story short: The film and prior sequels were made purely due to Executive Meddling, thus lacking any involvement from Jaws director Steven Spielberg. It only took two years before Universal and Steven Spielberg made a Take That! to this film in Back to the Future Part II. Actor Lance Guest only appeared in two more movies, Lorraine Gary, the wife of MCA boss Sid Sheinberg, refused to go back in front of a camera, and director Joe Sargent never did another theatrically released film, plus Michael Caine's career took a downturn after appearing in this movie for good pay, which he's never watched back.
Jefferson in Paris (1995) Budget, $14 million. Box office, $2,442,542. This Merchant-Ivory film about Thomas Jefferson had a limited release and lukewarm reviews.
Jem and the Holograms (2015) Budget, $5 million. Box office, $2,333,684 (worldwide). Performed so poorly that Universal pulled it a mere two weeks after release, making it the second film Universal pulled from theaters due to poor performance within just one week. Note that the take listed is global the overseas take barely cracked six figures. Director Jon M. Chu originally had a proposal put together that was much closer to the original '80s cartoon, but producers Jason Blum and Scooter Braun (yes, the guy who unleashed Justin Bieber onto the world) instead heavily reworked it for "the YouTube generation" while locking series creator Christy Marx out of the creative process entirely (she gets a token Creator Cameo at the end, but that was the extent of her involvement in the film). As a result, the cartoon's fanbase refused to see the film due to it being an In Name Only adaptation, and non-fans refused to see it for being a bland Cliché Storm. The film was released like this, and Twitter quickly filled up with images of empty theaters under the hashtag of "Jempty". Chu, Blum and Universal wasted no time in declaring Jem to be their Old Shame, and the movie, which should have been a shoe-in with a cheap budget, instead became one of the most notorious busts of 2015 and got reruns of the cartoon pulled from TV. This was also the first project of Hasbro Studios' self-financing Allspark Studios, though this film certainly didn't dent the studio. Chu would later bounce back with the critical and box office success of Crazy Rich Asians.
Jennifer Eight (1992) Budget, $20 million. Box office, $11,390,479. It had a modest opening week, but Bram Stoker's Dracula and Home Alone 2 releasing shortly after this film killed any momentum it had; Going straight to video in the UK didn't help either. Bruce Robinson vowed to stay away from the director's chair after this mystery film flopped until The Rum Diary brought him back.
Jennifer's Body (2009) Budget, $16 million. Box office, $16,204,793 (domestic), $31,556,061 (worldwide). Diablo Cody's follow-up to her Oscar-winning Juno was this horror comedy, which was frowned upon by critics for Megan Fox's performance and Cody's script. Cody bounced back with Young Adult two years later, but director Karyn Kusama waited six years before her next film, The Invitation. It's since been Vindicated by History as a Cult Classic.
Jetsons: The Movie (1990) Budget, Unknown. Box office, $20,305,841. This was intended to be the Grand Finale to the Jetsons cartoon show anyway, and sure enough, outside of a few video games in the next few years, no further attempts to reboot this specific animated Hanna-Barbera franchise have materialized, and no other animated movie versions of Hanna-Barbera's catalog have made it to theaters since. note SCOOB! was supposed to break this trend before the coronavirus pandemic forced it onto VOD. This was also the final film for both Mel Blanc and George O'Hanlon, with the latter dying in the recording studio. It was salvaged somewhat on home video.
Jexi (2019) - Budget, $5 million (without marketing costs), $12 million (with marketing costs). Box office, $7.2 million. This sci-fi comedy was the final film for CBS Films before it was folded into CBS Entertainment Group. The critics hated it and it couldn't stand a chance against the likes of Joker and The Addams Family.
Jimmy Hollywood (1994) Budget, $30 million. Box office, $3,783,003. This was heavily-panned by critics and immediately fell flat at the box office when it debuted at number 14. It also went straight-to-video overseas, which some say killed any chances of it making a decent profit. Barry Levinson had better luck that year with Disclosure.
Joan of Arc (1948) Budget, $4,650,506. Box office, $5,768,142. Recorded a loss of $2,480,436. This is the final film directed by The Wizard of Oz/Gone with the Wind director Victor Fleming, who died two months after its release. Writer Maxwell Anderson never wrote another screenplay, and the contemporary reviews from critics such as historian Leonard Maltin have torched the movie for playing the Dawson Casting card with casting Ingrid Bergman as Joan (Bergman was 14 years older than Joan of Arc, who only lived to 19). It also didn't help matters that Bergman's affair with Roberto Rossellini caused such a scandal enough to dissuade people from seeing it.
John Carter (2012) Budget, $250 million (not counting marketing costs), $350 million (counting them). Box office, $73,078,100 (domestic), $284,139,100 (worldwide). Once the movie's dismal American box office numbers came in, Disney anticipated that it would take a $200-million wash on the film; even after the international box office helped to at least partially salvage it, it still went down as one of the biggest flops in history - if the upper figure of a $206 million loss is correct it is the biggest flop ever. Disney fired their studio chairman, Rich Ross, on the heels of this film, a decision that may very well have been justified come The Lone Ranger the following year (Ross, who found himself on the receiving end of John Lasseter's rare nuclear anger for screwing the Andrew Stanton-directed epic, is the only studio chairman since the 1984 management shift to be sacked solely for poor performance; Jeffrey Katzenberg note One of the executives Ross fired and replaced, Mark Zoradi, went on to temporarily work for Katzenberg and DreamWorks Animation before their 2014 slate sent him to Cinemark instead , Joe Roth, Peter Schneider, and Dick Cook note Who was forced out to make room for Ross and a different film strategy had some creative differences with the guard amongst other issues). Marketing executive MT Carney, who helmed John Carter's marketing campaign that was also ripped by Lasseter, also left the company. The film became an Old Shame to Stanton, who also regretted that its failure led Disney to let the rights revert back to the Edgar Rice Burroughs estate and it dashed his plans for a trilogy, though he rebounded with Finding Dory.
Johnny Be Good (1988) Budget, $22 million. Box office, $17,550,399. This is the one and only film directed by Bud S. Smith, who returned to work as an editor and later became a producer.
Johnny Dangerously (1984) - Budget, $9 million. Box office, $17.1 million. This gangster comedy earned mixed reviews and was rubbed out on a busy Christmas weekend headlined by Beverly Hills Cop.
Johnny Handsome (1989) Budget, $20 million. Box office, $7,237,794. This film version of the novel The Three Worlds of Johnny Handsome fell by the wayside upon its release but it later became Vindicated by History.
Jonah: A VeggieTales Movie (2002): Budget, $14 million. Box office, $25,615,231. The first theatrically-released VeggieTales film failed to recoup its prints and advertising costs and may have played a hand in production company Big Idea's bankruptcy.
Jonah Hex (2010) Budget, $47 million. Box office, $10,547,117. Too many people thought "It's Short, So It Sucks!" (clocking in at 81 minutes), and coming out the same weekend as Toy Story 3 didn't do it any favors either. This is the last film written by the duo of Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor, and, apart from Free Birds, it would be a while before director Jimmy Hayward would do serious work again, being part of Zootopia and Cars 3 (though after Free Birds itself flopped, it would be his last directing job for now). Finally, this is one of two 2010 films to deliver a serious setback to the career of producer Andrew Lazar.
Jonathan Livingston Seagull (1973) Budget, $1.5 million. Box office, $1.6 million. This adaptation of the Richard Bach novel was one of a handful of films that Roger Ebert walked out of. Other critics who stayed for the whole show lambasted it for its droning philosphy and flat voice cast. It didn't help that the filmmakers were subject to three lawsuits: one from Ovady Julber for ripping off scenes from his film La Mer, another from composer Neil Diamond for cutting too much of his score (which won him a Golden Globe), and another from Bach for straying too much from his novel.
Josh and S.A.M. (1993) Budget, $18 million. Box office, $1,640,220. The only film directed by editor Billy Weber, who went back to that line of work after this film's critical and financial takedown. Producer Martin Brest waited five years before he got involved in another film, Meet Joe Black. It has never been released on a format outside of VHS.
Joshua (2002) Budget, $9 million. Box office, $1,461,635. Its widest release was in 43 theaters.
Josie and the Pussycats (2001) Budget, $22 million. Box office, $14.8 million. Ended up being a huge blow to Rachael Leigh Cook's leading career. It also smacked the directing careers of duo Harry Elfont and Deborah Kaplan (who had previously directed the cult teen film Can't Hardly Wait) out of the park, as they've never directed another film, and both Josie and The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas also led to Elfont and Kaplan not writing another film until 2004. Josie also killed the cinematic career of Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds. There wouldn't be any Archie Comics live-action production afterwards until the TV series Riverdale in 2017.
Joy Ride (2001) Budget, $23 million. Box office, $21,974,919 (domestic), $36,642,838 (worldwide). Critics generally liked this film to begin with, but skidded off the box office road due to a poor marketing campaign. Strong video sales lead to two Direct to Video sequels.
The Judge (2014) Budget, $50 million. Box office, $47,119,388 (domestic), $84,419,388 (worldwide). Although Robert Duvall received an Oscar nomination, this drama film earned a mixed reception from critics, many of whom accused it of being a Cliché Storm.
Judge Dredd (1995) Budget, $90 million. Box office, $34,693,481 (domestic), $113,493,481 (worldwide). Effectively hamstrung any attempts to establish the Judge Dredd franchise in the U.S. It and In the Mouth of Madness swallowed the writing job of Michael De Luca, who stuck with being an executive at New Line and DreamWorks and Sony until 2010's The Social Network. Judge Dredd also was one of a series of critically-derided screenplays credited to Steven E. de Souza, and he would not get his next one for 3 years. The film as a whole and its production became an Old Shame for star Sylvester Stallone and creator of Dredd John Wagner, who both felt the movie never attained its potential (Wagner felt Stallone was good for the role, but Stallone got a Razzie nom for it).
Judgment Night (1993) Budget, $21 million. Box office, $12 million. This film stalled in pre-production for so long it would've died had Emilio Estevez not accepted the lead role. While the film flat-lined in theaters, its soundtrack became a Breakaway Pop Hit.
Junior (1994) Budget, $60 million. Box office, $36,763,355 (domestic), $108,431,355 (worldwide). No mainstream movies dealing with human male pregnancy have been made since this attempt, which put a serious dent in Arnold Schwarzenegger's move for more comedic fare.
The Juror (1996) Budget, $44 million. Box office, $22,754,725. Director Brian Gibson made one more film after this before his death in 2004. This also did no favors for Demi Moore, who won a Razzie for this and her more high-profile bust, Striptease.
Jury Duty (1995) Budget, $21 million. Box office, $17,014,653. A serious blow to director John Fortenberry, writer Neil Tolkin and star Pauly Shore's careers, and it's the final film to feature Billie Bird.
Just Getting Started (2017) Budget, $22 million. Box office, $7,634,022. This was the first film that Ron Shelton directed in over a decade since Hollywood Homicide, but unfortunately its critical and commercial performance wasn't an improvement from that film's also poor intake. It was quickly pulled from theaters after just two weeks. This film's failure also ended Broad Green Pictures, which had suffered many flops, particularly their horror hopeful Wish Upon.
Just the Ticket (1999) Budget, $12 million. Box office, $434,404. Yeah, you read that right. Shoved out to theaters during a packed weekend, then pulled almost immediately for video plans. Apparently didn't do too bad in the rental market, however.
Justice League (2017) Budget, $300 million (not counting marketing costs, interest expense and guild fees), $500 million (counting them). Box office, $229,024,295 (domestic), $657,924,295 (worldwide). The film has earned the dubious title of "most successful box office bomb ever". DC and Warner Brothers' attempt to match Marvel's The Avengers was among the most expensive movies ever made,note The Justice League production budget alone is around twice what is typical for big superhero movies. Wonder Woman, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Thor: Ragnarok, Spider-Man: Homecoming, X-Men: Apocalypse and Suicide Squad all came out within a year of it, and except for Guardians ($200 million) their budgets varied between $149 and $178 million. so it needed to gross a massive amount just to break even ($750 million at the highest estimate, $650 million at the lowest). It also had enormously high expectations for profit, with it grossing over a billion being seen as a foregone conclusion due to the very disappointing Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice nearly getting to $875 million on its own, and every single one of Marvel's own crossover movies (Avengers, Age of Ultron, and Civil War) grossing from $1.2 to $1.6 billion with less iconic characters. Instead, it opened in a surprisingly competitive season on the release calendarnote The film adaptation of Wonder opened at the same time and proved to be an incredibly strong family film (giving parents a much gentler option to take their children to) and the much better received Thor: Ragnarok was still in the middle of its own box office run, drawing away viewers. The Punisher and Star Wars Battlefront II were also released on the same date, giving many comic book movie/TV/video game fans a reason to stay home instead. Finally, Disney-Pixar's Coco opened a week later and blew all competition out of the water. and its opening domestic weekend of $93.8 million, likely due to negative publicity from the aforementioned Batman v Superman and its notoriously troubled production, was only about half of BvS and the lowest of any DCEU film thus far, combined with a lackluster promotional campaign and another critical backlash after a long embargo. Industryanalysts are already predicting a $50 to $100 million net loss for Warner Brothers. The film's failure prompted the studio to fire several members of their DC Films branch (including heads Geoff Johns and Jon Berg, and Joss Whedon was removed from the Batgirl film project) and remove Zack Snyder as director from any future films, seemingly completing their loss of confidence in him after BvS was received so poorly. Snyder still received a vindication of sorts a couple years later, as AT&T and HBO Max executives allowed him a budget to complete a director's cut with all the material that was scrapped from the meddled theatrical version, and featuring none of that version's additions or special effect failures, to be released in 2021 on HBO Max.
Justine (1969) - Budget, $7,870,000. Box office, $2.2 million (domestic rentals). Recorded loss, $6,602,000. The film version of Lawrence Durrell's novel saw director Joseph Strick getting replaced with George Cukor after clashing with Fox's Executive Meddling. Its critical and financial takedown contributed to a bad slump for Fox.
K-19: The Widowmaker (2002) Budget, $100 million (not counting marketing costs), $135 million (counting them). Box office, $65,716,126. Director Kathryn Bigelow would rebound spectacularly with The Hurt Locker, which made her the first woman to win the Best Director Oscar.
Kalifornia (1993) Budget, $8.5 million. Box office, $2,395,231. Got good reviews, but director Dominic Sena saw his cinematic career crash until 2000.
Kansas City (1996) Budget, $19 million. Box office, $1,356,329. Robert Altman's jazz-era ode to his hometown faded in a limited release despite good reviews.
Kazaam (1996) Budget, $20 million. Box office, $18,937,262. Both this and Steel the following year effectively fouled up any chance of Shaquille O'Neal branching his career out of basketball after those two movies, his rap album, and the infamous video game Shaq Fu were all released and ripped apart in the mid 90s. Kazaam also landed a critical hit on director Paul Michael Glaser's career (he's Starsky of Starsky & Hutch), as he would not direct or star in anything for the next five years, and any and all directing jobs he would hold after his hiatus were on television only.
Keanu (2016) Budget, $15 million. Box office, $20.7 million (domestic). This vehicle for comedy duo Key & Peele fared well with critics, though. Peele fared much better the following year after he directed and wrote Get Out.
The Keep (1983) Budget, $6 million. Box office, $4,218,594. The film version of the first novel of The Adversary Cycle suffered Executive Meddling which cut the film by two hours. The end result was lambasted for its incomprehensibility and faded from theaters pretty quickly. It hasn't been released on home video since VHS but it's available for streaming. Director Michael Mann and author F. Paul Wilson aren't happywith it, but it's become a Cult Classic.
Keeping Up with the Joneses (2016) Budget, $40 million. Box office, $29,786,594. Intended for that year's April, but it got pushed away from Zootopia and The Jungle Book into the Dump Months past the Summer Bomb Buster. This didn't stop it from being one of the worst reviewed films of the year. The first of Zach Galifianakis' Star-Derailing Roles in 2016. Director Greg Mottola does not have any major theatrical projects up past this bomb.
Keys to Tulsa (1997) Budget, Unknown. Box office, $57,252. Writer Harley Peyton didn't write for 4 years.
Khartoum (1966) Budget, $6 million. Box office, $3 million (rentals). This was the last film to utilize the Ultra Panavision 70 film format until The Hateful Eight 50 years later.
Kickin' It Old School (2007) - Budget, $25.7 million. Box office, $4.7 million. This breakdancing comedy was eviscerated by critics and was buried in the box-office when it opened the week before Spider-Man 3. This is the one and only film directed by Harvey Glazer, who went back to documentaries and music videos after its disastrous reception.
The Kid Who Would Be King (2019) Budget, $59 million. Box office, $32,140,970. Despite positive reviews, the film ended up bombing on both sides of the Atlantic. Contrary to Fox's hope that the film would be successful in its native UK, it opened there at a measly sixth place on a weekend dominated by The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part and How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World. This is one of several recent adaptations and reimaginings of the King Arthur legend to flop at the box office, and could be the last for some time.
Kill Me Again (1989) Budget, $4 million. Box office, $283,694. John Dahl's directorial debut; it did better on home video.
Killer Elite (2011) Budget, $70 million. Box office, $56,383,756. It was the debut film from Open Road Films, whose next film, The Grey, was successful.
The Killer Inside Me (2010) Budget, $13 million. Box office, $3,977,192. The second film version of Jim Thompson's mystery novel received a simultaneous theatrical and Video-on-Demand release, which limited its takings. Its reception was mixed, with critics calling out its brutal violence, especially towards women.
Killer Joe (2011, 2012) Budget, $10 million. Box office, $3,665,069. Being even originally released as NC-17 before some cuts, the film was only in 75 theaters stateside.
Killers (2010) Budget, $75 million. Box office, $47,059,963 (domestic), $98,159,963 (worldwide). Supporting co-star Tom Selleck 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 Jesse Stone television movies and playing the lead role in the police procedural Blue Bloods.
Killing Zoe (1994) Budget, $1.5 million. Box office, $418,961 (domestic). Roger Avary's directorial debut only played in 14 theaters and was given a mixed-to-negative reception by critics. Avary bounced back a few months later when Pulp Fiction (which he co-wrote) came out, and the film itself became a Cult Classic.
Kin (2018) Budget, $30 million. Box office, $10 million. This sci-fi film debuted on Labor Day weekend to mixed reviews and practically Invisible Advertising. It suffered a 73.5% drop the following weekend and was zapped away soon after.
The King and I (1999) Budget, $25 million. Box office, $12 million. The film's negative reception due to its Disneyfication of the original musical and subsequent failure did not give any better of an impression to Thailand/Siam than the other adaptations of the book the musical came from (including Anna and the King, which also came out that year), prompted the estates of Rodgers and Hammerstein to permanently mandate that animated adaptations of their works are to be completely forbidden (reportedly, the producers would have been given the rights to Oklahoma! if this film was a success), and relegated Richard Rich to the C-list of animators. It was also released only a week before Doug's 1st Movie, based on the popular TV show, which did slightly better. Both this film and Quest for Camelot banished the career of writer David Seidler from the cinemas until 2010.
King Arthur (2004) Budget, $120 million. Box office, $51,882,244 (domestic), $203,567,857 (worldwide). One of a handful of flops in 2004 that ultimately helped end Disney CEO Michael Eisner's long run at the company. It also prevented any more movies based on the King Arthur mythos from being made, with the next one coming out 13 years later.
King David (1985) Budget, $21 million. Box office, $5,111,099. According to the book Disneywar, former Paramount president Michael Eisner, who had become the chairman and CEO of Walt Disney Productions the year prior (and renamed it The Walt Disney Company), criticized this movie's casting of Richard Gere, snarking, "I don't see Davidina dress." Gere also earned derision from the Razzies, getting nominated for his role, and director Bruce Beresford admitted Gere was miscast.
King Kong Lives (1986) Budget, $18 million. Box office, $4,711,220. This finished off John Guillermin's directing career in cinema, and was part of a disastrous inaugural year for Dino De Laurentiis' DEG.
King Lear (1987) - Budget, $1 million. Box office, $61,821. Jean-Luc Godard's In Name Only take on the Shakespeare play divided critics over its egregious Mind Screw and was dumped in only a handful of theaters for a two week run.
King of New York (1990) Budget, $5 million (estimated). Box office, $2.5 million. While the film went on to be a Cult Classic, the film was heavily criticized on release. It was so bad that at one of the premiere screenings, co-star Laurence Fishburne and writer Nicholas St. John got booed off the stage.
King of the Hill (1993) Budget, $8 million. Box office, $1,214,231. Was an Acclaimed Flop, but led to producers Albert Berger and Ron Yerxa not doing another non-fiction theatrical film for five years.
The Kingdom (2007) Budget, $70 million. Box office, $47,536,778 (domestic), $86,658,558 (worldwide). One of several movies centered on The War on Terror to sink at the box office. It opened at number two and went down from there.
King's Ransom (2005) Budget, $15 million. Box office, $4,143,652. This was mauled by critics so badly it left theaters after six weeks. Jeffrey W. Byrd returned to the director's chair for 2012's A Beautiful Soul.
A Kiss Before Dying (1991) Budget, $15 million. Box office, $15,429,177. This got evicted from theaters after 31 days.
Kiss of Death (1995) Budget, $40 million. Box office, $14,942,422. This film and Jade from later that year marked a stillborn attempt to make David Caruso a movie star after suddenly leaving NYPD Blue, and he faded from public view before coming back with CSI: Miami.
Knight and Day (2010) Budget, $117 million. Box office, $76,423,035 (domestic), $261,930,436 (worldwide). It had the worst opening day for a Tom Cruise film since Far and Away and the worst debut for a Cruise action film since Legend.
Knock Knock (2015) Budget, $3 million. Box office, $36,336. This Eli Roth horror film played at 22 theaters and was gone after two weeks.
Knock Off (1998) Budget, $35 million. Box office, $10,319,955. This movie was accused by a few people of being a "Knock-Off" of Rush Hour, which came out a few weeks later. This did not help out Jean-Claude Van Damme or Rob Schneider's careers any. (The latter's association with Adam Sandler kept him in the public eye for a little while.) It is the last American film director Tsui Hark worked on, as he dealt with only Chinese-born movies since.
Knucklehead (2010) Budget, Unknown. Box office, $1,000 (domestic), $8,927 (worldwide) (Those are indeed the actual figures). This movie only played in select theaters, and, unsurprisingly, KO'ed wrestler Big Show's film career right out of the gates.
KPAX (2001) Budget, $68 million. Box office, $65 million. This is the final movie Robert Colesberry produced in his life, and writer Charles Leavitt waited 5 years before writing his next film, Blood Diamond.
Krippendorf's Tribe (1998) Budget, Unknown. Box office, $7,571,115. Director Todd Holland did not direct another feature film for nine years.
Krull (1983) Budget, $27 million (not counting marketing costs), $50 million (counting them). Box office, $16,519,460. Wiped out star Ken Marshall's cinematic career right away, and it's one of a handful of projects around that time that ended writer Stanford Sherman's career.
Kubo and the Two Strings (2016) Budget, $60 million. Box office, $48 million (domestic), $69.9 million (worldwide). Despite glowing reviews from virtually every critic in show business (this has the highest RT score for Laika's films so far), this stop-motion feature was overshadowed by bigger films such as Suicide Squad and Sausage Party (the former got hard knocks from critics, and the latter has its own stories), and was one of the last few films released during 2016's Summer Bomb Buster.
Kuffs (1992) - Budget, $10-12 million. Box office, $21 million. This crime comedy was shredded by Moral Guardians for its violence and language, especially for a PG-13 rated film, which lead the Dallas Ratings Board to give it its own R-Rating. It also drew comparisons to crime drama Juice, which opened the following week, which airbrushed a pistol out of its poster while this film's own poster showed Christian Slater proudly holding one. Critics, meanwhile, generally felt that it took itself too seriously. Its failure continued a lingering dry spell for Universal and kept Bruce A. Evans out of the director's chair until Mr. Brooks.
Kull the Conqueror (1997) Budget, $20 million. Box office, $6.1 million (domestic), $22 million (worldwide). The script was originally written as a third Conan the Barbarian movie but was remade for Robert E. Howard's earlier barbarian hero when Arnold Schwarzenegger refused to reprise the role. The unfamiliarity of the character may be one factor that damaged its prospects. It ultimately didn't help leading man Kevin Sorbo's career prospects outside of television and low-budget Christian films. This was the last film for director John Nicolella, who died the following year.
Kundun (1997) Budget, $28 million. Box office, $8,684,789. The production of this movie led to China barring director Martin Scorsese, writer Melissa Mathison, and several other crew members from returning to China. It also led to China hindering Disney's distribution of Mulan in the country the next year (Disney distributed Kundun through Touchstone). Mathison did not have another cinematic credit until dealing with the English dubbing of Ghibli's Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea in 2008 and did not take part in another full project until Disney/Steven Spielberg's The BFG, which ended up being her final work when she died during production.
Labor Day (2013) Budget, $18 million. Box office, $20,275,812. This and Men, Women and Children put a big dent into the career of Jason Reitman.
Labyrinth (1986) Budget, $25 million. Box office, $12,729,917. This film's initial failure demoralized director and Muppet creator/puppeteer Jim Henson; he was never able to direct another film before he suddenly died four years later. Labyrinth quickly became a Cult Classic and its Big Bad, as played by the late David Bowie, directly inspired the Big Bad of Final Fantasy II, who went on to be a major villain in the Dissidia Final Fantasy sub-series (this didn't stop Labyrinth from being an Old Shame to Bowie, but it was because of his costume; co-star Jennifer Connelly views this movie as a full Old Shame after her performance was criticized). This is also the only film co-written by author Dennis Lee, was one of two post-Monty Python films that derailed Terry Jones' cinematic writing until The New 10's, and was one of two 1986 movies, with Howard the Duck being the other, that delivered a small setback to George Lucas' career.
The Ladies Man (2000) Budget, $24 million. Box office, $13.7 million. Sent Reginald Hudlin's directing career straight to the junkyard; he would direct one more film in 2002, and then never again until 2016 (he remained active as a producer and writer during this hiatus). It's also a Star-and-Writer Derailing Role for Saturday Night Live alumnus Tim Meadows and crushed the Leon Phelps skit from the show.
Lady in the Water (2006) Budget, $70 million. Box office, $42,285,169 (domestic), $72,785,169 (worldwide). One of the factors in M. Night Shyamalan losing his Auteur License (plus his reputation issues led to Disney ending their relationship with him), but he would remain an A-list director until the film adaptation of Avatar: The Last Airbender, which fully turned his name and reputation to mud. Recent films such as fellow bomb After Earth have not helped, but much lower budget films like Split have.
Ladybugs (1992) Budget, $20 million. Box office, $14.8 million. Paramount had trouble marketing the film, as it was aimed more at teens; not the typical audience for a Rodney Dangerfield movie. It also came out when Wayne's World and My Cousin Vinny were dominating the box office, both of which stole most of its audience, and the movie disappeared from theaters within two weeks. Director Sidney J. Furie hasn't helmed a theatrical film since.
Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life (2003) Budget, $95 million. Box office, $65,660,196 (domestic), $156,505,388 (worldwide). Paramount Pictures and copyright holder Eidos Interactive blamed this film's failure on the terrible reception of the Tomb Raider video game that was released alongside it, Tomb Raider: The Angel of Darkness, and that game's developer, Core Design. As a result, this daily double not only permanently entombed the Tomb Raider movie series with Angelina Jolie after only two adventures, but began the dominoes to Core going out of business after Eidos revoked their control over the series in response to both failures, which got their boss, Jeremy-Heath Smith, fired. This movie, along with Speed 2: Cruise Control and the critical thrashing of The Haunting (1999), killed off Jan de Bont's moviemaking career, as he wasn't involved in anything until 2012, which premiered a Dutch movie (this makes Cradle of Life the last English-language film de Bont has been involved in).
Larger Than Life (1996) Budget, $30 million. Box office, $8,315,693. Notable for being one of the last two film scores by Miles Goodman, who died a few months before it came out. It was also the last film directed by Howard Franklin.
Last Action Hero (1993) Budget, $85 million. Box office, $50 million (domestic), $137.3 million (worldwide). Had the misfortune of being released the weekend after Jurassic Park.
The Last Airbender (2010) Budget: $150 million (not counting a giant marketing budget of $130 million), $280 million (counting the marketing budget). Box office: $131,772,187 (domestic), $319,713,881 (worldwide). This infamously botched live-action adaptation of the Nickelodeon cartoon's first "book" and the controversy of "Racebending" (read, white-washing) a cast that should have been Asian (outside of the Fire Nation villains, who were changed to Indian) ensured M. Night Shyamalan's demotion to the B-list of Hollywood directors and put him in contention as the "new Ed Wood" of the business alongside Uwe Boll; most of the films Shyamalan were associated with for the next 3 years are considered box-office poison (he would began a tentative comeback with Blumhouse and Universal in 2015 and 2017 with The Visit and Split, but both of those movies' budgets are less than $10 million). The intention to create a film trilogy based on the series fizzled out, and the last minute 3D conversion Paramount enforced on the film earned them a special "Worst Eye-Gouging Misuse of 3D" Golden Raspberry Award (amongst other Razzies) and burned the technology's reputation only months after the OTHER Avatar from James Cameron advanced the idea. This movie also incinerated the careers of several of its stars after the casting was criticized as "incorrect", with the actor who played the titular character, Noah Ringer, having zero credits after this and another high-profile bomb, Cowboys & Aliens. The ONLY crew member who wasn't banished from the franchise was Northern Water Tribe Princess Yue's actress, Seychelle Gabriel, who was cast as Asami Sato for the sequel cartoon The Legend of Korra. Gabriel, Prince Zuko actor Dev Patel, series creators Michael Dante DiMartino and Bryan Konieztko, and everyone else involved with the original classic show all want to forget this movie ever happened.
The Last Castle (2001) Budget, $72 million. Box office, $27,642,707. Critics gave this mixed reviews but audiences viewed it more favorably. Director Rod Lurie stayed off the director' chair until 2007's Resurrecting the Champ.
Last Dance (1996) Budget, Unknown. Box office, $5,939,449. The only writing credit for producer Stephen Haft, who is credited with the film's story, and the last feature film writing credit Ron Koslow has to date. Critics compared it unfavorably to the recent Dead Man Walking, another film about a death row inmate.
The Last Days of Disco (1998) Budget, $8 million. Box office, $3 million. It led to director Whit Stillman's career falling to the low end of the Popularity Polynomial until The New 10's even though it got good reviews.
The Last Five Years (2015) Budget, $2 million. Box office, $145,427. It received a very limited release in theaters and a simultaneous release on VOD.
The Last Full Measure (2020) - Budget, $20 million. Box office, $3.4 million. This Vietnam War film got decent reviews by critics, but was overshadowed by the wide release of fellow war film 1917. This was also Peter Fonda and Christopher Plummer's final film; Fonda died before its release, while Plummer died a year later.
Last Holiday (2006) Budget, $45 million. Box office, $43,343,248. This Gender Flipped remake of the Alec Guinness movie received mixed reviews, with most praise going to Queen Latifah's performance.
The Last Kiss (2006) Budget, $20 million. Box office, $15,852,401. This stalled the career of Zach Braff, who didn't appear in another film for four years. Tony Goldwyn also stayed off the director's chair for four years, returning to do Conviction.
The Last Legion (2007) Budget, $67 million. Box office, $25,303,038. Director Doug Lefler retired from directing after this movie, his first theatrical film, did poorly with both critics and audiences, later returning to his previous life as a storyboard artist. This film hasn't helped its writers as well; while Jez Butterworth has remained a modestly successful screenwriter, the same can't be said for his brother, Tom, who stuck with writing for TV, only able to write one movie in 2015. This also damaged the careers of screenwriters Peter Rader (who moved on to directing television), and Valerio Manfredi (who had to wait five years before he would write another movie).
The Last of the Dogmen (1995) — Budget, $25 million. Box office, $7,024,389. This fantasy adventure was one of the last film released by Savoy Pictures, which went out of business within a few weeks of its opening. This was also one of the last films produced by Carolco, though they had no financial involvement in it. This was also the directorial debut of screenwriter Tab Murphy; while he has had continued success as a writer, this is the only film he has directed as of 2020.
Last Rites (1988) Budget, Unknown. Box office, $426,695. This movie attracted controversy for the portrayal of a Christian priest tied to the mafia, and the fallout convinced TV supremo Donald Bellisario to never attempt another theatrical film and stay in TV.
The Last Stand (2013) Budget, $30-45 million. Box office, $12 million (domestic), $48.3 million (worldwide). Arnold Schwarzenegger's first starring role since the end of his tenure as Governor of California. Audiences ignored it in its January release but the critics generally liked it.
The Last Witch Hunter (2015) Budget, $70-90 million. Box office, $27,367,660 (domestic), $140,396,650 (worldwide). Director Breck Eisner had to take himself out of the sequel to the Jackie Chan remake of The Karate Kid to work on this film. The plans for a franchise based off The Last Witch Hunter were burned up by it failing with both the box office and critics, and star and producer Vin Diesel's schedule becoming hectic.
Late For Dinner (1991) Budget, $14 million. Box office, $8.9 million. The second and (as of 2019) last film directed by W.D. Richter.
Late Night (2019) Budget, $4 million, but Amazon Studios paid $13 million for U.S. distribution rights and $35 million for marketing. Box office, $15,499,454 (domestic), $22,367,121 (worldwide). Amazon started rethinking their theatrical distribution strategy after this tanked.
The Law of Enclosures (2001) Budget, CDN $2 million. Box office, CDN $1,000. This extremely low-gross is due to it playing in one theater. It was an Acclaimed Flop, winning a Genie Award for star Brendan Fletcher and two other nominations, but it never got released on DVD.
Lawnmower Man 2: Beyond Cyberspace (1996) Budget, $15 million. Box office, $2,409,225. The first Lawnmower Man movie wasn't all that well received by critics to begin with. This one fared even worse, having a completely different cast. It mowed down the career of director Farhad Mann; Mann didn't work on another theatrical film until 2013.
Laws of Attraction (2004) Budget, $32-45 million. Box office, $30,016,165. The critics dismissed it as a lower quality version of Adam's Rib. Writer Aline Brosh Mckenna bounced back with The Devil Wears Prada but the other writer, Robert Harling, would have no more film credits after this, and his next significant work was the short-lived series GCB.
The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (2003) Budget, $78 million. Box office, $66,465,204 (domestic), $179,265,204 (worldwide). Derailed Sean Connery's mainstream career, as he effectively retired after his work here. Heck, this movie pretty much derailed everybody's careers, which guaranteed any ideas for more adventures with this league were not going to happen. The film's production also led to distributor 20th Century Fox getting sued by Larry Cohen and Martin Poll, who accused them of plagiarizing a script of theirs called Cast of Characters; this suit was settled out of court, which was not something League creator Alan Moore approved of.
Leatherheads (2008) Budget, $58 million. Box office, $41,299,492. Its misleading marketing, which made very little mention of its premise about the early days of football, likely led to its takedown.
Leave It to Beaver (1997) Budget, $15 million. Box office, $10,925,060. The film version of the classic sitcom was the first and only feature by directed by Andy Cadiff, who's had a steady career in TV before and after it.
Leaving Normal (1992) Budget, Unknown. Box office, $1,514,114. This dramedy was stranded in a limited release. Its failure was part of a poor year for Universal.
Left Behind (2000) Budget, $4 million. Box office, $4.2 million. This version was produced at the midpoint of the book series' success but barely broke even; thanks in large part to an unorthodox release strategy in which the film was released on video first, but what really damaged this film was co-author Tim LaHaye not only disowning the film (blasting the poor quality of the films) but eventually suing film producer Cloud Ten Pictures for breach of contract, with the case taking nearly a decade before being settled in 2008. (Two more films in this version were produced covering the 2nd book "Tribulation Force"note Those were Left Behind II: Tribulation Force and Left Behind: World at War during the period this was being fought in court). Needless to say, it didn't help Kirk Cameron's career out much.
Left Behind (2014) Budget, $16 million. Box office, $14,019,924 (domestic), $19,682,924 (worldwide). By 2010, Cloud Ten Pictures got a second chance to produce a version of the Left Behind books more to LaHaye's liking; this time with a bigger name cast that was headlined by Nicolas Cage and a bigger (by Christian film standards, at least) budget. Despite being the Creator-Preferred Adaptation of LaHaye and co-author Jerry Jenkins, the movie received poor reviews from secular (and some Christian reviewers). Sequels focusing on the 2nd book are in the planning stages.
Legend (1985) Budget, $30 million. Box office, $15,502,112. The production is noteworthy for starting an accidental fire at Pinewood Studios that decimated the famous 007 soundstage and forced a small change in the film's shooting schedule. Directed by Ridley Scott, this is the third auteur-driven film produced by Arnon Milchan between 1984 and 1985 where the director's vision came in conflict with the studio (following Sergio Leone's Once Upon a Time in America and Terry Gilliam's Brazil). Unlike what happened to Leone, however, the film wasn't taken away from Scott's hands, nor did Scott put up a fight with the studio like Gilliam and allowed the studio to make alterations. The film eventually became a Cult Classic, and Scott finally realized his vision with a Director's Cut DVD in 2002.
Legend (2015) Budget, $25 million. Box office, $1,872,994 (domestic), $38.7 million (worldwide). This Bio Pic of the gangster Kray twins (bothTom Hardy) got generally good reviews but its U.S. release was only in 107 theaters. Its advertising drew ridicule when one critic's two-star rating was made to look like a five-star one on the film's poster by careful photoshopping.
The Legend of Bagger Vance (2000) Budget, $80 million. Box office, $39,459,427. Robert Redford's drama set in the Depression-era South received underwhelming critical reviews and was rather controversial for Will Smith's Magical Negro character and glossing over the racism of the time period. It was the last of three box-office busts for Matt Damon, following All the Pretty Horses and Titan A.E.. This is the last movie to date to credit Allied Filmmakers, who never really had a hit, with all of their films either being a critical flop or a commercial flop (or both). It was also the final film for Jack Lemmon before his death the following year.
The Legend of Johnny Lingo (2003) Budget, Unknown. Box office, $1,690,767. This feature remake of the short film Johnny Lingo likely had a limited release. This is producer Gerald R. Molen's last theatrical film before he began producing Dinesh D'Souza's documentaries.
The Legend of Lylah Clare (1968) - Budget, $3,490,000. Box office, less than $1 million (domestic rentals). Based on an episode of The DuPont Show of the Week by Robert Thom, this melodrama was greeted with a rancid critical reaction and audience apathy. Director Robert Aldrich blamed the film's failure on Kim Novak's performance and the sloppy editing, but he later owned up to its shortcomings.
The Legend of Tarzan (2016) Budget, $180 million. Box office, $126.6 million (domestic), $356.7 million (worldwide). This adaptation of Tarzan was cannibalized at the box office by a bunch of other failed tentpoles in 2016's Summer Bomb Buster note A report on the film from Showbiz411 coined the "Summer Bomb Buster" term and got some weak reviews from critics. Audiences were more forgiving. Notably, the film didn't bomb nearly as bad as expected, but it still didn't earn the $400 million it would apparently need to break even, according to insiders.
The Legend of the Lone Ranger (1981) Budget, $18 million. Box office, $12.6 million. The bad reputation of the film's Troubled Production 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.
The Legend of Zorro (2005) Budget, $75 million. Box office, $46,464,023 (domestic), $142,400,065 (worldwide). This was the last hurrah for the Zorro movies with Antonio Banderas, being critically derided. No further cinematic adaptations of Zorro have come up since. Director Martin Campbell, however, was saved for a time since his next major film was Daniel Craig's first James Bond film, Casino Royale.
Legendary (2010) Budget, $5 million. Box office, $200,393. This film was only in theaters for one week, and left theaters at the end of said week, taking $4 million in losses with it.
Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return (2014) Budget, $70 million. Box office, $18,662,027. This was the first time since Home on the Range's critical and financial implosion in 2004 that Will Finn directed a feature film, and this movie's failure could send his career back to prison (along with the directing career of Dan St. Pierre). Production company Summertime Entertainment quietly folded after this film's failure, and it was the first of three busts for distributor Clarius Entertainment. Two sequels and a follow-up TV series were announced to be in the works around the film's wide release, but after flopping with critics and the box office and the shutdown of Summertime, word on all of that happening went into dead silence.
The Lego Ninjago Movie (2017) Budget, $70 million. Box office, $59,281,555 (domestic), $123,081,555 (worldwide). This movie failed to receive the critical and commercial love that The LEGO Movie and The LEGO Batman Movie managed to earn. It notably had a pretty bad opening weekend ($20 million, which is lower than The Emoji Movie's $24 million despite that movie's critical savaging), and did so poorly that it was booted out of theaters after week ten, something unheard of for a wide-release animated film. It also marked the beginning of the end of The LEGO Movie franchise as that films failure led to people ignoring the actual sequel The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part. While that film wasn't a bomb, it still badly underperformed, which convinced Warner Bros. that the LEGO movie series wouldn't be successful in the long term, and the rights to the franchise were sold to Universal.
Leonard Part 6 (1987) Budget, $24 million. Box office, $4,615,255. Bill Cosby was so disgusted with it that rather than promote it, he implored people to avoid it. They listened, which led to Leonard being beamed out of theaters after just three weeks, and Cosby became the first person to accept a Razzie for their own film (but not the first to accept it at the actual awards show, that "honor" belongs to Paul Verhoeven for Showgirls). The film's implosion, along with the severe financial failures of Ishtar and The Adventures Of Baron Munchausen, led distributor Columbia into a merger with Tristar and both studios leaving Coca-Cola for Sony. Director Paul Weiland, whom Cosby called "inexperienced", didn't direct another theatrical film for 7 years, and he has not made a particularly significant impact on Hollywood after this movie. Cosby, on the other hand, had one more flop on his hands (Ghost Dad) before his movie career was done for good.
Let It Ride (1989) Budget, $18 million. Box office, $4,973,285. Cost director Joe Pytka his major cinematic career until Space Jam in 1996, and writer Nancy Dowd, who had herself credited as Ernest Morton, did not have another visible job in Hollywood.
Let's Get Harry (1986) Budget, Unknown. Box office, $140,980. An Alan Smithee-directed film (the actual director is Stuart Rosenberg, who disowned the project and only directed one more film in 5 years). The film has only been released on VHS and has never been released on DVD or Blu-ray.
Letters to God (2010) Budget, $3 million. Box office, $2,908,893. This was generally panned by critics. It was praised by Christian groups; however, it wasn't enough to bring in the faithful to the box office.
The Libertine (2004) Budget, $22 million. Box office, $10,852,064. This film about the infamous poet John Wilmot debuted at the 2004 Toronto International Film Festival. It made its official theatrical debut on November 25, 2005 in 55 theaters before expanding to 815 theaters about three months later on March 10, 2006. This is the one and only feature film for director Laurence Dunmore, whose only film credit since is the short The Parting Glass.
Life (1999) Budget, $80 million. Box office, $73,345,029. Eddie Murphy's last R-rated film until 2019's Dolemite Is My Name. The film opened strong but failed to make enough of a dent to cover its budget.
Life (2017) Budget, $58 million. Box office, $30,234,022 (domestic), $100,541,806 (worldwide). Critics generally liked it even if they felt it added nothing new to the sci-fi genre. It didn't help that it came out in proximity to the similarly-themed Alien: Covenant, which overperformed Life in spades. Its own opening weekend saw it trounced by a tight crowd (Beauty and the Beast (2017), Power Rangers (2017) and Kong: Skull Island'') of other films.
The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (2004) Budget, $50 million. Box office, $34,808,403. One of a handful of flops in 2004 that ultimately helped end Disney CEO Michael Eisner's long run at the company, and this one also ended Wes Anderson's relationship with Disney as well; the major films he's directed past this were distributed by Fox instead (except for Moonrise Kingdom, which was distributed by Focus Features).
Life as a House (2001) Budget, $27 million. Box office, $23,903,791. Hayden Christensen would get bigger duties when he played Anakin Skywalker in Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones a year later, but writer Mark Andrus wasn't as fortunate.
The Life Before Her Eyes (2007, 2008) Budget, $13 million. Box office, $7,248,490. This sent the career of director/producer Vadim Perelman, who did DreamWorks' House of Sand and Fog, into a bottomless pit; he has yet to direct or produce another movie.
Life During Wartime (2010) Budget, $4.5 million. Box office, $744,816. The critics generally liked it but it only played in 20 theaters.
Life Itself (2018) Budget, $10 million. Box office, $5,067,393 (worldwide). This ensemble film from This Is Us creator Dan Fogelman was shredded by critics for its overwrought melodrama and it suffered the second-worst opening for a wide release film since 1982.
The Life of David Gale (2003) Budget, $38 million. Box office, $19,955,598 (domestic), $38,955,598 (worldwide). The film's critical and commercial failure prompted director Alan Parker to retire from filmmaking, despite a high quality track record before it. Critics, in particular, took umbridge with its blunt anti-death penalty stance, which wasbotched by its twist ending.
Life or Something Like It (2002) Budget, $40 million. Box office, $16,872,671. This film, and Man of the House, three years later, derailed the A-list career of director Stephen Herek, who has mostly stuck to television and Direct to Video films since. Writer Dana Stevens didn't work for another 3 years and didn't get another cinema writing credit for 11.
Lifeforce (1985) Budget, $25 million. Box office, $11,603,545. The film version of Colin Wilson's novel The Space Vampires confounded critics with its disjointed tone and it was staked that weekend by the far-lighter sci-fi film Cocoon. Its failure contributed to The Cannon Group's demise and director Tobe Hooper's decline, but it later became a Cult Classic.
The Light Between Oceans (2016) Budget, $20 million. Box office, $12.5 million (domestic), $24.3 million (worldwide). The last DreamWorks film to be released by Disney's Touchstone Pictures label as part of its five-year deal and no films have been confirmed to be in development from Touchstone, effectively ending the label.note Dreamwork's Ghost in the Shell (2017) live-action film was going to be released by Touchstone before Dreamworks opted not to renew their deal and switched to Universal with this film being one of the exceptions as it ended up being released by Paramount. Also part of a bad string for Michael Fassbender.
Like A Boss (2020) Budget, $29 million. Box office, $22,169,514 (domestic), $29,753,143 (worldwide). This Tiffany Haddish comedy was dumped in January to poor reviews and audience apathy.
Limbo (1999) Budget, $8-10 million. Box office, $2,160,710. The first film released and distributed by Screen Gems got mostly good reviews but only a wide release topping 111 theaters. It still got writer/director/producer/editor John Sayles recognition from the National Board of Review for excellence in filmmaking.
Limelight (1952) Budget, $900,000. Box office, $1 million (US box office), $8 million (Worldwide). Its US release was halted by controversy over Charlie Chaplin's alleged Communist sympathies, which led to him being refused re-entry into the US while he was promoting the film in Britain. It got a wide US release twenty years later, which included its first showing in Los Angeles, thus making it eligible for that year's Oscars.note It won for Best Original Dramatic Score, Chaplin's only competitive Oscar. It's since been Vindicated by History as one of Chaplin's finest films.
Lion of the Desert (1981) Budget, $35 million (estimated). No accurate box office numbers seem to exist, but the revenue could be around $11.5 million. The fact that it was a historical epic honoring a Libyan national hero, commissioned and financed by the Muammar Gaddafi dictatorship, resulted in a very powerful case of Audience-Alienating Premise. This is too bad, because most critics who actually bothered to see it said that it is really good.note It currently boasts an 80% score on Rotten Tomatoes and 7.8 in Imdb.
Lions for Lambs (2007) Budget, $35 million. Box office, $15,002,854 (domestic), $63,215,872 (worldwide). This wasn't a great start for the newly relaunched United Artists under the management of Tom Cruise and Paula Wagner.
Listen to Me (1989) Budget, Unknown. Box office, $4,299,023 (USA). This is one of the handful of films that brought down producer Jerry Weintraub's independent production company, and the last major film starring Kirk Cameron, who became a born-again Christian around this time and is now doing low-budget religious films for a living. A film about college debate teams, it is notorious for a film of this premise for having a blatant bias, in this case, against abortion.note The film's climax has our leads discussing their pro-life ideals, while the pro-choice side is barely given a chance to defend themselves.
A Little Bit of Heaven (2011) Budget, $12.5 million. Box office, $1,296,937. This romantic dramedy about a terminally-ill woman was eviscerated by critics and was left to die in a limited release up against Thor.
Little Black Book (2004) Budget, $35 million. Box office, $22,034,832. Director Nick Hurran did one more theatrical feature before sticking to television.
Little Boy (2015) Budget, $24 million. Box office, $17.4 million. It had a limited release, but what really killed this World War II drama critically was that the initially happy reception of the Hiroshima and Nagasaki's bombings made the film come off as insensitive when it didn't mean it.
Little Buddha (1993) Budget, $35 million. Box office, $4,858,139. It opened in France in December 1993, where it was a box office success with other 1 million tickets sold. Its US release the following May consigned it to 139 theaters tops but it got a generally good reception from critics.
The Little Drummer Girl (1984) — Budget, $12-20 million. Box office, $7,828,841. The penultimate film from director George Roy Hill.
Little Giants (1994) Budget, $20 million. Box office, $19,306,362. Director Duwayne Dunham was regulated to TV movies until 2011. It became a Cult Classic with a few College Football teams.
Little Man (2006) Budget, $64 million. Box office, $58,645,052 (domestic), $101,595,121 (worldwide). It was derided for its blatantly similar plot to the Bugs Bunny cartoon Baby Buggy Bunny and an unfunny one at that. It didn't help that it was released in the midst of the smashing success of Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest. This was the last feature film Keenen Ivory Wayans directed.
Little Nicky (2000) Budget, $85 million. Box office, $58,292,295. This rather notorious movie didn't send Adam Sandler or his production company to Hell (it escaped some heat from the cinematic pits by being released the same year as Battlefield Earth), but Steven Brill, who directed and co-wrote the film, still took damage; he didn't write again until 2014. It also didn't help the cast out too much (cast includes Harvey Keitel and Patricia Arquette).
Little Nikita (1988) Budget, $15 million. Box office, $1,733,070. One of several Columbia Pictures films greenlit by outgoing president David Puttnam that the studio left out to dry. Its mixed reviews citing its questionable plot didn't help either.
The Little Vampire (2000) Budget, $35 million. Box office, $27,965,865. Uli Edel's first cinematic endeavor in six years, this movie's failure sent his theatrical career back into the coffin it came from; he only did TV work again outside of a few foreign films and didn't direct another theatrical film until 2015. This also sucked the life out of writer Larry Wilson's career; his co-writer, Karey Kirkpatrick, was saved thanks to his writing relationship with DreamWorks Animation.
Live by Night (2017) Budget, $65 million. Box office, $21,675,886. Resulted in Warner Bros. having to declare a $75 million loss on the film, making it one of the larger bombs of 2016/2017. This wasn't helped by coming out after Disney/Lucasfilm's Rogue One, which was the finishing touch to a $7 billion year for the Mouse House. Live By Night also didn't perform all that well with critics and the failure led to Ben Affleck dropping out of the director's seat for the DC Extended UniverseBatman film. Currently holds the record for biggest theater drop during its third weekend, according to Box Office Mojo.
Lock Up (1989) Budget, $24 million. Box office, $22,099,847 (domestic). This sent Sylvester Stallone's production company White Eagle into oblivion after one movie.
Lockout (2012) Budget, $20 million. Box office, $14,326,864 (domestic), $32,204,030 (worldwide). It didn't help that John Carpenter successfully sued the makers for plagiarism over similarities to Escape from New York.
The Loft (2014) Budget, $14 million. Box office, $10.1 million. This was meant to be released in theaters by Universal and Dark Castle, but Universal dropped it to Open Road films, and Dark Castle went dark altogether.
Logan Lucky (2017) Budget, $29 million. Box office, $27,780,977 (domestic), $47,400,777 (worldwide). Steven Soderbergh ended his retirement from feature films for this heist comedy. It was a critical smash but it was released at the tail-end of one of the most apathetic summers in years.
Lolita (1997) Budget, $62 million. Box office, $1,071,255. Difficulties in finding a distributor for this controversial film resulted in it opening in Europe before America, and landing on Showtime before hitting theaters, where it became one of the biggest bombs of 1997. It was the last in a series of bombs that subsequently derailed the career of producer/presenter Mario Kassar for 5 years, and director Adrian Lyne also did not direct another film for 5 years, with his next movie being his last.
London (2005) Budget, Unknown. Box office, $20,361. It's an understandable gross considering that the film was in a whopping 7 theaters and was booted out after a week. This is the only feature film directed by Hunter Richards, whose next film credit was the 2010 short Awake.
London Has Fallen (2016) Budget, $60 million. Box office, $62.5 million (domestic), $195.7 million (worldwide). This film came out the week after another Gerard Butler film, Gods of Egypt. Both films were heavily panned by critics and got mowed down by Zootopia, with Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice ensuring they would not recover their budgets in the United States. However, despite the weak numbers, Butler returned for a third installment, Angel Has Fallen, which on the contrary was a success (it actually grossed just as much domestically as its predecessor and less overseas, but turned out a profit because it had half of its budget).
The Lone Ranger (2013) (2013) Budget, $215275 million (not counting marketing costs), $380$450 million (counting them). Box office, $89,302,115 (domestic), $260,502,115 (worldwide). One of the biggest flops of all time, with or without adjusting for inflation, and, along with Cowboys And Aliens, is guilty of dropping the bridge on the fantasy western for the foreseeable future. The film was derided not only for trying the fantasy angle, but also for simply being Pirates of the Caribbeanrecycled for the old west, and mocked when Jack Sparrow actor Johnny Depp was cast as Indian Tonto, which earned a bit of a backlash from the Native American community. This is part of a string of flops for Depp as well as a Star-Derailing Role for co-star Armie Hammer, who played the titular character. Plus, it has severely burned the careers of superwriter duo Ted Elliott and Terry Rossio (the men who co-wrote the earlier Pirates films, Disney Animation's Aladdin, and the first Shrek film from Lone Ranger copyright holder DreamWorks Animation), as they do not have a theatrical credit past this movie. In addition, Disney ended their long relationship with producer Jerry Bruckheimer after this film, though for other reasons; the only major work with Disney Bruckheimer has past this point is 2017's Dead Men Tell No Tales. Its massive flop (the highest figure on the loss is $193 million) may have vindicated Disney's decision to terminate studio chairman Rich Ross after the failure of John Carter the year prior.
The Lonely Guy (1984) Budget, Unknown. Box office, $5,718,573. This film of Bruce Jay Friedman's The Lonely Guy's Book of Life marked the final time Neil Simon adapted someone else's work for the screen. Director Arthur Hiller had better luck that year with Teachers.
The Lonely Lady (1983) Budget, $5 million. Box office, $1,223,000. Virtually every major player in this film save Ray Liotta (it was one of his first roles) saw their careers derailed by its failure. The Lonely Lady is also the last time one of author Harold Robbins's works has been adapted at all.
The Long Kiss Goodnight (1996) Budget, $65 million. Box office, $33,447,612 (domestic), $89,456,761 (worldwide). This is the final major film that Geena Davis and Renny Harlin worked on together, and the fallout from the nuclear catastrophic implosion of Cutthroat Island the year before led to the end of both their professional and personal partnership (they would divorce soon afterwards). Harlin has been a B-list director since, and Davis has had a minimal career in television since. It would also be a decade before co-producer Shane Black took another producer credit on a film.
Loose Cannons (1990) Budget, $15 million. Box office, $5,585,184. It was taken out of theaters after two weeks, during which the critics mauled it to pieces. Dan Aykroydisn't proud of this film; when footage from the film surfaced in a landfill during a murder investigation, Aykroyd remarked it should have stayed buried.
Lord of the Flies (1990) Budget, $9 million. Box office, $14 million. This film version of the William Golding novel was put on The Shelf of Movie Languishment for two years. Critics took it to task for its Adaptation Decay and not living up to the 1963 version. Its failure decimated Harry Hook's theatrical career, with his following films being made-for-TV. It was also the last screenplay by Jay Presson Allen, credited as Sarah Schiff, before her death in 2006.
Lord of War (2005) Budget, $50 million. Box office, $24,149,632 (domestic), $72,617,068 (worldwide). It received generally good reviews and a commendation from Amnesty International.
Lords of Dogtown (2005) Budget, $25 million. Box office, $13,411,957. The first and only film produced together by Sony Pictures divisions Columbia and Tri-Star. It suffered in comparison to the recent documentary Dogtown and Z-Boys, which was about the same skateboarding team this film depicts.
Lorenzo's Oil (1992) Budget, $30 million. Box office, $7,286,388. Despite being critically acclaimed, this film did not fare well at the box office. Director George Miller toned his work down for the next two decades, focusing on family entertainment such as Babe, but would finally return to heavy action and drama with Mad Max: Fury Road in 2015.
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.
The Losers (2010) Budget, $25 million. Box office, $23,591,432 (domestic), $29,379,723 (worldwide). A failed attempt at adapting the comic book of the same name. Any plans for a sequel were quickly shot down.
Losin' It (1983) Budget, $7 million. Box office, $1.2 million. The flopping of this film ended up shuttering Tiberius Film Productions.
The Loss of a Teardrop Diamond (2008, 2009) Budget, $6,500,000. Box office, $119,790. A long lost screenplay by Tennessee Williams was dusted off and filmed for this period melodrama which was reviled by critics and never left limited release. This is the only film for director Jodie Markell, who went back to acting after this. Its stars (Bryce Dallas Howard and Chris Evans) were barely phased by its underperformance.
The Loss of Sexual Innocence (1999) Budget, Unknown. Box office, $164,022. Put a setback in the careers of director Mike Figgis and star Julian Sands, though Sands remained very visible going into the 2000's thanks to recurring roles on the Rose Red mini-series and playing two major Big Bads: Valmont in Jackie Chan Adventures, and Vladimir Bierko in 24. Figgis wasn't so lucky after the September 11th attacks helped derail his movie Hotel.
Lost Horizon (1973) Budget, $12 million. Box office, $3 million. This infamous remake of the 1937 Frank Capra classic as a musical was seen as the final nail in the coffin for the traditional Hollywood musical, with frequent comebacks for the genre popping up ever since. Producer Ross Hunter only worked in television after this movie bombed out, and it didn't do director Charles Jarrott's career any favors, either.
Lost in Space (1998) Budget, $80 million. Box office, $69,117,629 (domestic), $136,159,423 (worldwide). This update of the classic series ended Titanic's historic 15-week reign at the top of the box office, but declined soon after. It left Friends star Matt LeBlanc's and director Stephen Hopkins's cinematic careers hopeless and any further adaptations of the show wouldn't materialize until Netflix's reboot series two decades later.
Lost in Yonkers (1993) Budget, $15 million. Box office, $9,285,189. This film of the Neil Simon play was the first film edited on Avid Media Composer. It was also marked his penultimate theatrical film.
Lost Souls (2000) Budget, $28 million. Box office, $16,815,253 (domestic), $31,355,910 (worldwide). The directorial debut of cinematographer Janusz Kaminski was placed on The Shelf of Movie Languishment for a year to keep it away from other big horror films. Its final release date put it in competition with the rerelease of The Exorcist.
A Lot Like Love (2005) Budget, $30 million. Box office, $21,845,719 (domestic), $42,886,719 (worldwide). Colin Patrick Lynch only wrote a short film after this. This is also the only American film directed by Nigel Cole, who hasn't directed a film outside of his native UK since.
Love And Monsters (2020) - Budget, $30 million. Box office, $1.1 million. Like most movies scheduled for March 2020, wound up delayed once the COVID-19 Pandemic forced theaters to close. Paramount eventually decided that in October, it would hit video-on-demand alongside whatever cinemas were open, meaning a very limited release (387 screens!). It also went straight to Netflix overseas. Still, VOD numbers were high, reviews were good, and the effects even got nominated for the Academy Award.
Love Crimes (1992) Budget, $8,500,000. Box office, $2,287,928. Lizzie Borden only directed one more movie.
Love Field (1992) Budget, $18 million. Box office, $1,014,726. This was finished in 1990 but was held back by Orion Pictures' bankruptcy. Critics didn't really care for it but Michelle Pfeiffer got an Oscar nomination.
The Love Guru (2008) Budget, $62 million. Box office, $40,863,344. Hindus and Indians were outraged at the comedy's portrayal of a "Hindu" guru along with the overabundance of Toilet Humour, which didn't help it at all. The film's failure and triple Razzie wins finished off Mike Myers's career as a leading comedian after the decline starting with the aforementioned The Cat in the Hat, with Shrek Forever After plus cameos in Inglourious Basterds and Bohemian Rhapsody being his only film roles since. This is also the only directing role for writer Marco Schnabel.
Love in the Time of Cholera (2007) Budget, $48 million. Box office, $31,337,584. The film version of Gabriel García Márquez's novel was the first English-language version of one of his novels. Critics unfavorably compared it to its source material and it never expanded beyond 852 theaters.
The Love Letter (1999) Budget, $20 million. Box office, $8,302,478. Even if it was released the same week as The Phantom Menace, the studio still believed in counter-programming appeal - but it was not meant to be, specially once Notting Hill came out the following weekend to cover the romantic comedy niche and ensure Love Letter wouldn't expand, with its widest release being in 817 theaters.
Love Ranch (2010) Budget, $25 million. Box office, $137,885. It was only in 11 theaters for 4 weeks. The critics didn't care for it at all.
The Lovely Bones (2009) Budget, $65 million. Box office, $44,114,232 (domestic), $93,621,340 (worldwide). The film was received poorly for its jarring Mood Whiplash though the performances were praised.
Love's Labour's Lost (2000) Budget, $13 million. Box office, $299,792. Kenneth Branagh's version of the Shakespeare play turned it into a Hollywood musical and its jarring tonal shifts bore the brunt of its mixed to negative reviews. Its limited release did it no favors. Miramax cut its three-picture deal with Branagh early after this bomb and it would be six years before he directed another film (or two, The Magic Flute and As You Like It).
Loving (2016) Budget, $9 million. Box office $7,592,362. Despite universal acclaim and being an awards front-runner.
Lucky Number Slevin (2006) Budget, $27 million. Box office, $22,495,466 (domestic), $56,308,881 (worldwide). Critics weren't kind to this action comedy for its attempt to followPulp Fiction's style, but audiences were more forgiving.
Lucky Numbers (2000) Budget, $63 million. Box office, $10,890,222. Another blast against John Travolta's career in 2000 alongside Battlefield Earth, and director Nora Ephron didn't work another film for 5 years and put the crutch back on writer Adam Resnick, though he did work on another movie 2 years later. This was also the last film appearance of Daryl Mitchell prior to him losing the ability to walk in a motorcycle accident.
Lucky You (2007) Budget, $55 million. Box office, $8,382,477. In fairness, it faced tough competition that opening weekend. Director Curtis Hanson didn't work on another theatrical film until Chasing Mavericks five years later.
Lucy in the Sky (2019) Budget, $27 million. Box office, $319,976. This psychological drama opened in 37 theaters to apathetic reviews.
Macbeth (1971) Budget, $3.1 million. Box office, $3 million. Roman Polański's take on the Shakespeare play became notorious for its explicit violence and nudity, allegedly influenced by the murder of his wife, Sharon Tate, during production. This was an early attempt by Playboy at mainstream film production and they took a huge loss with its failure. It also put a dent in cinematic adaptions of Shakespeare plays that really didn't end until Kenneth Branagh hit it big with Henry V in 1989.
Macbeth (2015) Budget, $15-$20 million. Box office, $1,110,707 (domestic), $16,322,067 (worldwide). Part of a bad string for Michael Fassbender.
MacGruber (2010) Budget, $10 million. Box office, $9,322,895. Although the movie didn't make back a lot of its money, it would become a Cult Classic years later, getting Alamo Drafthouse style Quote-alongs as well as a TV spin-off.
Machete Kills (2013) Budget, $20 million. Box office, $15,008,161. Critics cited the film for its Sequelitis and it ended up with one of the worst opening weekends of all time.
Machine Gun Preacher (2011) Budget, $30 million. Box office, $3,338,690. Its biggest release was in 93 theaters and got major flak for trying to paint its subject, Sam Childers, as a religiously-redeemed hero, when in real life he was a lying, violent nut job.
Mad About Mambo (2000) Budget, Unknown. Box office, $65,283. One of the movies that led to Gramercy Pictures winding up in the morgue until 2015.
Mad City (1997) Budget, $50 million. Box office, $10,541,523. Costa-Gavras's penultimate English language film opened at number six and faded from the spotlight pretty quickly.
Mad Dog and Glory (1993) Budget, $19 million. Box office, $10,688,490. This was held back a year for reshoots at the behest of Universal. It got generally good reviews, though.
Mad Dog Time (1996) Budget, $8 million. Box office, $107,874. This film was notoriously described by Roger Ebert as the first film he had seen that wasn't preferable to staring at a blank wall for the same amount of time. Its overall negative reception whacked actor Larry Bishop's directorial career until 2008's Hellride. It also did no favors for Christopher Jones, who made his first, and final, film appearance since Ryan's Daughter twenty-six years earlier.
Mad Money (2008) Budget, $22 million. Box office, $20,668,843 (domestic), $26,412,163 (worldwide). This is one of the many bombs that derailed Starz' theatrical distribution company, Overture Films. Callie Khouri, best known for scripting Thelma & Louise, hasn't directed a feature film since. It's generally believed that Katie Holmes turned down The Dark Knight to appear in this film.
Made (2001) Budget, $5 million. Box office, $5,480,653. This film only had a limited release in the United States and virtually no release elsewhere, plus it was part of a year's slate that put production company Artisan Entertainment on life support; they would rebound the next year before being absorbed by Lionsgate. It did, however, receive good reviews, ensuring director Jon Favreau, who made his debut in that job with this film, would moveontobiggerandbetter things.
Made in Heaven (1987) Budget, $13 million. Box office, $4,572,845. This fantasy comedy sent Bruce A. Evans' writing career to purgatory for about five years, returning to write and direct the similarly ill-fated Kuffs.
The Magic Flute (2006) Budget, $27 million. Box office, $1.9 million (worldwide). Kenneth Branagh's film version of the Mozart opera was released direct-to-DVD in the US in 2013, seven years after it limped along in the international box office. European critics gave it generally good reviews.
The Magnificent Ambersons (1942) Budget, $1.1 million. Box office, $1 million (domestic rentals). Recorded loss, $620,000. Orson Welles's version of the Booth Tarkington novel was intended to be an easy follow-up to Citizen Kane. Unfortunately, Welles had surrendered his final cut privileges to RKO, who promptly re-edited the film when he was away filming a documentary in Brazil. Over an hour's worth of footage was excised and later destroyed to bring the film down from over two hours to 88 minutes. Bernard Herrmann's score was also re-cut against his will and he promptly took his name off the finished film. Welles's reputation was ran through a shredder and he spent the rest of his life doing smaller budgeted films. Even in its edited state, it ranks with Kane as one of Welles's masterpieces.
The Magus (1969) - Budget, $3,775,000. Box office, $2,450,000 (domestic rentals). The film version of John Fowles's novel confounded its cast and crew with its Mind Screw and more than likely did the same for critics and audiences.
The Majestic (2001) Budget, $72 million. Box office, $37,317,558. This movie only making half its budget back put The Shawshank Redemption director Frank Darabont's career in lock-up for 6 years, and he's been having career issues since. It also smashed up the general career of Michael Sloane.
Major League: Back to the Minors (1998) Budget, $18 million. Box office, $3,572,443. It killed all the chances of a considered fourth film. It was also a finishing blow to Scott Bakula's career as a leading role in theatrical films, as he hasn't held that billing again since.
The Malay Chronicles: Bloodlines (2011) - Budget, $2.2 million. Box office, $1.9 million. This was promoted as Malaysia's first big-budget historical Epic Film. It didn't break even, though that was likely due to it being out on video-on-demand a month after its release.
Mallrats (1995) Budget, $6.1 million. Box office, $2,454,447. This and the aforementioned Canadian Bacon led to threats by Universal and PolyGram higher-ups to shut down Gramercy Pictures; it soldiered on until 2000.
Malone (1987) Budget, $10 million. Box office, $3,060,858. This adaptation of the William P. Wingate novel Shotgun was the only one of the author's works to make it to film. It's also the only English-language screenplay by writer Christopher Frank, who went back to France after this.
The Mambo Kings (1992) Budget, $15.5 million. Box office, $6,742,168. Reviews were still positive.
Mame (1974) Budget, $12 million. Box office, $6.5 million. This musical adaptation of Auntie Mame was lambasted for its woeful miscasting of the then 63-year-old Lucille Ball in the title role. This ended her film career and she returned to TV afterwards. It was also an Old Shame for co-star Bea Arthur, whose then-husband Gene Saks directed the film, though she kept afloat with Maude. Saks, meanwhile, did not direct another film for twelve years until Brighton Beach Memoirs. The tepid reception to this and Hello, Dolly! prompted songwriter Jerry Herman to forbid anymore adaptations of his work without his input.
The Man (2005) Budget, $20 million. Box office, $12,382,362. The second-to-last film that Les Mayfield directed and Robert N. Fried produced.
A Man Apart (2003) Budget, $36 million. Box office, $26,736,098 (domestic), $44,350,926 (worldwide). Originally called Diablo, this sat on The Shelf of Movie Languishment for two years due to a trademark infringement lawsuit over Blizzard Entertainment's Diablo. While it was settled in New Line's favor, they changed the title anyway. The end result was panned by critics and greeted apathetically even after debuting at number 3.
Man Down (2016) Budget, Unknown. Box office, Unknown (domestic), $162,000 (worldwide).note $15,000 in Russia and $147,000 in the United Arab Emirates The film made headlines for its box office during its theatrical run in the United Kingdom... wait for it... £7 (roughly $9), the average cost of a cinema ticket, meaning that only one person brought a ticket to see it. This was most likely due to being released in only one venue, the Reel Cinema in Burnley, Lancashire.
The Man from U.N.C.L.E. (2015) Budget, $75 million. Box office, $45,312,930 (domestic), $100,412,930 (worldwide). This film's failure in the domestic market and the box office derailment of The Lone Ranger have a good chance of earning Armie Hammer a demotion to the B-list of actors for a while and a much stronger chance of confining lead Henry Cavill to the Superman role in the DC Extended Universe. Sequels to this film are also unlikely.
Man of Tai Chi (2013) Budget, $32 million. Box office, $5,400,144. The directorial debut of Keanu Reeves, who so far hasn't planned to step behind the camera again. Critics gave it decent reviews, though.
Man of the House (2005) Budget, $40 million. Box office, $21,577,624. This film, along with Life Or Something Like It three years earlier, derailed Stephen Herek's A-list career, and he's mostly stuck to television and Direct to Video movies since Man of the House.
Man on a Ledge (2012) Budget, $42 million. Box office, $18,620,000 (domestic), $46,201,189 (worldwide). Lionsgate, which recently bought this film's distributor, Summit Entertainment, offered moviegoers a discounted movie deal for those seeing this movie and the former's One for the Money, which opened on the same day. Both were received poorly by critics and floundered at the box office.
Man on the Moon (1999) Budget, $82 million. Box office, $47,434,430. This was the first film starring Jim Carrey to not have a successful opening weekend. Director Milo Forman would take another hiatus before his final film, Goya's Ghosts.
Man-Thing (2005) Budget, $7.5 million. Box office, $1.1 million. This has the dishonor of being the lowest grossing movie based on a Marvel Comics property to ever get some kind of theatrical release. The film suffered numerous changes and budget boosts, which only caused more trouble for the film, and it got shoved into international theaters while only appearing on television in American markets.
Man to Man (2005) Budget, 21.7 million Euros. Box office, $3.5 million U.S. Dollars. Writer William Boyd has not written for another film since.
Man Trouble (1992) Budget, $30 million. Box office, $4,096,030. Director Bob Rafelson's career never fully recovered after this. It was also one of the films that prompted Italian film company Penta to get out of the Hollywood industry.
The Man Who Killed Don Quixote (2018) Budget, 16 million. Box office, $391,963 (domestic), $1.8 million (international). Terry Gilliam's legendarily troubled take on Don Quixote that spent nearly 30 years in Development Hell, including one failed attempt, before it was finally completed. It faced a lawsuit from former producer Paulo Branco which nearly prevented its release. It was still released across Europe in May 2018, and eventually released in the US as a one-night event in April 2019.
The Man Who Knew Too Little (1997) Budget, $20 million. Box office, $13,717,039. Bill Murray's last leading role in a live-action comedy; his roles in comedies have either been in supporting roles or dramedies.
The Man Who Wasn't There (2001) Budget, $20 million. Box office, $18,916,623. One of the movies that led to Gramercy Pictures winding up in the morgue until 2015.
Man with a Plan (1996) Budget, $100,000. Box office, $33,402. This mockumentary starred real-life Vermont dairy farmer and future political candidate Fred Tuttle as a fictionalized version of himself. It became a Cult Classic in its home state and its director, John O'Brien, successfully ran for the Vermont House of Representatives in 2018.
The Man with the Iron Fists (2012) Budget, $15 million (not counting marketing costs), $20 million (counting them). Box office, $15,634,090 (domestic), $19,721,245 (worldwide). It lost its audience due to itscompetition, and Universal, who quickly lost confidence with the film, gave it no promotion upon the release date. A sequel WAS made, but it did not feature Russell Crowe and went Direct-To-Blu-ray-And-DVD. Director Robert Fitzgerald Diggs, aka, RZA of the Wu-Tang Clan, did not direct another movie for 5 years, and co-producer Thomas Bliss's cinematic career was knocked out by this film and The Last Exorcism Part II (two of the other producers, Marc Abraham and Eric Newman, have seen some bad projects past this one).
Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom (2013) Budget, $35 million. Box office, $8.3 million (domestic), $27.3 million (worldwide). This biopic of Nelson Mandela was released around the same time as the real Mandela died. Despite this, the Weinstein Company opened it in limited release, expanding it to 975 theaters on a particularly crowded Christmas Day and it topped out with another 35. Screenwriter William Nicholson blamed its domestic underperformance on the success of 12 Years a Slave.
Manderlay (2005) - Budget, $14.2 million. Box office, $675,000. Lars von Trier's sequel to Dogville saw its two leads recast and its returning cast play new characters. Critics were split and it never expanded beyond 20 theaters. Its failure made plans for a third film unlikely.
Mandy (2018) Budget, $6 million. Box office: $1,214,525. This trippy and hyper-violent action-horror film (directed by Panos Cosmatos, the son of director George P. Cosmatos) only got a limited release in 250 theaters, but received rave reviews from critics (currently sporting a 91% on Rotten Tomatoes). The low box office take actually exceeded expectations for its distributor, and the film made a profit from VOD sales and night time only showings to become a Sleeper Hit. It managed to win a Saturn Award and prompted a Career Resurrection for leading man Nicolas Cage, who had been mired in a string of bombs and direct-to-video films for the better part of a decade.
The Mangler (1995) Budget, Unknown. Box office, $1,781,383. Despite its failure, it did sell well enough on home video to make two direct-to-video sequels.
The Manhattan Project (1986) Budget, $18 million. Box office, $3.9 million. The first film of David Begelman's shortlived Gladden Entertainment. Director Marshall Brickman wouldn't direct another film until the 2001 TV film Sister Mary Explains It All.
Manhunter (1986) Budget, $15 million. Box Office, $8.6 million. This first adaptation of the novel Red Dragon was one of several busts for producer Dino De Laurentiis that ultimately ended his production company DEG. De Laurentiis sold the sequel rights to Orion for a pittance, but when the result was The Silence of the Lambs, the famous film producer returned to the Hannibal Lecter franchise.
Mannequin Two: On the Move (1991) Budget: $13 million. Box office: $3,752,428. This sequel to the 1987 hit opened at #8 in its opening weekend, a far cry from its predecessor's third-place opening. It was also the last film infamous Hollywood mogul David Begelman oversaw before his death in 1995.
Maradonia and the Shadow Empire (2016) Budget: Unknown, but it was expensive enough to get the creators evicted from their house. Box office: Unknown, but can safely be assumed to be tiny, as the film was only showed once in one theater (which the creators had to rent out).
Marci X (2003) Budget, $20 million. Box office, $1,675,706. Completed in 2001, Marci X was criticized heavily on release for its dated stereotypes of Jews, blacks and hip-hop culture. Chris Rock, who was offered to play the male lead in this movie, stated he'd "rather have gotten an envelope of anthrax" than read the film's script. This is the final theatrical film from director Richard Benjamin and one of the last films written by Paul Rudnick. The only films Benjamin has directed since are TV movies. Marci X also endedLisa Kudrows brief studio leading lady career.
Margaret (2011) Budget, $14 million. Box office, $623,292. This sat on The Shelf of Movie Languishment for six years due to a extremely lengthy postproduction phase, which resulted in back-and-forth lawsuits between distributor Fox Searchlight and director Kenneth Lonnergan. It limped its way into an extremely limited release and faded away quickly. Lonnergan stuck to the stage after this movie until his Oscar-winner Manchester by the Sea.
Marie Antoinette (1938) Budget, $2.9 million. Box office, $2,133,000. The last film greenlit by Irving G. Thalberg before his death was a vehicle for his wife, Norma Shearer. It was one of MGM's most successful films but it didn't make back its high budget.
Marie Antoinette (2006) Budget, $40 million. Box office, $15,962,471 (domestic), $60,917,189 (worldwide). It received mixed reviews for its historical and stylistic liberties. Sofia Coppola stayed off the big screen until 2010's Somewhere.
Marmaduke (2010) Budget, $50 million. Box office, $33,644,788 (domestic), $83,761,844 (worldwide). Director Tom Dey's last film to date. It was rushed to DVD two and a half months after its theatrical debut (though it lingered in theaters for a few weeks more).
Married to It (1993) Budget, $14 million. Box office, $2,059,832. One of several films held back by Orion Pictures' bankruptcy; it was intended for an Autumn 1991 release, but the studio shelved it at the last minute. This put a huge dent in the career of director Arthur Hiller and its big name cast.
The Marrying Man (1991) Budget, $26 million. Box office, $12,454,758. Dashed Kim Basinger's hopes of being a singer, and one of a few flops in the early 90's that melted her A-list career. The film was also critically panned and its failure led co-star Alec Baldwin to go on an epic tirade against distributor Disney/Touchstone's boss, Jeffrey Katzenberg, calling him "The Eighth Dwarf, Greedy" for giving the film a small budget (the writer of the movie, Neil Simon, also got heat from Baldwin, who obviously considers The Marrying Man an Old Shame, though the rant against Katzenberg didn't prevent them from working together again at DreamWorks Animation. Katzenberg, for his part, DIDN'T go on a counter-rant against Baldwin). As for director Jerry Rees, he did not direct another full-length theatrical film until 2013. The Marrying Man is perhaps most notorious for its turbulent production, in which stars Baldwin and Basinger made the crew's lives miserable with their on-set nastiness and prima donna attitudes.
Marooned (1969) - Budget, $810 million. Box office, $4.1 million. Based on a novel by Martin Caidin, this sci-fi film about a disastrous space mission was released four months after the Apollo 11 landing and it didn't quite capture the public's imagination as the actual event. However, it was eerily prescient of the Apollo 13 disaster five months later. It also has the dubious distinction of being the only Oscar-winning film (for Best Visual Effects) to get roasted onMystery Science Theater 3000.
Marshall (2017) Budget, $12 million. Box office, $10,051,659 (domestic). This biopic of Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall received strong reviews, particularly for Chadwick Boseman's performance as Marshall, but it never left a limited release.
Marvin's Room (1996) Budget, $23 million. Box office, $12,803,305. The film version of Scott McPherson's play was liked by critics but its widest release was 1,158 theaters. Director Jerry Zaks stuck to Broadway and TV for twelve years before his next film.
Masterminds (2016) Budget, $25 million. Box office, $17,368,022 (domestic), $29,148,224 (worldwide). The second of Zach Galifianakis's Star-Derailing Roles in 2016. It also hasn't really helped the writing trio behind the film out a whole lot.
Masters of the Universe (1987) Budget, $22 million. Box office, $17,336,370. Despite the heavy promotion of this adaptation of He-Man, the film failed, and was one of the movies that eventually did in The Cannon Group. Plans for a sequel were screwed when He-Man copyright holder Mattel hiked their licensing fees, and star Dolph Lundgren was hammered into the B list of film actors and treats the movie as an Old Shame. Finally, it solidified He-Man's status as an 80's cheese symbol, which left the franchise dated by the end of the decade, although a remake is being worked on.
Material Girls (2005) Budget, $15 million. Box office, $16,907,725. It sent director Martha Coolidge's career into the second tier of filmmakers.
Matilda (1996) Budget, $36 million. Box office, $33,459,416 (domestic), $62.1 million (worldwide). Part of a string of Acclaimed Flops based off of Roald Dahl's work going back to Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, and it was released the same year as another Dahl bomb, Disney/Tim Burton's James and the Giant Peach. Matilda fared better overseas and on home video, making it a defining role for child actress Mara Wilson. Still harmed co-star and director Danny Devito's prospects; he only directed two more films after this, the last in 2003.
Matinee (1993) Budget, $13 million. Box office, $9,532,895. It was an Acclaimed Flop however, and it would later do better on television and video.
Max Keeble's Big Move (2001) Budget, $25 million. Box office, $18,634,654. This kept director Tim Hill off screen until 2006's Garfield: A Tale of Two Kitties.
Max Schmeling (2010) Budget, $7 million. Box office, $96,456 (Germany). An attempt by director Uwe Boll to cast a real-life boxer rather than an actor for this boxing-themed film imploded when said boxer, Henry Maske, was criticized for his acting (the film was also labeled as being riddled with clichés).
Max Steel (2016) Budget, $10.4 million. Box office, $6,272,403. One of the most heavily panned films of 2016 and ejected from the theater circuit after three weeks, this film has likely liquidated any ideas of a film franchise based off of it and is a serious blow to director Stewart Hendler's career. This is also a serious setback to Mattel's attempt to get into filmmaking.
Maximum Risk (1996) Budget, $25 million. Box office, $14,502,483 (domestic), $51,702,483 (worldwide). This Jean-Claude Van Damme action thriller, directed by Ringo Lam, debuted at the number one spot, but faltered afterwards.
McHale's Navy (1997) Budget, $42 million. Box office, $4,408,420. One of two 1997 films that smashed the cinematic directing career of Bryan Spicer; For Richer or Poorer is the other. Did no favors to Tom Arnold's career as a leading man.
Me and Earl and the Dying Girl (2015) - Budget, $8 million. Box office, $6.8 milllion (domestic), $9.1 million (worldwide). The film version of Jesse Andrews's novel was an Acclaimed Flop that never expanded beyond 870 theaters.
Me and Orson Welles (2009) Budget, $25 million. Box office, $2,336,172. This was a big hit on the Festival Circuit in 2008 but it couldn't get a proper release date until November 2009. Even then, its limited release was so paltry that it couldn't translate its critical raves for co-star Christian McKay, who played Welles, into an Oscar nomination.
The Mechanic (2011) Budget, $40 million. Box office, $29,121,498 (domestic), $62,040,498 (worldwide). Despite the film not doing very well, a sequel was released five years later.
The Medallion (2003) Budget, $41 million. Box office, $34,268,701. A botched attempt on Sony/Tristar/Jackie Chan's part to make a theatrical replica of both The Golden Child and the cartoon series Jackie Chan Adventures (this film actually has Julian Sands, who was part of the Big Bad Duumvirate of JCA's first two seasons before departing the show, as its Big Bad). Director Gordon Chan has yet to direct another movie that can be released in an American cinema (the next film he helmed to surface in the United States was confined to a Direct to Video release), and writer Bey Logan got a serious setback to his own career.
Medicine Man (1992) Budget, $40 million. Box office, $45 million. The first blow in John McTiernan's career, followed by Last Action Hero.
Meet Dave (2008) Budget, $60 million. Box office, $50,650,079. Managed to break the record for largest amount of theaters lost between the second and third weeks, losing 77%. This helped towards the film not even grossing the original budget back. A major slam for Eddie Murphy, director Brian Robbins's next film A Thousand Words was delayed 4 years after IT completed shooting, co-writer Rob Greenberg hasn't returned to the cinemas thus far, and the other writer, Bill Corbett, has stuck with RiffTrax material since.
Meet Joe Black (1998) Budget, $90 million. Box office, $44,619,100 (domestic), $142,940,100 (worldwide). Universal Pictures fired their chairman after this film failed. It didn't help that it came out in a year where Universal had a series of theatrical flops (the only movie the studio released in the calendar year that had any real box office success was Patch Adams, which was still received poorly by critics). Director Martin Brest's next project was the even bigger flop Gigli, which did in his career. The film's box office numbers were slightly boosted by the trailer for The Phantom Menace being attached to prints of this film, which led to Star Wars fans buying tickets to Meet Joe Black just to see the trailer and leaving before the movie started.
Meet the Deedles (1998) Budget, $24 million. Box office, $4.3 million. Steve Boyum's directorial debut and the only one of his films to get a theatrical release until Supercross.
Meet the Robinsons (2007) Budget, Undisclosed (figures estimate it at $150-$195 million, including marketing costs). Box office, $97,822,171 (domestic), $169,333,034 (worldwide). This film started production under Michael Eisner and David Stainton, but they were both kicked out and replaced with John Lasseter, who asked for a reworking of about 60% of the film, hence why is was not released in 2006. This did OK with critics (much better than Chicken Little), but director Steve Anderson only directed one other film so far, Winnie-The-Pooh.
Megiddo: The Omega Code 2 (2001) Budget, $21 million. Box office, $6,047,691. This religious film financed by the Trinity Broadcasting Network was unable to expand beyond 353 theaters. Director Brian Trenchard-Smith waited five years to direct his next feature, and that one had a much smaller budget.
Men, Women & Children (2014) Budget, $16 million. Box office, $1,705,908. This film was picked apart by critics for being a Narm-filled attempt to tell a movie about how the internet desensitized people, and it got Invisible Advertising and sent the career of director Jason Reitman to a dark place.
Mercury Rising (1998) Budget, $60 million. Box office, $32,935,289 (domestic), $93,107,289 (worldwide). This is the semifinal film from director Harold Becker; he did one more movie, and then retired.
The Messenger: The Story of Joan of Arc (1999) Budget, $60 million. Box office, $14,276,317 (domestic), $66,976,317 (worldwide). This didn't fully burn producer/writer/director Luc Besson's career (it DID burn up writer Andrew Birkin's career), but it did lead to him not taking a director's credit again for 6 years. This film wasn't helped by a stuntman's death right in the first weeks of filming OR Besson divorcing star Milla Jovovich.
Metallica Through the Never (2013) Budget, $18 million. Box office, $7,972,967. This concert film starring the eponymous band only played for a month in limited release, mostly in IMAX theaters. The critical reception was pretty good.
Meteor (1979) Budget, $16 million. Box office, $8,400,000. This film's failure signaled the end of days for American International Pictures; the only movie they and owners Filmways made prior to closing that isn't frowned on is the premiere Mad Max movie.
The Meteor Man (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. While The Meteor Man didn't exactly end or all out ruin Robert Townsend's career as both an actor and director, it most definitely ended his ascent up the Hollywood ladder. Townsend would soon star in the WB sitcom The Parent 'Hood, which lasted for four seasons. It was the critical and box office failure of Townsend's next directed film, 1997's B.A.P.S. (which unlike The Meteor Man, only cost $10 million to make yet only grossed $7,338,279 at the box office) that officially killed his career within studio system. One of the last things he directed was a 2014 Bill Cosby (who is incidentally, in The Meteor Man) stand-up special that Netflixwiselydecided to never release.
Metropolis (1927) Budget, 5,100,000 German Reichsmarks. Box office, 75,000 German Reichsmarks. It was panned by a few critics including H.G. Wells, but has since become one of the most iconic films ever made.
Michael Collins (1996) Budget, $25 million. Box office, $11,092,559 (domestic), $28,092,559 (worldwide). This biopic of the Irish revolutionary received pretty good reviews and great box office results in Ireland, but it fell short of its budget overall. Fortunately, director Neil Jordan and the stars didn't see their careers slow down a bit.
Mickey (2004) Budget, $6 million. Box office, less than $300,000. This took down director Hugh Wilson's career.
Mickey Blue Eyes (1999) Budget, $40 million. Box office, $33,864,342 (domestic), $54,264,342 (worldwide). This mob comedy is best remembered for featuring several actors from The Sopranos in minor roles.
Middle Men (2010) Budget, $20 million. Box office, $754,301. This drama about online porn only logged in a mixed-critical reception and vanished after a limited release in August. It probably didn't help that another film centered on an online company, The Social Network, would be released a few months later.
Midnight Crossing (1988) Budget, $5 million. Box office, $1.3 million. This was such a bomb that the producers owed money to the distributors for years to make up for the loss. This was director Roger Holzberg's final credit on a theatrical film, and he didn't work on another feature film for over 20 years. It was also the final film produced by Team Effort studios.
Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil (1997) Budget, $35 million. Box office, $25,105,255. The film version of John Berendt's True Crime book got a mixed reception, with critics deriding the film's excessive length but praising the cast and its Southern atmosphere.
A Midsummer Night's Dream (1935) Budget, $981,000. Box office, $1.229 million. The film version of the Shakespeare play received mixed reviews, which derided some questionable castingnote including Dick Powell, who agreed that he was miscast., while praising its dance sequences, use of Mendelssohn music and Hal Mohr's Oscar-winning cinematography note The only write-in Oscar winner; film editor Ralph Dawson also won an Oscar. It's now been Vindicated by History as a classic Shakespeare adaptation.
Midway (2019) Budget, $100 million. Box office, $56,846,802 (domestic), $123,131,991 (worldwide). Despite its surprise triumph over Doctor Sleep, the WWII film still wasnt highly thought of by critics and made only $17.9 million on opening weekend, in a particularly weak November box office in general that had to be bailed out by Ford V Ferrari and Frozen II, and did just about as well overseas, continuing Roland Emmerich's boxofficelosingstreak.
Mighty Joe Young (1998) Budget, $90 million. Box office, $50,632,037. This film, along with the poor reception of Roland Emmerich's version of Godzilla, sent the giant monster movie genre into remission until the New 10s (the 2005 remake of King Kong didn't end it).
The Mighty Macs (2009) Budget, $7 million. Box office, $1,891,936. This played at the Heartland Film Festival in 2009 before it got a very limited release in 2011. It played itself out after six weeks.
Mike's Murder (1984) Budget, $6.3 million. Box office, $1,059,966. This was filmed in 1982 but was delayed after poor test screenings prompted further edits.
Mile 22 (2018) Budget, $50 million. Box office, $36.1 million (domestic), $66.3 million (worldwide). The fourth film from director Peter Berg to star Mark Wahlberg, this one fell short of theirpriorefforts in the eyes of critics, who were turned off by the film's choppy action scenes, jingoistic tone and unsympathetic characters. The next film from Berg and Wahlberg would skip theaters and go straight to Netflix.
Milk Money (1994) Budget, $20 million. Box office, $18,137,661. This movie about a pair of adolescents wanting to see a naked hooker was considered very sour milk by critics and is the sole main Hollywood job for writer John Mattson. Mattson only did two Free Willy sequels, and then retreated from Hollywood completely. It also didn't help the career of the actress who played the hooker, Melanie Griffith, out too much.
Million Dollar Arm (2014) Budget, $25 million. Box office, $36,457,627 (domestic), $39,227,580 (worldwide). This baseball drama struck-out in a packed weekend led by newcomer Godzilla.
Million Dollar Mystery (1987) Budget, $10 million. Box office, $989,033 (domestic). The studio, hoping to make a big profit, put together a million dollar prize contest for the film after release. Because it bombed, they ended up losing MORE money due to the contest. This finished off notable 50's director Richard Fleischer's (the man who directed Disney's 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea) career. The movie also saw a stuntman's death during filming, and was hit by Roger Ebert for being no more than a plug-in for Glad trash bags (The Other Wiki also stated the film borrowed the plot from It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World.)
Mimic (1997) Budget, $30 million. Box office, $25 million. Guillermo del Toro's first English-language film was this adaptation of a Donald A. Wollheim story. It was not a happy experience as he dealt with constant Executive Meddling from the Weinsteins which demanded excessive reshoots and divergences from the original script. Del Toro disowned the film and swore off working with the Weinsteins ever again. It did however, sell very well on home video to spawn two straight-to-video sequels.
Mind Hunters (2005) Budget, $27 million. Box office, $21,148,829. This premiered in the US a year after it debuted internationally.
Miss Bala (2019) Budget, $15 million. Box office, $15,006,824. This American remake of the 2011 Mexican film only managed to gross back its relatively low budget right before it left theaters. It also received mostly negative reviews for taking the acclaimed original and turning it into a bland action vehicle for star Gina Rodriguez.
Miss March (2009) Budget, $6 million (estimated). Box office, $4,543,320 (domestic), $48,309 (international), $4,591,629 (worldwide total). This movie resulted in the Fox Atomic label imploding, with their future projects moved to other Fox labels.
Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children (2016) Budget, $110 million. Box office, $87,242,834 (domestic), $296,394,640 (worldwide). The film version of Ransom Riggs's novel fell short of its budget domestically but got by thanks to its international takings. Between its reception and adaptation changes, it's unknown if the novel's sequels will get adapted.
Miss Sloane (2016) Budget, $13 million. Box office, $3,500,605. The third and last of three commercial false starts for EuropaCorp's U.S. film division's beginning in 2016 alone, after Nine Lives and Shut In. Unlike the other two, this one got decent reviews, but all three movies dealt a serious blow to EuropaCorp's business going into 2017.
The Missing (2003) Budget, $60 million. Box office, $38,364,277. It received mixed reviews from critics but was praised by Native Americans for its authentic use of Chiricahuan Apache dialect.
Missing Link (2019) Budget, $102.3 million. Box office, $26,249,469. Despite largely positive reviews from critics, it received the lowest opening gross for a Laika film and was part of a nasty string of flops for Annapurna Pictures. This also wasn't a good start for Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer's and Annapurna's distribution unit, United Artists Releasing.
Mission to Mars (2000) Budget, $90-100 million. Box office, $60,883,407 (domestic), $110,983,407 (worldwide). The first in an ongoing series of career-wrecking bombs for famed director Brian De Palma.
Mobsters (1991) Budget, $23 million. Box office, $20,246,790. It opened at number two behind Terminator 2: Judgment Day and was shot down immediately. It didn't help that the critics hated it completely.
The Moderns (1988) Budget, $3.5 million. Box office, $2 million. Nearly ended Linda Fiorentino's career as a leading actress though she rebounded in the next decade.
Mohammad, Messenger of God (1976) Budget, $10 million. Box office, $15 million. This historical film about the early days of Islam was seen as an Audience-Alienating Premise in both Hollywood AND the Islamic world. As such, producer-director Moustapha Akkad, himself a Muslim, had a difficult time getting support and he even secured funding from dictator Muammar Qaddafi. Its reputation in America took a massive hit when Islamic militants took 149 hostages in Washington DC and demanded, among other things, the destruction of all copies of this film. Still, Shiite Muslims actually enjoyed the film. Akkad spent most of his career producing the Halloween movies.
Molly (1999) Budget, $21 million. Box office, $17,650. It's an understandable gross considering its release topped out at 12 theaters. According to Leonard Maltin, it debuted as an in-flight movie.
The Molly Maguires (1970) Budget, $11 million. Box office, $2.2 million. The film version of Arthur H. Lewis' novel, based on a real life uprising of Irish-American coal miners, saved its filming location, Ecksley, Pennsylvania, from demolition. The town now stands as a museum. It did no favors for the careers of director Martin Ritt or stars Sean Connery and Richard Harris.
Moment by Moment (1978) Budget, $8 million. Box office, $10,963,824. This romantic drama was lambasted for its dull script and awkwardly mismatched leads, John Travolta and Lily Tomlin. It died a quick death in the box office and has never been officially released on home video. This was the only feature film directed by Jane Wagner, Tomlin's then-domestic partner and later wife, but the movie careers of both Tomlin and Travolta survived.
Money for Nothing (1993) Budget, $11 million. Box office, $1,039,824. This biopic of Joey Coyle, a man who stole a bag of $1 million after it fell of an armored car, was released less than a month after the real Coyle committed suicide. Subsequently, Disney did not expand the film beyond the 449 theaters that opened it.
Money Train (1995) Budget, $68 million. Box office, $35,431,113 (domestic), $77,224,232 (worldwide). In addition to poor reviews, someone robbed a ticket booth with a rubber tube and a flammable liquid at some point after this movie's release, and this was a stunt from the film, which earned it a boycott. This, Return to Paradise, and the critical hatred towards The Good Son all delivered a severe blow to the career of director Joseph Ruben.
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. Henry Selick wouldn't play producer/director on a full length movie again until 2009 with Coraline, though he did do work with Wes Anderson and LAIKA in the meantime. Co-producer Sam Hamm, on the other hand, has not played producer at all since this movie. It was also a major factor in Bridget Fonda deciding to retire from acting.
Monsignor (1982) Budget, $10 million. Box office, $6.5 million (domestic). This movie's failure put director Frank Perry in a bad spot (the Razzie wins from his previous film Mommie Dearest didn't help).
Monster Hunter (2020) - Budget, $60 million. Box office, $15,104,790 (domestic), $40,783,539 (worldwide, excluding China). This attempt by the husband-wife duo of writer/director Paul W.S. Anderson and star Milla Jovovich to follow up their Resident Evil films with another adaptation of a Capcomgame series recieved mixed-to-negative reviews from critics and fans of the game series, though general audiences were more accepting of it. It predictably did weak business stateside and in most other countries, what with being released in the middle of the still-ongoing COVID-19 Pandemic, but what real sealed Monster Hunters fate was when China, a notable market for the Resident Evil films whose movie industry was getting back on track after dealing with the pandemic, pulled the movie from wide release only a couple days into its run after audiences were offended by a perceived racist joke made by one of the characters, resulting in it falling a third short of its budget worldwide.
Monster Trucks (2017) Budget, $125 million. Box office, $64,493,915. Notable for being a foreseen financial failure by Paramount, culminating in a $115 million writedown months before its release. It also played a role in costing Paramount head Brad Grey his job.
Monument Ave (1998) Budget, $11 million. Box office, $333,760. Its widest release was in 24 theaters.
Moon over Parador (1988) Budget, $20 million. Box office, $11,444,204. This debuted at number one but faded away quickly.
Moonlight Mile (2002) Budget, $21 million. Box office, $10,011,050. Brad Silberling's autobiographical film got pretty good reviews but it topped out at 437 theaters.
Morgan (2016) Budget, $8 million. Box office, $3,915,251 (domestic), $8,810,591 (worldwide). The movie had a massive 75% drop between its first and second weekends, and it left all but 99 of its theaters by the end of the third. This is not a good start to the directing career of Ridley Scott's son, Luke Scott.
Morgan Stewart's Coming Home (1987) Budget, $6 million. Box office, $2,136,381. The directors of this film played the Alan Smithee card to put space between them and it. It would be a few years before producer Stephen Friedman produced a new film (and he only produced two more movies before he passed away), but it would be seventeen years before co-writer David N. Titcher wrote another film; his next movie was Jackie Chan's version of Around the World in 80 Days, which was one of the factors that derailed Disney CEO Michael Eisner's career with the firm.
Morituri (1965) - Budget, $6,290,000. Box office, $3,000,000. It is believed that the film's title note Latin for "About to Die". was not understood by the public. As such, when re-released, the film was re-named Saboteur: Code Name Morituri. This was one of several flops that kept Marlon Brando's career sunk until The Godfather.
Morning Glory (2010) Budget, $40 million. Box office, $31,011,732 (domestic), $60,040,976 (worldwide). This romantic comedy produced by J. J. Abrams was released during a packed November and it flatlined after it spent its first weekend at number five. Its failure continued a dry spell for Harrison Ford.
Mortal Engines (2018) Budget, between $100150 million. Box office, $15.9 million domestic, $83.2 million worldwide. It opened to a pitiful $7.5 million domestically, fifth below Ralph Breaks the Internet, The Grinch, The Mule and Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, then was hammered further the following week by Aquaman, Mary Poppins Returns and Bumblebee. It's easily the biggest bomb in Peter Jackson's résumé (he served as producer and co-writer), and Universal anticipated a $100-150 million loss when the accounting was done. However when all the numbers were in it was actually even worse, the film lost the studio $175 million making it currently the largest confirmed box office loss in history.
The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones (2013) Budget, $60 million. Box office, $31,165,421 (domestic), $90,565,421 (worldwide). Its failure sent plans to adapt the rest of The Mortal Instruments books into oblivion. A planned sequel was scrapped only a week before production was due to begin. It's one of three flops that killed interest in Paranormal YA novel adaptations. The franchise would find new life after being rebooted as a TV series several years later.
Mortal Kombat: Annihilation (1997) - Budget, $30 million. Box office, $35 million (domestic), $51 million (worldwide). While the first Mortal Kombat film was a financial success and generally regarded as the first good video game movie, this sequel bombed both with critics and audiences, with both sides critisizing its Loads and Loads of Characters (most of whom show up for just one fight scene and are never mentioned again), awful visual effects and its nonsensical story. Plans for a sequel were crippled by its failure and the film franchise would be rebooted in 2021 to much better results.
Mortdecai (2015) Budget, $60 million. Box office, $7,696,134 (domestic), $47,275,695 (worldwide). The film grossed only $5 million in Week One, plummeted by 90% in Week Two, and very negative reviews from critics and moviegoers convinced Lionsgate to unplug the film's theatrical run after Week Three and before it had any chance of reaching the original budget with help from the international box office. Part of a string of flops for star Johnny Depp, director David Koepp didnt direct again for 5 years, and writer Eric Aronson has yet to write again.
A Most Violent Year (2014) Budget, $20 million. Box office, $6 million. It first saw release in four theaters before going to 818. It IS an Acclaimed Flop, however.
Most Wanted (1997) Budget, $25 million. Box office, $11,838,218. Finished off the cinematic career of director David Hogan, who stuck to music videos and a documentary short since. Writer/Star Keenen Ivory Wayans wouldn't write another film until 2004's White Chicks.
Motherhood (2009) Budget, $10 million. Box office, $726,354. Easily the biggest bomb of Uma Thurman'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.
Mountains of the Moon (1990) Budget, $19 million. Box office, $4,011,793. Part of a string of bombs for director Bob Rafelson.
Movers and Shakers (1985) Budget, $3.5 million. Box office, $372,438. The first and only film written and produced by Charles Grodin. This spent seven years in Development Hell before MGM buried it in a limited release. This was also the final theatrical directed by William Asher.
Moving (1988) Budget, $10 million. Box office, $10,815,378. This Richard Pryor comedy debuted at number two behind Good Morning, Vietnam and flatlined immediately, pushed out of theaters after only three weeks. It put a damper into Pryor's career, with this being his final movie as a solo lead, and director Alan Metter only did one more theatrical movie afterwards.
Mozart and the Whale (2006) Budget, $12 million. Box office, $84,444. It only ran in five theaters in Spokane, Washington, where it was made, and faded out after a month.
Mr. 3000 (2004) Budget, $30 million. Box office, $21.8 million. Director Charles Stone III didn't work on another theatrical film for a while, mainly sticking to TV work and music videos, until Lila and Eve eleven years later.
Mr Baseball (1992) Budget, $40 million. Box office, $20,883,046. This struck out after six weeks in theaters. It also bombed in Japan where it was set.
Mr. Bug Goes to Townnote Also known as Hoppity Goes To Town and Bugville (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, which led to it opening two days before the Pearl Harbor attacks that ultimately prompted the U.S. to enter World War II. That took the wind out of the film, and led to the Fleischers, who were no longer on speaking terms with each other, losing their studio to Paramount, who renamed it Famous Studios. Copyrights for this film subsequently went all over the place, last being distributed by Fleischer rival Disney internationally.
Mr Jones (1993) Budget, $25 million. Box office, $8,345,845. Re-shoots following poor test screenings and fear of competition from another Richard Gere movie (Sommersby) held this film's release back for a year.
Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium (2007) Budget, $65 million (not counting marketing costs). Box office, $32,061,555 (domestic), $69,474,661 (worldwide). The first and only feature film by director Zach Helm. He only directed a segment of the documentary 140 and wrote the TV movie Good Canary and nothing else.
Mr. Nobody (2009) Budget, $58 million. Box office, $3,547,209. This surreal Sci-Fi film premiered at the Venice Film Festival in 2009 before debuting across Europe in 2010. Director Jaco Van Dormeal wouldn't participate in another film until he co-wrote 2014's Nicholas on Holiday. Star Jared Leto stuck to documentaries until his 2013 Oscar-winning role in Dallas Buyers Club. The film has become a Cult Classic.
Mr. Peabody & Sherman (2014) Budget, $145 million. Box office, $111,506,430 (domestic), $272,912,430 (worldwide). This is DreamWorks Animation's biggest disappointment since 2003's Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas, and helped lead to three DWA heavyweights including founder Jeffrey Katzenberg ending substantial involvement with DreamWorks, as well as getting PDI closed and ending the DWA careers of at least 500 other employees. It, however, didn't stop DWA from making a 2D talkshow-esque spinoff on Netflix the next year.
Mr. Saturday Night (1992) Budget, $43 million. Box office, $13,351,357. Billy Crystal's directorial debut. It received mixed reviews from critics who praised the acting but questioned whether Crystal's character was meant to be likable or not.
Mr Wonderful (1993) Budget, $13 million. Box office, $3,125,424. The film's two writers, Vicki Polon and Amy Schor, do not have any more writing credits for feature films beyond this one.
Mr Wrong (1996) Budget, $19 million. Box office, $12.3 million. This shot director Nick Castle (the man who played Michael Myers in Halloween) and the writer's careers right in the heart for several years, and was one of the last times producer Marty Katz associated himself with Disney, who distributed this thru Touchstone, before moving his production company to Santa Monica.
Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle (1994) Budget, $7 million. Box office, $2,144,667 (domestic). Though it was critically acclaimed. One of the last feature films produced by Mayfair Entertainment.
Mrs Soffel (1984) Budget, $11 million. Box office, $4,385,312. This biopic of Kate Soffel and her role in the Biddle Brothers' escape from prison was director Gillian Armstrong's first American feature. Critics weren't kind to it, but Diane Keaton still got a Golden Globe nomination.
Mrs. Winterbourne (1996) Budget, $25 million. Box office, $10,082,005. The last film by A&M Films.
Mulan (2020) Budget, $200 million. Box office, $70 million worldwide. In normal conditions, it would be a huge moneymaker like the previous Disney Live-Action Remakes, with analysts expecting the opening weekend alone to be $60 or $80 million. But then the exact month the movie would premiere was the one where the COVID-19 Pandemic escalated to the point of closing all theaters, forcing a postponement. By the time Mulan premiered six months later, it was only in countries that were willing to have a theatrical release - and that didn't count the United States, where the movie went straight to Disney+ (but under a fee of $30note for the first three months, after which it would be freely available for all subscribers; the profit from this "Premier Acess" is estimated at $6293 million) and a few others that chose to get it on Disney's streaming service whenever it arrived - and yet still afflicted enough by COVID to not have all screens available. This, most damningly, included the source of Mulan's story, China, that was expected to be a big market and instead barely cared to go watch it.
Mulholland Falls (1996) Budget, $29 million. Box office, $11,526,099. Screenwriter Pete Dexter didn't write another screenplay until adapting his novel The Paperboy in 2012.
Mumford (1999) Budget, $28 million. Box office, $4,555,459. Lawrence Kasdan wouldn't go near Disney again for over a decade, but when he finally did, it was with the Star Wars Sequel Trilogy, which started with The Force Awakens.
The Mummy (2017) Budget, $125-$195 million (not counting marketing costs), $345 million (counting them). Box office, $80,101,125 (domestic), $407,778,013 (worldwide). Like Dracula Untold before it, the film crashed and burned in America, this time suffering from the Wonder Woman surprise juggernaut being a direct competitor and arguably from Tom Cruise's ego and waning star power (the scathing reviews derided it as just another action vehicle for him rather than an action-horror outing focused on the titular monster). While international numbers have been much higher (including the biggest first weekend totals ever in South Korea), it's still far below Universal's hopes for their big entry into the shared universe bandwagon, ultimately turning the "Dark Universe" into a Stillborn Franchise. After these two false starts, Universal seems to have decided that shared universe isn't worth it, after all, and redeveloped future Universal Horror remakes as standalone projects, which has seen much better success (The Invisible Man, the first of these outing, actually grossed less than The Mummy, but became profitable because it had 1/17 budget of what The Mummy had).
Muppets from Space (1999) Budget, $24 million. Box office, $22.3 million. It was rushed into theaters by distributor Columbia Pictures, and its financial failure tarnished Jim Henson Productions' film division Jim Henson Pictures along with the subsequent failure of The Adventures of Elmo in Grouchland. Columbia dropped the label and it was only used as an in-name credit for whatever film Henson managed to produced until 2005. In addition, legendary Muppet performer/director Frank Oz has barely been associated with the franchise since. The next 3 Muppet movies were TV movies, and Disney secured the rights to the franchise in 2004 and rebooted the series with The Muppets in 2011.
Murder at 1600 (1997) Budget, $40-50 million. Box office, $25,804,707 (domestically). Wesley Snipes bounced back with U.S. Marshals and Blade, but director Dwight Little would retreat to TV and only get a big release again in 2004.
Murder by Numbers (2002) Budget, $50 million. Box office, $31,945,749 (domestic), $56,714,157 (worldwide). Director Barbet Schroeder wouldn't return to the director's chair for five years until Terror's Advocate.
Music (2021) Budget, $16 million. Box office, $641,783. Sia's directorial debut was met with heaps of backlash over, among other reasons, its stereotypical portrayal of the autistic title character. This, alongside the COVID-19 Pandemic, resulted in the film not getting a wide release outside of her native Australia (where the pandemic was handled much better compared to much of the rest of the world by its January 2021 release), though it still performed poorly there.
Mutiny on the Bounty (1962) Budget, $19 million. Box office, $13,680,000. This remake of the 1935 Best Picture Oscar winner suffered a massively Troubled Production that sent it overbudget, largely due to the antics of star Marlon Brando. Unsurprisingly, the film's poor reception derailed Brando's career until The Godfather. This was also the last film by veteran director Lewis Milestone, who did a few TV episodes before retiring a few years later. It was still nominated for seven Academy Awards, including Best Picture, but didn't win any.
My All-American (2015) Budget, $20 million. Box office, $2,246,000. Much like Disney/Touchstone's Michael Eisner killer The Alamo, most of the few positive reviews for this film came from Texas-based critics (this film was about a University of Texas football player who got cancer with Aaron Eckhart as coach Darrell K. Royal), with the reviews in most of the rest of the country being very negative. Its release is also notable in that original distributor Clarius Entertainment went under before the film hit theaters and they transferred it to newcomer Aviron Pictures just so it wouldn't spend time on the shelf. The box office foul was so great, it took Aviron almost two years to get their game back together and announce more projects.
My Favorite Martian (1999) Budget, $65 million. Box office, $36,850,101. A failed film version of the classic sitcom that zapped the cinematic careers of writers Sherri Stoner and Deanna Oliver, who are both doing well on TV.
My Giant (1998) Budget, Unknown. Box office, $8,072,007. This Billy Crystal comedy was the only screen appearance of NBA star Gheorghe Muresan.
My Little Pony the Movie (1986) Budget, Unknown. Box office, $5,958,456. Hasbro would never reveal the movie's budget but losses from it and The Transformers: The Movie are estimated at $10 million combined. Both films also led to the cancellation of a movie based on Jem then in development. This first movie in the My Little Pony franchise would later become vindicated through home video sales, and it wouldn't be until 2017 (during the fourth generation) that another theatrical My Little Pony movie would get made, though that movie wound up being a success.note The 2017 movie had a budget of $6.5 million, and pulled in $61 million, earning a tidy profit.
My Stepmother Is an Alien (1988) Budget, $26 million. Box office, $13,854,000 (domestic). This sci-fi comedy was originally written as a horror film before the studio interfered. One of a handful of 1988/1989 films that caused the Weintraub Entertainment Group to implode right out of the gates, and one of the movies that ended Coca-Cola's control over Columbia and caused their merger with Tristar and Sony. It was probably a victim of poor timing and too much competition as it opened the same day as Twins and only a week after the releases of The Naked Gun and Scrooged. Thankfully for Dan Aykroyd and Kim Basinger, they had Ghostbusters II and Batman (1989) around the corner, respectively. Aykroyd would later reference the film when guest starring on Family Guy while expressing his bewilderment upon hearing Peter Griffin tell him that he has literally seen all of his movies.
Myra Breckinridge (1970) Budget, $5.385 million. Box office, $4 million. This film version of the Gore Vidal satirical novel suffered from a very Troubled Production that resulted in an incoherent exercise in bad taste. This was a Creator Killer for director/co-writer Michael Sarne (whose bizarre behavior on the set contributed to the mess) and a Star-Derailing Role for Raquel Welch and Roger Herren (in his only movie role). It also did no favors for Mae West, who came out of retirement for this, and she made only one other film, the equally despised Sextette, eight years later. The film also used Stock Footage of classic movies for vulgar punchlines, which prompted a lawsuit from Loretta Young to get her clip out and the White House to order a Shirley Temple clip excised since she was a US Ambassador to Ghana. Finally, it was greatly despised by Vidal himself, who blamed the film for causing sales of the book to freeze for a decade. Nevertheless, it became something of a Cult Classic later on.
Mystery, Alaska (1999) Budget, $28 million. Box office, $8,898,623. Fortunately for Jay Roach, his next film as director was Meet the Parents. David E. Kelley, who co-wrote this film, wasn't so lucky; he returned to television after this.
Mystery Men (1999) Budget, $65 million. Box office, $33,461,011. Despite some decent reviews, the film flopped, and commercial director Kinka Usher, who made his theatrical debut with this film, never took part in any kind of non-commercial project since. Its Breakaway Pop Hit, Smash Mouth's All-Star, became far better known for its use in the Shrek films than this one.