Movies are not just art but also a business. So just like any other business, it just doesn’t work. Movies fail at the box office and aren’t able to collect even a portion of what was spent in their making. There are many factors that can be blamed for a movie not working. It includes a lack of proper advertising, bad execution, bad plot, and fan hatred among others. But sometimes it’s just the movie, it makes the studio cry over it. Even good movies fail at the box office sometimes. Here are some infamously unprofitable movies that made the film studios cry tears of blood.
Town & Country is among unprofitable movies
The 2001 American rom-com film, Town & Country is among the most unprofitable movies. And it was not the fault of expensive sets or CGI, it was simply due to rewrites and a really long shooting schedule. The movie took around two years to finish the shooting. This led to the budget exceeding $100 million. And the movie only managed to collect $10.4 million worldwide. The plot was hated by the critics and they bashed the movie. Also, the audience avoided going to watch the movie as well. It was also the last appearance of Warren Beatty for 15 years before he starred in Rules Don’t Apply in 2016.
Cutthroat Island made the studio cry tears of blood
One of the most unprofitable movies in American cinema. The movie was the reason Hollywood stopped trusting pirate adventure movies. Also, it is listed in the Guinness Book of World Records as the biggest box-office bomb. The movie had a budget of $92 million and only managed a worldwide collection of $18.5 million. The critics bashed the movie for its script, acting, and unrealistic stunts. Also, it became the reason Carolco Pictures filed for bankruptcy. And again the reason was the rewriting of scripts and recasts.
The Nutcracker in 3D was an unprofitable movie
Although, the movie was adapted from a famous ballet – The Nutcracker, it did not help the movie’s success. The holiday musical fantasy thriller film was not liked by the critics at all. The movie is a story of a young girl who finds a magical doll. The doll claims to be a prince that needs to save his kingdom from the Rat King. Though some bought the ticket, no one really liked what they saw. Also, the critics hated it for its deviation from the source material. And the fact that the Rats were similar to the Nazis.
Son of the Mask was a box office bomb
The Mask is one of the most popular Jim Carrey movies but the movie did not need a sequel. The stand-alone sequel was based on the story of a man who has a child wearing The Mask. Also, the movie was made worse by including Loki in the plot. It was hated by the critics and the audience. Also, was bashed for its lack of the original cast. Some critics even called it too inappropriate for a PG-rated movie. It has a budget of $100 million but only managed to earn $59.9 million.
Around the World in 80 Days was among unprofitable movies
Based on the Jules Verne novel of the same name and a remake of the 1956 movie, it was not as successful as either. Around the World in 80 Days is based on the story of Phileas Fogg who makes a bet to travel the world in 80 days. The film hugely deviated from the source material to include comedic elements. But it did not do well at the box office. The movie budget was $110 million and it had only earned $72 million. Also, not many were happy with the changes made in the movie.