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The 25 Biggest Summer Movie Box Office Flops of All Time

Hollywood summer blockbusters are both enormously expensive and face stiff competition, resulting in the occasional box office bomb.

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To compile this list of movies costing more to make than they received in revenue, Newsweek crunched data, compiled by film industry site The Numbers, of the most expensive movies released in the U.S between May and August.

Films that failed to recoup their budgets at the worldwide box office were then identified, while those released during the COVID-19 pandemic were ignored.

25.Land of the Lost

2009 ‧ Comedy/Adventure ‧ 1h 42m

Land of the Lost: $100,000,000 budget / $69,548,641 worldwide gross = $30,452,000 loss
Sid and Marty Krofft, Relativity Media, Mosaic Media Group

A hapless dinosaur expert and two friends are accidentally transported back million of years in time.

Rotten Tomatoes’ critical consensus states: “Only loosely based on the original TV series, Land of the Lost is decidedly less kid-friendly and feels more like a series of inconsistent sketches than a cohesive adventure comedy.”

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24. Agora

2009 ‧ Adventure/Drama ‧ 2h 21m

Agora: $70,000,000 budget / $38,992,292 worldwide gross = $31,008,000 loss
Himenóptero, Telecinco Cinema, MOD Producciones SL, Focus Features

Greek philosopher and teacher Hypatia finds herself targeted in Ancient Rome.

Movie critic Roger Ebert wrote: “I went to see Agora expecting an epic with swords, sandals and sex. I found swords and sandals, some unexpected opinions about sex, and a great deal more.”

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23. Event Horizon

1997 ‧ Sci-fi/Horror ‧ 1h 37m

Event Horizon
Event Horizon: $60,000,000 budget / $26,673,953 worldwide gross = $33,327,000 loss
Impact Pictures, Paramount Pictures

Astronauts are sent to investigate a lost spaceship that suddenly reappears near Neptune.

Rotten Tomatoes’ critical consensus states: “Despite a strong opening that promises sci-fi thrills, Event Horizon quickly devolves into an exercise of style over substance whose flashy effects and gratuitous gore fail to mask its over-reliance on horror clichés.”

22. Home on the Range

2004 ‧ Family/Musical ‧ 1h 16m

Home on the Range
Home on the Range: $110,000,000 budget / $76,482,461 worldwide gross = $33,518,000 loss
Walt Disney Pictures

$110,000,000 budget / $76,482,461 worldwide gross = $33,518,000 loss
Three cows decide to save their farm from a greedy outlaw who has staked his claim on it.

Rotten Tomatoes’ critical consensus states: “Though Home on the Range is likeable and may keep young children diverted, it’s one of Disney‘s more middling titles, with garish visuals and a dull plot”.

21. Exorcist: The Beginning

2004 ‧ Horror/Psychological thriller ‧ 1h 56m

Exorcist: The Beginning
Exorcist: The Beginning: $78,000,000 budget / $43,957,541 worldwide gross = $34,043,000 loss
Morgan Creek Entertainment

$78,000,000 budget / $43,957,541 worldwide gross = $34,043,000 loss
A man haunted by his experiences in World War Two travels to a fifth-century Byzantine church.

William Peter Blatty, the screenwriter of The Exorcist, described watching Exorcist: The Beginning as his “most humiliating professional experience.”

20. Mystery Men

1999 ‧ Fantasy/Action ‧ 2h 2m

Mystery Men
Mystery Men: $68,000,000 budget / $33,462,011 worldwide gross = $34,538,000 loss
Golar Productions, Dark Horse Entertainment

A group of superhero wannabes assemble and attempt to save the world.

Rotten Tomatoes’ critical consensus states: “Absurd characters and quirky gags are brought to life by a talented cast, providing this superhero spoof with lots of laughs.”

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19. King Arthur: Legend of the Sword

2017 ‧ Fantasy/Drama ‧ 2h 6m

King Arthur: Legend of the Sword
King Arthur: Legend of the Sword: $175,000,000 budget / $139,630,336 worldwide gross = $35,370,000 loss
Akiva Goldsman, Warner Bros, Village Roadshow Pictures, Safehouse Pictures

Arthur discovers his royal lineage after he releases the magical sword Excalibur from a stone.

Rotten Tomatoes’ critical consensus states: “King Arthur: Legend of the Sword piles mounds of modern action flash on an age-old tale – and wipes out much of what made it a classic story in the first place.”

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18. Windtalkers

2002 ‧ War/Action ‧ 2h 15m

Windtalkers: $115,000,000 budget / $77,628,265 worldwide gross = $37,372,000 loss
Lion Rock Production

American soldiers recruited Navajos during World War Two in order to communicate in a code language.

Rotten Tomatoes’ critical consensus states: “The action sequences are expertly staged. Windtalkers, however, sinks under too many clichés and only superficially touches upon the story of the code talkers.”

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17. Wyatt Earp

1994 ‧ Western/Action/Adventure ‧ 3h 32m

Wyatt Earp
Wyatt Earp: $63,000,000 budget / $25,052,000 worldwide gross = $37,948,000 loss
Tig Productions, Warner Bros.

$63,000,000 budget / $25,052,000 worldwide gross = $37,948,000 loss
Wyatt Earp moves to Tombstone, Arizona, but fails in his desire to get rich in obscurity.

Rotten Tomatoes’ critical consensus states: “Easy to admire yet difficult to love, Wyatt Earp buries eye-catching direction and an impressive cast in an undisciplined and overlong story.

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16. Around the World in 80 Days

2004 ‧ Adventure/Comedy ‧ 2 hours

Around the World in 80 Days
Actors Cecile de France, Jackie Chan and Steve Coogan film a take on the set of movie Around The World In 80 Days on June 14, 2003 in Berlin. Around the World in 80 Days: $110,000,000 budget / $72,004,159 worldwide gross = $37,996,000 loss
Kurt Vinion/Getty Images

A Chinese thief joins an eccentric Englishman who plans to speedily circumnavigate the globe to win a wager.

Rotten Tomatoes’ critical consensus states: “Hit-and-miss family fare that bears only the slightest resemblance to Verne’s novel.”

15. Titan A.E.

2000 ‧ Sci-Fi ‧ 94 minutes

Titan A.E.
Titan A.E.: $75,000,000 budget / $36,751,979 worldwide gross = $38,249,000 loss
Fox Animation Studios, David Kirschner Productions

This animated post-apocalyptic science fiction adventure finds humans encountering aliens for the first time.

Rotten Tomatoes’ critical consensus states: “Great visuals, but the story feels like a cut-and-paste job of other sci-fi movies.”

14. The Invasion

2007 ‧ Sci-fi/Horror ‧ 1h 39m

The Invasion
The Invasion: $80,000,000 budget / $40,147,042 worldwide gross = $39,853,000 loss
Village Roadshow Pictures, Silver Pictures, Vertigo Entertainment

A decorated Marine is on a rescue mission to save his two boys from an alien enemy.

Rotten Tomatoes’ critical consensus states: “The Invasion is slickly made, but it lacks psychological insight and thrills.”

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13. The Adventures of Rocky & Bullwinkle

2000 ‧ Family/Comedy ‧ 1h 32m

The Adventures of Rocky & Bullwinkle
The Adventures of Rocky & Bullwinkle: $76,000,000 budget / $35,129,610 worldwide gross = $40,871,000 loss
TriBeCa Productions, Jay Ward Productions, Capella International

Popular cartoon characters Rocky and Bullwinkle make their cinematic debut in this adventure tale combining animation with live-action.

Rotten Tomatoes’ critical consensus states: “Though the film stays true to the nature of the original cartoon, the script is disappointing and not funny.”

12. The Last Legion

2007 ‧ Action/Adventure ‧ 1h 50m

The Last Legion
The Last Legion: $67,000,000 budget / $25,357,771 worldwide gross = $41,643,000 loss
De Laurentiis Company

A barbarian army storms Rome on the eve of the coronation of 12-year-old Romulus Augustus.

Rotten Tomatoes’ critical consensus states: “With miscast leads and unoriginal, uninspired dialogue, The Last Legion pales in comparison to the recent cinematic epics it invokes.”

Hudson Hawk

1991 ‧ Comedy/Action ‧ 1h 40m

Hudson Hawk
Hudson Hawk: $65,000,000 budget / $17,218,916 worldwide gross = $47,782,000 loss
Silver Pictures

Eddie, known as Hudson Hawk, is just out of prison and attempts to lead an honest life.

Rotten Tomatoes’ critical consensus states: “Hudson Hawk’s kitchen-sink approach to its blend of action and slapstick results in a surreal, baffling misfire.”

11. Father’s Day

1997 ‧ Comedy/Buddy ‧ 1h 39m

Father's Day
Father’s Day: $85,000,000 budget / $35,681,080 worldwide gross = $49,319,000 loss

A woman contacts a pair of ex-partners and tells each he is her son’s father.

Film School Rejects praised Father’s Day, stating: “This is what Grindhouse films should aspire to be.”

10. Legends of Oz: Dorothy’s Return

2013 ‧ Family/Musical ‧ 1h 32m

Legends of Oz: Dorothy’s Return
Legends of Oz: Dorothy’s Return: $70,000,000 budget / $20,107,933 worldwide gross = $49,893,000 loss
Prana Studios

Straight after returning to Kansas, Dorothy finds herself whisked back to Oz.

Rotten Tomatoes’ critical consensus states: “Faced with the choice between staying in or seeing Legends of Oz: Dorothy’s Return, most filmgoers will be forced to conclude that there’s no place like home.”

9. R.I.P.D.

2013 ‧ Comedy/Action ‧ 1h 36m

R.I.P.D: $130,000,000 budget / $79,076,678 worldwide gross = $50,924,000 loss
Dark Horse Entertainment, Original Film, Universal Pictures, Relativity Media

In the afterlife, a detective is hired by a director of a group of dead police officers to battle renegade ghosts.

Rotten Tomatoes’ critical consensus states: “It has its moments — most of them courtesy of Jeff Bridges’ rootin’ tootin’ performance as an undead Wild West sheriff — but R.I.P.D. is ultimately too dim-witted and formulaic to satisfy.”

8. Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within

2001 ‧ Sci-fi/Adventure ‧ 1h 53m

Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within
Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within: $137,000,000 budget / $85,131,830 worldwide gross = $51,869,000 loss
Columbia Pictures

A scientist readies herself on Earth in the year 2065 to successfully tackle an alien invasion.

Rotten Tomatoes’ critical consensus states: “The movie raises the bar for computer-animated movies, but the story is dull and emotionally removed.”

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7. Osmosis Jones

2001 ‧ Family/Comedy ‧ 1h 35m

Osmosis Jones
Osmosis Jones: $70,000,000 budget / $13,596,911 worldwide gross = $56,404,000 loss
Warner Bros. Feature Animation, Conundrum Entertainment

A maverick white blood cell cop named Osmosis Jones attempts to save the world

Rotten Tomatoes’ critical consensus states: “The animated portion of Osmosis is zippy and fun, but the live-action portion is lethargic.”

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6. Playmobil: The Movie

2019 ‧ Family/Musical ‧ 1h 50m

Playmobil: The Movie
Playmobil: The Movie: $75,000,000 budget / $16,286,699 worldwide gross = $58,714,000 loss
ON Animation Studios, STX Entertainment, Method Animation, Morgen Studios, Wild Bunch Distribution

Two brothers are magically transported to the fantastical world of Playmobil.

Rotten Tomatoes’ critical consensus states: “Much like the toys it advertises, Playmobil: The Movie seems sadly destined to be regarded as a superficially similar yet less desirable alternative to the competition.”

5. Stealth

2005 ‧ Action/Thriller ‧ 2h 1m

Stealth: $138,000,000 budget / $76,416,746 worldwide gross = $61,584,000 loss
Columbia Pictures

A trio of fighter pilots are tasked with deactivating an artificial intelligence-enabled fighter bomber that develops develops sentience

Rotten Tomatoes’ critical consensus states: “Loud, preposterous, and predictable, Stealth borrows heavily and unsuccessfully from Top Gun and 2001.”

4. The 13th Warrior

1999 ‧ Action/Adventure ‧ 1h 43m

The 13th Warrior
The 13th Warrior: $125,000,000 budget / $61,698,899 worldwide gross = $63,302,000 loss
Touchstone Pictures

A man joins a band of Viking warriors to fight a supernatural enemy.

Rotten Tomatoes’ critical consensus states: “Atmospheric, great sets and costumes, but thin plot.”

3. The Alamo

2004 ‧ War/Western ‧ 2h 17m

The Alamo
The Alamo: $92,000,000 budget / $23,911,362 worldwide gross = $68,089,000 loss
Touchstone Pictures, Imagine Entertainment

This historic epic is on the 1836 standoff between a group of Texan and Tejano men.

Rotten Tomatoes’ critical consensus states: “Too conventional and un-involving to be memorable”

2. The Adventures of Pluto Nash

2002 ‧ Sci-fi/Comedy ‧ 1h 35m

The Adventures of Pluto Nash
Costumes of the film The Adventure Of Pluto Nash by costume designer Ha Nguyen are seen at the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising on February 14, 2003 in Los Angeles. The Adventure Of Pluto Nash: $4,411,102 budget / $7,094,995 worldwide gross = $92,906,000 loss
Michel Boutefeu/Getty Images

This outer-space comedy is widely regarded as one of Eddie Murphy’s worst movies.

Rotten Tomatoes ranked the film 79th in the 100 worst 2000s decade movies list and its critical consensus states: “The Adventures of Pluto Nash is neither adventurous nor funny, and Eddie Murphy is on autopilot in this notorious box office bomb.”

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1. Town & Country

2001 ‧ Comedy/Romance ‧ 1h 44m

 Town & Country
Goldie Hawn and Diane Keaton have dinner with two men in a scene from the film Town & Country, 2001. Town & Country: $105,000,000 budget / $10,364,769 worldwide gross = $94,636,000 loss
New Line Cinema/Getty Images

$105,000,000 budget / $10,364,769 worldwide gross = $94,636,000 loss
A man in midlife finds himself at crossroads with his wife and two longtime friends.

Endless rewrites and a nearly two-year-long shoot led this star-studded farcical comedy to notoriously generate almost a $100 million loss.

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