10 Of The Biggest Movie Flops Of The Decade

10 Of The Biggest Movie Flops Of The Decade


[Narrator] In one year, Disney
grossed over $2.7 billion on “Avengers: Endgame”
and lost $170 million on “Dark Phoenix” and other titles. Turns out that in the 2010s,
not even bankable stars, big marketing campaigns, or impressive CGI can guarantee box office success. We’re going to take a look
at exactly what went wrong with some of the most expensive
movie flops of the decade. We’ve drawn up a list
using reported losses from various media outlets. “I am telling you, I am nobody.” [Narrator] “Jupiter Ascending.” The problem wasn’t its
cast members Mila Kunis and Channing Tatum, or
even the bizarre plot of a cleaning lady with an
interplanetary inheritance. It was overspending. Directors the Wachowskis
had previously worked with Studio 8 President Jeff Robinov on the 1999 hit “The Matrix.” Robinov signed off on
casting and production design and approved a huge
budget but left the studio before the films’ completion. Fixing VFX issues prerelease
also added to the mix. The movie opened to poor reviews, and you can guess what happened next. Name a film from the past decade featuring anthropomorphised,
shape-shifting cars and trucks. You’re probably thinking
of a “Transformers” movie. And there’s a reason why you wouldn’t know the bomb “Monster Trucks,”
about a high-school senior who discovers a creature
that feeds on oil. Part of its failure
can be blamed on a lack of on-screen talent, with Lucas Till not providing much of an audience draw. Also, in the age of
successful animated features, targeting the kids market
with a live-action cars movie that wasn’t based on a
well-known Nickelodeon or Hasbro property was a big risk. “I like a good adventure.” “I’m looking for an adventure of my own.” [Narrator] This movie not
only changed its title months before opening but also
underwent a change in director. The movie was originally titled “Jack the Giant Killer,” which
suggests that it was planned to be a grittier, edgier
retelling of Roald Dahl’s “Jack and the Beanstalk.” It also suffered from a
glut of similar releases. It came out shortly after Jeremy Renner’s “Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters,” another childlike fantasy flick. “You didn’t eat your broccoli.” “No broccoli, no TV.” [Narrator] Disney’s animated feature sold just $6.9 million in tickets in its North
America opening weekend. The plot line of a child
whose mother is taken away from him was off-putting
for family audiences, as was the unique animation style. Producer Robert Zemeckis opted
for motion capture instead of hand-drawn or Pixar
style of computer animation, which led to comments about characters’ unnatural facial expressions
being terrifying. “I long for the day that
I can come back for you” “and explain everything.” [Narrator] By 2015,
starring in crowd pleasers such as “Les Miserables”
and the “X-Men” franchise had to put Hugh Jackman
in a bankable position as a leading man. But this adaptation of the classic JM Barrie children’s story
“Peter Pan” was criticized for its simple plot and
pantomime performances. After flopping with domestic audiences, it went on to underperform in the world’s second-largest
film market: China. Why? It was released during a summer of competitive family-friendly films, such as French animated
feature “The Little Prince” and Marvel’s “Ant-Man.” Poor Hugh. “It is inevitable.” [Narrator] “King Arthur:
Legend of the Sword” was panned by critics and made just $15 million
in its opening weekend. This would be manageable for
a small-budget British movie, but it was the exact opposite: a Guy Ritchie-directed Warner Bros. flick that cost millions. So why did it tank so bad? Idris Elba and Colin Farrell are rumored to have turned down roles, leaving Jude Law as the only A-lister. And the story wasn’t new. Home audiences were already
familiar with an adaption of the King Arthur legend
starring Clive Owen which flopped in 2004. Nowadays he’s the internet’s boyfriend. “You’re breathtaking.” [Narrator] But in 2013,
Keanu Reeves hadn’t had a hit since 2003’s “The Matrix Revolutions.” Samurai fantasy-adventure
“47 Ronin” followed a string of misses for the star,
such as “Constantine” and “The Day the Earth Stood Still.” The movie’s release date didn’t help, competing in a December
box office already packed with “The Wolf of Wall Street,” the “Hobbit” sequel, “American Hustle,” “Saving Mr. Banks,” and “Anchorman 2.” “Boy.” [Narrator] You’d need to
be a committed movie buff to watch all those releases
over the festive period. But we love you no matter what, Keanu. Producer Peter Jackson of
“Lord of the Rings” fame taking on a beloved seven-book
series by Philip Reeve sounds like a license to print money. But “Mortal Engines” took a crushingly low $7.5 million across 3,103 theaters at the domestic box office. There were some obvious
reasons it flopped: lack of star power, confusing narrative about cannibalistic megacities, and a woman with a mysterious destiny. But what really crushed it was the surprising box office smashes of release-adjacent movies. Clint Eastwood’s “The
Mule” made $17.5 million in its opening, one of the highest ever for an Eastwood movie. And family audiences were drawn to “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse,” which piggybacked on the superhero trend. “That’s a copy.” [Narrator] There are
negative movie reviews, and then there are the reviews
that “The Lone Ranger” got on its opening weekend. On paper, it sounded great:
reuniting Johnny Depp with the team behind
“Pirates of the Caribbean” and adding Armie Hammer,
who was a rising star thanks to “The Social Network.” But critics called this 149-minute outing too long and clunky. The Guardian reported
that the filmmakers tried to scale down the budget
after being spooked by other modern Westerns bombing, such as 2011’s “Cowboys & Aliens.” But the budget soon spiraled again, to the tune of $215 million. Coming in at number one is one of the biggest box office flops of all time: Disney’s “John Carter.” What really killed this
one was the trailers. First, was a teaser
featuring a morose cover of Arcade Fire’s “My Body is a Cage,” which featured no real action. ♪ From dancing with the one I love ♪ [Narrator] Further trailers
displayed the movie as the most generic, boring blockbuster. It had no real star power and
a glut of special effects. Andrew Stanton, who also
directed “Finding Nemo” and “Wall-E,” reportedly
overrode Disney marketing execs to have the final say on
the promotional material. Which, let’s be honest, was an error. Even the “of Mars” was
ditched from the title. The movie is based on Edgar
Rice Burroughs’s 1917 story “A Princess of Mars.” But just “John Carter” was as
vague as it was going to get. Critics weren’t kind to it either. It went on to eventually
lose close to $224 million. A little nod here to the also-rans, including “Deepwater
Horizon,” “How Do You Know,” and “The Promise.” Did you go to see any of
these box office disasters? Comment below.

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  1. i don't understand. how do you calculate, for example John Carter: budget 300m, box office 280m. so they lost only 20m not 200

  2. 10. Jupiter Ascending
    9. Monster Trucks
    8. Jack The Giant Slayer
    7. Mars Needs Moms
    6. Pan
    5. King Arthur Legend of the Sword
    4. 47 Ronin
    3. Mortal Engines
    2. The Lone Ranger
    1. John Carter

  3. What about The Last Airbender? They intended to make the Avatar franchise the 'Next Harry Potter' and Lotr by making them in movie format. Not only was it really bad, it was disrespectful to the people who made the original, the cultures it was based of and the whole story. It even robbed the original animated series of a season 4.

  4. I loved Lone Ranger and John Carter, and saw both on the big screen. I’ve seen the latter again recently and it still holds up.

  5. I love King Arthur: Legend of the Sword. It's beautiful, actually. And the story good, too..

    John Carter too..
    Flop movies doesn't mean it's bad..

  6. Unclear as to how the losses in this video are calculated. Like if the budget was 100mil and it turned out a 100 mil loss. How does that happen? With regards to the King Arthur movie…

  7. I’ve seen most of these (yes I do regret it) but what surprised me most is I’ve never even heard of John carter? What is that movie and when did it come out?

  8. How is cats not on here, so highly budgeted and with one of the lowest ratings in history. It is surely one of the biggest flops

  9. Did you guys just called the rated R Hansel and Gretel witchhunters a child fantasy flick? … this is what cultural level love you don’t know anything about the movie when wrote this piece.

  10. Almost all of the movies that really flopped were pushing "woke" white-man bashing messages. We're all sick of that. It's odd that you didn't mention it.

  11. A lot of these failed because of bad advertising and wrong dates of release, i truly think john carter was ok (better than some of marvel movies aka thor 1 and 2) and that 47 ronin while not great, was an interesting idea (maybe the editing made the story line kind of confusing)

  12. yo wtf mars needs moms was pretty damn good considering i was a 1st grader when i watched it but hey it wasn't THAT bad.

  13. yall really just said spider verse piggybacked on the superhero trend…. its a great movie in itself with great animations and storyline

  14. Next decade

    “The worst rated movies of the last decade”

    “Number 1 ca…”

    Movie producers”STOP IN THE NAME OF THE LAW”

  15. Actually the Emoji Movie is top 30 in cash grab of all time in the world for the movie plus all the advertisement money they got from candy crush facebook youtube twitter and so much more.

  16. Just because it didn't make a ton load of money on its opening doesn't make it a bad move a couple of these films now have cult classic following and are really great films to watch . taking a shit load of money on opening doesn't make something a great film

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