The Quick 10: 10 of the Biggest Movie Failures Ever

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Giving a movie a blockbuster-sized budget doesn't always guarantee a blockbuster at the box office. Here are a few big-budget flops that left theatergoers cold.

1. Town and Country. You would think with amazing stars like Warren Beatty, Diane Keaton and Goldie Hawn, this movie could do no wrong. Well, it did. It lost something to the tune of $100 million. Diane Keaton came out of it OK though - she went on to star in Something's Gotta Give less than three years later, which was a huge success.
2. Stealth. Famously known as the mess that Jamie Foxx starred in after his Oscar-winning performance in Ray, Stealth lost more than $60 million.
3. The Adventures of Pluto Nash. You surely remember this Eddie Murphy bomb, and no doubt Warner Brothers does too, because it had a $120 million budget and only made $7 million. I'm guessing we won't be seeing The Further Adventures of Pluto Nash anytime soon…

4. Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within. Compared to some of these, a loss of $50 million doesn't seem that bad, but it was bad enough to cause the demise of Square Pictures, the studio that animated it.

5. The 13th Warrior. Even the charming Antonio Banderas couldn't save this one - it lost nearly $100 million and was declared a terrible movie to boot. Roger Ebert noted the expensive set pieces and said perhaps more time should have been dedicating to telling a story that "might make us care."

6. Cutthroat Island. The Guinness Book of World Records listed this Geena Davis flick as the #1 box office bomb of all time, and indeed, it bankrupted Carolco Pictures when it lost roughly $100 million ($147 million according to some inflation figures).
7. Sahara. Although this movie opened at #1 at the box office, it cost so much to make it couldn't possibly perform at the levels it needed to in order to make it worth it. The price tag? $241 million. The gross? $119 million.
8. The Sorcerer's Apprentice. Being a Disney purist and not being much of a Nicolas Cage fan, I was against this one from the second I heard about it. And I guess I wasn't the only one, because it lost $83 million.

9. The Alamo. We're talking the 2004 version, not the 1960 John Wayne movie. This one, starring Billy Bob Thornton and Dennis Quaid, cost $145 mil to make and made just 25 of that million back.

10. The Postman. When a movie costs $80 million to make (not even including marketing efforts), it's pretty sad when it only returns $18 million. It was critically panned as well - Siskel referred to the Costner vehicle as Dances with Myself.

These are just a few of the biggest bombs in Hollywood - I bet you can think of a few more. What big-budget movies do you think were terrible?

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