7 Most Expensive Box Office Bombs
For how long movies take to film, for how much heart the actors put into the performances, with all the money it takes to produce them, sometimes it’s just not worth it. When these movies were being made, nobody expected them to fail as miserably as they did. Here are 7 of the lowest-earning box-office flops we’ve seen:
The Lone Ranger (2013)
You’d think a producer and actor dream-team, like Jerry Bruckheimer and Johnny Depp, would be a recipe for box office gold, but that wasn’t the case with Disney’s The Lone Ranger. Hoping it would take off as the next big movie franchise, Disney poured over $225 million into the film; but in a performance that’s almost as cringe worthy as Johnny Depp’s controversial “redface” Tonto impression, it only made back a measly $175.5 million and was panned by critics.
Back in the good old days of the early 00s, everyone was way into Juicy Couture tracksuits, trucker hats and of course, the original “Bennifer”. Columbia Pictures shelled out $75.6 million to make Gigli and cast celebrity love-birds Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez as a greasy, misogynistic loan shark and a lesbian hit-woman, who apparently just “hadn’t found the right man” yet. The movie was torn apart by audiences and critics alike and the turnout dropped a record-setting 97% after its opening weekend, leading Columbia to pull all remaining ads for the film.
The Fall of the Roman Empire(1964)
Not even the combined star power of Sophia Loren, Sir Alec Guinness, Christopher Plummer and Omar Sharif was enough to save this Paramount-produced swords ‘n sandals epic from bombing at the box office. With a massive-for-the-time $20 million budget ($154 million today), the film used a record-breaking 8,000 extras for a single battle scene and still holds the record for the biggest outdoor movie set with its 55 acre Roman Forum replica. But all that wasn’t enough to impress movie goers and the film only grossed $4.75 million ($36 million today), forcing its producer Samuel Bronston to file for bankruptcy.