7 Most Expensive Box Office Bombs

John Carter (2012)

This adaptation of Edgar Rice Burroughs’s pulp sci-fi story Princess of Mars had been in the works at Disney for decades, but judging by the turnout audiences still weren’t ready for John Carter when it came out in 2012. The fantasy adventure film about a military captain doing battle in space had a bloated budget of more than $250 million with an additional $100 million spent on marketing, although you wouldn’t have guessed it based on the lackluster advertising.

Between the bland promotional campaign and the obscurity of the source material, the film was deemed a failure, costing over $350 million to make and only grossing little more than half of that, $200 million. That may not seem like a failure, but it was estimated that it would’ve needed to pull in triple that amount just to break even.

Monkey Bone (2001)

Why 20th Century Fox thought the world needed a darkly Freudian, half live action, half animated comedy starring Brendan Fraser, we’ll never know. Looking back, they are probably still asking themselves that question considering that the film only brought in a paltry $7.5 million to offset its $75 million budget. While it may not have succeeded at the box office, some film fans have consider Monkeybone to be among the “it’s so bad it’s good” movies and has since developed a cult following.


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Mars Needs Moms (2011)

Yet another epic fail for Disney came in the form of Robert Zemeckis’ Mars Needs Moms. The 3D motion capture animation style that worked so well in his previous animated hit, The Polar Express, somehow looked creepy in Mars which is thought to have kept audiences away. That combined with many children’s apparent distaste for movies with the word “mom” in the title, meant the $150 million dollar film was doomed to be a flop and only earned back a disappointing $6.9 million.

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