BBC News – A brief history of big screen flops
Fantasy film John Carter is on course to be the biggest movie flop of all time – but which films have met a similar fate in recent years?
Disney admits it expects to lose $200m (£126m) on the science fiction film.
The Mars-based epic, based on Edgar Rice Burroughs‘ galactic adventurer, has been panned by critics.
Admittedly, it was his first foray into live action but you might think that a big-name director would guarantee box office success.
But there is no sure-fire formula.
John Carter is not the only movie which has failed to live up to the hype in the history of cinema.
In fact, it is not even the only Mars-themed movie to have been cursed.
Released in 2000, it lost $82.4m worldwide, taking inflation into account.
Indeed, Disney may even have been aware of the curse – it deleted the words “Of Mars” from John Carter’s original title, fearing it was box office poison.
Strange Random Flop Quote:
- John Carter flop to cost Walt Disney $200m – BBC News (bbc.co.uk)
- JOHN CARTER LOSS: Disney Film Officially One of History’s Biggest Flops (blippitt.com)
- Disney Expects $200 Million Loss From ‘John Carter’ Flop (inquisitr.com)
- Disney’s John Carter a $250M Flop (newser.com)
- Disney To Take $200M Charge On Epic Flop ‘John Carter’ (forbes.com)
- Disney says ‘John Carter’ to lose $200 million (ctv.ca)
- Disney will lose $200 million on ‘John Carter’ (insidemovies.ew.com)
- Another Disney Movie Ranks Among the Biggest Flops (geobrava.wordpress.com)
Posted on March 20, 2012, in Article and tagged Andrew Stanton, Carrie-Anne Moss, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Edgar Rice Burrough, Finding Nemo, Hollywood Reporter, John Carter, Mars Needs Moms, Quiet American, Val Kilmer. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.