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.

And that is despite being directed by Andrew Stanton, the CGI genius behind Oscar-winning movies Finding Nemo and Wall-E.

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.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, last year’s biggest box office flop was another Disney movie, Mars Needs Moms, which cost $150m to make and only took $39m at the box office.

Red Planet, starring Carrie-Anne Moss and Val Kilmer, was another science fiction film flop.

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.

via BBC News – A brief history of big screen flops.

Strange Random Flop Quote:

I prefer to remake flops. Dirty Rotten Scoundrels was a remake of a flop, and The Quiet American is a remake of a flop. – Michael Caine

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