The film industry is full of risks, and while some movies become critical and commercial successes, others end up as monumental failures. While box office bombs are a common occurrence in Hollywood, some flops are so catastrophic that they make headlines and go down in history as some of the biggest failures of all time. From high-profile productions with big budgets to star-studded cast to adaptations of beloved franchises, these 10 box office bombs represent some of the most expensive and notorious failures in the history of cinema.
“John Carter” (2012)
- This big-budget sci-fi adventure film was based on the classic Edgar Rice Burroughs novels and was directed by Andrew Stanton, the mastermind behind the beloved Pixar films “Finding Nemo” and “WALL-E.” Despite its impressive pedigree, “John Carter” was a critical and commercial failure, grossing just $73 million on a budget of $263 million. The film was plagued by production difficulties and suffered from poor marketing, which left audiences confused and disinterested.
“Mars Needs Moms” (2011)
- This animated film was produced by Disney and directed by Simon Wells, the great-grandson of H.G. Wells. The film was supposed to be a hit for Disney, but it was a massive flop, grossing just $39 million on a budget of $150 million. The film suffered from poor reviews, poor marketing, and a general lack of interest from audiences, who were unimpressed by the film’s animation and its unengaging storyline.