These movies weren't good-bad, they were just plain bad...
We all know that Hollywood is a business first and foremost—and a booming one at that. Sure, movie attendance is down and Hollywood is scrambling a bit, but that doesn’t mean that there’s any lack of money in the film industry.
It’s also a completely unpredictable industry, which means that production companies will pump money into projects that probably should never have seen the light of day just because a specific star or name is attached… and that’s how you get your “box office bombs”—films that make less at the box office than they cost to produce and market.
Here are the biggest flops in Hollywood history and the reasons that people were not down to watch them!
No, no. Not that Doctor Dolittle. The one with Eddie Murphy was hilarious. It might not have been a masterpiece of a movie, but it definitely wasn’t as bad as this one was. This was the original—made in 1967 and directed by Richard Fleischer. Much like the 1997 remake, this movie musical is about a physician-turned-veterinarian, played by Rex Harrison, who can talk to animals… but apparently, it didn’t resonate with audiences in the same way that its remake did. It probably has to do with the poorly done animals talking part. As technology advanced it became a lot easier to do, as we can tell from Eddie Murphy’s version.
The widely-panned film was made for an estimated $17 million but only grossed about $9 million meaning that the studio loss was around $12 million (which is about $78 million when adjusted for inflation).
Cutthroat Island is considered the biggest box office flop of all time. The 1995 action-packed rom-com was troubled from the get-go with constant recasting, rewriting, and reshooting becoming the norm on-set. While technical elements of the final product were highly praised, the film received relatively mixed reviews and performed horribly at the box office.
The final cost of the of the production has been estimated at $98 million, but it only grossed $18.3 million. That’s a loss of $89 million ($140 million adjusted for inflation). The film has just a 38% rating on Rotten Tomatoes as a critic score and a 39% as an audience score. Geena Davis and Matthew Modine just weren’t good enough to keep people interested. If you see this one available to watch, it’s safe to say you might want to pass up the opportunity.
“Mars Needs Moms”
Mars Needs Moms was a much-hyped 2011 interstellar romp that reveled in antiquated female stereotypes—and it totally bombed all around. The film centered around the idea that a hidden Martian society needs “momness” in order to perfect their “nannybots.”
The complicated (and expensive) motion capture techniques used in the computer-animation along with last-minute casting changes drove up production costs. These factors and the film’s relatively poor reviews saddled the now-defunct ImageMovers with an over $100 million loss as the film only grossed about $40 million despite costing $150 million to produce. Mars Needs Moms has a whopping 37% on Rotten Tomatoes, and it’s a pretty well-known fact that the movie is trash. Director Simon Wells was involved with some good films like The Prince of Egypt and Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron. You probably wouldn’t even recognize any names from the cast of the movie. Most of them went on to do nothing.