Any film that cost more to make than it takes in revenue at the Box-Office is termed a flop or it is known to have Bombed. Often films have to double their budgets to become actually profitable, most of these flops occur in the summer when there is great competition. So, what are the reasons for a film Bombing? There are many variants to explain this, but competition is a major factor and poor studio promotion another. Perhaps word gets out that is negative, critical reviews etc. but sometimes films are just plain bad, and this is the real reason why it is a flop. Even the best directors in the business have suffered a flop including: Ang Lee, Stephen Spielberg, George Lucas and Brian DePalma. With such elite company as this, making a flop seems to be relatively easy, let’s take a look at some of the worst flops ever released.
The 13th Warrior 1999 – Loss $183m
An historical film based on the novel Eaters of the Dead, it follows loosely the Norse fable of Beowulf. Even though the cast was strong, featuring Anthony Banderas, Diane Venora, Omar Sharif and Clive Russel the plot is about as close to the fable as Sleeping Beauty would have been. The biggest problem with this film is that the story line does not drive the special effects, it seems completely the other way around, and really the whole thing ends up quite a mess. The effects (which are not particularly good) rule the roost and the story is shoehorned into the action as it rambles on incoherently.
Ronin 2013 – Loss $151m
An American adaptation of a true Japanese story of 47 Ronin who have been disgraced and master-less. The Ronin try to reclaim some of their lost honour and to avenge their master’s death. Why a troll wielding a mace, a samurai with two guns, a fire-breathing-dragon are all included in this terrible production is baffling. Despite all this, it is quite an enjoyable film but was hampered by a huge budget.
Cutthroat Island 1995 – Loss $137m
This film was supposedly to be the answer to Pirates of the Caribbean and was one cataclysmal disaster. It was single handily responsible for ruining the careers of the actors and anybody else associated with this diatribe. Geena Davis tries her very best to rescue this film during its inane plot and rather unconvincing action.
Mars Need Moms 2011 – Loss $137m
Directed by Robert Zemeckis, and from the Disney empire, this animated film cost $150m dollars to make but actually only took a staggering $6.9 million at the Box-Office. Many times, a film that flops in America can be rescued by international money, but that was not the case in this Sci-Fi flop. Critics have said it was due to audiences not seeming to like motion-capture technology, but if this was the case why was Avatar such a huge hit?
All these films were colossal failures, they all had top actors, great directors, large studios and massive amounts of money thrown at them but still they all Bombed. The real reason they all flopped was that the storylines were unconvincing, and they tried to be too adventurous either with technology or with their characters.