Top 10 High Budgeted Flop Movies

Although big budget means great movies, it is not always true. Even big budgeted movies can turn out to be bigger flops. A movie must have the right mix to ensure its success, the right story, right actors and the right presentation. In fact if all these factors are placed properly, even a low budget movie can attract great reviews from its audiences and critics. Huge budgets do not guarantee huge hits. There have been many high budgeted films which have banged at the box office. Given below is a top 10 high budgeted flop movies.


1. Water World:

This was the most expensive films of the 90s starring Kevin Costner. The film received mixed reviews from its audience. The audience was hopeful that a film starring Kevin Costner would be a great epic to watch, however it did not fulfil their expectations. However with a budget of approximate 175 million dollars it was able to gross a total of $ 116.8 million.


2. Speed 2:

Cruise Control: Speed 2 made in 1997 was a sequel to Speed which was made in 1994 with a budget which was four times to that of the first part at approximate $160,000,000. The film opened with very bad collections at the box office. It won the award for the worst sequel or remake at the 18th Golden Raspberry Awards and was also nominated in the negative for eight other categories.


3. Stealth:

Another science fiction that turns out to be a big flop at the box office. Although the movie was full of fighter planes, robotic planes and a lot of action in the air which was shot on actual aircraft carriers, it failed to gather attention of the public and the critics. The movie was made with a budget of approximately 135 million dollars. Its worldwide sales came to almost $76,932,872 only. In fact it was considered as one of the biggest flops release by Columbia Pictures in the year 2005.


4. Cut-Throat Island:

This movie is based on the journey of a pirate to Cut Throat Island, to find hidden treasure. The high expectations were shattered when the movie released. It is considered a huge big budget flop at the box office. It was such a disaster that its name was mentioned in the Guinness Book of World Records as the biggest box office flop of all times. The estimated budget was 92 million dollars but its collections at the U.S. box office were only around 11 million dollars.


5. The Adventures of Pluto Nash:

This film was supposed to be a comedy based on science fiction, but it turned out to be a tragedy at the box office. It was considered to be the worst flop of all times. It had a whooping budget of 100 million dollars out of which it was able to recover approximately $ 7.1 million. After watching the movie people actually wondered, why the budget was so high for such a shabbily made movie.


6. Battlefield Earth:

A Saga of the Year 3000: The film is based on earth, many years in the future, being ruled by aliens and the rebellion by the humans staying there. It had a bad opening at the box office and was also panned by the critics. The movie was such a disaster that it earned a total of nine Golden Raspberry awards, one of them being for the worst picture of the decade. It had two nominations for the worst supporting actor and the worst actor of the decade. With an approximate 75 million dollar budget including filming and marketing costs, the film was able to attract sales of only 21.4 million dollars in the U.S. and 8.2 million dollars from countries other than the U.S.


7. Ishtar:

It was a comedy film directed by Elaine May in 1987. The casting of the film was huge with stars like Warren Beatty and Dustin Hoffman starring in it. However even with a big star cast, the film was not able to gather crowds at cinema halls. In fact it was a big failure at the box office and gained bad reviews from its viewers. In North America it was able to collect only 14.3 million dollars against its budget of 55 million dollars.


8. Gigli:

The film star cast included Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez who were romantically involved in 2003. It was hoped that this publicity stunt would prove to be beneficial for the film. However the film banged at the box office and failed to gain its audience and the critics applaud. Some also called it the worst movie of 2003. It won six Golden Raspberry Awards for being the ‘worst’ in many matters. It had a budget of 54 million dollars out of which its revenue was only $ 7,266,209.


9. Cleopatra:

This was a film made in the year 1963. It was based on Cleopatra VII, the Queen of Egypt. The planning went slightly haywire, as Fox considered it to be a masterpiece and went on increasing its budget. But when the film released everything related to the film was considered a disaster. The total cost incurred on filming it was around 44 million dollars out of which the receipts came to 26 million dollars only.


10. Heaven’s Gate:

A 1980 movie, Heaven’s Gate is another disaster in the list of high budgeted flop films. It was known for all the negative things. The cost of the film and time taken to complete it were overrun, the press gave it negative publicity and viewers along with the critics gave it a very poor rating. Domestically it earned only 3 million dollars compared to its budget of approximately 44 million dollars.


The list of films given above proves that the budget does not decide the fate of the film. A film may have everything, a huge budget, great action and the biggest star cast, but unless it touches the heart of the audiences, it can still become the worst flop film ever made. Well money can’t buy everything, can it?


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