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Some of the Biggest Box Office Flops of All Time Belong to Oscar Winners. WOMP WOMP!

By Jodi Clager | Seriously Random Lists | March 3, 2014 | Comments ()


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I calculated all of these flops by typing “biggest box office flops” into Google and clicking on Wikipedia. Then I looked at the formula used, total worldwide box office gross divided by 2 and then subtract the production budget, and it seemed legit. Now let’s point fingers, laugh, and remember that everyone has a bad day at work every once in a while.

Jeff Bridges: Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in 2010 for Crazy Heart.

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R.I.P.D. (2013) cost an estimated $130 million and grossed just over $74 million worldwide.

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Matthew McConaughey: Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in 2014 for Dallas Buyer’s Club.

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Sahara (2005) cost an estimated $130 million and grossed just over $119 million worldwide.

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Jamie Foxx: Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in 2004 for Ray.

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Stealth (2005) cost an estimated $135 million and grossed just over $76 million worldwide.

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Geena Davis: Best Actress in a Supporting Role in 1988 for The Accidental Tourist.

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Cutthroat Island (1995) cost an estimated $98 million and grossed just over $18 million worldwide.

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Warren Beatty: Best Director in 1981 for Reds.

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Goldie Hawn: Best Actress in a Supporting Role in 1969 for Cactus Flower.

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Diane Keaton: Best Actress in a Leading Role in 1978 for Annie Hall.

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Town & Country (2001) cost an estimated $90 million and grossed just over $10 million worldwide.

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Benicio del Toro: Best Actor in a Supporting Role in 2001 for Traffic.

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Anthony Hopkins: Best Actor in a Leading Role in 1991 for Silence of the Lambs.

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The Wolfman (2010) cost an estimated $150 million and grossed just over $139 million worldwide.

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Reese Witherspoon: Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in 2005 for Walk the Line.

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How Do You Know (2010) cost an estimated $120 million and grossed just over $48 million worldwide.

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Ben Kingsley: Best Actor in a Leading Role in 1983 for Ghandi.

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A Sound of Thunder (2005) cost an estimated $80 million and grossed just over $11 million worldwide.

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  • JacquelynnMorgan

    There are many reason for the Flops of Biggest Box office of all the time.
    http://safercolon-review.tumbl...

  • Gigi Agius

    I'm really surprised that Kevin Costner didn't make this list. I thought it would be impossible to make a list of flops made by Oscar winners and not include Waterworld.

  • TK

    I completely forgot that Stealth was a thing that happened.

    Fuck you for reminding me.

  • Arran

    The reunion of Stealth stars Foxx and Biel at the Oscars didn't remind you?

  • Carlinha

    So, Taylor Kitsch WILL win an Oscar someday, you see?

  • BigSpain

    We can only dream!

  • Jim

    Biel's head looks very badly dropped into that Stealth photo. I wonder if it ACTUALLY starred Witherspoon and Biel said
    "Listen, gimme a few hundred grand, 'shop me into the promo materials and we're good. No one's gonna actually WATCH that piece of garbage and I'll take the hit."

    And Witherspoon got out her cheque-book. I mean, did anyone here actually SEE the movie?

  • jennp421

    I did ... it was Biel. Although at one point, I was wondering if I had hallucinated that film when I started seeing previews for something with a similar premise - "did I not already see that?"

  • Jim

    That happens to me in Netflix all bloody time. "Oh, I think I'll watch a trashy piece of SF this evening." 10min later "Dear GOD, I saw this in the theatre."

  • Fabius_Maximus

    Kingsley doesn't count. He was in a Uwe Boll movie. The man plays anything as long as he gets paid.

  • I remember seeing an interview he had done where someone asked why, after he'd done 'Gandhi' and he'd done 'Schindler's List' and he'd done Shakespeare, he would do a Uwe Boll videogame movie. He said 'You know, I've just always wanted to play a vampire, and I never had the opportunity until now. Plus, they paid me quite a lot of money.'

  • Hey, the guy is honest, and he likes to have fun. I respect that a lot more than super-serious ACTORS who lose all sense of perspective.

    Plus, he's British, and British actors really do have a more "working actor" mindset than most American movie stars. Probably because so many of them are considered character actors here, so they don't really have time to get a big head.

  • I'm right there with him. If someone gave me a sack full of money to glue on some fangs, run around a castle in Romania and ham it up, there is no way I'd turn them down.

  • Some Guy

    I still don't understand how Sahara can be considered a box office flop for losing just over ten million dollars on such a high budget. As often as that damned movie is on TBS or AMC, lord knows they'll have made up any difference in DVD rentals/sales and licensing/broadcasting fees.

    Besides, how are you going to mention horrible movies by oscar winners and NOT point out that both McConaughey and Renee Zellweger starred in Texas Chainsaw Massacre 4: The Next Generation.

    It was released in theaters briefly, and only recouped a sixth of it's 600,000 dollar budget. Percentage wise, that's pretty big.

  • Pinky McLadybits

    I went by the list of movies I linked to. Had I gotten to Chainsaw Massacre 4: The Next Generation before Sahara, I would have listed it.

  • Arran

    It lost a lot more than that. There's actually an extensive article on how much it lost—kind of a case study, I guess.

    http://www.latimes.com/busines...

  • Boothy K

    Love the picture of Sandy B strutting with her Razzie. Such a great sense of humour!

  • I'm ashamed to admit I saw How Do You Know in theatres. Opening weekend.

  • BigSpain

    I took my mother, it was a holiday (Thanksgiving? Christmas Day). We got there late and had to sit in folding chairs in front of the stadium seating. The person behind me propped their socked feet on my chair. I was ready to stab everyone within reach by the end.

  • Jim

    And bless you for being the one who did. You took one for the team, really.

  • emmalita

    My favorite thing about Sahara was the dvd commentary with MMcConaughey and S Zahn talking like Sahara was the first of a series. It made me laugh much harder than the movie.

  • Mrs. Julien

    Say, does Dustin still do SRLs and if so, maybe one of the ten best DVD commentaries would be welcome. Good Will Hunting, The Aristocrats, Sense and Sensibility. Look at that! 30% done.

  • Sara_Tonin00

    Is that from the Dirk Pitt series of books though? Author Mcdonald or something? too lazy to google

  • Clive Cussler.

  • emmalita

    Yes, something like that.

  • Sara_Tonin00

    Thank you for indulging my laziness. :)

  • Miss Laaw-yuhr

    I don't care - I love Sahara. It's a hilariously shitastic wonderland chock full of terrific actors chewing the scenery. Whenever my sister or I have a problem we like to recite to one another "Got about two feet of good wood here (pats ship) so let's just hunker down and wait for the cavalry" (ship is then promptly strafed). Plus, Steve Zahn.

  • VonnegutSlut

    Plus: Delroy Lindo...and that's never a bad thing.

  • emmalita

    That was the experience I wanted to have, but did not. The only thing I remember about the movie now is listening to the commentary and yelling, "in your dreams Bongo Boy!" Of course, I'm eating those words now, and happy to do so.

  • Miss Laaw-yuhr

    Just come over, have a few drinks, watch it with my sister and I. Weigh in on the debate if McConahey used his penis to play his bongos (I am for; sis is against). And if he and Steve Zahn made a movie like that every year it would be a treat. Maybe they'd look for an Egyptian barge in Ireland or a Spanish galleon in Japan. Boats would be wrecked, viruses would be spread, warlord plots would be foiled. (sigh) Heaven.

  • emmalita

    It's a date.

  • $120M for a romantic comedy is absolutely batshit insane. Gravity didn't cost that much to make, and THEY FILMED IT IN SPACE.

  • Pajiba_Pragmatist

    I'm with you here Brian. I did a little digging, and we aren't the only ones to ask "huh?"

    Here's an article with our answers:

    THR has learned that the film, which centers on a love triangle, cost $120 million to make, though the studio drove that down to about $100 million thanks to tax rebates from Pennsylvania and D.C. One reason for the price tag is old-fashioned salaries for the pic's talent: Reese Witherspoon ($15 million), Jack Nicholson ($12 million), Owen Wilson ($10 million) and Paul Rudd ($3 million) received their quotes, and Brooks will earn about $10 million plus backend for writing, producing and directing. That's about $50 million for the major talent alone.

    The cost also was high because of the time Brooks devoted to production and postproduction and his decision to reshoot the beginning and end of the movie. "He's slow and meticulous," a person familiar with the production says.

  • DarthCorleone

    They must have spent a lot of it on P&A, but I barely remember hearing about the movie.

  • Whose genius idea was it to cast Matthew Modine as a PIRATE?

  • LwoodPDowd

    And are they connected to the person who decided to cast Christopher Atkins as a Pirate?

  • Mrs. Julien

    Oh dear God, I just remembered that I saw that movie in the theatre.

    The question should be whether they are connected to the person who decided to cast Christopher Atkins in ANYTHING.

  • Cowtools

    According to the book I read, that was after literally every leading man in Hollywood rejected the script.

  • BWeaves

    Ishtar?

  • Sara_Tonin00

    My thoughts exactly!

  • e jerry powell

    Yeah, that was after Reds, wasn't it. And the Heaven Can Wait remake.

    Let's face it, the pretty boy has made some serious stinkers.

  • Mrs. Julien

    True, but he has Reds and it's a masterpiece. You're as good as the best thing you ever did.

  • e jerry powell

    ... in principle...

  • And let's not forget, The Wolfman flopped AND it's an Academy Award-winning film. No, I don't know how the replacement CGI makeup that delayed the release of the film for a long time magically won an Oscar for fixing practical effects' mistakes.

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