Inevitably there is a focus on the top films and the top actors, but nobody seems to want to discuss the elephant in the room – I’m talking about the terrible films nobody wants to watch or even ever did watch. Despite containing decent casts and crews these film never seemed to want to fly. (Please be aware that this isn’t an exhaustive list but we’ve done our best to be as thorough as possible.)
1 Mars Needs Moms (2011)
Sorry what was that? Yes, Mars Need Moms! This epic failure is surprisingly a Disney production. It was directed by Simon Wells whom directed The Time Machine and The Prince of Egypt. He was also involved in the production of Madagascar, Chicken Run and Who Framed Roger Rabbit. It comes as a surprise then that as he has a wealth of experience under his belt he was involved in this Hollywood implosion. I’m actually surprised that it didn’t go directly to video, I don’t think the studio could have justified this having spent a total of £90 million GBP on the production though. The film lost a total of £67million GBP. It’s difficult to understand why the film was such a let-down as there were very experienced people working on the production.
2 The Adventures of Pluto Nash (2002)
This film stars some reasonably talented actors such as Eddie Murphy, Randy Quaid, Rosario Dawson and one of the Flying Circus crew, John Cleese. Who could have predicted this silver screen sinking ship? The cost of the production was approximately £60 million GBP and only £4 million was taken at the box office, making a total loss of £56 million GBP. In terms of cost of production to financial return value, technically this lead balloon should be number one on this list. Set in the distant future Eddie Murphy (Pluto Nash) strives to maintain his lunar nightclub and tries to keep it away from the greedy hands of the interstellar mafia. Surprisingly I’d never heard of this film until I started researching this blog post. What a crying shame.
3 The Alamo (2004)
I remember seeing the 1960’s classic and this 2004 remake. To be honest I wasn’t impressed with either film. We need to clear something up from the beginning; the 2004 version isn’t a remake of the 1960’s version per se. It is however a retelling of the American Battle of the Alamo during the Texas Revolution. There are some heavy weight actors including Jason Patric, Billy Bob Thornton, Dennis Quaid and was co-produced by none other than Ron Howard. The films huge budget of £65 million GBP was never recovered and the film made a total loss of £49 million GBP. Personally I didn’t think it was that bad. It was probably miss-marketed.
4 Supernova (2000)
When the crew of the Nightingale 229 attempt to rescue the crew of a medical ship that has been adrift in deep space (not at all like Aliens) they receive a distress signal from a mining colony in a faraway galaxy. They rescue a young man from the colony and soon find themselves in danger from him, an alien artefact and a dangerously enormous star on the verge of going supernova. Surprisingly directed by Francis Ford Coppola and unsurprisingly staring James Spader, Robin Tunney and Lou Diamond Phillips who were all clearly in need of the work. The cost to produce the film was £54 million GBP and lost a total of £45 million GBP. That’s big loss by anyone’s standards. I wonder if we’ll see a Supernova 2 anytime soon.
5 Monkeybone (2001)
Monkeybone was actually nothing short of horrific in terms of plot and story. Let’s find out more about this work of genius: “In a coma, a cartoonist finds himself trapped within his own underground creation and must find a way to get back, whilst racing against his popular but treacherous character, Monkeybone” IMDB. So let’s move on to the financials, total cost of the film was £45 million GBP and lost a sobering £40 million GBP, now there’s a shocker!