While any film that fails to meet box office expectations is often labeled a flop, even today’s big-budget failures can’t compare to some of the biggest financial disasters in the history of film when adjusted for inflation (numbers courtesy of FilmSite.org). Here are the eight biggest film box office disasters of all-time and how their losses measure up to modern standards of box office bombs.
8. John Carter (2012) — Estimated losses: $125 million
One of the newer box office flops on our list, John Carter was Disney’s attempt to build a movie franchise based on a series of science fantasy novels by Edgar Rice Burroughs. Unfortunately for Disney, John Carter was a financial disaster, and FilmSite.org estimates that it lost approximately $125 million after production and marketing costs are taken into account. While John Carter’s bloated budget of $264 million ( which doesn’t include additional marketing costs) made it harder for it to achieve profitability, its muddled plot didn’t do it any favors either. Here’s what the critics at Rotten Tomatoes had to say about the film, “While John Carter looks terrific and delivers its share of pulpy thrills, it also suffers from uneven pacing and occasionally incomprehensible plotting and characterization.” In other words, don’t hold your breath for John Carter 2.