The Top 25 Summer Film Box Office Duds of All Time
Summer blockbusters in Hollywood are both extremely expensive and compete fiercely, resulting in the occasional box office catastrophe.
Washington Newsday analysed data provided by film industry site The Numbers of the most expensive movies released in the United States between May and August to generate this list of films that cost more to make than they made in revenue.
Films that did not repay their budgets at the global box office were then selected, while those released during the COVID-19 epidemic were overlooked.
25.Land of the Lost (2009) 1h 42m Comedy/Adventure
Unwittingly, a dinosaur expert and two buddies are transported millions of years back in time.
“Only loosely based on the original TV series, Land of the Lost is much less kid-friendly and feels more like a series of uneven sketches than a cohesive adventure comedy,” according to Rotten Tomatoes.
Amazon has a streaming version of Land of the Lost available.
Agora is a 2009 adventure/drama film that runs for 2 hours and 21 minutes.
Hypatia, a Greek philosopher and teacher, is hunted down in Ancient Rome.
“I went to watch Agora anticipating an epic with swords, sandals, and sex,” noted movie critic Roger Ebert. I discovered swords and sandals, as well as some surprising sex opinions.”
Agora is available to watch on Amazon Prime Video.
1997 Sci-Fi/Horror 1h 37m Event Horizon
Astronauts are dispatched to inspect a mysteriously reappearing spaceship near Neptune.
“Despite a solid opening that promises sci-fi thrills, Event Horizon swiftly devolves into an exercise in style over content, whose flashy VFX and gratuitous gore fail to disguise its over-reliance on horror clichés,” according to Rotten Tomatoes’ critical consensus.
The House on the Hill
1h 16m 2004 Family/Musical
Budget: $110,000,000 / global gross: $76,482,461 = $33,518,000 loss Three cows resolve to defend their farm against a ruthless criminal who has made a claim to it.
“Though Home on the Range is enjoyable and may keep small children preoccupied, it’s one of Disney’s more average movies, with garish visuals and a bland plot,” says Rotten Tomatoes.
Exorcist: The Beginning is a 2004 horror/psychological thriller that runs for 1 hour and 56 minutes.
Budget: $78,000,000 / global gross: $43,957,541 = $34,043,000 loss A guy who is plagued by his wartime experiences visits a fifth-century Byzantine church.
Exorcist: The Beginning was described by William Peter Blatty, the screenwriter of The Exorcist, as his “most humiliating professional experience.”
This is a succinct summary.