The media will tell you that the shared cultural experience of watching a movie in a theater is on its way. As the budgets of the biggest movies go up and down, U.S. box office revenue fell five percent in 2019 (19659002) (19659002). While 2018 was up one percent, was a 25-year low in 2017 . This trend towards stagnation means an increased likelihood that films will crash and burn at the box office. Let's take a look at the rubble…
10. Cats (2019)
Loss: $ 71
This adaptation by Andrew Lloyd Webber in 1981 stage production had a rocky introduction to the public. That said, the audience didn't find the bizarre visions of Oscar winner Tom Hooper of people who charmingly imitate stray cats so much that they found it uncomfortably uncomfortable from the trailer's premiere on July 18, 2019. Even if an ideal balance between cat and human anatomy had been found for the characters, for example through the use of animation (as Steven Spielberg wanted it in the 90s), the film would not necessarily have done a good job would have. Even when the original was premiered, the New York Times beat up Cats because it " had no idea in its head " and that it only "vaguely" tried a story. Viewers tend to like an action in even the most unimaginative stories, making the decision to put $ 96 million in this production all the more puzzling.
With apparently everything stacked up against it and toxic test audience reception, even $ 115 million in advertising could not save it. U.S. $ 6.6 million was spent in the U.S. on December 20, 2019, and leg / overseas numbers were so bad that a loss of $ 71 million was pledged. Universal read the room with surprising slowness and pulled the disaster out of the Oscar controversy. Still, as unsuccessful as a family musical, Cats will likely live as a cult horror spectacle for decades.
. 9 Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018)
Loss: $ 80,000,000
Nobody expected that a Star Wars movie would lose money. Since 1977, every Star Wars film has been extremely lucrative, no matter how much it has been attacked by both fans and critics. The 2008 cartoon The Clone Wars which after 31 years of inflation was much cheaper than the original film and more critical than the punching bag of a film The Phantom Menace was more than the eight ~~ POS = TRUNC of his budget. What made this film based on the origin of one of the most popular characters in the franchise losing Disney money, even at a time when every Disney Star Wars film before and after that was more than a billion?  Much of the problem was problematic production. The original screenwriting / directorial team of Phil Lord and Chris Miller was released halfway through the production and replaced by Ron Howard, which meant that much of the film was remastered at a very expensive price. It was such a hectic situation that rumors arose that Alden Ehrenreich supposedly needed an acting coach, although Ehrenreich Vanity Fair said that the directors had actually brought a friend to the production who consulted the entire cast. Solo also appeared only five months after the critically acclaimed but shared by the audience Star Wars: The Last Jedi which had very little time for anticipation the new let film build up.
. 8 Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets (2017)
Loss: $ 83,000,000
Despite its darkness among mainstream audiences, this film had at least some lineage among science fiction fans. Based on the French comic from 1969 Valerian and Laureline by Jean-Claude Mézières, it either influenced the art design of the Star Wars original trilogy very strongly or bore an astonishingly similarity , from the design of planets to costumes and plot points (like inserting a character into floating animations in metal). Luc Besson was relatively enthusiastic about his hit from 2014 Lucy when the trailer for Valerian was released, so there was a chance of success for the $ 180 million spectacle.
When the film premiered in America on a weak $ 17 million and test audience there was a relatively bleak B-, many fingers were pointed to casting as the cause of the failure. Neither the stars Dane DeHaan nor Cara Delevigne were particularly big stars, which is why their relatively similar heights and facial features gave many viewers the unconscious feeling that the romantic leading roles looked related . Her appearances have also been criticized for lack of chemistry and general woodiness. Really, which actor could provide a dialogue like "If you don't help me find Valerian, this ball will find you convincing"? We have unusually accurate numbers of how many people have lost their jobs. Besson's production company Eurocorp dismissed 22 employees after the publication a little more than a quarter of their workforce.
. 7 Town & Country (2001)
Loss: $ 90 million
This film shouldn't be a big production. The original plan was to publish a relatively modest publication in 1998 with a budget of only about $ 45 million . After all, it is not a spectacle film. It's a comedy relationship about the character of Star Warren Beatty who cheats on his wife and Gary Shandling's character who grapples with his homosexuality. So why did the result more than double their budget, get delayed by three years, and so bad, in the end, that the studio never screened it for critics?
According to Michael DeLuca who directed the project for New Line Cinema, the central problem was that the film started production without a script. So there were numerous rewrites, re-shoots, and the story had no momentum. Even the legend Buck Henry from T he Graduate was unable to fix the script. So this $ 90 million film with about $ 10 million in advertising revenue was only so high that it covered its marketing budget. It was the last time that Warren Beatty received significant media attention until an Academy Awards took place in 2017 that was only slightly less catastrophic.
. 6 A Wrinkle in Time (2018)
Loss: $ 100 million
Madeleine L & # 39; Madame Newberry Award-winning 1962 novel about the Wallace children traveling through space to their physicist's father saving a giant brain has a problematic relationship with the Walt Disney company. In 1975 Disney tried to adapt it and abandoned the project. Also was worse in 2003 because they succeeded and made the embarrassing cheesy and hurried TV film of the book, which the author sharply criticized in an interview. Eventually, the 2018 story wreaked havoc on Disney when its release in March spectacularly failed despite appearances by stars like Oprah Winfrey.
Why failure? Part of the problem may be that the story is simply not suitable for film adaptation because it does not fit well into a three-act structure. Given the history, it is also the way in which a tesseract (the bending of space-time as a means of transport similar to the method used in Frank Herbert's Dune ) is explained in detail, it is not really the type of film with space for pulse-beating action or moody, though critics like Tasha Robinson from Vulture magazine went after it for being childish anyway.
One could also argue that director Ava DuVernay didn't go well with the production. Her biggest project to date was the relatively modest 2014 biopic by Martin Luther King Jr. Selma, which, at had $ 20 million less than a fifth of the budget she had managed for Disney. Most of her work was also socially aware dramas and documentaries with sounds quite different from child-friendly imaginations. It will undoubtedly take a while for her to be hired for another film like this, and it seems unlikely that she will want to appear at all.
. 5 Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas (2003)
Loss: $ 125 million
This is usually not included in the lists of legendary movie bombs, if for no other reason than people don't seem to remember , ever existed. It is certainly not a film that lacks family tree. It was made by Dreamworks and star Brad Pitt, Catherine Zeta-Jones and Michelle Pfeiffer. Sinbad's act of getting the Book of Peace back is fairly simple, and the quality of the animation has been praised. He also got mixed up to give decent ratings, with Roger Ebert for one giving it three and a half stars out of four.
Unfortunately, it was unlucky to come out at the same time that Pirates of the Caribbean redefined the paradigm of pirate film. It was also a 2D film at a time when 3D films were becoming fashionable. So it joined Treasure Planet and Titan A.E. into the ranks of Early Aughts cartoons that were barely behind the times to lose tens of millions of dollars.
. 4 Monster Trucks (2017)
Loss: $ 125 million
The first thing that viewers heard about this film about monsters hidden under the hoods of trucks was that Paramount's financial data was revealed before the release that they were likely to lose  $ 115 million on it. The second thing she heard was that the story for the film had been literally inspired by Paramount President Adam Goodman ’s 4 year old son. Not the most encouraging news.
To add to these problems of the film was the fact that the main Monster Creech was initially designed so frighteningly that it made children shout in test audience . Converting to a "uglier" design cost tens of millions of dollars. This helped explain why this film, which sounds like a combination of a children's cartoon by Nickelodeon in the 90s and ET, raised its budget to $ 125 million , No wonder the studio has postponed its release for two years. When you add it all up, it's not surprising that a loss of $ 115 million turned out to be actually a highly optimistic forecast of how bad this project was for Paramount since it was around was ten million less than the actual numbers .
. 3 King Arthur Legend of the Sword (2017)
Loss: $ 150 million
Guy Ritchie is probably still known as Britain's answer to Quentin Tarantino regarding highly stylized gangster films fit for a medieval fantasy story. Of course, it seemed to many that it was an uncomfortable fit for the Sherlock Holmes films and the films that Bank had made. In addition, in this Warner Brothers film, Arthur begins as a street fighter who has to fight his way to the throne and play more like Ritchie's style. The fact that the actor who played Arthur was Charlie Hunnam, who is best known to date for playing Jax on the television show Sons of Anarchy was not too encouraging, but hardly provided for him downfall.
Critics agreed that the film contained options for editing . For example, characters with background stories are introduced long after they've been part of the action. Monsters are added towards the end without building them up, let alone explaining them. The fights are often too choppy to follow the action properly and get excited about it. Still, he served for 2019 is good enough to be at least Guy Ritchie's Aladdin remake a hit, so he seemed to take the editing lessons of this film to heart.
. 2 Mortal Engines (2018)
Loss: $ 175 million
This was not a money grab or a trend hunt. The producer Peter Jackson had wanted to put Philip Reeve's young adult novels, in which cities with gigantic tank profiles can be seen, on the screen since at least 2011, but he put this project on for five years on ice to  Hobbit Trilogy for Warner Brothers. By 2015 he was still so burned out that he directed the adaptation of Christian Rivers a second director of Middle Earth films. The Mortal Engines books were more niche than mainstream hits, and yet their fans had to come to terms with changing the aesthetics of the book from Steampunk to Modern to keep the protagonists older. Universal also had the problem that the main actors weren't the main actors, with Hugo Weaving being the best actor in the role of villain.
Unfortunately for Universal, this film came at a time when the genre of post-apocalyptic film for young adults was going out of fashion. Critics sharply criticized the film for its overly derivative and the audience can't process much more enthusiasm, either. At least Peter Jackson had the consolation for his simultaneously released film They Shall Not Grow Old which became a critical favorite and, despite being largely made up of World War I archive material, grossed more in the United States ( $ 17.9 million ) as his mega-budget passion project ( $ 15.9 million ).
. 1 John Carter (2012)
Loss: $ 200,000,000
Since 1938 attempts have been made to put Edgar Rice Burroughs pioneering science fiction story A Princess of Mars on the canvas bring to. , John Carpenter had been developing a John Carter of Mars film for years. Finding Nemo Director Andrew Stanton chose the project and brought 30 years of love for the source material and enough Pixar power to meet his demands for no executive interference.
Warning signs began to blink when the studio requested footage for the first teaser trailer. Stanton hadn't planned to shoot the epic footage first, a mistake due to Stanton's inexperience with live action. There was mostly footage that reflected the romance of the film, reducing the impact on the first impression of many viewers of the film.
In interviews Stanton admitted he wildly valued just enough how prominently John Carter was in public imagination. Although the story was hugely influential, it had been mimicked so much in the decades since its publication that John Carter felt like a fake himself. Even as production tried to put the footage together to sell the scale of the film, the backlash went so badly that a Super Bowl ad actually reduced test audience interest in the film. If nothing else, John Carter and many of the other films on this list are painful lessons that sometimes when a project is in development hell everyone should just learn to let them go.
Dustin Koski Cowrote A fairy tale about false magic a book about fairies who have to save their village after everyone has turned into monsters.
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