The Biggest Movie Flops in Hollywood History

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10. The 13th Warrior (1999)
> Loss: $63,301,101
> Production budget: $125,000,000
> Worldwide box office: $61,698,899
> Starring: Antonio Banderas, Diane Venora, Dennis Storhøi
> Directed by: John McTiernan, Michael Crichton

“The 13th Warrior” follows a Muslim ambassador who is banned from his homeland. He joins the Vikings in their fight against an evil threat to their land. Though critics were mostly impressed with the movie’s visual effects, they were overwhelmingly disappointed in the plot. Audiences appeared to be more forgiving, with 66% of them liking it.

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9. The Alamo (2004)
> Loss: $68,088,638
> Production budget: $92,000,000
> Worldwide box office: $23,911,362
> Starring: Dennis Quaid, Billy Bob Thornton, Emilio Echevarría
> Directed by: John Lee Hancock

“The Alamo” is a historical war drama about the last stand of Sam Houston, Davy Crockett, and other historical figures against the Mexican army, led by General Santa Ana. About 29% of movie critics and 45% of audiences gave the film a positive review. According to the Rotten Tomatoes’ Critics Consensus, “The Alamo” was “too conventional and uninvolving to be memorable.”

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8. Monkeybone (2001)
> Loss: $69,590,483
> Production budget: $75,000,000
> Worldwide box office: $5,409,517
> Starring: Brendan Fraser, Bridget Fonda, John Turturro
> Directed by: Henry Selick

“Monkeybone” follows cartoonist Stu Miley who falls into a coma and gets trapped in the world he actually made up. To find his way back to reality, he needs to fight his own creation — Monkeybone. According to Rotten Tomatoes’ Critics Consensus, the film is “too shapeless a movie, with unengaging characters and random situations that fail to build up laughs.”

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7. How Do You Know (2010)
> Loss: $70,371,823
> Production budget: $120,000,000
> Worldwide box office: $49,628,177
> Starring: Reese Witherspoon, Paul Rudd, Owen Wilson
> Directed by: James L. Brooks

“How Do You Know” centers on a softball player who, at 31 years old, is deemed too old and is cut from her team. In a process of evaluating her life, she finds herself in a love triangle with a professional baseball player and businessman from New York. “How Do You Know” is Jack Nicholson’s last movie before he retired from the industry.

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6. Cutthroat Island (1995)
> Loss: $73,482,678
> Production budget: $92,000,000
> Worldwide box office: $18,517,322
> Starring: Geena Davis, Matthew Modine, Frank Langella
> Directed by: Renny Harlin

“Cutthroat Island” tells the story of a feisty female pirate on a journey to find a buried treasure. Critics and audiences alike disliked the movies. Only 38% and 40%, respectively, gave the adventure flick a positive review. “It takes a two-hour act of will to keep facing the screen during this moribund movie,” according to Desson Thomson of the Washington Post.

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