Which Film Cost The Most To Make And Never Made Any Profit?


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Several films have the dubious honour of having racked up exorbitant production costs only to flop at the box office.

Determining which film is the worst offender is tricky though, because it is difficult to gauge due to the ongoing potential of DVD sales.

Biggest box office flops

Prominent failures include films that managed to bankrupt their studios, including Heaven's Gate (United Artists), Cutthroat Island (Carolco Pictures) and Final Fantasy (Square Pictures).
Other failures include movies like Town and Country. This movie only made back 8% of its original $85 million cost.

Movies that cost a lot, and failed to make a profit

However, at a cost of $175 million to produce, and only $88,246,220 in domestic gross revenue, Waterworld cost the most without making decent revenue in theaters (although it eventually recouped its budget through VHS, DVD and Pay-per-view revenue).

A highly-expensive production often takes a long time to earn back its costs, especially if it goes over its original projected budget, as did Waterworld, or suffers from production delays, a problem that Town and Country experienced.

Other movies that seriously bombed at the box office include:

  • The Alamo
  • The Adventures of Pluto Nash
  • Mars Needs Moms
  • Speed Racer

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