20 Biggest Summer Box Office Bombs Of All Time

Tomorrowland's future today?


San Andreas may feature one of the worst natural disasters yet committed to celluloid, but it’s already apparent that the film’s anything but a disaster.

The critical reception has been middling at best but the people have spoken, and the people love The Rock. Dwayne Johnson’s latest grossed $113 million over the course of its opening weekend, all but assuring San Andreas a healthy profit margin in an unprecedented pile-up of summer blockbusters.

In fact, the first high-profile victim has already emerged in the shape of Tomorrowland; the unapologetically optimistic message of Brad Bird’s movie failing to translate into cold hard cash. A global take of $133 million in its first ten days on release means Disney will almost certainly take a big hit on the $190 million budget, and several studios will fear their marquee releases are destined to follow suit.

Then again, Hollywood history is littered with the corpses of big-money gambles gone awry, and the high-risk, quick-sprint model that typifies the modern movie business ensures that the list of big-budget botches can only grow longer.

Although production budgets can be difficult to pinpoint with absolute certainty and marketing costs are even more mysterious, a little number crunching is all that’s required to determine Tinseltown’s most spectacular backfires. Read on for an in-depth look at the silly season’s most notorious flops*.

*Figures based on box office performance alone and not adjusted for inflation, marketing costs taken into account wherever possible.

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