This is an interesting list compiled by Jonathan McAloon of the Daily Telegraph. Some on the films on it may surprise you.
Blackout Directed by Michael Mann and starring Chris Hemsworth (Thor) made less than $4.4m against a $70m budget. With post-production costs it stands to lose around $80m.
The Gunman Sean Penn, Javier Bardem and Ray Winstone couldn’t save this one. Penn plays an assassin, trying to kill a former colleague but it earned only $15.4m and cost $40m to make.
Child 44 Gary Oldman and Tom Hardy starred in this adaptation of Tom Rob Smith’s popular novel about a serial killer in Russia. Not shown in Eastern Europe, it made $3.3m and cost $50m.
Mordecai A plot about a stolen painting gave Johnny Depp his fifth box office flop in a row. Panned by critics, it made around $40m, half its production budget.
The Seventh Son Starring Julianne Moore and Jeff Bridges, this epic fantasy did moderately well but cost a bomb to make, losing $85m for the studio.
Aloha Starring Bradley Cooper, Emma Stone and Rachel McAdams, it wasn’t liked even by the studio (Sony) and made only $23m of a £37m budget.
Jupiter Ascending From the makers of the Matrix this Sci-fi extravaganza starring Channing Tatum lost $100m.
Unfinished Business Vince Vaughn and Sienna Miller starred but the film didn’t, taking a paltry $13.6m of a $35m budget.
The Fantastic Four Made by Fox, on-set problems and a change of director didn’t help. It lost $75m.
Strange Magic George Lucas took 15 years to develop this fantasy animation and less than 12 months to rack up losses of $50m, despite opening in 3,000 cinemas in the US.
We Are Your Friends Despite costing only $6m to make, this Zac Efron ‘pet project’ took less than half of its budget.
Rock the Kasbah Kate Hudson and Bill Murray starred in a zany script about talent hunting in Afghanistan but it didn’t wow audiences. Less than 100 turned up to see it in each cinema where it was shown.
Jem and the Holograms This live-action fantasy about a girl and a robot opened in 2,000 cinemas, but it was panned by critics and pulled after taking only $2m at the box office. Coming soon to the UK.
Tomorrowland A film based on a theme park, really? A confusing story and a massive flop for Disney. It cost a whopping $330m to make but will lose the studio over $100m.
The Last Witch Hunter Starring Vin Diesel, this film is heavy on special effects but low on positive reviews. Worldwide it grossed only $19m.
Pan Starring Hugh Jackman, Pan didn’t have a good opening weekend in the US and if it doesn’t do well in the rest of the world, it stands to lose around $100m.
Burnt Bradley Cooper couldn’t lift a poor opening weekend as it took only $5m despite showing in 300 cinemas. Hampered by poor reviews.
Steve Jobs Directed by Danny Boyle and starring Michael Fassbender and Kate Winslet. After making only $16m, it was pulled from 2,000 US cinemas. International success may yet save it.
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