Don’t you just love a good tragedy? Sometimes a movie gets made that gets hyped so bad, and then only a handful of people go see it in theaters. You can already smell the sequel plans slowly getting shoved in a very well locked cabinet.
Nobody wants to invest in a failed product. And with movie budgets getting bigger every year, so are movie losses! I know, that’s probably not a very nice thing to get excited about. I may be a horrible person for doing so, but look at it this way: no matter how bad you are at your job, you’ll never be “I blew 100 million dollars of rich people’s money” bad. Never.
Let’s take a look at some financial disasters that happened to other people. Numbers are adjusted for inflation and losses take production budget and the marketing budget (which is an estimated value) into account.
Evan Almighty (2007)
You know what happens to sequels of mediocre comedy movies? They tank hard. This one lost the big suits about $102,000,000. That’s a lot of suits.
The Lone Ranger (2013)
Johnny Depp playing a native American, what could go wrong? $98,000,000 to $195,000,000, that’s what could go wrong.
47 Ronin (2013)
This big budget movie (about $200 million) lost an equally big budget after all was said and done. Losses are estimated at $101 million to $154 million. That’s 2 to 3 million dollars per ronin.
It should be obvious at this point that Hollywood lost a lot of money in 2013. This movie cost them $94 million to $118 million. That’s what you get for writing a bad script, movie goons!