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The Biggest Box Office Bombs of the Past Decade

Sean Dennison

What do “Avengers: Endgame” and the movies in this gallery have in common?

Absolutely nothing.

To date, “Endgame” holds the record for highest-grossing movie worldwide at $2.8 billion. This astronomical figure triumphs over the biggest box office bombs of the past decade, some of which lost over $100 million.

GOBankingRates analyzed hundreds of widely-released films — meaning at least 2,000 theaters showed the film in its lifetime — to determine the biggest movie losses of the past decade. Using data from Box Office Mojo, researchers then evaluated losses in terms of domestic gross and worldwide gross to the production budget. Films had to lose money both domestically and worldwide to be included. The total loss figure comes from subtracting the film’s worldwide gross from its budget.

Here are some of our findings:

  • Biggest total loss: “Mars Needs Moms” (2011) is the biggest box office failure on this list, with a net loss of $111,007,242.
  • Biggest domestic loss: However, according to our researchers, “47 Ronin” suffered the biggest domestic loss in comparison to its production budget, totaling more than $136 million. On the other hand, its total loss when taking into account foreign box office numbers was only around $23 million.
  • Biggest budgets: “King Arthur: Legend of the Sword” and “47 Ronin” are tied for the biggest-budget films on this list at $175 million.
  • Lowest budget: The lowest production budget on this list belongs to “Rules Don’t Apply” at $25 million. If you don’t know what that movie is, perhaps that’s why it couldn’t clear such a low bar.
  • Remake pitfalls: Several movies on this list attempted to reimagine or revitalize popular media of the past, including “Robin Hood,” “Conan the Barbarian” and “The Legend of Hercules.” A pitfall to avoid when you’re pitching your own script?
  • Most bombs in a studio: Universal Pictures has the dubious honor of distributing the most films on this list: six. The next lucky striker is Warner Brothers at five.

How Do You Know (2010)

  • Production budget: $120,000,000
  • Domestic gross: $30,212,620
  • Foreign gross: $18,456,287
  • Total loss: $71,331,093

The Wolfman (2010)

  • Production budget: $150,000,000
  • Domestic gross: $61,979,680
  • Foreign gross: $77,810,085
  • Total loss: $10,210,235

Green Zone (2010)

  • Production budget: $100,000,000
  • Domestic gross: $35,053,660
  • Foreign gross: $59,828,889
  • Total loss: $5,117,451

Mars Needs Moms (2011)

  • Production budget: $150,000,000
  • Domestic gross: $21,392,758
  • Foreign gross: $17,600,000
  • Total loss: $111,007,242

Conan the Barbarian (2011)

  • Production budget: $90,000,000
  • Domestic gross: $21,295,021
  • Foreign gross: $27,500,000
  • Total loss: $41,204,979

Killer Elite (2011)

  • Production budget: $70,000,000
  • Domestic gross: $25,124,966
  • Foreign gross: $31,258,790
  • Total loss: $13,616,244

Rock of Ages (2012)

  • Production budget: $75,000,000
  • Domestic gross: $38,518,613
  • Foreign gross: $20,900,000
  • Total loss: $15,581,387

Dredd (2012)

  • Production budget: $50,000,000
  • Domestic gross: $13,414,714
  • Foreign gross: $22,211,811
  • Total loss: $14,373,475

That's My Boy (2012)

  • Production budget: $70,000,000
  • Domestic gross: $36,931,089
  • Foreign gross: $20,788,004
  • Total loss: $12,280,907

R.I.P.D. (2013)

  • Production budget: $130,000,000
  • Domestic gross: $33,618,855
  • Foreign gross: $44,705,365
  • Total loss: $51,675,780

47 Ronin (2013)

  • Production budget: $175,000,000
  • Domestic gross: $38,362,475
  • Foreign gross: $113,421,364
  • Total loss: $23,216,161

Paranoia (2013)

  • Production budget: $35,000,000
  • Domestic gross: $7,385,015
  • Foreign gross: $6,400,000
  • Total loss: $21,214,985

Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return (2014)

  • Production budget: $70,000,000
  • Domestic gross: $8,462,027
  • Foreign gross: $10,200,000
  • Total loss: $51,337,973

Winter's Tale (2014)

  • Production budget: $60,000,000
  • Domestic gross: $12,600,231
  • Foreign gross: $18,525,000
  • Total loss: $28,874,769

The Legend of Hercules (2014)

  • Production budget: $70,000,000
  • Domestic gross: $18,848,538
  • Foreign gross: $42,430,914
  • Total loss: $8,720,548

Pan (2015)

  • Production budget: $150,000,000
  • Domestic gross: $35,088,320
  • Foreign gross: $93,300,000
  • Total loss: $21,611,680

Blackhat (2015)

  • Production budget: $70,000,000
  • Domestic gross: $8,005,980
  • Foreign gross: $11,646,077
  • Total loss: $50,347,943

In the Heart of the Sea (2015)

  • Production budget: $100,000,000
  • Domestic gross: $25,020,758
  • Foreign gross: $68,900,000
  • Total loss: $6,079,242

Free State of Jones (2016)

  • Production budget: $50,000,000
  • Domestic gross: $20,810,036
  • Foreign gross: $4,225,914
  • Total loss: $24,964,050

Rules Don't Apply (2016)

  • Production budget: $25,000,000
  • Domestic gross: $3,652,206
  • Foreign gross: $233,136
  • Total loss: $21,114,658

Ben-Hur (2016)

  • Production budget: $100,000,000
  • Domestic gross: $26,410,477
  • Foreign gross: $67,650,834
  • Total loss: $5,938,689

The Promise (2017)

  • Production budget: $90,000,000
  • Domestic gross: $8,224,288
  • Foreign gross: $4,224,388
  • Total loss: $77,551,324

King Arthur: Legend of the Sword (2017)

  • Production budget: $175,000,000
  • Domestic gross: $39,175,066
  • Foreign gross: $109,500,000
  • Total loss: $26,324,934

Downsizing (2017)

  • Production budget: $68,000,000
  • Domestic gross: $24,449,754
  • Foreign gross: $30,554,136
  • Total loss: $12,996,110

Mortal Engines (2018)

  • Production budget: $100,000,000
  • Domestic gross: $15,951,040
  • Foreign gross: $67,706,100
  • Total loss: $16,342,860

Robin Hood (2018)

  • Production budget: $100,000,000
  • Domestic gross: $30,824,628
  • Foreign gross: $53,955,918
  • Total loss: $15,219,454

The Happytime Murders (2018)

  • Production budget: $40,000,000
  • Domestic gross: $20,706,452
  • Foreign gross: $6,800,000
  • Total loss: $12,493,548

Hellboy (2019)

  • Production budget: $50,000,000
  • Domestic gross: $21,903,748
  • Foreign gross: n/a
  • Total loss: $28,096,252

UglyDolls (2019)

  • Production budget: $45,000,000
  • Domestic gross: $20,150,241
  • Foreign gross: $7,380,000
  • Total loss: $17,469,759

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Methodology: GOBankingRates determined the biggest box office bombs of the past decade by analyzing films released widely — meaning at least 2,000 theaters showed the film in its lifetime — and evaluating the film’s losses in terms of (1) domestic gross to production budget, and (2) worldwide gross (domestic plus foreign) to production budget. These two factors were scored and then ranked; movies that lost money domestically, but managed a profit worldwide were excluded; films had to lose money both domestically and worldwide. Marketing budgets were not factored in due to their more limited availability. All box office and production budget data was sourced from Box Office Mojo on Aug. 9, 2019. Since the year 2019 is not over yet, only two films made the final list as they both lost money domestically and worldwide, and have already ended their theatrical runs.

This article originally appeared on GOBankingRates.com: The Biggest Box Office Bombs of the Past Decade