Biggest movie flops of all time based on loss on earnings 2020

According to data from February 2020, the biggest movie flop of all time was Disney’s 2011 film ‘Mars Needs Moms’, with an overall loss of 143.52 million U.S. dollars in the global box office. Other movies unfortunate enough to make the list include ‘King Arthur: Legend of the Sword’, ‘Jack the Giant Slayer’ and ‘Evan Almighty’.

Why do some movies ‘flop’?

It is all too easy to attribute a movie’s failure to make a profit to poor reviews, limited appeal or low-quality production and direction. However, this is not always the case. Some movies are simply unlucky in that they are overshadowed by another long-anticipated film released around the same time and lose out at the box office almost by default. Equally, being considered a good director or having released a successful film in the past does not guarantee ticket sales. A key example is ‘Tomorrowland’, directed by Brad Bird. Bird’s hit movie ‘The Incredibles’ and its wildly successful sequel ‘Incredibles 2’ made waves at the box office upon their release, but that didn’t stop ‘Tomorrowland’ from losing over 90 million dollars when it hit the big screen back in 2015.

Whilst making money has to be a priority in an industry as competitive as Hollywood (and other movie markets across the world), box office revenue isn’t everything. Many movies which failed to make big money at the time of their release are now considered cult classics, including ‘The Shawshank Redemption’, ‘Fight Club’, ‘Blade Runner' and even ‘The Rocky Horror Picture Show’.

Biggest movie flops of all time as of February 2020, based on loss on worldwide earnings

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Release date

February 2020



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as of February 2020

Special properties

data accessed on February 24, 2020

Supplementary notes

Figures have been rounded.

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