‘John Carter’ can’t hold a candle to these flops

Lesson: Don't ever go to space.

Many had high hopes for Disney’s “John Carter,” an epic space western directed by Pixar legend Andrew Stanton. But, although the movie was only released a few weeks ago, the company has already admitted their failure: The movie will generate an operating loss of $200 million from production and marketing costs. Sadly, “John Carter” will go down in history as a major flop. Here are other “memorable” films that are only known for bombing the box office.

“Cutthroat Island”

(1995, Carolco Pictures)

This pirate-themed action film starring Geena Davis and Frank Langella cost $115 million to make, but only raked in a paltry $18.5 million worldwide. Adjusting for inflation, that’s a loss of over $147.2 million. Ouch. It also previously held the Guinness World Record for Largest Box Office Loss. Double ouch.

“The Alamo”

(2004, Touchstone Pictures)

There were many things not going for this film when it was released, including going up against “The Passion of the Christ,” poor reviews and a ton of inaccuracies that angered historians. It’s no surprise then that the film only grossed $25.8 million worldwide, and 87 percent of that came from the U.S. audience. Apparently, no one remembered “The Alamo.”

“The Adventures of Pluto Nash”

(2002, Warner Bros.)

This Eddie Murphy children’s film lost 94 percent of its total cost of $120 million. Even though children are often the easiest film critics, only $7.1 million worth of tickets were sold. It also holds the dishonor of the seventh worst wide box office release of all time, according to Box Office Mojo.

“Sahara”

(2005, Paramount Pictures)

Apparently even if your film stars two international sex symbols, Matthew McConaughey and Penelope Cruz, you can still go wrong.  With marketing and production costs figured in, Paramount paid a whopping $241 million to get “Sarahra” in theaters. Sadly, the reward was not great: It lost $121.7 million. McConaughey had said that the movie was supposed to have a sequel, but the poor box office performance has prevented that from coming to fruition.

“Mars Needs Moms”

(2011, Walt Disney Pictures)

Bad news for Disney: Earth didn’t need “Moms.” Not only is the movie 37 percent rotten and has a weak 49 out of 100 score on Metacritic, it only grossed $40 million worldwide of its $175 million budget. It opened on over 3,000 screens, so it had all the chances it could to be a success — well,  except for a decent plot.


News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
Local

Police seek mother of slain 11-year-old on involuntary…

Police are seeking the mother of an 11-year-old girl who was accidentally shot to death by her 2-year-old brother two weeks ago on involuntary manslaughter…

Local

Chestnut Hill College student found dead Wednesday morning

A 22-year-0ld Chestnut Hill College student was found dead this morning inside a college dormitory, police said.

International

Nearly 300 missing after South Korean ferry capsizes

Almost 300 people were missing after a ferry capsized off South Korea Wednesday, in what could be the country's biggest maritime disaster in over 20 years.

News

Explosions in new Boston Marathon bomb panic, 'twisted'…

A fresh Boston Marathon terror alert, which caused Bomb Squad officers to order an evacuation while two controlled explosions were carried out, was today being…

Television

TV watch list, Wednesday, April 16: 'The Americans,'…

'The Americans' Philip and Elizabeth face "painful turns" in their missions. Maybe next week they'll have a nice easy mission with no moral ambiguity? Probably…

Movies

Review: 'Bears' is a cute Disney doc about…

Disney's latest nature doc, "Bears," doesn't completely shy away from the fact that its subjects would devour you (or eachother) if they had the chance.

Television

'Orphan Black's' Jordan Gavaris talks Felix's Season 2…

Jordan Gavaris plays heroically helpful foster sibling Felix to main clone Sarah on "Orphan Black." We talked to him about what’s ahead for him in…

Going Out

Here's what to do in Philly this weekend

FILM 'Through a Lens Darkly'  Thursday, April 17, 6 p.m. Philadelphia Photo Arts Center 1400 N. American St. Free, RSVP required, 215-232-5678 www.philaphotoarts.org Join Philadelphia…

U.S. Soccer

Andrew Wenger has big shoes to fill on…

Lancaster County native Andrew Wenger will feel pressure to fill the shoes of departer forward Jack McInerney.

NBA

NBA Power Rankings: Are the Spurs frauds? Could…

NBA Power Rankings: Are the Spurs frauds? Could the Mavericks surprise?

NBA

Sixers, Michael Carter-Williams give fans a happy ending…

The 2013-14 season for the 76ers has nearly come to a close.

NHL

Flyers must make Rangers feel their presence

Perhaps it’s the proximity of the two biggest cities in the East, because whenever these two square off the intensity seems to rise.

Food

Wahlbergs expanding Wahlburgers fast food joint across North…

Wahlburgers will open new restaurants in Boston, Toronto and Philadelphia.

Wellbeing

Could a facelift give you the edge at…

It's not just women lining up for procedures.

Home

Steal home decorating tips from Nattystyle blogger Natalie…

Despite the towering ceilings and enviable exposed brick, it’s easy to see how Natalie Decleve’s apartment could be considered a challenge. Perched above the streets…

Home

How to plant a garden in the city

Small on space but big on gardening? You can still have that welcoming oasis of fresh air with an urban garden. Peter Smith, owner of…