Movies that bankrupted their studios
‘Battlefield Earth’ (2000) -
‘Battlefield Earth’ (2000) is a sci-fi disaster starring John Travolta which has been described as a “self-indulgent love letter to Scientology.”
‘It's a Wonderful Life’ (1946) -
‘It's a Wonderful Life’ (1946) is one of the most beloved Christmas movies ever made, even seven decades after its release.
‘Bangkok Dangerous’ (2008) -
The 2008 Nicolas Cage movie ‘Bangkok Dangerous’ managed to take the number one spot at the US box office, but it soon plummeted down the charts.
‘Mars Needs Moms’ (2011) -
‘Mars Needs Moms’ (2011) was an extremely ambitious performance-capture animation movie with a massive budget of US$150 million.
‘The Golden Compass’ (2007) -
New Line Cinema probably thought they had a new ‘Harry Potter’ style franchise on their hands when they got the rights for the 2007 film
‘Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within’ (2001) - The 2001 movie ‘Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within’ was a loving adaptation of the popular video game.
‘Cutthroat Island’ (1995) -
This 1995 pirate adventure drama starring Geena Davis was torn to shreds by the critics.
‘Raise the Titanic’ (1980) -
The 1980 film ‘Raise the Titanic’ was an epic undertaking. The budget was US$40 million and most of that went towards recreating the historic vessel.
‘Superman IV: The Quest for Peace’ (1987) - ‘Superman IV: The Quest for Peace’ (1987) has been called the worst superhero movie of all time.
‘The Fall of the Roman Empire' (1964) - The Sophia Loren blockbuster only regained a quarter of its US$19 million budget. Within three months, Samuel Bronston Productions had filed for bankruptcy.
‘Titan A.E.’ (2000) -
‘Titan A.E.’ (2000) is a post-apocalyptic animated sci-fi tale voiced by A-listers Drew Barrymore and Matt Damon.