In honor of the latest box office bomb (The Lone Ranger) lets recap the biggest bombs of each of the last 20 years. Because these numbers include international sales, some movies were left off the list, Batman & Robin for example, because they surpassed their budget in the end.
*Although the final numbers were far greater than the budget, it was not until home video sales that Waterworld made a profit. With a budget of $175 million and a marking/distribution cost estimated at $60 million, Waterworld only made 88 million of the $235 million back domestically. While International sales were able to regain $175 million, Waterworld still gave up to half of its total earnings to the percentage that theaters generally retain.
Unadjusted for inflation, it currently reigns as the biggest box-office bomb in film history
*Although ending its run $32 Million over budget, the repercussions were devastating for Disney. Early speculations predicted that Disney would lose up to $200 million dollars. Estimated to have cost a net total of $300-$350 million including marketing/distribution, Disney would have needed to earn $700 Million to break even given the 50/50 split with theaters. The failure also forced the resignation of head of Walt Disney Studios, Rich Ross.
*Even though The Lone Ranger is still in the middle of its box office run, early estimates have the total net loss close to $200 Million for Disney. This would mark the second straight box office bomb for Johnny Depp (Dark Shadows).