Ok, so this is a little overdramatic, but we are talking about million dollar mistakes. Image via ReturnOfKings
Hollywood has brought us such cinematic marvels as The Godfather, Star Wars and Home Alone II: Lost in New York.
But nobody’s perfect, and even the silver screen makes the occasional mistake. Here are three that might blow even a Spielberg-sized budget.
1. Casting Johnny Depp… at least lately.
In his Pirates of the Caribbean days, Johnny Depp was a pretty sure box office bet. But according to Forbes, he was the most overpaid actor of 2015.
Depp’s movies make $1.80 for every $1 he gets paid. Way to blow a hole in your budget.
On the other end of the scale, twinkly-eyed, dorito-shaped, all-around-good-guy Chris Evans rakes in $181.80 for every $1 he’s paid. What a champ.
2. Letting everyone have an opinion.
The 13th Warrior was a financial disaster – which is weird, considering it debuted at No.2 at the box office just behind The Sixth Sense, and pretty much everyone you talk to about it seems to agree that it was a pretty solid movie.
Here’s Antonio, realising he’s about to be banished to the Spy Kids franchise. Image via: quotesgram
The likely explanation, is that between location shooting, re-shooting and people shooting off their mouths (it’s rumoured the tug-of-war between the director, writer and producers is the main reason for the film’s failure), the budget blew up and the film became an epic mess, making just $61 million while blowing through its reported $160 million budget.
And that’s how you wind up on the top of every ‘biggest flops’ list. Ever.
3. Opening on the same weekend as a Marvel movie.
Love it or hate it, the juggernaut that is the Marvel movie franchise has settled into Hollywood as a force to be reckoned with.
For example – Marvel’s Deadpool was released on 12th February 2016 and raked in $760.3 million at the box office.
Of the films released on the same day, How to Be Single, featuring homegrown Rebel Wilson, was its nearest competitor with $111.8 million. Every other film was utterly decimated.
Coincidence? I think not.
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