The entertainment industry brings fabulous dividends. It is headed by a powerful “Hollywood”. The lists of masterpieces that brought hundreds of millions of dollars to the creators of everyone are heard by both “Avatar” and “Titanic.” But far from all the projects of the dream factory are far successful. It’s enough to delve deep into the encyclopedia to find the grandiose financial failures of Hollywood.
Many of us have not even heard of these films, not what they saw. Meanwhile, tens of millions were invested in their creation, but, for various reasons, the viewer did not appreciate the effort. Below are about the ten most unprofitable projects in Hollywood, which can slightly reduce the brilliance of this industry. The prices will be indicated taking into account inflation.
“The Island of the Thugs”, 1995.
Hollywood suffered losses from this film for as much as $ 147 million. Today, no one remembers about the film company Carolco Pictures, meanwhile it was she who gave us “Terminator-2” and “Rambo”. But “Island of thugs” became the tombstone of this studio. The film “deserved” the laurels of the most failed project in the history of cinema, hitting this nomination even in the “Guinness Book of Records.” It is hard to understand what caused such a loud failure. The film proved to be quite strong, literate and created by all standards adventure attraction. “Island of thugs,” however, does not shine with an abundance of stars. One Gina Davis was not enough to attract a mass audience. The story of the pirates was not the worst, it’s enough to compare it with the second and third parts of “Pirates of the Caribbean”, while pretending that Johnny Depp himself, and the film – in itself. A large budget is based on expensive surveys of the water environment. Carolco Pictures has invested 115 million in the tape, but collected only 10. Producers suddenly remembered that only 4 years ago pirates had caused a loss even to Spielberg with his “Captain Hook”. After that, in Hollywood, no one dared to make an expensive movie about pirates. Taboo and a black label on this subject were removed only with the release of the famous saga of Jack Sparrow.
“Alamo”, 2004 year.
The losses from this picture amounted to $ 135 million. And the Americans have their own Brest Fortress – Fort Alamo. History tells how in this fortress a couple of hundred Texans reflected a raid by malicious Mexicans, fighting to the last bullet. But how could a colorful film about the wild West, guns, cannons, banners and horse battles fail? Just in this top ten “Alamo” appears the most intolerably helpless, ordinary and defective cloth. The spectator can hardly endure the first half hour of the hour, listening to the monologues of the heroes, meaningless and full of tragedy. Everyone is waiting for the main thing – the battle! And when it passes, it does not even immediately understand. Critics believe that it was in the “Alamo” were put the worst battle scenes, even in the second “Chronicles of Narnia” they were better. It seems that the peasants are fighting with disguised pioneers, led by a leader. Kernels flew through the wall a couple of times. It seemed that even the guns fall asleep from boredom. The ribbon of the tape was the speech of a Texas general on horseback with an artificial saber that democracy would inevitably win. Events in a two-hour tape with a budget of 145 million as a result of extremely little. And there is no blood in the military epic at all, as if he was filming for educational purposes the BBC. But even the British could have done better even for a tenth of such a huge budget. It is to be hoped that the whole tape immediately changed the line of activity after the end of the buffet.
“Pluto Nash”, 2002.
The tape, which did not appear on the wide screen, brought the studio bosses losses of 134 million. About the failure became clear even during the trial review. As a result, the film was not advertised, without promotion and reviews of critics, he collected only 7 million. The directors managed to create a fantastic comedy with Eddie Murphy, while absolutely unconcerned.However, when viewing, you just have to throw out of your head the idea that the movie is positioned as ridiculous. After all, if you go to “Pluto Nash” not as a comedy, but as a space thriller for teenagers, the film can remain a good impression. The director could easily and beautifully, albeit stupidly, make a story about how the character Eddie Murphy founded his own nightclub on the Moon, protecting him from the mafia raids. Let the funny jokes here and was not found, but on the screen constantly something runs, flies, shoots, rumbles and flashes neon. Almost “The Beverly Hills Cop,” only with a galactic bias. If there is no allergy to the showy stupidity, even from “Pluto Nash” you can get a portion of joy. But the mass audience decided to protect this masterpiece.
“Sahara”, 2005 year.
The losses of this militant were $ 133 million. It would seem that the tape had a perfectly suitable plot – a pumped-up intelligent adventurer travels through the African deserts in search of a lost battleship (yes-yes!). In passing, the handsome man rescues from the local dictator the heroine Penelope Cruz. It would seem that this story is worthy of a budget of 160 million dollars. The tape was created with a grandiose scope, threatening to become the second “Indiana Jones” or at least “Mummy”. However, it did not happen. They say that the reason for this is illegible funding for filming. As a result, everything that can be exploded on the screen. And where there was enough of the appearance of one motorcycle, in the frame there is also a helicopter, a dozen tanks and an antique “Rolls Royce.” In fact, the movie looks fascinating – such “Indiana” with a modern look and muted shades of clowning. The film could become a classic. At the time of release, “Sahara” won first place on its weekend, but no one else looked at it. As a result, the film has not mastered its cost price. It is possible, as with the “Island of thugs”, that the “Sahara” simply came into being in an unfortunate time and place, which was the reason for the failure of a strong film.
“The Thirteenth Warrior”, 1999.
Even the participation in the film by Antonio Banderas did not save him from losses of $ 126 million. Many critics are puzzled about this failure, except that the allergy to this Spanish macho served as the reason. Perhaps, the spectator was scared off by the abundance of blood with an unpretentious plot. The Asian warrior joined a group of Viking warriors, seeking to find and punish some wild and indistinct tribe of thugs. In 1999, the tape cost 85 million, making it clear that you can not do art alone with money. “Thirteenth warrior” is quite good as a low-budget film of running around the northern forests. But the role of a major blockbuster, he did not pull, did not save even the mass chopping of limbs. The experiment failed miserably, but he does not deserve bad words.
“City and village”, 2001 year.
It would seem, how can a romantic comedy fail at the box office? However, this tape brought losses of 115 million to its creators. The film does not want to turn off in the middle, it even causes a couple of laughs in 104 minutes of the whole action. The “Town and village” was a difficult fate. To shoot the tape on an unfinished script, a whole bunch of mature and overripe Hollywood stars were driven to the set. As a result, Goldie Hawn, Warren Beatty, Andy McDowell, Nastasya Kinski and Diane Keaton were also starred there. Filming was painfully long, at the end of which the actors happily scattered to take part in other projects. When the tape was decided in a year to finish on the script, the whole crew had to pay salaries again. As a result, the budget of the picture was an impressive 90 million – the producers were determined to bring the matter to an end. The viewer saw a typical picture of rich married couples in which husbands constantly change, visit resorts and go in for golf. And their wives in retaliation with the help of lawyers deprive the couple of all money during the divorce.The film, even in principle, could not repel the money invested in it, it simply was not ready for it. “The city and the village” could at least leave a good memory of itself, but in the last part of the film, the writers have exhausted the imagination, which they apparently decided to replace with narcotic or alcoholic visions. As a result, instead of a denouement on the screen, the flow of some panic mash, which destroyed the good impression that prevailed at the beginning of the picture.
“Speedway driver”, 2008 year.
Directors Wachowski brothers were able to realize their dream, only now it cost the film studio a $ 106 million loss. “Speedway driver” was not accepted even by those fans of the brothers, who could perceive the continuation of the “Matrix”. But what’s wrong with the film, except for an uncomfortable monkey as a character and a transvestite among the directors? The movie turned out to be quite innovative, with an acidic touch, stimulating only epileptic seizures, and not light feelings. The tape is intended for teenagers under 16 years old, and for those who are still in the soul as a child. The main thing is that “Speedy” is created with the soul. If it is, it is not so important as what the acid ate the brain. The insulting failure was very predictable. Hollywood once again proved that dreams come true very rarely.
“The Gates of Paradise”, 1980.
This western was shot in a slightly tinted sepia, but even this technique did not save the tape from losses of 104 million dollars. The picture tells of the massive armed disassembly in Wyoming at the end of the century before last. This theme for the blockbuster is initially very questionable. In addition, the spectator was scared off by the four-hour length of the film! Own ambition and caused a failure. Producers tried to limit the duration of the two and a half hours in an attempt to save the tape, but it did not help either. In the movie a lot of eroticism, but other topics are not disclosed at all. As a result, the viewer frantically tries to find the thread of the narrative, but he can not. In addition, the motivation of the main characters is marazmatically ridiculous. The catastrophe with the rental of the “Gate of Heaven” buried the career of director Michael Cimino, and in fact his previous tape, “The Deer Hunter” received five Oscars! But such a failure warned us against his next multi-million-dollar and many-hour opus.
“The last fantasy”, 2001 year.
This film was also the dream of its creator – Hironobu Sakaguchi. But, as in the case of the “Speedway Racer”, he brought a fantastic damage of 100 million, actually ruining his studio. At the heart of the picture is the eponymous series of games. The film was the first and failed (which could not please the union of actors) an attempt to revive computer animation. The director planned that the drawn characters could play better than the actors worth $ 1 million. The film was brought all sorts of technological know-how, visual beauty was created with cosmic scales. Only here the spectator, who sat up to the end of this action, did not appreciate all this. On the artistic merits of the picture speaks the fact that it is better to look at the pictures-frames. At least it excites imagination, unlike the film itself. Inchon, 1982.
This tape-loser brought only losses in the amount of the current $ 90 million. In this case, the tape is quite unique. Today it is almost impossible to find it on torrent trackers – it has become invisible. Therefore, few people will be able to appreciate the artistic value of this film. Director Terence Young tells of the Battle of Incheon at the very beginning of the Korean War in September 1950. Although the picture was created by Hollywood, two abnormal Asians – the head of some Korean church and a Japanese journalist – sponsored her. Quite significant is the fact that it was originally proposed to remove the tape about Jesus Christ or Elvis Presley. But the idea was suddenly transformed into an epic about the landing of American troops in Incheon.The promotion of the film was even attracted to the church, which quickly decided to derive its own benefit from it – over the floating American airplanes in the sky, the face of Jesus is seen. But this venture did not pass, perhaps, it was religious funding for the film that was not enough for success.