Forbes magazine have announced what they consider the year’s biggest box-office duds. It’s an interesting list, comparing a group of mostly low-mid budget studio pictures and their worldwide box-office performance.
At the top of the list was the Julian Assange-themed “The Fifth Estate” starring Benedict Cumberbatch. Despite being budgeted at $28 million and scoring better reviews than the other films on this list, the film pulled in a mere $6 million worldwide (making back only 21% of its budget).
Sylvester Stallone’s “Bullet to the Head” came in second with just $9 million worldwide box-office from a $25 million budget (36%). In third was the Liam Hemsworth thriller “Paranoia” with a $13.5 million box-office haul from a $35 million budget (39%).
Next on the list were Jason Statham vehicle “Parker” ($17M box-office, $35M budget, 49%), the Crowe/Wahlberg thriller “Broken City” ($19M box-office, $35M budget, 54%), the dancing competition drama “Battle of the Year” ($11M box-office, $20M budget, 55%), the Ethan Hawke/Vanessa Hudgens car thriller “Getaway” ($10.5M box-office, $18M budget, 58%), and the Tyler Perry produced comedy “Peeples” ($9M box-office, $15M budget, 60%).
The only big budget film to make the list was “R.I.P.D.,” the $130 million budget supernatural cop action comedy which made just $78 million worldwide (60%). Rounding out the top ten was the ensemble comedy “The Big Wedding” ($22M box-office, $35M budget, 63%).
Some major domestic flops managed to escape getting on the list thanks to global box-office receipts which often doubled and sometimes tripled or even quadrupled the domestic haul, pushing all into profit even if it was by the slimmest of margins in some cases.
Films that earned that honor include: “The Lone Ranger,” “A Good Day to Die Hard,” “Turbo,” “Jack the Giant Slayer,” “The Internship,” “The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones,” “Runner Runner,” “Kick Ass 2,” “The Last Stand,” “Escape Plan,” and “Jobs”.