2011’s Biggest Box Office Flops

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Mars Needs Mom (2011) Movie Image

The boys at THR has a list of 2011’s biggest box office flops. Some are pretty obvious (“Mars Needs Mom”, “Sucker Punch”), but others look like they broke even, but when you factor in all the costs associated with marketing a studio tentpole film (“Green Lantern”, “Cowboys and Aliens”), the production budget is just part of the equation.

Sucker Punch (2011) Movie PosterHere’s the list (featuring films of interest, so no “Glee” concert movie), brought to you be a ghastly slow news day:

“Mars Needs Mom”:
Budget: $150 million
Worldwide Gross: $39 million

“Sucker Punch”:
Budget: $82 million
Worldwide gross: $89.8 million

“Green Lantern”:
Budget: $200 million
Worldwide Gross: $219.9 million

Cowboys and Aliens (2011) Movie Poster“Cowboys and Aliens”:
Budget: $163 million
Worldwide Gross: $178.8

“Conan”:
Budget: $90 million
Wordwide Gross: $48.8 million

“The Thing”:
Budget: $38 million
Worldwide Gross: $27.4 million

“The Rum Diary”:
Budget: $45 million
Worldwide Gross: $21.6 million

Tower Heist (2011) Movie Poster“Anonymous”:
Budget: $30 million
Worldwide Gross: $14.8 million

“Tower Heist”:
Budget: $75 million
Worldwide Gross: $126.3 million

“Happy Feet II”:
Budget: $135 million
Worldwide Gross to Date: $115 million

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  • http://twitter.com/BrentMMcKnight Brent McKnight

    I’m surprised that COWBOYS AND ALIENS even made that much money, that movie was such a let down. I’m not sure how to make cowboys fighting aliens boring, but they certainly did.

    • http://www.beyondhollywood.com/ Nix

      It was such a great Western. Too bad them alien varmints got involved…

      • http://twitter.com/BrentMMcKnight Brent McKnight

        Seriously, this movie ruined my theory that aliens make EVERYTHING better. I’ve never been so wrong. I needed to cry in the shower and reevaluate my life after I saw this.

  • http://www.grifiti.com Tin Hoang

    I’m surprised C&B made that much as well. It’ll turn a profit after DVD/PPV/Cable/coaster sales are done.

  • http://www.beyondhollywood.com/ Dedpool

    It’s funny cause I actually still enjoyed 3 out of those titles. I haven’t seen “Cowboys and Aliens” yet, but “Sucker Punch” I really enjoyed, “Green Lantern” was a disappointment but I definitely didn;’t hate it like say “Elektra,” and “Conan” was a fun flick. Other than “Sucker Punch” I think they all had alot of potnetial but failed in excecution, and a lacking script.

    • http://www.beyondhollywood.com/ Nix

      The thing about Happy Feet II that pisses me off is that George Miller decided to spend another two years directing it, when he could be doing the Mad Max movies instead. The guy is already pushing 70, he shouldn’t be wasting what years he has left making a few extra bucks by doing unGodly pointless tripe like “Happy Friggin’ Feet II”.

  • Vineland

    I steered clear of Cowboy & Aliens because I had a feeling it would be disappointing, I never read the comic and as much as I liked the trailer I just didn’t buy the hype about it. Sucker Punch was awful, however I was working at a TV studio in London around the time the film was released in the UK and got to see all the lead actresses being interviewed, they were hot!

    Green Lantern… that was my biggest disappointment this year. How can you screw up a comic adaptation when you have so much material to draw from? It wasn’t bad but it should have been good, really good. Especially when you have an actor like Ryan Reynolds who was clearly keen to play Hal.

    • http://www.beyondhollywood.com/ Nix

      The Cowboys and Aliens comic was worst than the movie, if you can believe it. Spare yourself the effort of seeking it out.

    • http://www.beyondhollywood.com/ Dedpool

      Agreed on the GL front 100%. Except having so much source material can also be a distraction, as you have to pick and choose from the best of those stories. I think that the parts they did use were great (The origin of the Corps, the cameos of different Corps members, Over coming fear being more valuable than being fearless, the oath, etc) but then they just picked the wrong sub-villain (Hector Hammond? and not teh cooler version from recent years), and messed up the one good one they had (Parralax as a cloud of fear could’ve worked had that been his transitional form before taking over Hammond for good) and kept it on Earth like EVERY other CBM out. “First Flight” plus the good stuff from the live action would’ve been the perfect film. PERIOD!!

      “Sucker Punch” is a divisive film with people either hating it or really liking it. I disregarded the whole “empowering women” motiff that everyone seemed to think the film was supposed to be about and just watched it. I got alot out of it actually. I really liked the way you only saw the Asylum for the brief montage and then everything was in her head until the end and we’re back in the asylum. And the little nods at the end to the events that transpired in her fantasy world, were pretty cool too. Also the extended edition is MUCH better than the theatrical, simply because you get the full action sequences, and a pretty niftly little musical number ( I know what you’re thinking but it fits in pretty well because it illustrates the kind of stage shows they do in “the Brothel” But too each their own, and I definitely see why it’s not for everyone.

      • Vineland

        I totally agree about Green Lantern. The guy who played Hammond was great but the character himself was not a real threat. Shouldn’t have had Parralax as a goddamn yellow cloud either. I think to have a Green Lanterns origin is difficult to pull off, I mean you have too many settings with the characters on Earth and at the Corps. Too much to juggle by cramming lots in and have a serious villain to boot. If there is a sequel it has to have much more focus instead of being all over the place because all the characters and setting are laid out now for a great story to get your teeth into.

        With regards to Sucker Punch I thought it looked good like fighting the dragon with rock music pumping out, samurai sword fights, world war one trenches except the drama didn’t sit well with me. I’d be interested to see how Zach Snyder handles the man of steel.

        • http://www.beyondhollywood.com/ Dedpool

          Yeah GL needs to be in space unless we’re getting an Earth based villain, or the JLA. I mean he’s a space cop, so put him in space.
          And I get what you mean bout “Sucker Punch”, but the drama actually drew me in cause I wanted to see where the story was going, and in the end it was definitely messed up but I enjoyed it. I’m telling you the extended version is much better, a lot like the difference between the theatrical and directors cut of “Daredevil”
          Sent on the go!