'Forbes' Lists the Biggest Flops of 2015
Published Nov 25, 2015With the end of each year comes another batch of year-end lists. If you enjoy schadenfreude as much as we do, you'll particularly enjoy Forbes' new list of the biggest box-office flops.
Using data from Box Office Mojo, Forbes looked at each film's estimated production budget compared to how much money it brought it. It turns out that big name stars aren't enough to sell tickets, particularly when a film isn't connected to a previously established franchise.
Bill Murray's Rock the Kasbah came in on top (or on the bottom). The film cost $15 million to make and brought in a measly $2.9 million. That's a 19% return rate. Despite what they tell you, it turns out that movie audiences don't love Bill Murray that much.
Second worse was Sean Penn's The Gunman, which cost $40 million to make and brought in $10.7 million at a return rate of 27%. Blackhat cost $70 million to make and brought in a mere $19.4 million at a 28% return rate.
Vince Vaughn's Unfinished Business cost $35 million and brought in $14.4 million (41%). Jem and the Holograms cost $5 million and brought in $2.3 million (46%). Ryan Reynolds' Self/Less cost $26 million and brought in $12.3 million (47%).
Jesse Eisenberg and Kristen Stewart's stoner comedy American Ultra cost $28 million and brought in a meagre $15.4 at a return of 55%, while Zac Efron's EDM disaster We Are Your Friends brought in a pitiful $3.6 million, or 60% of its $6 million budget.
Cameron Crowe's Aloha had a lot of problems, including the box office. It brought in $26.3 million after costing $37 million, a return rate of 71%. Johnny Depp's dismal Mortdecai hit the 79% mark, earning $47.3 million of its $60 million budget.
For more, check out the Forbes list here.