Top 10 Box Office Bombs: Who Bombed Best in 2013?

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Movie Fanatic has told you what the most profitable movies were with our Top 10 highest grossing movies of the year. So, who comprised the top 10 box office bombs?

Given the press that The Lone Ranger got, one would think that the Jerry Bruckheimer movie would be on this list. But, you would be wrong. The Johnny Depp-starring film banked $260.5 million against a $215 million budget. Despite bad response to the movie, we’d take a $45.5 million profit on any investment, any day!

So, here are the top 10 most costly “errors” Hollywood made in 2013. What was the biggest bomb of 2013? It might not be too much of a surprise!

10. Getaway
Budget: $18 million
Total box office: $10.5 million
Loss: $7.5 million

Getaway Ethan Hawke and Selena Gomez

9. The Incredible Burt Wonderstone
Budget: $30 million
Total box office: $22 million
Loss: $8 million

8. The Big Wedding
Budget: $35 million
Total box office: $21.8 million
Loss: $13.2 million

7. The Fifth Estate
Budget: $28 million
Total box office: $8.5 million
Loss: $19.5 million

6. Ender’s Game
Budget: $110 million
Total box office: $87.9 million
Loss: $22.1 million

5. Paranoia
Budget: $35 million
Total box office: 11 million
Loss: $24 million

Paranoia Gary Oldman Harrison Ford

4. Closed Circuit
Budget: $30 million
Total box office: $5.7 million
Loss: $24.3 million

3. Oldboy
Budget: $30 million
Total box office: $4 million
Loss: $26 million

2. Bullet to the Head
Budget: $55 million
Total box office: $22.4 million
Loss: $32.6 million

R.I.P.D. Stars Ryan Reynolds Jeff Bridges

1. R.I.P.D.
Budget: $130 million
Total box office: $77 million
Loss: $53 million

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While subtracting Box Office from Budget may give you a rough idea of the depth of these debacles, it should be understood that big films routinely spend tens of millions more on their promotional budgets and that the studio and/or investor take is only a percentage of the b.o. And, of course, it is impossible to tell how this will be offset by video and television performances. (e.g. The Wizard of Oz and Citizen Kane were originally box-office bombs but have certainly turned a profit in the intervening years.)

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While subtracting Box Office from Budget may give you a rough idea of the depth of these debacles, it should be understood that big films routinely spend tens of millions more on their promotional budgets and that the studio and/or investor take is only a percentage of the b.o. And, of course, it is impossible to tell how this will be offset by video and television performances. (e.g. The Wizard of Oz and Citizen Kane were originally box-office bombs but have certainly turned a profit in the intervening years.)

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