In case you may be swayed to rent some of this year’s earlier filmfare let’s review what America’s movie fans wisely stayed away from in droves when Hollywood unleashed these stinkers on the big screen.
That’s not to say that these films are totally unwatchable, but you should have fair warning that not everything here that shines actually glitters.
According to THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER these are the biggest flops of 2011—SO FAR!
* MARS NEEDS MOMS—Estimated production cost $150 million / Domestic ticket sales $21.4 million.
* YOUR HIGHNESS-–Estimated production cost $50 million / Domestic ticket sales $21.6 million.
* ARTHUR—Estimated production cost $40 million / Domestic ticket sales $33 million.
* PROM—Estimated production cost $8 million / Domestic ticket sales $10.1 million.
* JUDY MOODY AND THE NOT BUMMER SUMMER—Estimated production cost $20 million / Domestic ticket sales $13.4 million.
* GREEN LANTERN—Estimated production cost $200 million / Domestic ticket sales $250 million.
* PRIEST—Estimated production cost $60 million / Domestic ticket sales $29.1 million.
* SUCKER PUNCH--Estimated production cost $82 million / Domestic ticket sales $36.4 million.
* HOODWINKED TOO! HOOD VS. EVIL—Estimated production cost $30 million / Domestic ticket sales $10 million.
* THE BEAVER–Estimated production cost $20 million / Domestic ticket sales less than a million dollars.
Bear in mind those estimated production costs don’t include the expense of marketing or distributing these clunkers which can add additional millions against the films bottom lines. Furthermore only about 55% of the stated ticket sales totals are returned to the film companies with approximately 45% ending up as the theatres shares.
But before you feel sorry for Hollywood, don’t forget the lion’s share of boxoffice receipts these days comes from international distribution of films. And that’s not even counting the studio’s take on DVD sales and rentals, pay-per-view revenue, TV distribution and other potential outlets.
In other words when everything’s said and done it’s hard for Hollywood not to make a buck!