10 Surprising Box Office Failures

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Don’t believe everything you hear about blockbusters. Some of the most surprising efforts make almost no profit at all. This is highlighted by last year’s lay-offs at Paramount, a company who, on the face of it, had a successfully summer. Here are ten films that prove that box office cash is fleeting.

1. Cutthroat Island (1995) — $145.4 Million

Before the Guinness Book of World Records retired the record of “largest box office loss,” MGM’s Cutthroat Island was firmly entrenched in the spot with $18.5 million earned at the box office against a budget of $98 million along with $17 million in marketing expenses. Adjusted for inflation, Cutthroat Island lost the studio a total of $145.4 million and remains the worst financial disaster in film history.

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