Even though we still have a month and a half to go before the year comes to a close, Forbes magazine has put out a list of 2012’s biggest box office bombs.
What’s that, you say? The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, Django Unchained, and Les Misérables could all theoretically bomb, and none of them have been released yet? Yes, that’s a valid concern. Cloud Atlas and Atlas Shrugged Part II, movies that everyone knows are colossal bombs, are still in theatres and thus can’t qualify? Yes, that’s a valid concern too. But never mind all that. Forbes had to run something this issue, and there are only so many you can run that “50 richest celebrities” story.
Anyway, on to the list.
Notably absent are John Carter and Battleship, which both apparently made enough money overseas to not merit inclusion. Predictably, the number one spot went to Oogieloves, which, as we noted earlier, had the worst ever opening in motion picture history. Making a rare appearance toward the bottom of the list is Adam Sandler, whose movies we’re accustomed to seeing on “most profitable of” lists. Somehow, That’s My Boy cost $70 million to make. If the IRS decides to audit Sandler this year, we know why.
1. The Oogieloves In The Big Balloon Adventure (box office: $1 million / budget: $20 million)
2. A Thousand Words (box office: $20 million / budget: $40 million)
3. Dredd (box office: $28 million / budget: $50 million)
4. Big Miracle (box office: $25 million / budget: $40 million)
5. Wanderlust (box office: $21 million/ budget: $30 million)
6. Rock Of Ages (box office: $56 million / budget: $74 million)
7. People Like Us (box office: $12 million / budget: $16 million)
8. That’s My Boy (box office: $57 million / budget: $70 million)
9. Premium Rush (box office: $29 million / budget: $35 million)
10. Red Tails (box office: $50 million / budget: $58 million)