First on our list of top 10 movie flops starred Elizabeth Taylor in the title role. Adjusted for inflation, would you believe Cleopatra cost 20th Century more than $300 million dollars to make? It is a lengthy, sprawling, spectacular love story, helmed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz, depicting Cleopatra’s manipulation of Julius Caesar and Marc Antony in her ill-fated attempt to save the Egyptian empire. This threesome in one of the most famous and gloriously powerful love triangles ever to be captured on film.
An epic story that is as daring and ambitious as its subject–a relentless conqueror (Colin Farrell) who by the age of thirty-two had amassed the greatest empire the world had ever seen. Past and present collide to form the puzzle of the protagonist, a tapestry of triumphs and tragedies. Alexander’s rise to power, expansion of his empire, and his ultimate downfall all pale to the actor that portrays him.
#8 on our list of top 10 movie flops is a bomb that starred Kevin Costner. How can we take this movie seriously when Kevin Costner is proudly sporting a seashell as an earring? Most of the globe is underwater after the melting of the polar ice caps. Some humans have survived–notably the Mariner (Kevin Costner)–by adapting to the ocean by developing gills. A loner by nature, the Mariner reluctantly befriends Helen (Jeanne Tripplehorn)–and her young companion Enola (Tina Majorino)–as they escape from a hostile island.
Every still frame of this movie looks as though the actors didn’t care to be a part of the project. Seasoned adventurer Dirk Pitt (Matthew McConaughey) sets out for the African desert with his sarcastic companion (Steve Zahn). The two are in search of a ship, and its rumored treasure, that vanished long ago. When the daring duo come across beautiful scientist Eva Rojas (Penélope Cruz)–on a mission to stop a powerful plague–their desert expedition heats up.
647 Ronin (2013)
What makes a movie flop at the box office? A poor plot, casting, and production are just a few reasons. In feudal Japan, Lord Asano rules his province with fairness. But the jealous Lord Kira (Tadanobu Asano) fears that the shogun favors Asano over him and hatches a plot that ends with Asano’s ritual suicide. After Asano’s death his samurai, led by Oishi (Hiroyuki Sanada), are forced to live as outcasts. Oishi wanders for several years, but realizes that he must turn to Kai (Keanu Reeves)–a mixed-blood warrior he once rejected–to help him and his ronin comrades take revenge on Lord Kira. A top 10 movie flops winner no matter how you look at it.
5Mars Needs Moms (2011)
Halfway through our list of top 10 movie flops takes us to Mars, or at least it tries. Milo is a 9-year-old boy who has a lot on his mind: monster movies to watch, comic books to read, and other fun stuff. He has no time for homework or eating vegetables. Milo’s getting tired of his mom nagging him to do these things, and his mom is tired of nagging. But just as Milo is telling his mom that life would be more fun without her, Martians kidnap her. Milo stows away on their spaceship, determined to launch a rescue. Disney usually gets it right, but not this time.
4The Lone Ranger (2013)
Taking a role and making it your own works for most actors, but Depp’s go at the hero from the fifties didn’t convince fans. In 1933 a boy discovers an ancient Native American in a sideshow carnival tent. The Indian is Tonto (Johnny Depp), the old companion of John Reid (Armie Hammer)–more famously known as the Lone Ranger. Tonto takes this opportunity to set the record straight about his and Reid’s adventures. Tonto recalls the day he first encountered the man who would become his trusted friend, and tells of their teamwork bringing down Butch Cavendish (William Fichtner) and other Old West outlaws.
There’s a reason why Hollywood couples rarely work together on a picture – because the relationships rarely translate onto film. Gigli (Ben Affleck) is ordered to kidnap the psychologically challenged brother of a federal prosecutor. When plans go astray, Gigli’s boss sends in Ricki (Jennifer Lopez)–a gorgeous free-spirited female gangster–to assist with the kidnapping. Gigli begins falling for the decidedly unavailable Ricki, which could be a hazard to his occupation. Their relationship took a dive and so did this picture. This disaster will make anyone’s top 10 movie flops list.
2Battlefield Earth (2000)
Battlefield Earth is so bad it nearly makes it to #1. No one liked this movie – not theater goers, movie critics, or studio executives. In the year 3000 there are no countries or cities. Earth is a wasteland, and man is an endangered species. As the leader of the evil Psychlos, Terl and his race have taken over the world’s natural resources and disregarded everyone else. It’s up to Jonnie “Goodboy” Tyler, a brave human, to battle the Psychlos and restore normalcy to the world. It was easy to vote for this top movie flops feature.
1Cowboys & Aliens (2011)
#1 on our list of top 10 movie flops is Cowboys & Aliens–we agree, the entire concept sucks. We love cheeseburgers at Movieplenty and we also love chocolate cake, but we don’t eat them together. Despite a great cast that includes Harrison Ford and Daniel Craig, and movie direction from the acclaimed Jon Favreau, the pairing of these two genres just didn’t work. Amnesiac gunslinger (Daniel Craig) wanders in to a frontier town called Absolution. He quickly learns that strangers are unwelcome, and no one does anything without the approval of tyrannical Col. Dolarhyde (Harrison Ford). But when Absolution faces a threat from beyond Earth, the stranger finds that he is their only hope of salvation.