January 3 2016

Biggest box office flops of 2015

It’s that time of year where we see which films were the biggest box office flops of 2015.

2015 has come to a close, so now we can see what films were sure to have gotten at least a few executives yelled at.

A few notes on the table, the vast majority of those listed are obvious to have not turned a profit, but those that appear to have a total higher than their budget doesn’t mean they made any money. The rule of thumb is take the global gross, divide it by two and then subtract the budget to figure out if a film made a profit. This takes into account marketing costs, the higher percentage distributors take overseas and so on.

Domestic Box Office
Foreign Box Office
Production Budget
American Ultra$14,440,985$1,000,000$15,440,985$28,000,000
By the Sea$538,460$2,017,065$2,555,525$10,000,000
Crimson Peak$31,090,320$42,957,902$74,048,222$55,000,000
The D Train$669,688$101,629$771,317$3,000,000
Fantastic Four$56,117,548$111,860,048$167,977,596 $120,000,000
The Good Dinosaur$105,350,933$109,000,000 $214,350,933 $200,000,000
The Green Inferno$7,192,291$0$7,192,291$5,000,000
The Gunman$10,664,749$0$10,664,749$40,000,000
Hot Pursuit$34,580,201$16,900,000$51,480,201$35,000,000
Hot Tub Time Machine 2$12,314,651$767,000$13,081,651$14,000,000
Jem and the Holograms$2,184,640$70,571$2,255,211$5,000,000
Jupiter Ascending$47,387,723$136,500,000 $183,887,723 $176,000,000
The Last Witch Hunter$27,339,631$80,965,305$108,304,936$90,000,000
The Loft$6,002,684$4,074,106$10,076,790$14,000,000
The Man From U.N.C.L.E.$45,445,109$64,000,000$109,445,109 $75,000,000
Our Brand is Crisis$7,002,261$0$7,002,261 $28,000,000
Point Break$15,585,000$43,190,987$58,775,987$105,000,000
Rock The Kasbah$3,020,664$0$3,020,664$15,000,000
Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse$3,703,046$11,157,720$14,860,766$15,000,000
Seventh Son$17,223,265$96,955,348$114,178,613$95,000,000
Steve Jobs$17,766,658$6,955,172$24,721,830$30,000,000
Tomorrowland$93,436,322$115,599,346$209,035,668 $190,000,000
Unfinished Business$10,219,501$4,211,752$14,431,253$35,000,000
The Walk$10,137,502$32,211,489$42,348,991$35,000,000
We Are Your Friends$3,591,417$0$3,591,417$6,000,000

Considering this was a year of numerous records at the box office, and a record total of over $11B, there was a surprising number of flops. The number jumped from 16 last year to 30 this year. I wondered if the studios were figuring things out last year, but it’s clear that they aren’t.

This year’s list is truly a mix of different genres, styles, studios and so on. Unlike in year’s past where you could see a trend, 2015 is missing that. There doesn’t seem to be any connecting thread this year in topics, settings, genres or even actors.

Here’s hoping that 2016 sees the number of flops drop again, but somehow I think we’re going to see a similar sized list.

A few movies, such as Point Break, are still in release, but they have little to no hope of breaking even.

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