January 3 2017

Biggest box office flops of 2016

It’s that time of year where we see which films were the biggest box office flops of 2016.

2016 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
13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi$52,853,219$16558,151$69,411,370$50,000,000
A Hologram for the King$4,212,494N/A$4,212,494$30,000,000
Alice Through the Looking Glass$77,041,381$222,415,643$299,457,024$170,000,000
Allegiant$66,184,051 $113,062,817$179,246,868$110,000,000
Allied$39,492,205 $41,000,000$80,492,205$85,000,000
Bad Santa 2$17,700,306N/A$17,700,306$26,000,000
The BFG$55,483,77$122,604,278$178,088,048$140,000,000
Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk$1,738,477 $29,192,507$30,930,984$40,000,000
The Bronze$615,816N/A$615,816$3,500,000
The Brothers Grimsby$6,874,837$18,308,092$25,182,929$35,000,000
Deepwater Horizon$61,433,527$57,301,083$118,734,610$110,000,000
The Disappointments Room$2,423,468N/A$2,423,468$15,000,000
The Finest Hours$27,569,558$24,529,532$52,099,090$80,000,000
Free State of Jones$20,810,036$4,225,914$25,035,950$50,000,000
Gods of Egypt$31,153,464$119,527,400$150,680,864$140,000,000
Hands of Stone$4,712,792N/A$4,712,792$20,000,000
Huntsman: Winter's War$48,003,015$116,599,148$164,602,163$115,000,000
I Saw The Light$1,646,788N/A$1,646,788$13,000,000
The Infiltrator $15,436,808N/A $15,436,808$28,000,000
Jane Got a Gun$1,513,793N/A$1,513,793$25,000,000
Keeping Up with the Joneses$14,904,426$14,041,131$28,945,557$40,000,000
Kubo and the Two Strings$48,023,088$21,906,457$69,929,545$60,000,000
The Light Between Oceans$12,545,979$10,697,810$23,243,789$20,000,000
Max Steel$3,818,664$2,453,739$6,272,403$10,000,000
Midnight Special$3,712,282$2,500,000$6,212,282$18,000,000
Morgan$3,915,251$4,895,340$8,810,591 $8,000,000
The Nice Guys$36,261,763N/A$36,261,763$50,000,000
Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping$9,496,130N/A$9,496,130$20,000,000
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies$10,907,291$5,467,037$16,374,328$28,000,000
Ratchet & Clank $8,821,329N/A $8,821,329$20,000,000
Rules Don't Apply$3,652,206N/A$3,652,206$25,000,000
The Sea of Trees$825,577N/A$825,577$25,000,000
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows$82,051,601$163,572,247$245,623,848$135,000,000
Triple 9$12,639,297$10,480,145$23,119,442$20,000,000
Whiskey Tango Foxtrot$23,083,334N/A$23,083,334$35,000,000
Zoolander 2$28,848,693$27,120,307$55,969,000$50,000,000

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 30 last year to 41 this year. I wondered if the studios were figuring things out last year, but it’s clear that they aren’t.

Once again there is no real trend to see in topics, settings, genres or even actors. Although Matthew McConaughey did star in two of them.

Here’s hoping that 2017 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 Allied, are still in release, but they have little to no hope of breaking even.

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