10 Most Disastrous Summer Movie Flops
'Battlefield Earth,' 'Catwoman' and 'Hudson Hawk' (Photo: Everett Collection)
The summer movie season can be like Hollywood's version of hitting the tables in Vegas. The studios put down big bets with the hopes of an even bigger payout. But everyone rolls snake eyes now and again.
Still, there's a difference between a movie that underperforms at the box office and one that downright collapses. Sometimes a film can be so disastrous that its very title becomes synonymous with the word "flop" ("Ishtar," for one). Here are 10 high-profile, big-budget summer movies that bombed and bombed hard.
Release date: July 23, 2004
Estimated budget: $100 million
U.S. gross: $40.2 million
It would've been swell if Tim Burton and Michelle Pfeiffer had made this movie, like they had talked about doing sometime shortly after the release of "Batman Returns" (1992). Instead, we got this monstrosity starring Halle Berry in laughable barely-there leather get-ups that proved Hollywood still didn't quite "get" comic books ... and that nobody can stumble quite as far and hard as a recent Oscar winner.
Release date: May 12, 2000
Estimated budget: $44 million
U.S. gross: $21 million
John Travolta initially approached Quentin Tarantino to direct the big-screen adaptation of the notorious sci-fi novel by L. Ron Hubbard, the founder of Scientology. We're sure Tarantino turned down the offer from his "Pulp Fiction" star within about .032 seconds of receiving it. A big, bloated, embarrassing mess, "Battlefield Earth" is now one of the industry's go-to metaphors when you want to describe a project no one should touch with a ten-foot pole. It even looked like a bigger disaster at the time because the production company, Franchise Pictures, claimed it cost $75 million, but when they were sued for fraud it was revealed they had inflated the budget by over $30 million.
Release date: May 24, 1991
Estimated budget: $65 million
U.S. gross: $17.2 million