Biggest box office flops of 2011 so far
It’s been a rough year so far for Hollywood, which turned out a string of disappointments at the box office. Some hurt more than others, depending upon their production budgets and marketing costs. The following list doesn’t account for how much was spent on marketing, a figure usually kept secret, but we’re talking many, many millions.
1. “˜Mars Needs Moms’
Director Robert Zemeckis’ motion-capture animated film was one of the most expensive bombs in Hollywood history, costing at least $150 million to produce and grossing $21.4 million at the domestic box office. Overseas, it didn’t do much better, grossing $17.6 million for a total $39 million.
2. “˜Your Highness’
The raunchy comedy, set in medieval times, didn’t go over well with audiences, even if it starred newly anointed Oscar winner Natalie Portman (along with James Franco and Danny McBride). Costing $50 million to produce, the film earned $21.6 million domestically and a paltry $3 million overseas.