What Were the 15 Biggest Flops of 2011?

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15 Biggest Flops of 2011
Photo: Disney / Warner Bros.

You won’t be all that surprised when you look over the following list compiled by The Hollywood Reporter which takes a look at the 15 biggest studio flops of 2011 based on budget and worldwide gross.

Of the bunch only one made my top ten list of Dishonorable Mentions and three — Mars Needs Moms, Glee: The 3D Concert Movie and I Don’t Know How She Does It — I did not see.

Also, of the bunch I actually enjoyed Anonymous (which Columbia completely screwed over with an awful release plan) and The Big Year was decent as was The Rum Diary, though I would never say either films was something you needed to rush out to see. Of course, there is a difference between a flop and a terrible movie, though we obviously wish the two descriptors would stick together more than they actually do.

Looking over the list it wasn’t a great year for Warner Bros., which can proudly claim five of the films on the list, which may be one of the reasons they have temporarily shut down production on their live-action Akira feature hoping to trim the $90 million budget by $20 million.

In second place was Universal with three films on the list while box-office champ of 2011, Paramount Pictures, can happily state not one of the 15 films below contributed to their record-breaking $5.17 billion year.

That said, here’s the list of the top 15 biggest flops of 2011 along with links to my reviews where applicable. Did any of your favorite films from the year make the list?

  1. Mars Needs Moms
    Studio: Disney
    Release Date: March 11, 2011
    Budget: $150 million
    Worldwide Gross: $39 million
  2. Sucker Punch (my review)
    Studio: Warner Bros.
    Budget: $82 million
    Worldwide Gross: $89.8 million
  3. Arthur (my review)
    Studio: Warner Bros.
    Budget: $40 million-plus
    Worldwide Gross: $45.7 million
  4. Green Lantern (my review)
    Studio: Warner Bros.
    Budget: $200 million
    Worldwide Gross: $219.9 million
  5. Cowboys & Aliens (my review)
    Studio: DreamWorks/Universal
    Budget: $163 million
    Worldwide Gross: $178.8
  6. Glee: The 3D Concert Movie
    Studio: Fox
    Budget: $9 million
    Worldwide Gross: $18.7 millon
  7. Conan the Barbarian (my review)
    Studio: Lionsgate
    Budget: $90 million
    Worldwide Gross: $48.8 million
  8. I Don’t Know How She Does It
    Studio: Weinstein
    Budget: $24 million
    Worldwide Gross: $30.5 million
  9. The Thing (my review)
    Studio: Universal
    Budget: $38 million
    Worldwide Gross: $27.4 million
  10. The Big Year (my review)
    Studio: 20th Century Fox
    Budget: $41 million
    Worldwide Gross: $7.4 million
  11. The Rum Diary
    Studio: GK Films
    Budget: $45 million
    Worldwide Gross: $21.6 million
  12. Anonymous (my review)
    Studio: Sony (U.S., most foreign territories)
    Budget: $30 million
    Worldwide Gross: $14.8 million
  13. Tower Heist (my review)
    Studio: Universal
    Budget: $75 million
    Worldwide Gross: $126.3 million
  14. Happy Feet Two (my review)
    Studio: Warner Bros.
    Budget: $135 million
    Worldwide Gross to Date: $115 million
  15. New Year’s Eve (my review)
    Studio: New Line/Warner Bros.
    Budget: $56 million
    Worldwide Gross to Date: $54.9 million