Top five movie flops of 2015

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Forbes Business publication ranks the movies that made the lowest returns on their production budgets in 2015.
Forbes Business publication ranks the movies that made the lowest returns on their production budgets in 2015. Photo: Supplied

The top five biggest movie flops of the year were set to be smash hits, but facts state otherwise.

Forbes Business publication ranks the movies that made the lowest returns on their production budgets in 2015.

Kate Hudson, Bradley Cooper, Zac Efron, Bill Murray and Cara Delevingne are just some of the A-list stars to have appeared in major film failures this year.

5. Jem and the Holograms

– Total box office takings: $2.3m
– Estimated Production Budget: $5m
– Proportion of budget recouped: 46%

Jem and the Holograms is an American musical fantasy film based on a 1980s television series. The film failed to appeal to its targeted teen audience, leading to one of the worst opening weekends in US box office history when it was released in October 2015. The movie is still set to be released in the UK on February 12.

4. Unfinished Business

-Total box office takings: $14.4m
-Estimated Production Budget: $35m
-Proportion of budget recouped: 41.14 percent

This American comedy film, starring Vince Vaughn, Tom Wilkinson, Dave Franco, Sienna Miller and Nick Frost, failed to make back anywhere near its $35m budget. Critics found it “unfocused” and “unfunny” with one reviewer describing the film as “ghastly”.

3. Blackhat

-Total box office takings: $19.4m
-Estimated Production Budget: $70m
-Proportion of budget recouped: 27.71 percent

Michael Mann’s financial cyber-crime thriller opened the same weekend as Clint Eastwood’s American Sniper, which banked $90m in its first few days – one and a half times its budget.
Blackhat made a total of $19.4m this year, this being 70 percent of its original $70m budget.

2. The Gunman

– Total box office takings: $10.7m

– Estimated Production Budget: $40m
– Proportion of budget recouped: 26.75 percent

Sean Penn plays a one-time assassin who is hunted by a former colleague. The film also stars actors Mark Rylance and Ray Winstone. The Gunman didn’t go down well with audiences as it earned $10.7m against a $40m budget.

1. Rock The Kasbah

-Total box office takings: $2.87m
-Estimated Production Budget: $15m
-Proportion of budget recouped: 19.13 percent

This comedy is about a band manager who travels to wartime Afghanistan to look for talent. The film boasts big stars like Bill Murray, Bruce Willis, Zooey Deschanel and Kate Hudson. Rock The Kasbah opened to a modest $1.5m weekend last month. This film made well under its budget, taking just $2.87m at the box office against $15m production costs.

Expected big blockbusters like Jupiter Ascending featuring Mila Kunis and Pan directed by Joe Wright didn’t meet box office expectations. Both films flopped with Pan losing just over $30m and Jupiter Ascending making a small profit of $7.9m.