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15 Worst High-Budget Movies of All Time

When a movie comes with a massive budget, expectations soar. Hollywood has a long history of producing such high-budget spectacles, hoping to draw large audiences with stunning visuals, star-studded casts, and captivating storylines.

Despite its visually stunning effects and epic setting, “John Carter” struggled to make an impact at the box office and with critics. The film, based on Edgar Rice Burroughs’ series of novels, had a colossal budget of over $250 million but ended up grossing only around $284 million worldwide.

John Carter (2012)

This adaptation of the famous TV and radio serial faced significant issues right from its release. Starring Johnny Depp and Armie Hammer, “The Lone Ranger” had a budget that ballooned to approximately $250 million due to production delays and reshoots.

The Lone Ranger (2013)

Often cited as one of the biggest box office bombs in Hollywood history, “Cutthroat Island” was a pirate adventure that sank without trace. Despite having a budget of about $98 million, it earned a meager $10 million in the U.S.

Cutthroat Island (1995)

“Heaven’s Gate” is infamous for its role in ending the era of directorial control in Hollywood. Directed by Michael Cimino, the film had an original budget of $44 million but faced cost overruns that nearly doubled it.

Heaven’s Gate (1980)

Dubbed “Fishtar” and “Kevin’s Gate” after its lead Kevin Costner and echoing the failure of “Heaven’s Gate,” “Waterworld” was notorious for its troubled production and enormous budget of $175 million, which was astronomical at the time.

Waterworld (1995)

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