The 10 Most Powerful Disney Box Office Bombs in History

The 10 Most Powerful Disney Box Office Bombs in History ...

The Walt Disney Corporation is one of the world's largest media conglomerates. With various production companies including Touchstone Pictures, Walt Disney Animation Studios, and Walt Disney Pictures, they have released tens of thousands of films in both live-action and animated form. Many of these films have established themselves as superior to the ones that have been released previously.

However, pushing boundaries does not always produce success. Disney has released several films that were considered box office flops, some of which are among the most successful.

'The Black Cauldron' (1985)

Taran is a youngster who cares for a pig that can see the future, but who dreams of becoming a knight. The pig is lost to the evil Horned King, who is looking for the black cauldron, who is able to summon an army of undead. Along with a runaway princess and an old harper, Taran races to find the cauldron first.

'The 13th Warrior' (1999)

Antonio Banderas, an Arab diplomat, meets up with a group of Norsemen who have been sent north to assist a struggling kingdom against an unknown threat. He learns their language and gradually earns their respect.

'Treasure Planet' (2002)

When a dying alien arrives at his family's inn, pursued by pirates who destroy the building, Jim Hawkin's life is turned upside down, and he discovers that a map leads to Treasure Planet, which is said to contain the treasure of a thousand worlds. With a ship and crew behind him, Jim sets off to discover the treasure and hopefully prove that he can do something right for the moment.

'Around the World in 80 Days' (2004)

Phileas Fogg is an eccentric scientist who picks up a Chinese thief who claims himself Passepartout as his assistant. He makes a wager for the position if Fogg can circumnavigate the globe in eighty days. Unfortunately, the Minister is willing to cheat to ensure Fogg fails, and villains from Passepartout's past are also on the trail.

Passepartout's narrative of stealing a Jade Buda and battling off adversaries seems to have been created because of Jackie Chan, and the film tries to incorporate as many historical figures or ethnic stereotypes as it can. All this resulted in a gross of 72 million dollars against a budget of 110 million.

'The Alamo' (2004)

Trumps are sent to the Alamo, a mission that was later turned into a fort, but they are soon engulfed by the Mexican army led by Santa Anne, who wants to crush the rebellion. The defenders prepare for the inevitable.

Although the film does a superb job of conveying the emotion of everyone involved, its duration and focus on short character moments make it a chore to watch. Much of the film is waiting for something to happen, which does reflect the defenders' turmoil, but does not make for an enjoyable film. The battle scenes are well shot, and Billy Bob Thornton gives a lot of sympathy to David Crocket, who struggles to live up to his larger-than-life nature.

'A Christmas Carol' (2009)

Ebeneezer Scrooge, a shady moneylender who hates Christmas, is visited by Jacob Marley's ghosts on Christmas Eve, who warn him that if he does not change his ways, he will share Marley's fate as a wandering spirit. Three other spirits guide Scrooge to the past, present, and future, demonstrating his virtue of being kind to his fellow man.

The film cost Disney 50 to 100 million dollars in marketing and production. It received criticism for its tone, which oscillated between cartoony and excessively dark. Then there is the motion capture, which resulted in some of Robert Zemeckis' strange valley moments.

'Mars Needs Moms' (2011)

Milo wakes up to discover his mother being kidnapped by aliens. Jumping aboard, Milo discovers a race of aliens ruled by females. Now Milo must find and rescue his mother before the aliens kill her to free her from the nanny robots to raise their own children.

In the perfect disaster, a weak narrative, annoying characters, and terrible CGI is combined. It's also tonally inconsistent, shifting between lighthearted and silly comedy to images of totalitarianism and children watching their mothers die because of good behavior.

'John Carter' (2012)

Edgar Rice Burrows, Carter's nephew, reads through his journal after he died unexpectedly. Carter spent the next two years living on Mars, where he gained superhuman abilities due to the planet's gravity. He becomes fascinated by the countless conflicting animals that inhabit the planet.

'The Lone Ranger' (2013)

John Reid joins his brother Dan in locating an escaped convinced named Cavendish. However, Cavendish devours Dan's heart. As the men are mourned by a Native American named Tonto, John rises from the dead as a spirit walker, and Tonto agrees to assist him in discovering Cavendish and brought him to justice.

Disney expected the same creative team to create westerns after the success of the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise. Unfortunately, the film was criticized for being too similar to the pirates films, down to getting Johnny Depp to play Tonto almost identical to Jack Sparrow. This resulted in a loss of over 200 million dollars.

'Tomorrowland' (2015)

Casey Newton is a young girl who discovers a pin that allows her to see a futuristic city named Tomorrowland, and she meets an animatronic girl and a cynical scientist who crafted a machine that can predict the end of the world. They try to get to Tomorrowland to avoid the upcoming apocalypse.