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List of animated box office bombs

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An animated feature film is defined as a motion picture with a running time of more than 40 minutes, in which movement and characters’ performances are created using a frame-by-frame technique. Motion capture by itself is not an animation technique. In addition, a significant number of the major characters must be animated, and animation must figure in no less than 75 percent of the picture’s running time.

—Rule Seven - Special Rules For The Animated Feature Film Award : I. Definition[1]

In the film and media industry, if a animated film released in theatres fails to break even by a large amount, it is considered a box office bomb or box office flop, thus losing money for the distributor, studio, and/or production company that invested in it. Unless officially acknowledged by studios, figures of losses are usually rough estimates at best. This is mostly due to Hollywood accounting practices that typically manipulate profits or keep costs secret to avoid profit-sharing agreements.[2] In some cases, a company can make profits from a box office bomb when ancillary revenues are taken into account, such as home media sales and rentals, television broadcast rights, and licensing rights, so a film that performs poorly at the box office can still break even after its theatrical run.[3]

Biggest animated box office bombs[edit]

The following is a list of the biggest box office losses in the history of the film industry, presented along with how much money each film lost. Because currency devalues over time, it is important to adjust the nominal losses for inflation to make a fair comparison. The list is limited to films that are potentially among the top 13 box office losses, adjusted for inflation. The films are ordered alphabetically since it is not possible to provide an exact ranking due to missing data, and conflicting estimates for several films. DreamWorks Animation is the most represented studio with 4 films.

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Biggest box office bombs
Title Year Production budget Gross Estimated loss Ref
Nominal Adjusted for inflation [nb 1]
The Adventures of Rocky & Bullwinkle 2000 $76,000,000–98,600,000 $35,100,000 $63,500,000 $Error when using {{Inflation}}: |index=US (parameter 1) not a recognized index. [# 1]
Delgo 2008 $40,000,000 $915,840 $39,100,000 $Error when using {{Inflation}}: |index=US (parameter 1) not a recognized index. [# 2]
Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within 2001 $137,000,000 $85,100,000 $94,000,000 $Error when using {{Inflation}}: |index=US (parameter 1) not a recognized index. [# 3]
The Good Dinosaur 2015 $175,000,000–200,000,000 $331,000,000 $85,000,000 $Error when using {{Inflation}}: |index=US (parameter 1) not a recognized index. [# 4]
Happy Feet Two 2011 $135,000,000 $158,000,000 $65,000,000 $Error when using {{Inflation}}: |index=US (parameter 1) not a recognized index. [# 5]
Kubo and the Two Strings 2016 $60,000,000 $54,600,000 $80,000,000+ $Error when using {{Inflation}}: |index=US (parameter 1) not a recognized index.+ [# 6]
Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return 2014 $70,000,000 $18,700,000 $71,000,000 $Error when using {{Inflation}}: |index=US (parameter 1) not a recognized index. [# 7]
Mars Needs Moms 2011 $150,000,000 $39,000,000 $100,000,000–144,000,000 $Error when using {{Inflation}}: |index=US (parameter 1) not a recognized index.Error when using {{Inflation}}: |index=US (parameter 1) not a recognized index. [# 8]
Monkeybone 2001 $75,000,000 $7,600,000 $71,000,000 $Error when using {{Inflation}}: |index=US (parameter 1) not a recognized index. [# 9]
Mr. Peabody & Sherman 2014 $145,000,000 $275,700,000 $57,000,000 $Error when using {{Inflation}}: |index=US (parameter 1) not a recognized index. [# 10]
Osmosis Jones 2001 $70,000,000 $14,000,000 $63,000,000 $Error when using {{Inflation}}: |index=US (parameter 1) not a recognized index. [# 11]
Penguins of Madagascar 2014 $132,000,000 $373,015,621 $49,000,000 $Error when using {{Inflation}}: |index=US (parameter 1) not a recognized index. [# 12]
Rise of the Guardians 2012 $145,000,000 $306,900,000 $87,000,000 $Error when using {{Inflation}}: |index=US (parameter 1) not a recognized index. [# 13]
Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas 2003 $60,000,000 $80,800,000 $125,000,000 $Error when using {{Inflation}}: |index=US (parameter 1) not a recognized index. [# 14]
Strange Magic 2015 $70,000,000–100,000,000 $13,600,000 $40,000,000–50,000,000 $Error when using {{Inflation}}: |index=US (parameter 1) not a recognized index.Error when using {{Inflation}}: |index=US (parameter 1) not a recognized index. [# 15]
Titan A.E. 2000 $75,000,000–90,000,000 $36,800,000 $100,000,000 $Error when using {{Inflation}}: |index=US (parameter 1) not a recognized index. [# 16]
Treasure Planet 2002 $140,000,000 $109,600,000 $85,000,000 $Error when using {{Inflation}}: |index=US (parameter 1) not a recognized index. [# 17]
The Star 2017 $20,000,000 $6,200,000 $40,852,824 $Error when using {{Inflation}}: |index=US (parameter 1) not a recognized index. [# 18]

See also[edit]

  • List of films considered the worst
  • List of highest-grossing animated films
  • List of box office bombs
  • List of most expensive animated films

Notes[edit]

  1. Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis Community Development Project. "Consumer Price Index (estimate) 1800–". Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. Retrieved January 2, 2019.

References[edit]

  1. https://www.oscars.org/sites/oscars/files/88aa_rules.pdf
  2. Susman, Gary (May 12, 2016). "The 19 Biggest Box Office Bombs in Movie History". Moviefone. Retrieved May 12, 2016.
  3. Davidson, Adam (June 26, 2012). "How Does the Film Industry Actually Make Money". The New York Times. Retrieved May 12, 2016.

Chart sources[edit]

  1. The Adventures of Rocky & Bullwinkle
  2. Delgo
  3. Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within
  4. The Good Dinosaur
  5. Happy Feet Two
  6. Kubo and the Two Strings
  7. Legends of Oz
  8. Mars Needs Moms
  9. Monkeybone
  10. Mr. Peabody & Sherman
  11. Osmosis Jones
  12. Penguins of Madagascar
  13. Rise of the Guardians
  14. Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas
  15. Strange Magic
  16. Titan A.E.
  17. Treasure Planet
  18. The Star

Bibliography[edit]


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