It goes without saying that Disney is a juggernaut in the movie world. People think of Disney films and picture the unbelievably successful Frozen, or how The Pirates of the Caribbean franchise has some of the most successful movies of all time, or how Disney now controls the wildly popular Star Wars and Marvel universes. Disney is synonymous with big name films.
But the thing about being that big is it means when you stumble, you fall hard. While people are distracted waiting for Frozen 2, what people don’t talk about is how Disney has also had some of the most colossal failures in cinematic history. When a company is capable of investing a fortune on a project, they need it to be a homerun to get their money back. That doesn’t always happen, though, and Disney has had some huge flops that have cost them hundreds of millions of dollars. With Civil War, Rogue One, and a sequel to Alice in Wonderland on the horizon, Disney looks like they’re in store for a successful year. But don’t forget the cost it took them to get there, as we list the 14 Worst Performing Disney Movies Ever Made.
Budget- $150-$200 million
Box office- $336.4 million
A movie based on a video game and it wasn’t successful? Shocking, isn’t it? Granted, Prince of Persia did become the highest grossing movie based on a video game, and recouped almost all of its costs (movies usually have to double their budget to become profitable). But Disney wasn’t looking for just another movie to fill a slot in its release schedule. As indicated by the fact they gave the movie a subtitle, they were looking for Prince of Persia to be the start of a film franchise, something that could be comparable to their Pirates of the Caribbean franchise. So it’s fair to say that in that regard, Prince of Persia fell enormously short of the mark.
Honestly, though, no movie studio has truly cracked the code for making a good video game adaption, so it’s at least commendable to Disney for trying. They took a risk, brought in a well-known star in Jake Gyllenhaal, and invested a lot of money into attempting to be pioneers for the genre. The lack of interest here might make them reluctant to take such a risk again, but it shows they still have some entrepreneurial spirit behind them.
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