‘Max Steel’, ‘Popstar’ top Forbes 2016 list of biggest movie flops
Action movie Max Steel has been named and shamed as the biggest movie flop of the year.
Acting newcomer Ben Winchell featured as extreme sports star-turned-secret agent Max McGrath in the live-action film, based on the titular Mattel toy line, but the sci-fi movie, which also featured Andy Garcia and Maria Bello, wasn’t widely promoted and failed to win audiences when it was released in October.
It grossed just $4.4 million at the global box office, failing to claw back its $10.4 million budget, landing Max Steel atop Forbes magazine’s Hollywood’s Biggest Turkeys of 2016 poll.
It edges out Matthew McConaughey’s Free State of Jones, which places second with a 46 per cent return from a $50 million total spend.
Comedian Andy Samberg’s Popstar: Never Stop Stopping mockumentary comes in at three after earning just $9.5 million of its $20 million budget, while Pride and Prejudice and Zombies and animated film Ratchet & Clank, based on the video game series of the same name, round out the top five.
The 10-strong list was primarily made up of comedies, with Zach Galifianakis landing two movies on the countdown – Keeping Up With the Joneses, co-starring Jon Hamm, Isla Fisher and Gal Gadot, takes sixth place, and crime caper Masterminds, which also featured Owen Wilson and Jason Sudeikis, comes in at 10.
The latest offering from Isla’s husband, funnyman Sacha Baron Cohen, didn’t fare too well either – The Brothers Grimsby is the eighth biggest flop of the year, while Tina Fey’s Whiskey Tango Foxtrot and Oliver Stone’s biopic Snowden take seventh and ninth place, respectively.
Forbes’ annual list only includes films on wide release which hit theatres before October 31.