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The 10 Biggest Box Office Flops Of 2010 (So Far)


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Taken from Parade.com. This was originally posted on their site back in July, so the total take figures were as of that month.

10. The A-Team

Is ‘80s nostalgia dead? Judging by the weak earning-power of “The A-Team,” audiences won’t flock to see just any movie based on a hit, Reagan-era TV series. Studios might want to check out more suitable box-office fare like ‘80s favorites “21 Jump Street,” “Magnum P.I,” or, dare to dream, “The Facts of Life.”

Budget: $110 million

Opening Weekend: $25.6 million

Total Take: $75.2 million

9. Edge Of Darkness

Mixed reviews and Mel Gibson’s real-life drama outshined the story in this thriller about a cop investigating the death of his daughter. The film didn’t hold its appeal beyond opening weekend; the drama made nearly half of its total take ($43) in its first three days of release.

Budget: $80 million

Opening Weekend: $17.2 million

Total Take: $43.3 million

8. The Wolfman

“The Wolfman” proves that mixing a classic horror tale, a huge budget and a cast of Academy Award-winning and nominated actors (Benicio Del Toro, Anthony Hopkins, Emily Blunt) doesn’t necessarily make for box-office gold. Critics thought the film lacked scares and suspense (a frightening conclusion for horror fans), and the movie quickly left theaters after earning back just $62 million of its $150 million budget.

Budget: $150 million

Opening Weekend: $31.5 million

Total Take: $61.9 million

7. Repo Men

Can Jude Law sell a movie? Not when he plays an un-romantic lead and critics nearly universally pan the film. “Repo Men” was a nice departure for Law, who plays an organ-harvesting repo man in the sci-fi thriller, but audiences didn’t go for his unpolished look or the film’s macabre subject matter.

Budget: $32 million

Opening Weekend: $6 million

Total Take: $13.8 million

6. Robin Hood

With director Ridley Scott at the helm and Oscar-winning actors Russell Crowe and Cate Blanchett taking on the iconic roles of Robin Hood and Maid Marion, how could you go wrong? The combination seemed failure-proof, but moviegoers’ lack of interest in the age-old tale proved that there really is no sure thing in Hollywood.

Budget: $200 million

Opening Weekend: $36 million

Total Take: $104.8 million

5. Knight And Day

“Knight and Day” proved that America isn’t quite ready to fully re-embrace Tom Cruise as an action star. Even the sex appeal and likeability of Cameron Diaz couldn’t help the action-comedy earn blockbuster status.

Budget: $117 million

Opening Weekend: $20 million

Total Take: $69.1 million

4. From Paris With Love

An over-the-top performance from John Travolta, who shaved his head for the role, got the film some attention, but, with its mixed reviews and a February release date, the action flick failed to register with audiences.

Budget: $52 million

Opening Weekend: $8.1 million

Total Take: $24 million

3. Prince Of Persia: The Sands Of Time

Movies adapted from video games don’t have the best track record when it comes to box-office draw, and the big-screen take on “Prince of Persia” was no exception. The star power of Jake Gyllenhaal and the film’s dazzling special effects didn’t impress critics or moviegoers.

Budget: $200 million

Opening Weekend: $30 million

Total Take: $89.3 million

2. MacGruber

Judging by the advertising blitz leading up to its premiere, the studio had high hopes for this low-budget, low-brow comedy. But ubiquitous marketing wasn’t enough to entice fans of the "Saturday Night Live" sketch. The comedic talents of Will Forte and Kristen Wiig, and some surprise turns from actors Ryan Phillippe and Val Kilmer only amounted to $8 million in total ticket sales.

Budget: $10 million

Opening Weekend: $4 million

Total Take: $8.5 million

1. The Sorcerer's Apprentice

The magic of Disney and the unique acting talent of Oscar-winner Nicolas Cage weren’t enough to get audiences into theaters for this live-action fantasy flick, which was loosely based on the animated vignette from “Fantasia.” Perhaps magic fans are saving their box-office dollars for the next installment of the “Harry Potter” franchise, due in November.

Budget: $150 million

Opening Weekend: $17.3 million

Total Take: $24.7 million

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