Biggest Box-Office Bankruptcies

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Some people take solace in knowing that no matter how bad things may be, someone else has it worse. So if your personal bankruptcy has you down, have a thought of these big-budget box-office bankruptcies and know that no matter how much money you may owe, you are absolutely better off than these bombshells.

Dog Eat Dog – 2008

Budget: (unavailable)

Just one of SIX movies named “Dog Eat Dog” (between 2001 and 2017), this film tells the story of a street thug with aspirations of greatness when he tries to rip off a local Columbian crime boss, but ends up trapped in a hotel room with a man cursed by the mob boss’s personal voodoo priestess.

Yes, really.

Surprisingly, it was initially very well received. You would think that a movie featured in the prestigious Sundance Film Festival and submitted for consideration for an Academy Award would, y’know, make money. It was even picked up by the popular IFC Films for distribution…

Regrettably, IFC does EXTREMELY limited theatrical distribution – usually a single theatre – which undoubtedly contributed to this film making a mere $80.

Catch the trailer here!

Storage 24 – 2012

Budget: 1.6 million GBP ($2.1 million USD)

Proving that a little bit of fame can be a dangerous thing, Storage 24 set out to cash in on the fanatical Dr. Who fandom with writer and star Noel Clarke. This film was neither original nor particularly well made; telling the story of a group of people trapped inside of a storage facility with a rampaging alien creature, it had neither the suspense of The Thing, nor the visual aesthetics of Alien, its biggest saving grace was its low budget, which seemed to guarantee a return on investment.

Instead, when released in the US, it played in one theatre for one day to an estimated eight people, grossing a whopping $72.

Catch the trailer here!

Zyzzyx Rd – 2006

Budget: $2 million USD

People debate whether or not this title was simply an attempt to be the last thing listed on any list of movies, and the quality of the movie itself certainly lends credence to such a theory.

Self-described as “Lolita meets Death of a Salesman,” this film tells the story of an average guy doing what any average guy does in Vegas – picking up a strange woman and taking her back to her hotel room before trying to kill her psychotic ex-boyfriend and then losing him in the desert when trying to hide the body.

Starring, surprisingly, Katherine Heigl amid her rise to stardom, and, unsurprisingly, Tom Sizemore, doing what Tom Sizemore does, this film only showed in a single theatre (which happens surprisingly often, as we discovered while researching this article). Granted, it showed for an entire week, but only once a day, at noon, in Dallas TX, to approximately one person per showing…one of whom was a make-up artist who had worked on the film itself, and was given her money back by the producer.

Total gross income: $30

($20 if you consider the refunded ticket of the make-up artist

Catch the trailer here!

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