Keanu Reeves – 47 Ronin (2013)
Ted Neo’s samurai adventure looked pretty good, but it was very expensive (it had a budget of over $200 million) and not enough people saw it. It lost an estimated $150 million.
Johnny Depp – The Lone Ranger (2013)
This was supposed to revive the Lone Ranger franchise, once a hallmark of radio, TV, and the movies. But not many people really wanted The Lone Ranger to come back, maybe because this big-budget movie starred Johnny Depp, a white dude, as the Lone Ranger’s sidekick Tonto, a Native American. For whatever reason, Disney lost more than $100 million on the movie.
Matthew McConaughey – Sahara (2005)
Clive Cussler’s novels about daring adventurer Dirk Pitt have sold millions. Hollywood has tried a couple of times to adapt the books, to little avail. Not even Matthew McConaughey could save Sahara. The movie wound up $100 million in the red.
Jennifer Lawrence – The Beaver (2011)
This comedy-drama about a broken middle-aged man who communicates through a beaver puppet was supposed to be a comeback vehicle for star Mel Gibson. Jennifer Lawrence, right after her Oscar-nominated role in Winter’s Bone and right before she started playing Katniss Everdeen in The Hunger Games, co-starred. Audiences didn’t care. The movie had a budget of $21 million and made less than a million bucks at the box office.
Eddie Murphy – The Adventures of Pluto Nash (2002)
The star of The Golden Child was once the golden child at the box office, starring in one instant blockbuster after another — Beverly Hills Cop, Coming to America, and The Nutty Professor to name a few. Murphy had a bit of a fallow period in Hollywood, the nadir being this sci-fi comedy about an ex-con who owns a nightclub on the moon. Estimated financial losses: $96 million.
Ryan Reynolds – R.I.P.D. (2013)
Based on a not-very-well-known comic series, Reynolds and Jeff Bridges played cops in Heaven…or something. The special effects-laden comedy cost more than $130 million to make and earned just over $30 million from audiences.
Ben Affleck – Gigli (2003)
It’s synonymous with box-office bomb, and for good reason. Not only is it not a great movie — Affleck is miscast as a mob guy, who then tries to seduce a lesbian (Jennifer Lopez, his real-life girlfriend at the time), but it was a huge financial disaster. Worldwide, it made $7 million against a budget of $72 million, which doesn’t make sense because most of the movie takes place in an apartment.
Hugh Jackman – Pan (2015)
An edgy, action-packed “origin story” prequel to J.M. Barrie’s Peter Pan story, the guy who usually plays Wolverine plays the fearsome pirate Blackbeard. Maybe if the beloved Jackman was at all recognizable, more people would have gone to see Pan. The $150-million movie ultimately made just $35 million in the U.S.
Reese Witherspoon – How Do You Know? (2010)
This is a pleasant, understated relationship drama written and directed by James L. Brooks (Terms of Endearment and As Good As it Gets) but somehow cost $120 million to produce. That money must have gone to the salaries for its cast of huge stars: Jack Nicholson, Paul Rudd, Owen Wilson, and Reese Witherspoon. It earned an okay $30 million at the American box office, not nearly enough to cover its expenditures.
George Clooney – Tomorrowland (2015)
Pixar director Brad Bird doing an optimistic science-fiction movie based on a loved Disneyland property starring handsome movie star George Clooney? What could go wrong? Plenty, apparently. The film lost the House of Mouse $76 million.
Channing Tatum – Jupiter Ascending (2015)
The Wachowskis are always inventive filmmakers, but they’ve struggled to re-create the box office success of The Matrix movies. This epic science-fiction adventure starring Tatum, Mila Kunis, and Eddie Redmayne made a decent $47 million at the box office, but it cost a staggering $176 million to make, which isn’t ideal.
Sandra Bullock – Speed 2: Cruise Control (1997)
Speed was a great action movie with a novel premise and bare-bones style. The sequel wasn’t as thrilling – it was about a cruise ship instead of a bus, and they couldn’t get Keanu Reeves to come back, so Jason Patric subbed in. Bullock tried her best to right this sinking ship, but charm alone couldn’t bring the box office total to more than $48 million. That’s not great when the movie costs $160 million.