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Weak Opening for Warner Bros.’ ‘Pan’ Conjures Memories of the Biggest Box-Office Disasters

Oct 12, 2015  •  Post A Comment

A dismal opening weekend in theaters for the $150 million live-action Peter Pan feature “Pan” from Warner Bros. has some film writers scrambling to recollect the all-time worst box-offfice disasters.

Writing for the AP, Lindsey Bahr lists 10 of “Hollywood’s most infamous financial catastrophes,” noting that it may be up to China to rescue “Pan” from a place on the list. “Pan,” which stars Hugh Jackman, Rooney Mara and Levi Miller, opens there Oct. 22.

Bahr notes that the movie’s weekend in North American theaters brought in only $15.5 million, “and its international prospects don’t look much more promising.” In 52 international markets, the movie brought in just $20.5 million.

As it stands, “Pan” ranks among the year’s biggest bombs along with Disney’s “Tomorrowland” and Fox’s “Fantastic Four.”

Bahr’s all-time top 10 includes a few oldies — the perennial “Heaven’s Gate” from 1980, credited with bringing down United Artists, is the oldest. But for the most part, the list is made up of recent bombs, such as “The Lone Ranger” (2013) and “John Carter” (2012).

The latter movie, starring “Friday Night Lights” alum Taylor Kitsch, reportedly cost Disney between $250 million and $275 million to make, then brought in only $30.2 million on opening weekend — prompting Disney to take a $200 million write-down while “John Carter” was still in theaters.

We encourage readers to click on the link near the top of this story to see Bahr’s full list.

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