The Flash Joins the Ranks of Hollywood’s “Biggest” Box-Office Flops

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By Iron Man

The much-awaited DCU movie, The Flash, has hit theaters, but sadly, it failed to meet expectations and has become one of the biggest flops by Warner Bros.’ As it joins the unfortunate list of box office bombs, we explore its financial performance in comparison to other infamous Hollywood failures.

The Flash’s Disappointing Box Office Numbers

Despite much anticipation, The Flash failed to make a mark at the box office, grossing only $263 million globally since its release on June 16. This performance places it amongst the biggest flops in cinema history.

Comparable Flops in Hollywood’s Past

Let’s take a closer look at other notable box office disasters that have experienced similar financial losses and challenges in Hollywood history:

Strange World (2022):

A Disney animated film with a loss of $197 million. Despite being Disney’s 61st animated film, it received the worst audience score in the company’s history, contributing to its significant financial losses.

Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas (2003):

Dreamworks Animation’s flop with losses of $199 million. Despite the star-studded cast and experienced writers, the movie failed to attract audiences and fell short of expectations.

Cutthroat Island (1995):

MGM’s historic failure with $202 million in losses. The movie faced numerous problems during production, leading to a lackluster performance at the box office.

Mortal Engines (2018):

The Flash Movie Joins the Ranks of Hollywood's Biggest Flops

A futuristic adventure film with a loss of $204 million for Universal. Despite featuring prominent actors, the film failed to resonate with audiences, resulting in substantial financial setbacks.

The 13th Warrior (1999):

Antonio Banderas’ film is based on Michael Crichton’s novel with losses of $227 million. The movie’s high budget and various production challenges contributed to its disastrous box office performance.

The Lone Ranger (2013):

Disney’s big-budget disappointment, costing $239 million in losses. Despite featuring Johnny Depp, the film struggled to recoup its massive production budget, making it one of the biggest flops in history.

John Carter (2012):

A Disney flop with staggering losses of $255 million. Despite talented filmmakers and beloved source material, the movie faced numerous difficulties, resulting in a disastrous financial outcome.

The Implications for DC Moving Forward

The Flash’s failure at the box office raises concerns for Warner Bros. and DC Studios’ future projects. The studios may reevaluate their strategies to minimize costs and focus on profitability. This could lead to a cautious approach and a delay in launching the newly rebooted DC franchise.