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Produced for close to $250 million, the Johnny Depp-starring update of the old radio and television serial grossed a measly $29.4 million in its first three-day weekend (it took in $48.9 million since its July 3 premiere).
Analysts say Disney consequently could have to take a write-down of about $100 million on the flop.
But "The Lone Ranger" does not ride alone among the most embarrassing bombs of the 21st century.
Here's our ranking of the Top 10 duds of the millennium, not counting "The Lone Ranger." Be sure to take our poll at the end.
“Gigli.” Almost industry shorthand for commercial and critical ignominy,
“John Carter.” Another Disney debacle, last year’s $250-million fantasy adventure grossed just $73 million domestically but fared much better overseas, taking in $209 million in foreign markets. Still, Disney was forced to take a $200-million loss on the production. Fun fact: Star
"Mars Needs Moms." Produced by Robert Zemeckis, Disney's motion-capture adaptation of Berkeley Breathed's children's book cost about $150 million to make and sold just $38.9 million worldwide. Fun fact: The film's ruinous performance contributed to Disney's decision to shut down Zemeckis' remake of "Yellow Submarine."
“Sahara.” Directed by Breck
“Speed Racer.” Directed by “Matrix” filmmakers Andy and
“How Do You Know.” Sony’s
“After Earth.” The Church of Scientology insists this summer’s
"The Alamo." Another Western from Disney, writer-director John Lee Hancock's historical drama cost $107 million and grossed a weak $25.8 million worldwide in 2004. Fun fact: Hancock, who replaced Ron Howard as the film's director, bounced back five years later with "The Blind Side," which grossed more than $300 million worldwide.