Brad Pitt can breathe a sigh of relief.

His much-vamped, equally-derided zombie apocalypse blockbuster 'World War Z' has defied much gloomy expectation and made a respectable return at the box office, no doubt helped by Pitt's tireless publicity mission around the world, with Angelina Jolie and family by his side.

There were those who calmly predicted 'Z' would turn out to be the biggest film flop ever, after re-writes, re-shoots and a whopping £170 million got spent on bringing it from book to screen.

But it's earning its money, and the hot news is there's a sequel on the way.

So if Brad Pitt won't have to wipe egg from his face after all, who are the Hollywood dreamers really left licking their wounds after thinking big and scoring small?

Here's the current top ten list of film history's biggest flops (with figures adjusted to 2013 levels for ease of comparison). The good news is the list doesn't take into account DVD sales that might... just... have rescued these Hollywood heads. And the bizarre news is that, from the trailers alone, some of them look half-decent. As William Goldman told us, in Hollywood, no one knows anything. Go figure.


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  • 10. Stealth (2005) - net loss $110 million

    American science fiction action film starring Josh Lucas, Jessica Biel, Jamie Foxx, Sam Shepard, Joe Morton and Richard Roxburgh. The film was directed by Rob Cohen, director of The Fast and the Furious and xXx. The film follows three top fighter pilots as they join a project to develop an automated robotic stealth aircraft.

  • 9. Heaven's Gate (1980) - net loss $112 million

    American epic Western film portraying a fictional dispute between land barons and European immigrants in Wyoming in the 1890s. The cast includes Kris Kristofferson, Christopher Walken, Isabelle Huppert, Jeff Bridges, John Hurt, Sam Waterston, Brad Dourif, Joseph Cotten, Geoffrey Lewis, David Mansfield, Richard Masur, Terry O'Quinn, Mickey Rourke, and, in his first film role (uncredited), Willem Dafoe. Written, directed and produced (in part) by American film director Michael Cimino.

  • 8. Speed Racer (2008) - net loss $113 million

    American action film written, produced and directed by The Wachowskis. A live action adaptation of the 1960s Japanese anime series Speed Racer, it stars Emile Hirsch in the title role, with supporting roles played by Christina Ricci, John Goodman, Susan Sarandon, and Matthew Fox.

  • 7. Town and Country (2001) - net loss $122 million

    Starring Warren Beatty, Diane Keaton, Goldie Hawn and Garry Shandling and directed by Peter Chelsom. It is a romantic comedy in which Beatty plays an architect, with Keaton as his wife and Hawn and Shandling as their best friends.

  • 6. The 13th Warrior (1999) - net loss £135 million

    American historical fiction action film starring Antonio Banderas as Ahmad ibn Fadlan and Vladimir Kulich as Buliwyf. It is based on the novel Eaters of the Dead by Michael Crichton. Directed by John McTiernan and an uncredited Crichton.

  • 5. Mars Needs Moms (2011) - net loss $138 million

    2011 American 3-D motion capture animated science fiction comedy film co-written and directed by Simon Wells, and based on the Berkeley Breathed book of the same title. The film is centered around Milo, a nine-year-old boy who finally comes to understand the importance of family, and has to rescue his mother after she is abducted by Martians.

  • 4. Sahara (2005) - net loss $143 million

    Action–comedy adventure film directed by Breck Eisner, is based on the best-selling book of the same name by Clive Cussler. It stars Matthew McConaughey, Steve Zahn and Penélope Cruz.

  • 3. The Adventures of Pluto Nash (2002) - net loss $144 million

    Science fiction comedy film directed by Ron Underwood and starring Eddie Murphy as the title protagonist.

  • 2. The Alamo (2004) - net loss $144 million

    American war film about the Battle of the Alamo during the Texas Revolution. The film was directed by Texan John Lee Hancock, produced by Ron Howard, Brian Grazer, and Mark Johnson, distributed by Touchstone Pictures, and starring Dennis Quaid as Sam Houston, Billy Bob Thornton as Davy Crockett, and Jason Patric as Jim Bowie.

  • 1. Cutthroat Island (1995) - net loss $145 million

    Romantic comedy action adventure film directed by Renny Harlin. The film stars Geena Davis, Matthew Modine, and Frank Langella. It is listed in the Guinness Book of World Records as the biggest box office flop of all time. It was the last film Carolco Pictures produced before it went bankrupt.