Los Angeles: Ultra competitive movie studios rarely want to sit atop this box office list. When the Walt Disney said on Monday that it expected its sci-fi movie 'John Carter' to lose about $200 million, it very likely shot the intergalactic box office bomb to the top of Hollywood's biggest loser chart.
If so - and box office math is always a little tricky in Tinseltown - the megaflop would achieve iconic status by surpassing the 1995 Geena Davis-Matthew Modine pirate flick 'Cutthroat Island' that the Guinness Book of World Records lists as the biggest bomb of all-time. That movie lost $147 million, according to the online encyclopedia Wikipedia, which also puts the MGM film at the top of its list.
Infamous misfires like director Ron Howard's 'The Alamo', Eddie Murphy's 'The Adventures of Pluto Nash', the Matthew McConaughey-Penelope Cruz action film 'Sahara' and director Robert Zemeckis' 2011 animated film 'Mars Needs Moms' all passed the dubious $140 million loss threshold, according to Wikipedia.
Of course, any movie box office list is subject to serious interpretation. The Wikipedia list, for instance, has converted the film's ticket sales to inflation-adjusted 2012 dollars, but includes only worldwide box office and not DVD or TV sales....more
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Los Angeles: Computer animation has a problem: When it gets too realistic, it starts creeping people out. Most recently, moviegoers complained about the near-realistic depiction of humans in Disney's 3-D flick "Mars Needs Moms." A theory called the "uncanny valley" says we tend to feel attracted to inanimate objects with human traits, the way a teddy bear or a rag doll seems cute. Our affection grows as an object looks...
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