Are the adventures of Pluto Nash the biggest bomb of all time?
“The Adventures of Pluto Nash” hit theaters on August 16, 2002, and from the jump it was clear that it wasn’t going to be your average box office bombshell. The pricey sci-fi/comedy opened to $2.1 million domestically, placing tenth on the charts behind “The Master of Disguise” and just above “Stuart Little 2.” It was Vin Diesel’s “xXx” that took home the win that weekend, doing 10 times what “Pluto Nash” did – and that film was in its second weekend. Ouch.
Ultimately, “Pluto Nash” ended its run with $4.4 million domestic and just $2.6 million internationally for a total of $7.1 million. And I’m not talking about this week – I mean, that’s it. A $100 million movie (pre-market) made just over $7 million in ticket sales. It’s really hard to imagine a worse business decision in movie history. This is the kind of thing that costs people their jobs. At this point, Castle Rock Entertainment has cut over 30% of its employees just two weeks after the film’s initial release.
It’s safe to say that “The Adventures of Pluto Nash” is the biggest box office bomb ever produced. Another oft-cited failure is 1995’s “Cutthroat Island,” which only grossed $10 million against a budget of $98 million. Close, but not enough as bad. Maybe we can watch Disney’s “Mars Needs Moms,” a $150 animated flop that fetched $39.2 million in 2010. There are plenty of other disasters that have washed up on the shores of the past. strayed from Hollywood, but, for my money, it’s the crème de la crème. The worst of the worst and the trophy no one wants to have in their trophy case. But that title has to belong to someone, and I think it belongs to “The Adventures of Pluto Nash.”