4. “Dr. Dolittle” (1967)
U.S. Box Office: $9 million
Worldwide Box Office:
Est. Budget: $18 million
You might be more familiar with the Eddie Murphy franchise, but before he came along, Dr. Dolittle had the distinction of being one of the most notorious box office flops in movie musical history. The movie recouped only half of its budget, mostly on account of its unremarkable score and unremarkable lead actor, Rex Harrison. It was reported that Harrison was so uncooperative onset that Christopher Plummer temporarily replaced him. Seems like Plummer dodged a bullet.
3. “Glitter” (2001)
U.S. Box Office: $4,274,407 million
Worldwide Box Office: $5,271,666 million
Est. Budget: $22 million
Pop icon Mariah Carey made her acting debut in the ill-fated “Glitter.” Unfortunately, her vocal prowess wasn’t enough to save the critically panned movie musical. Like a craft project gone horribly wrong, “Glitter” left a mess for Carey’s PR team to clean up. They might still find the flecks of silver in buried in her hair. Glitter was a mess of clichés and horrible acting. The joke of a movie nearly killed Carey’s career. Following the film’s release, she was bought out of her $100 million recording and didn’t make another hit for nearly five years.
2. “Rock of Ages” (2012)
U.S. Box Office: $38.5 million
Worldwide Box Office: $56.3 million
Est. Budget: $75 million
It’s one of Broadway’s most popular jukebox musicals. The production opened on The Great White Way in the spring of 2009 and has been going strong ever since. The movie adaptation, directed by “Hairspray’s” Adam Shankman, billed some top-notch stars, including Tom Cruise, Alec Baldwin, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Paul Giamatti, Mary J. Blige and Russell Brand. Somehow, it still managed to flop. There’s really no explanation. Apparently, Tom Cruise doesn’t have the same box office appeal as in his heyday. Poor reviews didn’t help.