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Max Steel and Free State of Jones top list of 2016's biggest movie flops

Free State of Jones

Story by Jack Foley

FAILED superhero movie Max Steele and Matthew McConaughey Civil War drama Free State of Jones have topped the list of the biggest movie flops of 2016.

Forbes has just published its annual list of box office bombs, with Max Steel – based on a Mattel toy range – coming top. The film earned only $4.4m when released earlier this year despite costing $10 million to make.

Slavery drama Free State of Jones, which was once viewed as a potential awards contender, was second on the list with a $23.2m return from a $50m budget. A true story, it starred McConaughey as Newton Knight, a blacksmith who led a revolt against the confederacy.

Zach Galifianakis, the former star of The Hangover trilogy, appears twice on the list for his films, Keeping Up With The Joneses and long-delayed comedy Masterminds, which made $22m from a $25m budget.

And his Joneses co-star Isla Fisher also appears twice: with her second flop coming with The Brothers Grimsby, in which she starred with her real-life husband Sacha Baron Cohen. The spy comedy made $28.7m from a $35m budget.

Tina Fey’s fact-based comedy Whiskey Tango Foxtrot and Oliver Stone’s biopic Snowden, starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt in the title role, were two of the more serious movies on the list, while music satire Popstar: Never Stop Stopping and period zombie mash-up Pride and Prejudice and Zombies also featured.

The full list is as follows…

1) Max Steel ($4.4m take from $10m budget)
2) Free State of Jones ($23.2m take from $50m budget)
3) Popstar: Never Stop Stopping ($9.5m take from $20m budget)
4) Pride and Prejudice and Zombies ($16.4m take from $28m budget)
5) Rachet & Clank ($11.8m take from $20m budget)
6) Keeping Up with the Joneses ($26.9m take from $40m budget)
7) Whiskey Tango Foxtrot ($24.9m take from $35m budget)
8) Grimsby ($28.7m take from $35m budget)
9) Snowden ($34.3m take from $40m budget)
10) Masterminds ($22m take from $25m budget)

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