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Predicting The Biggest Box Office Bombs Of 2015

Reid Nakamura |
January 9, 2015 | 1:39 p.m. PST

Film Editor

In any given year, there are dozens of major movies released into theaters and studios spend millions on every single one. Sometimes it pays off and they get "The Avengers," but sometimes it doesn't and they get "Green Lantern."

It's not always obvious what will attract an audience and what won't, but here's a look at a few of this year's upcoming releases that seem likely to fail: 


Ranked second on Forbes’ list of the most overpaid actors of 2014, Johnny Depp has starred in a number of major flops like “The Lone Ranger” and last year’s “Transcendence.” Audiences aren’t exactly clamoring to see more of him, but “Mortdecai” once again puts him front and center. Given that and the film unnecessarily restrictive R rating, the film seems likely to be one of the year’s bigger box office bombs.

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“Jupiter Ascending”

Andy and Lana Wachowski are best known for writing and directing the “Matrix” trilogy, but that’s only because nobody even saw “Speed Racer” or “Cloud Atlas.” Both films were major failures at the box office and it looks like the upcoming “Jupiter Ascending” will be yet another for the brother-sister duo. With little promotion ahead of its early February release, there’s no way the movie will be able to recoup its $175 million budget.

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“Mad Max: Fury Road”

The first entry in the “Mad Max” franchise since 1985, “Fury Road” can’t rely on the success of the earlier films to attract audiences. In a crowded summer season full of highly anticipated releases such as “The Avengers: Age of Ultron” and “Jurassic World,” “Fury Road” will have an uphill battle trying to make back its huge $150 million budget.

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