Net losses, inflation adjusted: $99,798,592
Total cost: $167,000,000
Worldwide theater gross: $85,131,830
Net losses (actual): $81,868,170
Remember the 2001 animated science fiction movie Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within? No one really does. The film depicted the desperate struggle of a band of humans in a post-apocalyptic world ruled by a tyrannical an alien race.
The film used highly sophisticated animation, and upon its release it was praised for its stunning visuals. However, it had gone so far over budget in the four years that it took to make it that its $85 million box office take was good for only about half of the film’s $167 million budget. Square Pictures, the studio that had made the movie, went out of business the following year.