Blast Zone: Movies That Bombed

Blast Zone: Movies That Bombed

It's not a podcast about bad movies. It's a podcast about movies that did badly. Join comedians Jon Drake (@drakegatsby) and Ian Dukes (@ianpauldukes) as they dig up the bombs that shook Hollywood. Every episode reviews a movie that lost money at the box office and tries to figure out what went wrong.

Episodes

July 17, 2024 72 mins

Another big budget comedy that flopped super hard and was almost universally hated? Don’t mind if we do. It’s LAND OF THE LOST (2009)

0:00 Intro
2:04 Show & tell
7:56 This week's movie

LAND OF THE LOST 
DIRECTED BY: Brad Silberling
RELEASED: June 5, 2009
STARRING: Will Ferrell, Anna Friel, Danny McBride, Jorma Taccone 
BUDGET: $100M
BOX OFFICE: $68.8M
EST. LOSS: $75M

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Join us on the latest episode of the Blast Zone Podcast as we welcome back the legendary Regular M1ke (@RegularM1ke) to discuss one of the forgotten 90s sports thrillers, THE FAN. Directed by Tony Scott and featuring an all-star cast including Wesley Snipes, Robert DeNiro, John Leguizamo, Ellen Barkin, and Benicio Del Toro, this 1996 film had a budget of $55 million but unfortunately only grossed $42 million, resulting in an estima...

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June 19, 2024 61 mins

The sequel nobody asked for and almost nobody saw... it's EVAN ALMIGHTY

EVAN ALMIGHTY
DIRECTED BY: Tom Shadyac 
RELEASED: June 22, 2007 
STARRING: STEVE CARELL, MORGAN FREEMAN, LAUREN GRAHAM, JOHN GOODMAN
BUDGET: $175m 
BOX OFFICE: $174.4M
EST. LOSS: $80m 

0:00 Intro
2:04 Show & tell
6:57 This week's movie

NEXT EPISODE: Mike check 1,2, you know the vibes... RE...

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June 5, 2024 84 mins

We’re back! Talking about one of the most 90s of 90s movies in David Fincher’s FIGHT CLUB

FIGHT CLUB
RELEASED: October 15, 1999
DIRECTED BY: David Fincher
STARRING: Ed Norton, Brad Pitt, Helena Bonham Carter, Meat Loaf, Jared Leto
BUDGET: $67M
BOX OFFICE: $101.2M (including re-releases)
ESTIMATED LOSS: $25M

NEXT EPISODE: The most expensive comedy ever made is also one of the least fun...

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May 8, 2024 60 mins

We’re getting super earnest and old-timey with one of the original superhero movies, 1991’s THE ROCKETEER 

0:00 Intro
2:50 Show & tell
8:52 This week's movie

THE ROCKETEER 
DIRECTED BY: Joe Johnston 
RELEASED: June 21, 1991 
STARRING: Billy Campbell, Jennifer Connelly, Timothy Dalton, Alan Arkin, Terry O’Quinn 
BUDGET: $40M
BOX OFFICE: $46.5M 
ESTIMATED LOSS: $25M 

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May 1, 2024 57 mins

Oh hey didn’t see you there. We were over here being edgy career criminals. It’s THE WAY OF THE GUN 

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2:01 Show & tell
5:42 This week's movie

THE WAY OF THE GUN 
DIRECTED BY: Christopher McQuarrie 
RELEASED: September 8, 2000 
STARRING: Ryan Philippe, Benicio Del Toro, Juliette Lewis, James Caan 
BUDGET: $8.5M 
BOX OFFICE: $13.1M 
ESTIMATED LOSS: $5M 

NEX...

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April 24, 2024 63 mins

We’re back! And we’re doing a highly requested one this week with 2016’s Civil War drama FREE STATE OF JONES

0:00 Intro
1:48 Show & tell
7:20 This week's movie

FREE STATE OF JONES 
RELEASED: June 24, 2016
DIRECTED BY: Gary Ross 
STARRING: Matthew McConaughey, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Mahershala Ali, Keri Russell
BUDGET: $50M 
BOX OFFICE: $25M 
ESTIMATED LOSS: $40M 

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April 3, 2024 65 mins

We're joined by the homie Nash Flynn (@ItsNashFlynn) of Death & Friends to talk about an extremely historically accurate movie: 2017's THE MUMMY. 

0:00 Intro
3:47 Show & tell
9:25 This week's movie

THE MUMMY 
RELEASED:  June 9, 2017 
DIRECTED BY: Alex Kurtzman 
STARRING: Tom Cruise, Annabelle Wallis, Jake Johnson, Sofia Boutella, Russell Crowe, Courtney B. Vance
BUDGE...

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March 27, 2024 70 mins

We’re joined by “friend” of the show Ron Iver (@ronnui_) to talk about the first video game movie. Ever! It’s Super Mario Bros. (1993)

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5:11 Show & tell
11:27 This week's movie

SUPER MARIO BROS 
RELEASED: May 28, 1993 
DIRECTED BY: Rocky Morton and Annabel Jankel
STARRING: Bob Hoskins, John Leguizamo, Samantha Mathis, Dennis Hopper, Fiona Shaw
BUDGET: $48M 
BOX OFFICE...

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March 6, 2024 58 mins

We went all the way back to 1995 for this week's movie, with one of Russell Crowe's first American movies and maybe Denzel's silliest movie ever, VIRTUOSITY. 

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2:08 Show & tell
7:16 This week's movie

VIRTUOSITY 
DIRECTED BY: Brett Leonard 
RELEASED: August 4, 1995
STARRING: Denzel Washington, Russell Crowe, Kelly Lynch, Stephen Spinella, William Forsythe
BU...

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February 14, 2024 70 mins

Another movie where the film itself wasn’t the story, it's the creepy musical DEAR EVAN HANSEN.

0:00 Intro
2:33 Show & tell
7:32 This week's movie

DEAR EVAN HANSEN
DIRECTED BY: Stephen Chbosky,
RELEASED: September 24, 2021
STARRING: Ben Platt, Kaitlyn Dever, Amandla Stenberg, Nik Dodani, Colton Ryan, Amy Adams, Julianne Moore
BUDGET: $28M
BOX OFFICE: $19.1M
ESTIMATED L...

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February 7, 2024 58 mins

THE HUNT controversy was probably the biggest news story of 2020. Can’t think of anything else that happened that was quite as important. 

0:00 Intro
2:59 Show & tell
7:19 This week's movie

THE HUNT
DIRECTED BY: Craig Zobel 
RELEASED: March 13, 2020 
STARRING: Betty Gilpin, Hilary Swank, Wayne Duvall, Ethan Suplee, Ike Barinholtz
BUDGET: $14M
BOX OFFICE: $12.4M 
ESTIMATED LOSS: $8M

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January 31, 2024 62 mins

We wrap up our 2023 series with maybe the biggest bomb of the year, and also every year, with THE MARVELS. 

0:00 Intro
1:47 Show & tell
6:36 This week's movie

THE MARVELS 
DIRECTED BY: Nia DaCosta 
RELEASED: November 10, 2023 
STARRING: Brie Larson, Iman Vellani, Teyonah Parris, Zawe Ashton 
BUDGET: $275M
BOX OFFICE: $206.1M
ESTIMATED LOSS: all of it 

NEXT EPISODE: We’re goi...

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January 24, 2024 60 mins

We’re back with another 2023 bomb and this time we’re getting real French with it.

0:00 Intro
3:35 Show & tell
8:41 This week's movie

NAPOLEON
DIRECTED BY: Ridley Scott 
RELEASED: November 22, 2023 
STARRING: Joaquin Phoenix, Vanessa Kirby 
BUDGET: $200M 
BOX OFFICE: $218.4
ESTIMATED LOSS: $100M 

NEXT EPISODE: Trouble in the MCU as we’re covering THE MARVELS

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January 17, 2024 58 mins

It’s week 2/4 of our 2023 Retrospective and we’re covering the ambitious original sci-fi movie THE CREATOR 

0:00 Intro
2:12 Show & tell
6:42 This week's movie

THE CREATOR
DIRECTED BY: Gareth Edwards
RELEASED: September 29, 2023
STARRING: John David Washington, Gemma Chan, Ken Watanabe, Allison Janney, Madeleine Yuna Voyles
BUDGET: $80M
BOX OFFICE: $104M
ESTIMATED LOSS: $50M 

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Oh my goodness we’re back. Do you all still remember us? We missed you. We’re doing 4 episodes on 2023’s bombs, and first up is DUNGEONS & DRAGONS: HONOR AMONG THIEVES

0:00 Intro
2:18 Show & tell
6:16 This week's movie

DUNGEONS & DRAGONS: HONOR AMONG THIEVES
DIRECTED BY: Jonathan Goldstein and John Francis Daley
RELEASED: March 31, 2023
STARRING: Chris Pine, Michelle Rodriguez,...

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September 20, 2023 67 mins

No Oscar noms here, but there were definitely some noms! Nom nom nom nom. It’s 2015’s IN THE HEART OF THE SEA 

IN THE HEART OF THE SEA 
DIRECTED BY: Ron Howard 
RELEASED: December 11, 2915 
STARRING: Chris Hemsworth, Benjamin Walker, Cillian Murphy, Tom Holland, Michelle Fairley, Brendan Gleeson, Ben Whishaw 
BUDGET: $100M 
BOX OFFICE: $93.9M 
ESTIMATED LOSS: $40M 

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2:16 Show & tell
5:39 ...

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September 13, 2023 70 mins

“I’ve never even heard of this. Must be one of those obscure movies from the 80s or 90s” wrong. Try 2019. It’s alien invasion thriller CAPTIVE STATE 

CAPTIVE STATE
DIRECTED BY: Rupert Wyatt 
RELEASED: March 15, 2019 
STARRING: John Goodman, Ashton Sanders, Jonathan Majors, Vera Farmiga 
BUDGET: $25M 
BOX OFFICE: $8.8M 
ESTIMATED LOSS: $20M 

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2:58 Show & tell
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August 30, 2023 61 mins

Big dragons. Bale. Mcconegh… McConeghaue… the “alright alright alright” guy. So why didn’t anybody see it? It’s REIGN OF FIRE 

REIGN OF FIRE 
DIRECTED BY: Rob Bowman  
RELEASED: July 12, 2002
BUDGET: $60M
BOX OFFICE: $82.2M
ESTIMATED LOSS: $25M
CAST: Christian Bale, Matthew McConaughey, Gerard Butler, Izabella Scorupco 

0:00 Intro
2:24 Show & tell
7:45 This week's movie

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August 16, 2023 70 mins

We’re finally getting around to one of the greatest movies of the 2000s, David Fincher’s ZODIAC

ZODIAC
DIRECTED BY: David Fincher
RELEASED: March 2, 2007
BUDGET: $85M
BOX OFFICE: $84.7M
ESTIMATED LOSS: $45M
CAST: Jake Gyllenhaal, Mark Ruffalo, Robert Downey Jr, Chloe Sevigny, Anthony Edwards

0:00 Intro
3:12 Show & tell
7:40 This week's movie

NEXT EPISODE: BURN...

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