10 Movies That Caused Financial Ruin

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10. Life of Pi

Life of Pi was shot almost entirely against green screen and based on a book that you probably said you read but absolutely didn’t. It was a stunning work of art and won an Academy Award for its astonishing visual effects, and unlike pretty much every other movie on this list it made a ton of money at the box office. However, its $609 million worldwide gross did very, very little to help the special effects company responsible for that success.

Even when accepting the Oscar for visual effects, the folks behind the incredible visuals were basically begging for money because the movie put Rhythm & Hues out of business. The excessive production values forced R&H into bankruptcy, though fortunately the folks behind Pi have been able to keep working despite the terrible financial losses the movie created.

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