Despite the recent box-office failures of Exodus, Ben-Hur, and Gods Of Egypt, studios continue to fund big-budget movies they hope will achieve blockbuster success. The Onion provides a step-by-step breakdown of how one of these movies becomes a flop:


STEP 1

Warner Bros. executive catches old rerun of The Rifleman and thinks, “I could make that cost a quarter of a billion dollars”

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STEP 2

Screenwriter commissioned to develop a story that’s splashy, family-friendly, and has a hard July 24, 2017 release date


STEP 3

Meryl Streep declines to participate


STEP 4

Repeated production delays caused by prima donna CGI animator refusing to come out of his trailer

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STEP 5

Classically trained Shakespearean actor privately wonders why his character wants to blow up planet Earth


STEP 6

Studio hands off total creative control to illustrious, visionary test audience

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STEP 7

Top minds at Burger King tapped for limited-edition cup collaboration


STEP 8

Year-long marketing rollout to get the public intrigued, then excited, then cautiously optimistic, then annoyed, then intolerant of upcoming film

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STEP 9

Critics sent advance screeners and encouraged to keep reviews to one or two words, tops


STEP 10

Home video and overseas markets swoop in to make everything all right

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STEP 11

Paramount executive catches old rerun of Dynasty and thinks, “I could make that cost a quarter of a billion dollars”

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