This buried-treasure adventure flick grossed nearly $120 million worldwide – a healthy haul by most standards. But Sahara’s production and marketing costs came in over $240 million, the lurid details of which were outlined in a 2007 Los Angeles Times expose. Some of the more colorful examples of exotic expenses include hundreds of thousands of dollars in bribes passed out to local officials in Morocco, where the film was made, and $2 million to produce a plane crash that didn’t even make it into the final cut. Too bad the film wasn’t as entertaining as court records detailing its producer’s spendthrift ways. Inflation adjusted, the film lost $144,857,030.
Funny thing is except for "Heaven's Gate" all these movies are actually watchable. Some of them are better than many of the box office hits of the year they came out. "Heaven's Gate" has it's defenders too but I always think they are in on some joke to try and make people watch that awful mess of a film just to torture them.