mars needs moms  'Mars Needs Moms' tops box office flops of 2011There have been some serious stinkers at the box office this year. Strangely, some of them were the most highly anticipated films of 2011. “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo” may not be on the list, but we’re sure you were thinking of it. After months of anticipation and the book it was based on selling like hot cakes, the film has been a bit of a dismal flop. So what was on the list from THR?

“Green Lantern” was probably one of the most hyped films of the year, from the footage shown at the San Diego Comic Con in 2010 to the zillion fast food tie-ins to the photos of the CGI suit. Once the film was released, however, fans didn’t flock to see the glowing green aliens. The film made $219.9 million, but its budget was $200 million. Maybe next time we make the suit out of spandex and save a little cash?

Daniel Craig and Harrison Ford are both huge superstars, but even they couldn’t save “Cowboys & Aliens” from fizzling out. The budget for the film was $163 million,, and the gross was only $178.8 million. Zack Snyder‘s “Sucker Punch” was touted as an irresistible all-girl action flick, but only pulled in $89.8 million. It’s budget? $82 million. Ouch.

Other films on the list include “Glee: The 3D Concert Movie,” which did surprisingly badly, considering the strong fan base for the show. “Arthur,” the Russell Brand vehicle, which got far less notice than his wedding to Katy Perry. “Tower Heist” and “I Don’t Know How She Does It” also grabbed a spot on the list. But the biggest flop award goes to “Mars Needs Moms,” the animated Disney flick which had a $150 million budget, but only grossed $39 million worldwide.

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