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Dark Shadows – £183 million

It sounds like a lot, but with a production budget of £115 million, and then the huge sums of money spent on press and ads for a worldwide campaign, ‘Dark Shadows’ was not a success story, particularly in the US, where it did terrible business. Though things picked up overseas.

Tim Burton's biggest box office hits and flops

Ben Arnold

With one movie he can make a billion dollars. But the next can flop dismally. Of all the Hollywood directors, no one who wants to keep hold of their money would bet on Tim Burton. His iconoclasm might be what endears him to cinema-goers, but big studio accountants will probably warn against saying his name three times in the mirror. Image credits: Disney/Warner Bros/Fox/Buena Vista/Rex Features/The Weinstein Co.