8. Sahara – 2005 – Estimated Loss $100,365,257 – 2005
Sahara, a 2005 action–comedy adventure film directed by Breck Eisner, is based on the best-selling book of the same name by Clive Cussler. It stars Matthew McConaughey, Steve Zahn and Penélope Cruz. The film grossed $68,671,925 in the USA, plus $50,597,561 outside the USA, for a combined gross of $119,269,486. The film lost approximately $105 million according to a financial executive assigned to the movie; however, Hollywood accounting methods assign losses at $78.3 million, taking into account projected revenue. According to Hollywood accounting, the film has a projected revenue of $202.9 million against expenses of $281.2 million.