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The 13th Warrior (1999) Movie Review – The Biggest Box Office Bomb in History

Carrying on the Viking theme, Samir suggested watching The 13th Warrior. Paul agreed before knowing that this movie was the biggest box office flop in history, with an estimated $160 million poured into this movie. Still, should be interesting to watch… right?

The 13th Warrior is a 1999 American historical fiction action film based on Michael Crichton’s 1976 novel Eaters of the Dead, which is a loose adaptation of the tale of Beowulf combined with Ahmad ibn Fadlan’s historical account of the Volga Vikings. It stars Antonio Banderas as ibn Fadlan, as well as Diane Venora and Omar Sharif. It was directed by John McTiernan; Crichton directed some uncredited reshoots. The film was produced by McTiernan, Crichton, and Ned Dowd, with Andrew G. Vajna, James Biggam and Ethan Dubrow as executive producers.

Production and marketing costs reputedly reached $160 million, but it grossed $61 million at the box office worldwide, making it one of the biggest box office bombs in history and the biggest one of 1999, with losses of up to $129 million.