Published: July 2, 2014 at 10:38 AM.
Edited: July 2, 2014 at 10:42 AM
"Remarkable flops of late"
I assume you're referring to John Carter and The Lone Ranger. John Carter (the director's cut version on Blu) is actually a really good film, but Disney really blew the marketing, and the distancing from the source material annoyed loyal sci-fi fans. However, the film played much better overseas to break even with $284 million on a $250 million budget (much of that because of production delays and multiple rewrites/recasting/reshooting).
The Lone Ranger was a botch because of Johnny Depp. Casting him as Tonto destroyed any chance of Gore Virbinsky making a sensible film about the iconic character. It too did make up much of its domestic losses overseas with a final worldwide box of $260 million on a $215 million budget.
Aside from that I cannot recall too many Disney "flops". Million Dollar Arm did a respectable $35 million on a $25 million budget.
Captain America is still the highest grossing movie of the year so far at $257 million domestic and $711 million worldwide on a $170 million budget.
Maleficent outperformed expectations, and has hauled in $203 million (and counting) domestically and almost $600 million worldwide on a $180 million budget.
Muppets Most Wanted underperformed a bit, but did out earn its $50 million budget with $51 million domestic and $78 million worldwide.
In 2013, Oz the Great and Powerful didn't do as well as projected with $234 million domestic and $493 worldwide on a $215 million budget, but that was offset by the success of Iron Man 3, which was the highest grossing movie of the year with $1.2 billion in worldwide box.
Not every movie is a winner, but Disney has been doing pretty well for itself over the past couple of years.