Financial Report Reveals Disney's 'Indiana Jones' Sequel Was Epic Disaster

Financial Report Reveals Disney’s ‘Indiana Jones’ Sequel Was Epic Disaster


Anyone old enough to remember “Ishtar?”

For years, the Elaine May written-and-directed 1987 action-comedy starring Dustin Hoffman, Warren Beatty and Charles Grodin was a byword for a flop caused by spending gone amok. While the homage to the Hope-and-Crosby “Road to…” films of of the ’40s and ’50s was never as bad as critics said it was — it’s good, if weird — studio executives were right when they groused quite publicly that the estimated $55 million budget — $152 million in 2024 money, according to the Inflation Calculator — for an oddball comedy was way too high. Surprise of surprises, it didn’t recoup that, grossing only $14 million at the box office, according to IMDb.

Say what you will about “Ishtar,” but studio executives

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