"Whiteout"

Kate Beckinsale in "Whiteout" (Warner Bros.)

This wasn't a great year for movies, but what's saddest is that it wasn't even a particularly good year for flops. Aside from the unstoppable success of Michael Bay's "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen," most of this year's offerings punched somewhere in the vicinity of their weight; good movies made money, bad movies went away.

But there are always a few tragic entries that flame out with such spectacular brilliance that you can't help but look. Here are ten of 2009's biggest box-office disappointments. (All sums in US dollars.)

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