Lifetime
Lindsay Lohan’s much-hyped performance as Elizabeth Taylor in this Lifetime telepic drew a modest 3.5 million viewers on Nov. 25 (compared to, for example, 4.1 million viewers for the network's less-publicized Abducted: The Carlina White Story). Liz and Dick has become the fourth-most-watched original movie premiere on cable this year. Still, it joins a pack of star-studded biographical films that fell short of expectations on TV and the silver screen.

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Lifetime
Lindsay Lohan’s much-hyped performance as Elizabeth Taylor in this Lifetime telepic drew a modest 3.5 million viewers on Nov. 25 (compared to, for example, 4.1 million viewers for the network's less-publicized Abducted: The Carlina White Story). Liz and Dick has become the fourth-most-watched original movie premiere on cable this year. Still, it joins a pack of star-studded biographical films that fell short of expectations on TV and the silver screen.

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Before 'Liz and Dick': Other Biopic Flops

'Liz and Dick' (2012)
'Liz and Dick' (2012)

Lifetime
Lindsay Lohan’s much-hyped performance as Elizabeth Taylor in this Lifetime telepic drew a modest 3.5 million viewers on Nov. 25 (compared to, for example, 4.1 million viewers for the network's less-publicized Abducted: The Carlina White Story). Liz and Dick has become the fourth-most-watched original movie premiere on cable this year. Still, it joins a pack of star-studded biographical films that fell short of expectations on TV and the silver screen.

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'Cleopatra' (1963)
'Cleopatra' (1963)

Twentieth Century-Fox
Elizabeth Taylor’s critically acclaimed Cleopatra was hardly a flop with movie-goers: the highest-grossing film in 1963, it brought in $48 million in North America. But with a $44 million production budget, it still ran a loss for Twentieth Century-Fox and nearly bankrupted the studio, according to IMDB.

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'Amelia' (2009)
'Amelia' (2009)

Fox Searchlight
Hilary Swank and Richard Gere couldn’t charm audiences to see this film, about which USA Today wrote: “goes airborne but never fully soars.” Amelia's budget was $40 million but it brought in only $19.6 million worldwide, according to boxofficemojo.com.

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'The Soloist' (2009)
'The Soloist' (2009)

DreamWorks
With such stars as Jamie Foxx and Robert Downey Jr., The Soloist might have sounded like an Oscar shoo-in, but Roger Ebert panned it, writing that the film about a homeless street musician and a journalist “has all the elements of an uplifting drama, except for the uplift.” It had an estimated production budget of $60 million and grossed $38.3 million worldwide.

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'Chaplin' (1992)
'Chaplin' (1992)

TriStar
Chaplin, about the legendary performer and filmmaker, earned three Oscar nominations including a best actor nod for Robert Downey Jr., but the film's $9.5 million take from the domestic box office paled in comparison to its $31 million budget.

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'Man on the Moon' (1999)
'Man on the Moon' (1999)

Universal
This film about comedian Andy Kaufman may have won a Golden Globe and garnered praise for Jim Carrey’s performance. But its $82 million in total costs, as reported at AMC's (AMCX) filmsite.org, overshadowed $47.4 million in worldwide box office sales.

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'Marie Antoinette' (2006)
'Marie Antoinette' (2006)

Sony/Columbia
Director Sofia Coppola’s highly stylized retelling of France’s doomed queen was “lacking in wit or real significance,” according to a San Francisco Chronicle review. Marie Antoinette had a reported budget of $40 million and failed to capture American audiences, grossing only $16 million in domestic box office. A better performance overseas brought its worldwide total to $60.9 million.

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