The teen superhero movie Max Steel has won the dubious honour of topping the year’s list of biggest flops.

According to Forbes’ annual round-up of the year’s least profitable movies, the Mattel toy spin-off – which has yet to surface in this part of the world – cost $US10 million to make but grossed just over $US4.4 million at the box office.

In compiling the list, the magazine only included films that had wide releases and ranked films by the percentage of their budgets they had earned back at the cinema as of November 21.

Although the top 10 does include a fair few films that got a big thumbs down from the critics, just because a film failed at the box office doesn’t necessarily mean it’s a turkey.

For example, Oliver Stone’s Snowden made the list ($US34.3m take from $US40m budget), yet Variety described it as “the most important and galvanizing political drama by an American filmmaker in years”.

And while it may have been a box office flop, for our money Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping is still one of the funniest comedies of the year.

Forbes’ Least Profitable Movies of 2016

  1. Max Steel ($4.4m take from $10m budget)
  2. Free State of Jones ($23.2m take from $50m budget)
  3. Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping ($9.5m take from $20m budget)
  4. Pride and Prejudice and Zombies ($16.4m take from $28m budget)
  5. Ratchet & Clank ($11.8m take from $20m budget)
  6. Keeping Up with the Joneses ($26.9m take from $40m budget)
  7. Whiskey Tango Foxtrot ($24.9m take from $35m budget)
  8. Grimsby ($28.7m take from $35m budget)
  9. Snowden ($34.3m take from $40m budget)
  10. Masterminds ($22m take from $25m budget)