Top Ten Most Expensive Movies Ever Made


How many times have we not cribbed about the exorbitant prices that we have to pay to watch a movie. And all that much for just a one and half hour ( two and a half hour in some cases) entertainment with hardly any return value. But have we ever stopped and wondered how much do these movies actually cost to make? Well, apparently the average cost to make a movie is over $66 million and all that much for just a one and a half hour entertainer! Check out the top 10 most expensive movies ever made (as of today). The list below shows the movies after adjusting for inflation.

Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End ($332 million )

It’s amazing that a movie franchise based on an amusement park ride would cost so much. But, the third installment in the popular Pirates series bears the honor of having the highest movie budget, ever. It’s production budget was 300 million dollars, nearly five times the average cost to make a movie.

Titanic / Spiderman -3 ($286 million)

James Cameron’s tale of a romance on a sinking ship, the most expensive movie at that time, comes at second where it shares the space with the third installment of Tobey Maguire starring Spiderman. While Tianic also went on to make 2.19 billion dollars overall, Spiderman-3 grossed around 891 million dollars worldwide.

Tangled ($274 million)

It might surprise you that an animated film makes the list of the most expensive movies ever made. Tangled, which was a retelling of the tale of Rapunzel, had a budget of $260 million. The high cost of the film is thought to be because it’s a combination of hand-drawn animation and flashy computer animation.

Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince ($268 million)

The sixth edition of the popular Harry Potter series, based on J.K.Rowling’s novel of the same name, had a budget of $250 million when it was released in 2009. This was the grandest, darkest and the biggest movie of the Harry Potter series and raked in no less than 900 million dollars worldwide.

Waterworld ($259 million)

Waterworld is probably the biggest dud featuring in this list and is easily one of the biggest box office bombs. It had a production budget of 175 million dollars but could only manage 88 million dollars in domestic box-office sales. The movie did however manage to make another 176 million dollars at foreign box offices and thus somewhat recovered its costs.

Pirates of the Caribbean – Dead Man’s Chest ($256 million)

The second Pirate movie to feature in this list incidentally grossed more than the third, a whooping 1 billion dollars worldwide. It was made on a budget of $225 million in 2006, almost one-third less than the third installment.

Avatar ($254 million)

The highest grossing movie ever with a worldwide revenue of 2.78 billion dollars, Avatar is the second movie from director James Cameron to feature in this list. Avatar featured some breathtaking scenes and mind-boggling cgi that helped making the biggest push ever towards audience acceptance for 3-D movies.

 John Carter ($250 million)

Only the second movie on this list that could barely recover its costs, John Carter was a visual marvel from Disney based on A Princess of Mars, the first book in the Barsoom series of novels by Edgar Rice Burroughs. This sci-fi adventure movie with terrific visuals and spectacular special effects, failed to get audience acceptance due to its loose storyline and uneven pace.

Spiderman -2 ($243 million)

Spider-Man 2 is a 2004 American superhero film directed by Sam Raimi and written by Alvin Sargent from a story by Alfred Gough, Miles Millar, and Michael Chabon. The sequel to the 2002 film Spider-Man, it is the second film in Raimi’s Spider-Man film trilogy based on the fictional Marvel Comics character of the same name.

(The list is compiled from Wikipedia. All worldwide gross figures mentioned are taken from

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