The Most Expensive Movies Ever Made

Sloane | October 25, 2013

They say in Hollywood there are only two kinds of movies: movies that makes the accountants sad and movies that make the accountants happy. With the advent of 3-D movies leading to soaring ticket prices, movie makers are more than happy to spend big budgets on what they hope will become huge hits. The following five films are the most expensive movies ever made. Luckily for these films their profits were as outrageous as their budgets:

5)Avatar: $237 million

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 Pictured: A scene from Avatar

James Cameron’s epic 2009 science fiction action film was the first of its kind. His stereoscopic filmmaking was a breakthrough in cinematic technology. Many films since Avatar have tried to copy its style only to fail. The film cost a reported $237 million to make but other reports estimate the film at $310 million when you add both the filmmaking and its promotion.


4) Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince: $250 million


Pictured: A scene from Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

The 2009 Warner Bros. Pictures fantasy film based on the novel of the same name by J.K. Rowling cost an estimated $250 million to make. While that may seem pricy, the film took in an impressive $934,416,487 million worldwide at the box office. Not bad for a story about wizards!


3) Spider-Man 3: $258 million


Pictured: A scene from Spider-Man 3

Sam Raimi’s 2007 superhero film cost an estimated $258 million to make due to its elaborate stunts, special effects, and promotion costs. During post-production Sony Pictures Imageworks created 900 visual effects shots. The film took in $890,871,626 million worldwide.


2) Tangled: $260 million


Pictured: A still from Tangled

Walt Disney Animation Studios 2010 computer animated musical fantasy-comedy cost the studio a reported $260 million. The movie features both computer generated imagery (CGI) ad traditional animation while using non-photorealistic rendering to create the impression that the viewer is watching a live action painting. The studio’s gamble on the film paid off when it grossed $590,721,936 million worldwide at the box office.


1)   Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End: $300 million


Pictured: A scene from Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End

Gore Verbinski directed the 2007 fantasy adventure film, which cost $300 million, and is the most expensive movie ever made. The movie was almost the most successful film of 2007, grossing $960 million worldwide. It was nominated for the Academy Award for Makeup and the Academy Award for Visual effects, although it lost both categories.

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Written by Sloane

Before joining, Sloane worked as a freelance writer and illustrator for a variety of clients. She attended University of Missouri where she majored in English. Her work has been published in literary magazines, newspapers, and textbooks. She currently resides in Miami, Florida. You can learn more about me on Google +

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