The Most Expensive Movies Ever Made

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Monsters University - $200 million
How did this end up costing $85 million more than the first movie?!
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X-Men: Days of Future Past - $200 Million
With all that time-traveling and product integration, it's hardly surprising that this film cost so much.
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The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey - $200 million
As far as Peter Jackson movies go, this isn’t at all surprising of a number. The Lord of the Rings trilogy cost $260 million, and those ended years ago. Bigger budgets these days!
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Cars 2 - $200 million
As far as Pixar movies go, I can’t believe this crappy sequel was so expensive to make. Where is Finding Nemo when you want it?
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Green Lantern - $200 million
Subjectively, I can understand how this budget was so high. Lots of space adventure and all that. But in good conscience, I cannot fathom spending that much money on such a terrible movie.
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The Amazing Spider-Man 2
The budget magic that worked for the first film seemed to have run out by the time this sequel came around.
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Terminator Salvation - $200 million
Why? Just, why did these keep happening? For that much?
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Quantum of Solace - $200 million
The most expensive Bond film made, and it’s tied with over 10 movies for the same spot/price point. It’s clearly not that ridiculous of a budget.
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Spider-Man 2 - $200 million
Personally, I think the $200 million mark is where all movies should cap off at, especially in the Spider-Man series (you only need his webs, right?). But, you and I both will learn that didn’t happen.
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2012 - $200 million
An absolute disaster of a movie (but not in the good way it was meant to be) and an even bigger disaster of a budget.
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Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen - $200 million
It’s not even the most expensive Transformers movie on this list (keep going to see which one won) but it’s certainly one of the worst ones Michael Bay ever made.
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Titanic - $200 million
This movie is sitting pretty towards the top of the list for highest-grossing films, at almost $2.2 billion (over 10x its budget). Things may have not worked out for Jack in the end, but they sure did for the producers of this.
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Superman Returns - $204 million
I’m starting to think it’s a trend that some sequels got a bigger budget and cut back on actual quality, if this movie is anything to go by.
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King Kong - $207 million
Not really that surprising. I imagine it had to cost quite a lot to create a massive gorilla, first on some exotic island and then in New York, where he promptly destroys everything.
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Battleship - $209 million
They should have saved some of the money they spent to have Rihanna in this film. There also should have been more shirtless Taylor Kisch scenes written into this.
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Transformers: Age of Extinction - $210 million
This movie is the example of a classic Michael Bay film, where he goes crazy paying for CGI, creating a pretty terrible film, but somehow winning over the box office, and convincing people to let him keep doing it.
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X-Men: The Last Stand - $210 million
Ouch. All I have to say after seeing this film, then seeing it’s budget.
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Oz: The Great and Powerful - $215 million
This is one movie that really deserved to be hit with budget cut after budget cut, starting with pulling James Franco from the film. Mila Kunis is allowed to stay, but even she can’t make this movie worth it.
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Men in Black 3 - $215 million
Over a decade passed between and the 2nd and 3rd film in this franchise…those aliens must have gotten a hell of a lot more expensive to create in that time frame.
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The Avengers - $220 million
Now this is a movie I expected to find at the top of the list, but maybe that’s because it’s in the Top 5 highest-grossing films ever made. I’m sure Avengers: Age of Ultron will have a higher budget.
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The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug - $225 million
I imagine that most of the budget was spent actually turning Benedict Cumberbatch into a dragon. Otherwise, huge waste of money.
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Man of Steel - $225 million
They pretty much destroy Metropolis in this movie. I’m not even a little bit surprised by this budget.
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Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest - $225 million
With inflation, which was not considered for this list, this movie would jump a few spots with a $261 million inflated budget.
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The Lone Ranger - $225 million
If this list has one thing in common, it’s Johnny Depp in really expensive movies. Too bad those movies don’t all have something in common…being good.
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The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian - $225 million
Were the The Chronicles of Narnia films really this much of a production? You learn something new every day.
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The Amazing Spider-Man - $230 million
The best Spider-Man movie, after the original Spider-Man that is, and it’s not even close to the top of the list. It seems they learned from someone else’s past mistakes.
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The Dark Knight Rises - $230 million
One of the very few films on this list that I feel the cost correlates with the film’s worth. The Dark Night Rises was one of the best endings to a film series we have seen this decade.
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Avatar - $237 million
Before researching this, I fully expected Avatar to hold the #1 list. I’m still amazed that #3 actually was more expensive to make than this film.
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Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince - $250 million
The Harry Potter series is certainly deserving of a big budget, but really, HBP tops the list? It was the least-favored film by fans and critics alike. It goes to show money does not make a film better.
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The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies - $250 million
The more hobbits you need to animate, the more expensive these films seme to get.
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The Amazing Spider-Man 2 - $255 million
The budget magic that worked for the first film seemed to have run out by the time this sequel came around.
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Spider-Man 3 - $258 million
The most expensive Spider-Man (reboot included) made and we will never understand how, or why, this happened. Or why the movie was even made in the first place.
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Tangled - $260 million
Personally, Tangled is my favorite animated Disney film since The Lion King but I’m having the hardest time wrapping my head around this one. How? It’s not even Pixar
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John Carter - $263 million
Considering this film only grossed $284 million at the box office, it's a certified box office bomb. It did, however, break box office records in Russia. So, there's that.
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Avengers: Age Of Ultron - $279.9 million
Already the sixth highest grossing film of all time, it seems this Marvel endeavor was worth every penny.
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Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End - $300 million
Perhaps if the film cut back some of the characters, it could have saved some money. It would have been a better movie for it.
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Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides - $378 million
Pirates of the Caribbean: On Strange Tides totally would have had a bigger budget if they had Orlando Bloom. Because of that, this one was the last good Pirates movie we got, and we paid the price.

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