There is no doubt that making movies is quite an expensive process—which includes paying for a gamut of props, sets, equipment as well as the special effects that appear on the camera. To add to the list, there always remains a considerable amount of budget to be paid to the designers, technicians and a flotilla of other working staffs as well. And, not to forget the editing process too. Research shows that half of the budget goes off in modifying and abridging the scenes. The film sector is a humongous industry, and in the recent years, the budget for movie making has only been higher.
Now, let us jump straight into the list and know about the 10 most expensive movies that have been made in the recent past:
- PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: ON STRANGER TIDES
This is the only movie that has crossed the bar of $400 million. In the fourth installment of this series, we get to notice the A-list stars, such as: Penelope Cruz as Angelica and Johnny Depp as Jack Sparrow, the two buccaneers who are eagerly hunting for the Fountain of Youth. The movie was shot in Hawaii and The UK. The 3D film technology of this movie was quite similar to the one that was utilized for James Cameron’s Avatar. It had also featured around 1,200 sequences generated by the computer. In the United Kingdom when the producers had filed for a tax rebate, it was then revealed that the whole cost of production was about $410.6 million, making it undeniably crawl into the list of the most expensive movies made of all time. No doubt, it was a worthwhile investment made, as it did cover more than a billion dollars ($1.046 billion).
2. AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON
Avengers: Age of Ultron, which again features some A listed stars, such as Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man, Chris Evans as Captain America and Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow was chiefly shot in England, with an on-site filming done in New York, South Korea, Italy and Bangladesh. After the tax rebate, it was further verified from the UK and the overall cost of the movie was about $330.6 million. The Joss Whedon’s film, with its exceptional action sequence, left the whole world spellbound and awestruck. It was indeed a blockbuster film with a whole lot of movie stars. At the box office, it did make more than $1.403 billion dollars, which earned it the title of the 6th highest grossing movie of all time. Having boggled a number of prestigious awards and prizes, Avengers: Age of Utltron has actually been successful enough to make a pool of records in the box office.
3. JOHN CARTER
Aren’t you a Disney fan? Then, you must have watched John Carter for sure! Based on A Princess of Mars, the seminal sci-fi classic of Edgar Rice Burroughs’ John Carter is a science fiction film which was set on Mars and starred Taylor Kitsch. However, it’s one of the few expensive movies in the world that went flop. Hard to believe, isn’t it? Even after being through of a huge budget of around $250 million, the Andrew Stanton’s flick John Carter ended up receiving a plethora of criticisms from different ends. According to a number of surveys, The movie only made about $284.1 million and it could not even cover up the expenses made during the course of its marketing and production. At the post production stage, more than 2,000 visual effects were utilized with several scenes being shot again. After the tax refund in UK, the entire cost exceeded $300 million while making the movie.
Disney’s musical comedy Tangled, utilized some great 3D animations. It was based on the story by the Brothers Grimm and the film had featured Rapunzel, turning out to be the very first Disney princess to have been rendered in 3D. This movie is one of the most expensive animated movies to be made of all time and according the experts’ estimation, the overall cost of the movie was about $260 million. It took six years for the movie to be produced and the production team took time to form and develop advanced programs as to ways in which Rapunzel’s hair could be moved in the water and other remarkable scenes that still leave the audience spell-bound. Worldwide, the movie made about $591.8 million,which is indeed a great achievement by any animation flick. It was even quite well received by several critics. The movie even won a Grammy for its song, “I See the Light.”.
5. SPIDER-MAN 3
The budget of Spider Man 3 was on the air with Sony revealing openly, that the cost of production exceeded $258 million. Making more than $890.9 million at the Box office, Spider-Man 3 is, undoubtedly, considered as the most financially triumphant movie even though in a few stages, it did receive mixed critical reviews. However, the Sam Raimi superhero flick Spider-Man 3 brought in a noteworthy commendations to the entire crew and some of the ardent followers didn’t take even a second to make Peter Parker their role model! Apart from Toby Maguire, the film also stars a number of renowned artists including James Franco, Kristen Dunst, Thomas Haden Church and many more.
Making a superhero film is always costly; but, Spider-Man 3 with its extraordinary props and cinematography took the budget way higher than expectations. Nevertheless, the movie earned a great justice in the box office, leaving the audience overwhelmed by an excellent presentation.
6. THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is the sequel to Andrew Garfield’s first Spider Man movie. When coming to rebooting its series, it crossed almost $500 million dollars and the movie starring Emma Stone as Gwen Stacy could easily be expected as great hit. We get to see Jamie Foxx as Electro in the movie, who gets highly obsessed with Spider Man and this turns out into a negative spin. It was exclusively filmed in New York and the Governor Cuomo had even stated that this was one of the biggest movie production ever shot in the New York state.
Although, the movie had performed very well in the box office, its sequels got eventually deferred and were later cancelled by Sony Pictures, as it chose to partner along with Marvel Studios and adjoin Spider-Man in their list of upcoming movies. They did not recast Andrew Garfield but opted to recast Spider Man as Tom Holland.
7. HARRY POTTER AND THE HALF-BLOOD PRINCE
Amongst the eighth Harry Potter movie series, in its sixth installment, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince did make the biggest budget compared to any of the Potter series. It is most likely that the last installment of the Harry Potter series- Harry Potter and the Deadly Hallows did reach close enough a humongous budget of around $250 million. And, it was then split into two separate movies which got filmed concurrently, at the very same budget. This way the cost of production of each of the movies was notably cut down. The movie, however, did bring back stars such as Daniel Radcliffe as Harry Potter, Emma Watson as Hermione Granger and Rupert Grint as Ron Weasley. To top it all, the famed stars such as Maggie Smith, Ralph Fiennes, and Alan Rickman did also appear in the movie as Prof. McGonagall, Lord Voldemort, and Prof. Snape respectively. This movie did make a gross profit of approximately a billion dollars ($934.4 million).
8. PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: DEAD MAN’S CHEST / PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: AT WORLD’S END
Both the second as well as the third sequel of Pirates of the Caribbean were filmed in tandem. Well, even though both of them were flickered at the same time, it ended up costing Disney about $500 million dollars. However, the overall expenses were split between the two flicks, and both the movies are still counted as one of the most expensive movies ever made in Hollywood.
As seen in the Pirates of the Caribbean’s third installment, there are a number of eminent stars, such as Keira Knightley, Orlando Bloom and Johnny Depp, and there is also a plethora of scenes which were shot at some of the most exotic locations in the world. The cinematography of Dariusz Wolski is more than amazing to glue the audience of all ages. To add to this, a great number of special effects were also executed throughout the movies which, in turn, played a major role in increasing the cost of production.
9. THE HOBBIT: AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY / THE HOBBIT: THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG / THE HOBBIT: THE BATTLE OF FIVE ARMIES
In the case of Hobbit trilogy, the overall cost of the movie was approximately $745 million. Even though there were several experts to divide the cost of the film quite evenly, the third part of The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies (2014), was meant to be quite expensive. Nevertheless, even though all the three sequels were, more or less, shot at the same time, speculating the exact cost for each of the flicks would be hard to define. But, all of the Hobbit sequels will actually appear in the list of expensive movies once the total cost gets divided uniformly. The main reason behind the movies being highly expensive was they were 3D and had about 45 frames per second. The Hobbit trilogy made a profit of approximately $2.932 billion. Starring a pool of renowned actors, including Luke Evans, Evangeline Lilly, Ken Stott, James Nesbitt and several others, the trilogy has literally set an instance in front of the whole world.
Even though there are many people who believe Avatar to be a real costly movie, it was not as expensive as the ones mentioned above. Although, the overall cost of this succulent visual film is speculated to be between $280 million and $500 million, yet its original production cost was disclosed as being $237 million, which was officially released by Fox. However, who knew that the paraplegic creature sent off to the moon would inflate the budget like this!! Still, quite undoubtedly, the movie was well justified and left the audience spellbound for 2 hours 42 minutes! It is one of the first movies to make more than $2 billion dollars internationally and is still regarded as the highest engaging movie to be made of all times; or perhaps, will be considered so until the release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens! So is the saying of the people in the media and the belief of several movie buffs all over the world.
Indeed, some of the most expensive movies have proven to be a great achievement for the entertainment industry. Which one did you like watching the most??