It is no secret that movie making costs a lot of money. Inflation and filming techniques affect the cost of production. Television also has a direct impact on the rising costs. With more and more people leaning towards films for relaxation and entertainment, it has now become important to produce a movie perfectly if it wants to have any chance of survival. This list contains the top 10 expensive films that were released to the general public.

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10. Monsters University

Most Expensive Movies Ever Made

An American 3-D animated movie, Monsters University’s budget is 200 million dollars. Produced by Pixar Animated Studios, the movie was directed by Dan Scanlon. This movie tells the story of two monsters and how they change their relationship from rivals to friends during college. It was released on June 21, 2013, in the United States. This movie is the first Pixar film that used global illumination and a new lighting system prior to which workers used to set up reflections and shadows manually. It earned 268 million dollars in the United States and Canada and worldwide total of 744 million dollars.

9. The Avengers

Most Expensive Movies Ever Made

A movie based on the Marvel Comics and produced by Marvel Studios, The Avengers is a superhero film whose budget is 220 million dollars. It crossed 1.5 billion dollars in the sale, becoming the first movie ever to cross a billion in ticketing. It was nominated for the Best Visual Effects and Critic’s Choice Movie Awards as well as the Hugo Award for best dramatic presentation long form.

8. Pirates of the Caribbean- Dead Men Tell No Tales

Most Expensive Movies Ever Made

A sequel of On Stranger Tides and the fifth instalment in the Pirates of The Caribbean series, its budget is estimated to be about 230 million dollars. The film received mixed responses and critics have applauded the way the characters took on the roles, the music, and shorter running time. The movie grossed 794 million dollars worldwide.

7. Tangled

Most Expensive Movies Ever Made

An American 3-D animated movie, Tangled is loosely connected to the German tale ‘Rapunzel’ which tells the story of a young princess with long beautiful hair who takes an outsider’s help against her mother’s wishes to escape her tower. Computer-generated imagery and traditional animation effects were used to give the film a realistic touch. Just before the film was released, the title was changed from Rapunzel to Tangled and its budget was 260 million dollars. Its movie makers spent six years in production and is the most expensive animated film ever made.

6. Spider-Man 3

Most Expensive Movies Ever Made

Spider-Man 3 is an American superhero film that was released in 2007. The estimated budget for the film is 300 million dollars and it was directed by Sam Raimi. There were several innovative visual effects added to the film that were not there in Spider-Man 2 and Spider-Man. The visual effects supervisor chose miniature designing that could be portrayed realistically rather than having any damage done to the equipment. This film was given the nomination for best special visual effects and best-animated effects.

5. Avatar

Most Expensive Movies Ever Made

Avatar is an American science fiction film that deals with the 22nd century when humans are colonizing a habitable moon in the Alpha Centauri system. The filming for this movie was supposed to take place after the shooting of the Titanic, but the technology to film it wasn’t yet available. Avatar’s budget is estimated to be 237 million dollars. In was internationally released on December 10, 2009. It went on to become the first film to gross two billion dollars and was declared the best film of 2010. Avatar was nominated for 9 academy awards and its producers decided to make Avatar 2 and Avatar 3 to be released in 2020.

4. Spectre

Most Expensive Movies Ever Made

The 24th spy film in the James bond series, Spectre’s overall budget is estimated to be 245 million dollars. The computer-generated graphics were made by five companies and the film included both realistic and stunt based scenes. Its 245 million dollar budget made it the most expensive film ever made in the Bond series. After its release, it grossed 880 million dollars worldwide and was awarded the Academy Award and the Golden Globe Award for the best original song.

3. John Carter

Most Expensive Movies Ever Made

Fourth most expensive film ever made in the world, John Carter’s budget is estimated to be around 250 million dollars. The story revolves around John Carter, a person who is sent to Mars and how he becomes a hero as the story unfolds. Upon its release in 2012, the film received mixed responses and high appraisal for its visual effects and unique soundtrack. The movie earned roughly 284 million dollars worldwide.

2. Waterworld

Most Expensive Movies Ever Made

Waterworld is an American fictional science action movie which was released in 1995. The film is set in 2500 when all the polar ice caps have melted and Earth is completely submerged. The story revolves around a mariner who sails the planet. It was the most expensive film in its time and was nominated for the Academy Award and also Best Sound Award. The whole film was produced within a budget of 172 million dollars and after release, it earned a total of 264 million dollars.

1. Pirates of the Caribbean- On Stranger Tides

Most Expensive Movies Ever Made

One of the most expensive films ever, this movie’s budget was estimated to be 397 million dollars. Despite being the costliest film, it was a huge hit and the theatres also had the fog effects to make the movie seem realistic. The fourth installment in the Pirates of Caribbean Series, the film’s cast is Johnny Depp. This movie employed 1112 shots of computer-generated imagery and they were done by ten different visual effects companies. They claim the most difficult part was to generate the 3-D effects. On its opening weekend itself, the film grossed 250 million dollars.

Most of the high budget films owe their costs to computer generated graphics and special effects. While most of these films do well at the box office, few of them are just high budget films and do not earn back their investments.


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