Most Expensive Movie Sets

Most Expensive Movie Sets

Most Expensive Movie Sets

An unbelievably high expenditure is required in the production of movie sets. There are massive expenses incurred at every step of the film making. Special effects created in the film also constitute a huge part of the budget. Besides this, creating the sets for screening the shots is another expenditure that has to be incurred without any limit.

With the advancement of technology, creating sets with perfect backgrounds and scenic beauty has become easier for the producers and directors. Following is the list of the most expensive movie sets that have ever been made in the history of the film making.

1. The Lord Of The Rings trilogy (2001-2003) - $281 Million

hobbiton movie set and farm tour

The Lord of the Rings is a film series comprising of three high vision adventure movies directed by Peter Jackson. The series is considered to be one of the most expensive and the biggest film projects ever undertaken. The whole project took somewhat 8 years with the filming of all three movies in New Zealand.

2. Titanic (1997) - $ 200 Million

titanic  1997    $ 200 million

This movie has been a great success from all aspects. The significant proportion of its budget went towards creating the sets for the movie. The biggest investment was in the 40 acre facility of huge tanks required to store around 20 million gallons of water.

3. Intolerance (1916) - $45 Million

intolerance  1916

The intolerance was an unsaid age masterwork and was directed by D.W Griffith in 1916. It narrates four different stories with same theme across a huge range of human record, from an early 20th century American drama to St.Bartholomew’s day massacre in France during the 1500s

4. Ben-Hur (1959) - $15 Million

ben hur  1959    $15 million

The 1959 edition of Ben-Hur is somewhat a masterwork. This is widely considered as one of the leading films ever made and is well-known for its vastly thrilling chariot race segment. The work was really exorbitant, with thousands of builders working for over a year to stand out the wooden structure, shape out the track and construct the various grandstands.

5. War Games (1983) - $12 Million

war games  1983

6. The General (1926) - $ 6 Million

the general  1926    $ 6 million

7. Stalingrad (2013) - $5 Million


8. The Matrix Reloaded (2003) - $1.5 Million

the matrix reloaded  2003    $1

This list would give you an idea of the huge expenditure that has to be invested behind all the mind boggling movies that we watch at the theatres. The hard work and the intelligence required to make them is phenomenal. Nevertheless, film making is indeed a profitable business.