15 Most Expensive Movies Ever Made

Hollywood is the land of magic, they say, this is due to the large number of fantastical visual stories, the movies that are made here. These movies are fantasy tales of romance and adventure, of action and drama which enthrall the audience in its story. Due to the increase in the competition, more and more producers from Hollywood have to make the movies more glamorous and fantastic and this makes some of today’s block-busters the most expensive movies ever made.

Let us take a look at some of the top 15 most expensive movies ever made.

1. Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End (2007) - Movie Budget : $300 M

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The Pirates of the Caribbean franchise, with its multi-stellar cast and amazing CGI cost the producers of this 2007 movie around $300 million in just the actual costing for making the movie. This is apart from the few millions required to promote it at the global level.

2. John Carter (2012) - Movie Budget : $263.7 M

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This mega movie from the house of Disney was made at a total cost of around $263.7 million in pre-production and production cost only. It was presumed to be a hit but barely managed to cover the production cost after its release.

3. Tangled (2010) - Movie Budget : $260 M


Tangled, the unconventionally made animated story by Disney had a production cost of around #260 million, which makes it the third most expensive movie ever made with complete animation.

4. Spider-Man 3 (2007) - Movie Budget : $258 M


The 3rd sequel in the Spider-Man Trilogy was released in 2007 with a budget of an astounding $258 million. Thanks to the heavy use of CGI and after-effects this movie went on to garner worldwide acclaim for the quality of its production and editing.

5. Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (2011) - Movie Budget : $250 M


Another one from the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise, On Stranger Tides was the 3rd sequel in the Pirates of the Caribbean trilogy. This movie was made with a massive budget of around $250 million and raked in millions in profits from box-office as well as international rights.

6. Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015) - Movie Budget : $250 M

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Tied up with the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise at no. 5, the Avengers’ latest hit was produced at a cost of around $250 million, making it one of the most expensive comic-book adaptations in the history of movie making.

7. Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince (2009) - Movie Budget : $250 M


This sequel from the Harry Potter movie series was made at an astounding budget of around $250 million and was acclaimed as one of the finest movies made with truly magical effects.

8. Batman VS Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016) - Movie Budget : $250 M

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Another one of DC Comics’ movie productions this year saw the dark knight and the super one battle it out. Made at a production cost of around $250 million, this movie has received world-wide acclaim for its storyline and production.

9. The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies (2014) - Movie Budget : $250 M


This spin-off from the Lord of the Rings saga, The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies is the most expensive movie from the franchise till date. It was produced at a total cost of around $250 million and gained wide popularity on its release.

10. Spectre (2015) - Movie Budget : $245 M


This latest movie from the James Bond franchise was one of the costliest James Bond movies ever made. It was made at a cost of a staggering $245 million and was a huge hit at the theaters worldwide with James Bond fans.

11. Avatar (2012) - Movie Budget : $237 M


This cinematic fantasia created by James Cameron was the costliest movie of its time at a production budget of around $237 million. It went on to collect millions at the box-office and was the top blockbuster hit for more than a year.

12. The Amazing Spider-Man (2012) - Movie Budget : $230 M

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This last offering from the Spider-Man trilogy with a new star cast was produced at a cost of around $230 million and went on to garner critical acclaim for its gritty storyline and the complementary videography used in it.

13. Men In Black 3 (2012) - Movie Budget : $225 M

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This latest in line from the Men In Black comic series has its own particular fan base, and the producers did not waste a penny at a production cost of around $225 million for making this movie a huge success like its previous installments.

14. The Avengers (2012) - Movie Budget : $220 M


The first in the Avengers series, The Avengers, was produced at a cost of around $220 million and was acclaimed a big hit across theaters in the world. This multi-starrer by Marvel Comics went on to become the foundation for two more Avengers movies in the future.

15. Oz: The Great and Powerful (2013) - Movie Budget : $215 M

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This unconventional adaptation of the popular children’s tale and remake of the classic movie of a similar name, Oz: The Great and Powerful was produced at a cost of a staggering $215 million.

These are just the few movies that were produced at a budget of more than $200 million and it does not include the post-production costs such as marketing and promotion. These are multi-million dollar movies made for the entertainment of the millions of movie-buffs worldwide.


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