The Most Expensive Movies Ever Made

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1. PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: AT WORLD’S END ($341 MILLION)

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The latest part of the Pirates of the Caribbean was anything but cheap to produce. It is the most expensive movie as of yet, but it did manage to gross thrice as much by making $963 million worldwide. You know what they say, high risk high reward. With the budget they invested, it wasn’t too surprising that the movie was a huge success.

2. CLEOPATRA ($340 MILLION)

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Cleopatra wasn’t exactly expected to have this much of a budget. Producers were hoping to make it in just $25 million, but mishaps, delays, accidents, and just a long, long list of problems turned the movie into a financial crises. It took the movie years to finally get rid of the debt, but it eventually did.

3. TITANIC ($294 MILLION)

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Titanic was a movie that ushered Hollywood into a new era. There’s not a lot of movies that carry on for generations and this is definitely one that our great grandchildren will watch someday. The movie was extremely expensive, but it made amazing profits as it became the second highest grossing movie ever by generating a revenue of $2.2 billion. Jack and Rose certainly made big bucks, didn’t they?

4. SPIDERMAN 3 ($291 MILLION)

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Spiderman 3 wasn’t exactly well-received as both critics and the public hated the movie. The reason was that Sony really outdid themselves with the first two installments and upped the budget for the third part. However, public expectations were set way too high and the movie wasn’t able to live up to the hype. Though, the movie did do decent on the box office as it is a part of the Spiderman franchise.

5. TANGLED ($281.3 MILLION)

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No, you’re not the only one. The high budget of this movie left millions wondering, “Where did this money even go?”. I mean, don’t get me wrong, the movie was one of the finest animated films ever created. But, isn’t over a quarter of a million dollars a bit too much for a cartoon? The movie was well-received but it didn’t manage to make much on the box office. Disney only managed to snag about $600 million for the movie.

6. HARRY POTTER AND THE HALF BLOOD PRINCE ($275.5 MILLION)

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There’s not much to say here. Harry Potter movies has been one of the most-awaited series of all times with every single movie making it big on the box office. The sixth installment wasn’t any different as the movie made $934.4 million.

7. WATERWORLD ($271 MILLION)

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Have you even heard of this movie? Probably not, considering it is the biggest financial disaster in the history of Hollywood. The movie cost the producers $271 million, but only managed to make $264 million worldwide.

8. PIRATE OF THE CARIBBEAN: DEAD MAN’S CHEST ($265 MILLION)

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The Pirates of the Caribbean series is something that costs Disney a hell of a lot of money. However, it’s all good since the movie put a billion dollars in their pocket. Everyone went home with a fat check…

9. AVATAR ($261 MILLION)

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Avatar was just something else. That’s literally the only way to describe the movie. The 3-hour long spectacle was more of a roller coaster ride than a typical movie and it definitely deserved every accolade it got. The movie is currently the highest grossing film of all time, making $2.8 billion worldwide. And, it doesn’t seem like the movie is stepping down from the top spot anytime soon. It’s going to take something out of this world to dethrone Avatar.

10. THE HOBBIT ($260 MILLION)

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Hollywood is a weird place, to be honest. There are some terrible movies that make a lot of money, and at the same time amazing movies that make terrible money. We couldn’t call the Hobbit terrible, but it was certainly on the worse side if you consider the critic’s opinion. Although, the people love the movie to date as it made $1.02 billion worldwide.

11. THE DARK KNIGHT RISES ($259 MILLION)

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The Dark Knight rises was nowhere near as good as the Joker part of the trilogy, but it did get the higher budget. The movie did great with both the critics and the box office.

12. JOHN CARTER ($259 MILLION)

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John Carter was an okay movie, but it the story just doesn’t justify spending so much on this sci-fi fiction. The movie was a gamble, and a gamble that Disney lost. The movie was barely able to make it’s budget back and is called the worst movie to ever be released by Disney.

13. THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA: PRINCE CASPIAN ($253.9 MILLION)

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Once again, the Chronicles of Narnia wasn’t bad. It’s just that the second part wasn’t really that interesting. Narnia is just that type of movie that you don’t continue after the first part. I don’t really know if the producers decided to follow the books and make a second part as they were filming the first one or if the success of the first made them greedy.

14. AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON ($251 MILLION)

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The Avengers franchise has always been a sort of a saving grace for Marvels. I mean, they don’t do poorly on their other movies, but Age of Ultron just destroyed the box office. The cost is obviously justified given the amount of extraterrestrial powers included in the movie. We’re surprised it wasn’t highly up on the list.

15. SPIDERMAN 2 ($250 MILLION)

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The movie did okay when it comes to the box office. It made $783 million, but the fans didn’t like the movie. The film itself was decent but the villain wasn’t exactly villainy. Doc Ock wasn’t the type of villian people look for, and he was just stupid.