Top 10 Movies With The Highest Budget

Imagine spending hundreds of millions of dollars to make a movie… and then watching it fail at the box office. The main reason behind that is, that the attention that should have been focused on the story, instead it gets redirected to an A-list cast, special effects, and expensive filming locations. It seems that Hollywood these days is more interested in big budget returns than it is in quality output, and its common knowledge is that to win big you got to spend big. Here, we break down the most expensive Hollywood films ever made.

10. Titanic (1997)

Budget: 200 million USD

Just to construct the Titanic set , it cost The cost somewhere between $120 to $150 million. Some of the furniture was so expensive that the scene where the water comes crashing in as Rose and Jack try to escape had to be realized in one shot. There was no room for mistakes because of the high cost of the furniture they couldn’t produce them again. With a total gross of 1.8 Billion, it was well paid off.

9. King Kong (2005)

Budget: 207 million USD

The special effects of the movie really were fantastic, but what increased the budged by one third was actually the decision of the director to make the movie longer than it was initially thought. 3h 21m, is quite long time for a movie and movies this long receive far fewer showings per day at theaters. But King Kong did great and the total gross reached $550 Million.

8. Avatar (2009)

Budget: $237 million USD

Remember that really long movie with the blue guys? Well the movie was a dream of the Titanic director James Cameron. The producers’ spend a lot with special effects but with all the publicity, when the movie hit the theaters, it reached a total gross of 2.7 billion USD, one of the highest in history.

7. Spectre (2015)

Budget: $245 million USD

The first James Bond Movie had a budget of roughly $1 million in 1962 but the 2015 Specter reached up to $245 million. Sam Smith’s original soundtrack, “Writing’s on the Wall,” took him only half an hour to write, and it earned him an Academy Award and a Golden Globe.

6. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

Budget: 250 million USD

Some movies really do need a huge budget, and Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince is one of them! While its predecessor, the Order of the Phoenix, was met with mixed reviews, the Half-Blood Prince was well-received, even by critics who were not big fans of the Harry Potter series.

5. Spider-Man 3 (2007)

Budget: $258 million USD

Spider man is a success story, but with the third sequel the producers risked a little more than they should have with a budget of $258 million. Anyways after the movie came out, it reached a box office of $890.9 million.

4. Tangled (2010)

Budget: $260 million

Tangled isn’t just the only animated film on this list it’s the most expensive animated film of all time. The reason?  Rapunzel’s hair. It took software developers and animators six years to create programs that would allow the acres of hair to move naturally. Their time and money was well-spent, as the film was well received by kids, critics, and adults. The movie earned a total of $592 million around the world.

3. Avengers: Endgame

Budget: 356 million USD

Avengers: Endgame, is not only one of the most expensive movies ever made but also the movie with the biggest Box Office. 2.7 billion USD to be more precise. Don’t forget the protagonists of this film are some of the biggest actors in Hollywood, so even their salary would require being high.

2. Avengers: Age of Ultron

Budget: $368 million

With each movie, the cast of the Avengers grows, and so does their budget. Bringing together names like Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson, and Don Cheadle doesn’t come cheap , and that’s just to name a few! Luckily, the Avengers always slay at the box office, with this one bringing over $1.4 billion.

1. Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides

Budged: $378.5 million

Here we are at the most expensive film ever made, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides. From special effects to acting salaries, to music, the fourth installment in the Pirates of the Caribbean had no limits. The total gross was enormous was more than 1 billion USD.