Moving making is very expensive. There are a huge amount of costs involved in paying for sets,
props, equipment, special effects, payments for actors, designers, technicians, and more. There
are extra costs involved even after the movie is made, which includes the cost of editing and
marketing. The budget for movies has increased in recent years. Here is a list of the most
expensive movies ever made.
1. Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (2011)
Cost: $410.6 million ($378.5 million after tax rebate)
It is the fourth instalment of the Pirates of the Caribbean series. It stars actors like Johnny Depp
and Penelope Cruz. The movie was shot in the UK and Hawaii. It used similar 3D film
technology like that of James Cameron’s Avatar. It featured around 1,200 computer generated
sequences. It made $1.046 billion at the box office.
2. Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015)
Cost: $330.6 million ($279.9 million after tax rebate)
This film is the sequel to the Avengers movie starring Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man, Chris
Evans as Captain America, and Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow. The movie was shot in
England most o f the time. There were on-site filming ins Bangladesh, New York City, Italy and
South Korea. The cost of post-production was very high. The movie made $1.403 billion at the
3. John Carter (2012)
Cost: $306.6 million ($263.7 million after tax rebate)
It is a seminal sci-fi classic that was set on Mars. The film couldn’t make much at the box office.
The reason for its high cost was the longer period of filming, and many scenes were reshot. Also,
more that 2,000 visual effects were added in the post-production phase. The movie was shot in
the US and the UK.
4. Tangled (2010)
Cost: ~$260 million
It is a Disney musical comedy that uses 3D animation. The story is based on a story by the
Brothers Grimm. It is the most expensive animated film made till today. The cost was high
mainly because the movie was in production for six years. During this time, the production team
formed code to show how Rapunzel’s hair should move normally and in water. It made $591.8
million at the box office. It was nominated for an Oscar and two Golden Globes awards. It won a
Grammy for the song ‘I See the Light’.
5. Spider-Man 3 (2007)
Cost: $258 million
This movie was filmed in Los Angeles, Cleveland and New York City. In this movie, Spider-
Man has to fight three enemies: Sandman, Venom and Harry Osborn. The movie grossed $890.9
million at the box office. It is the most successful of the three series of Spider-Man financially.
There is a rumour that the Avengers: Infinity Wars, Part 1 and 2 will have $1 billion budget. If
this is the case, then these two will be the most expensive movies ever made.