Top notch actor? $10 million. Visual effects team? $25 million Shooting in 3D? $15 million. Creating a film that brings viewers into another world? Not exactly priceless.
Over the past 10 years, movies have become more expensive than ever before, with the priciest one, Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End, costing Disney $300 million to produce in 2007. That’s almost $40 million more than the runner up 2012′s John Carter, a $264 million flop also by Disney. The slew of superhero and fantasy films that follow in our list of Most Expensive Movies Ever Made all cost upwards of $200 million to produce.
Our list is based only production costs—not marketing and other post-production expenses—and was sourced, unadjusted for inflation, from IMDB.
Had inflation been counted for, Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End would have still been the most expensive film, costing an adjusted $341 million. Post inflation, 20th Century Fox’s 1997’s Titanic would have rounded out at $296.4 million to rank second. While the studio was originally concerned about its $200 million budget, the James Cameron film has grossed over $2.1 billion worldwide—and earned millions more on home video. Cleopatra, which starred Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton, infamously almost caused 20th Century Fox to go into bankruptcy at its 1963 price tag of $31 million.In 2016, it would have cost a steep $241 million—eye-watering but not implausible in Hollywood today.