Movies are getting more and more expensive nowadays. The costs are so high to the point where you have to argue whether creating a movie does make financial sense. Some of the most expensive movies in the world tend to require a lot of CGI and financial investment. But in many situations, they are also a financial hit too. With that in mind, here are some of the movies that were extremely expensive to do.
1. Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides
Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides did cost a ton of money to make. In fact, it was around $378 million, and the challenging thing is that most of it was due to CGI and filming in exotic locations. That did bring in front a whole lot of challenges, to the point where a lot of people had to wonder whether those types of movies would be profitable or not. But it was a gamble on Disney’s side to invest so much money into a movie.
2. Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End
The previous movie in the Pirates of the Caribbean series also cost a lot of money. In fact, it was extremely expensive, and it did come at around $300 million in costs. As you can imagine, that’s a whole lot of money, but it was put to good use. The CGI in this movie was really good, and they did a masterful job with the visuals. It was the end of the trilogy and a fitting example of how you can create a CGI-heavy movie.
3. Justice League
Justice League cost around $300 million, and while it was plagued by various production issues, it did manage to be one of the best movies of 2017. However, it didn’t match up to the expectations, and while it did make a lot of money, it certainly didn’t deliver as much as the studio wanted from it. Yet despite all of that, they are set to create another Justice League movie, but most likely that will be less expensive.
4. Avengers: Age of Ultron
Avengers movies are bound to cost a lot, mostly due to the CGI and high profile actors. Avengers: Age of Ultron cost around $279.9 million, quite a lot of money and that was one of the most expensive movies in the Marvel series. But the Avengers: Infinity War movies may cost even more, so it’s safe to say that most of the Avengers movies are huge money sinkers to create, yet it’s well worth it.
5. John Carter
While John Carter wasn’t a financial bomb, it just didn’t deliver to the expectations that Disney had. And with a budget of $263 million, you expect a lot of revenue in return for sure. But it wasn’t meant to be, unfortunately, and that’s why we didn’t see a John Carter 2, even if we could get one in the long term at one point. But in the end, John Carter was still a visually impressive movie, so the CGI was quite nice.
How can an animated movie cost so much? Well, Tangled used some of the very best animation techniques and some really good voice actors. The movie did make a lot of money worldwide, it doubled the revenue and it even generated a TV series that premiered in 2017. So, in many ways, this was quite the success, and it brought in front some really good benefits as a whole. It’s a special experience to have for sure, and one that is bound to impress everything. The blend of CGI and traditional animation did pay off a lot for the movie, even if it ended up making it very expensive. The movie cost $260 million to make!
7. Spider-Man 3
Spider-Man 3 cost around $258 million in total, and it was one of the more ambitious projects out there. It was just a whole lot of fun to do and watch it. And while not everyone liked the portrayal of some characters, it was still one of the nicest movies in the series at least from a visual standpoint. In the end, Spider-Man 3 is the reason why we didn’t see another Spider-Man movie in that particular series, but then again that’s understandable considering the costs.
8. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince is known for being the most expensive in the series. At around $250 million, it’s easy to see why it was so hard to make, as it did end up requiring a lot of effects and it certainly brought in a whole lot of amazing benefits that became extremely enjoyable and interesting.
9. The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies
You would add a Lord of the Rings inspired movie here, as this series is always expensive to make. The CGI in this movie was amazing, but it did come with a huge cost of $250 million. In the end, this is one of the most iconic movies in the series, and it did bring in front some really interesting opportunities for some other movies like this to shine and evolve.
10. Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice was also extremely expensive and just like Justice League it did go through production issues. Creating such a huge blockbuster is not that simple, and that’s especially true when you have this type of characters. The movie did pay off immensely, and it brought in front some astonishing benefits for a potential series.
In the end, it’s safe to say that creating movies can end up being very expensive. But it’s the type of thing that does pay off, with these movies being extremely impressive and downright astonishing to look at. Yet then again, the costs of over $250 million, sometimes $300+ million is the type of thing that makes it quite a gamble for the studios. But it did end up paying off well for most of the movies here!