The 10 most expensive movies of all time

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Few days later Batman vs Superman: Dawn of justice released which is the most expensive movie ever made with the budget of 410 million dollar but Warner Bros didn’t reveal it yet.

Here is the list of top 10 most expensive movies ever made.

10. The Dark Knight Rises (2012) – $257.2 million

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Superhero movies it seems, always top the box office (excluding The Green Lantern and Daredevil of course). 2012’s The Dark Knight Rises is one of the most expensive films ever made. Director Christopher Nolan, never seems to disappoint his fans when it comes to incorporating suspense and action into his movies. Surprisingly enough The Dark Knight Rises was only the third highest grossing film that year. Despite its high budget, it did still bring in a large amount of money, pulling in $1.1 billion at the box office.

9. Avatar (2009) – $261 million

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James Cameron was actually supposed to begin production of Avatar after the release of his blockbuster movie Titanic. Instead, he waited ten years to begin working on his film, and the reason was due to the fact that he didn’t feel that the technology was good enough at that time to produce the vision he had in mind. The largest expenses for Avatar were graphics and visual effects.

The original budget was $237 million but the profit the film generated made all the expenses diminish considering Avatar made $3.1 billion at the box office.

8Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest (2006) – $263.7 million

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Dead Man’s Chest came out in 2006 and is the second installment of the Pirates of the Caribbeanfranchise starring Johnny Depp, Keira Knightley and Orlando Bloom. Having a cast of A-list celebrities always drives up the cost of a film’s production. Johnny’s Depp’s payment was an estimated $20 million, not to mention that the cost of the props for the movie was massive. The ships used in the film, The Flying Dutchman and The Black Pearl, were actually built just for Dead Man’s Chest.

The budget for Dead Man’s Chest was an estimated $237 million and it ended up grossing $1.2 billion.

7. Waterworld (1995) – $271.3 million

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The post-apocalyptic 1995 film Waterworld had a large budget of $271 million, but wasn’t entirely well received among its viewers. Unfortunately, Waterworld was one of the films that was expensive to make but didn’t really generate much at the box office.

The original budget for Waterworld was set for $175 million and it ended up grossing just $409.6 million in theatres.

6. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (2009) -$275.3 million

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Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince came out in 2009 and is the sixth part of the series, based on the novel by JK Rowling. The film was so highly anticipated that on its opening night it broke records, becoming the biggest single-day gross in cinema history.

The budget for Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince was set for $250 million and just five days after its release had made $394 million. In total the film made $1 billion at the box office.

5. Tangled (2010) – $281.7 million

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The 2010 Disney movie Tangled, which is based on the story of Rapunzel, told the story of a princess trapped in a tower just like the original Brothers Grimm tale did. The film has been the most expensive animated movie ever made and actually took six years to finish. The reason why it took so long to be released was due to complications with mixed mediums of computer generated imagery and animation all costing the production of the film a lot of money.

Tangled originally had a budget of $260 million and ended up grossing $590.7 million at the box office.

4. Spider-Man 3 (2007) – $293.9 million

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Spider-Man 3, the last of the trilogy was the most expensive out of all of them, with a budget of $293 million. Unfortunately, even though so much money was spent on creating the film it didn’t seem to be well received by fans of the Spider-Man films. However, considering all the negative reviews the film got it still grossed $890 million at the box office.

3. Titanic (1997) – $294.3 million

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In order to create a film as elaborate as Titanic was, a massive budget was definitely in order. Titanic remains one of the most expensive films ever made with a total cost of $294 million, however the large cost of the movie was more than justified considering Titanic brought in $1.8 billion at the box office the first time around, and an extra $343.6 million upon its 3D re-release in 2012. Titanic became the second movie in history to gross over $2 billion at the box office after Avatar.

2. Cleopatra (1963) – $339.5 million

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It might be a bit shocking to see that Cleopatra is one of the most expensive films ever made, especially considering how old the film is. However, when adjusted for inflation the 1963 film would have cost $339 million today. For that year, Cleopatra was the highest grossing film, but because of the extremely high budget, it is actually the only high grossing film on this list that suffered a loss.

Originally with a budget of $44 million in 1963 the film only generated $26 million  at the box office which would equate to just under $200 million in 2015.

1. Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End (2007) – $341.8 million

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With an estimated budget of $300 million for the production, The Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s Endis the most expensive film ever made and it also tripled its budget with a tremendous box office gross of $1.1 billion. Besides the cost of props and high paid cast members, the film was also shot all over the world in places such as Singapore, Muerte, Pelegosto, Tortuga, and Isla Cruces. At World’s End was the third instalment of the Pirate of the Caribbean franchise and a fifth instalment is set to come out sometime this year.

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