How much money does it take to make a movie? Ask an independent filmmaker and he might answer in the thousands at least. Ask a big-time Hollywood producer and he or she might give a figure with lots of zeroes behind it.
Does money really matter when it comes to making movies? Are sky-high budgets a guarantee for higher box-office figures? We won’t really know until all ticket sales are in. What we do know is that the producers of the following films really spared no expense to get to them onto the bigscreen this year.
14 The Wolverine: $125 Million
Everyone’s favorite X-Men character returns for the sixth time to the bigscreen (he had a cameo in X-Men: First Class in case you forgot). This time, Logan who is played by Hugh Jackman is called to Japan by an old acquaintance where he has to face his greatest challenge yet. Even with his X-Men allies, Logan has never been a team player, now more alone than ever, he has to overcome his physical and emotional vulnerabilities if he wants to survive.
13 R.I.P.D.: $130 Million
When cops die do they go to heaven or hell? The answer is they join the R.I.P.D. (Rest In Peace Department). Their latest addition, Nick (Ryan Reynolds), is hell-bent on finding the man who killed him. It just so happens that he gets partnered with Roy (Jeff Bridges) one of the more cynical veterans of this undead police force.
12 After Earth: $130 Million
It has been a thousand years since mankind had to abandon Earth to ensure their survival, but when an asteroid storm damages the ship of general Cypher Raige (Will Smith) and his son Kitai (Jaden Smith), they are forced to crash-land on what was once humanity’s cradle. With his father incapacitated, Kitai must face his fears and brave the dangers of the now-unfamiliar earth to signal for help.
11 Turbo: $135 Million
This CGI comedy features a garden snail whose dreams of winning the Indianapolis 500 are suddenly within his grasp after a freak accident gives him supernatural speed. Features Ryan Reynolds as the voice of Turbo, Paul Giamatti as Chet and Michael Peña as Tito.
10 White House Down: $150 Million
What if terrorists decided to strike the most secure heart of America itself? Capitol policeman John Cale (Channing Tatum) is enjoying a tour of the White House when it is suddenly attacked by heavily armed invaders. Caught in the middle of events, he must fight to protect his daughter and his new charge, no less than the President of the United States (Jamie Foxx).
9 GI Joe: Retaliation: $185 Million
The elite group of special military operatives known as the G.I. Joes are back. However, this time, their fight is not just against the clandestine terrorist group known as Cobra, they also have to deal with their own government after they were framed for crimes they did not commit. Stars Channing Tatum as Duke, Bruce Willis as Gen. Joe Colton and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson as Roadblock.
8 World War Z: $190 Million
Brad Pitt stars as UN employee Gerry Lane in this bigscreen adaptation of the Max Brooks’ zombie classic novel. After he and his family barely escape humans who have been transformed into ravenous zombies by a virus, Lane reluctantly accepts a mission that will take him to different places in the world to solve the deadly zombie pandemic that threatens to destroy mankind.
7 Star Trek: Into Darkness: $190 Million
In this sequel to Star Trek (2009) a mysterious figure is trying to take down the Federation from the inside. Just who is he and what is he really after? Is he an idealist, a patriot or just a cunning terrorist? Captain James Kirk (Chris Pine), Spock (Zachary Quinto) and the rest of the crew of the USS Enterprise have to find out before it’s too late.
6 Pacific Rim: $190 Million
They say it takes monsters to fight monsters, so when giant creatures emerge from the earth’s core to wreak havoc on the world, the world’s most powerful nations build huge robots called Jaegers to fight them. Stars Charlie Hunnam as Raleigh Beckett, Idris Elba as Stacker Pentecost, Rinko Kikuchi as Mako Mori and those huge awesome robots as themselves.
5 Iron Man 3: $200 Million
Emotionally scarred from the events of The Avengers, Tony Stark is thrust into another fight for his life and again has to prove himself when he is targeted by a mysterious terrorist calling himself ‘The Mandarin.’ After almost losing everything he holds dear, Stark decides the best way to survive is to fight back with everything he has. Win or lose, there is no middle ground.
4 Monsters University: $200 Million
What did Mike and Sully do before they became successful scarers? Or at least before one of them became a successful scarer? They went to college of course, just like any aspiring kid. Billy Crystal voices the big, blue and lovable Mike while John Goodman voices the introvert yet no-nonsense Sully in this Pixar imagining of how college life would be like in the world of monsters.
3 The Lone Ranger: $215 Million
An idealistic lawyer John Reid (Armie Hammer) is ambushed and left for dead when he joins a posse in search of an outlaw. When he wakes up renegade Comanche warrior Tonto (Johnny Depp) becomes convinced he is the reborn spirit of vengeance and encourages him to follow the path of justice. Little did they expect this path would take them through many twists and turns, gunfights, chases and train rides.
2 Man of Steel: $225 Million
Man of Steel retells the story of how a survivor from a devastated planet came to earth and how he rose to became the world’s only hope against annihilation. Henry Cavill stars as Superman/Kal-El and Amy Adams plays Lois Lane in this more human onscreen portrayal of one of the most famous comic book superheroes of all time.
1 The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug: $250 Million
The second installment of Peter Jackson’s second trilogy, this movie follows the adventures of Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman) and his motley crew of dwarven companions led by Thorin Oakenshield (Richard Armitage) as they seek to get their gold back from the dragon Smaug, as well as fending off the attacks of the mysterious Pale Orc.
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