Hollywood has been able to produce breathtaking films year in year out. Although the audience usually enjoys watching the end products, many people are unaware of the cost of making such films. There are several factors that determine the budget set by the producers. Lead actors are normally paid top dollars and the more popular they are, the higher the earnings. The number of shooting locations, complexity of stunts and the level of action packed in the film are also considered. Truth be told, the outcome is normally worth the effort. Except for a few cases that flop, most of these expensive films are blockbusters that go down in history as classics. Here is the list of the top ten most expensive films ever made, considering inflation:
10 King Kong, $243 Million
This is a remake of the original King Kong. The film was made by Peter Jackson in 2005 and replayed the story of the famous ape that fell in love with a woman from New York.
9 John Carter, $250 Million
This film took three years to make and was released in 2012. Walt Disney made huge profits from the film oversees, especially in Russia. In the US, it received mixed reactions from critics. It is a science fiction adventure film.
8 Avatar, $254 Million
Avatar took several years to make and was released in 2009. Despite the fact that it cost $254 Million, the producers still made unimaginable gross profit that amounted to $2 Billion. The success of the film can be attributed to the immense hype that was present during its promotional period.
7 Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest, $256 Million
Walt Disney released this film in 2006 and it definitely caused a stir among fans and critics. Johnny Depp, the lead actor, added an extra touch of humor to the film through the main character Jack Sparrow. The film is the second one in the Pirates Of The Caribbean series.
6 Waterworld, $259 Million
This film was released in 1995 and starred Kevin Costner as the hero of the day. The producers created an artificial water world in Hawaii where filming was done. Although the film made a lot of profit and managed to steal the hearts of the audience, critics were still not impressed.
5 Harry Potter And The Half-Blood Prince, $268 Million
Warner Bros released this film in 2009. It’s the sixth one in the Harry Potter’s series. Amazingly, all Harry Potter films always rake in huge profits. This is because millions of kids in US and other parts of the world usually follow Harry Potter religiously. Critics were not too impressed with this film nonetheless.
4 Tangled, $274 Million
Walt Disney managed to re-ignite the classical tale of Rapunzel through Tangled, the movie. Released in 2010, this is the only animated film to demand a spot on this list. At first, the producers wanted to use the original title ‘Rapunzel’ but then came to a decision to change it. The film was a huge success.
3 Spider-Man 3, $286 Million
Spider-Man is without doubt one of the best comic-based films ever made by Hollywood. This particular film was released in 2007 and is the third one of the series. The story is the same; a spider infects a boy and then alters his DNA.
2 Titanic, $286 Million
Released in 1997, is based on actual events. The Titanic was the biggest ship ever made and the creator was so confident with his invention that he even remarked, ‘Even God can’t sink the ship!” Well, events proved him wrong as the ship hit an iceberg and sunk. Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet are the main characters.
1 Pirates Of The Caribbean: At World’s End, $332 Million
Another Pirates Of The Caribbean film makes it to the top spot. This film was released in 2007 and it’s the third in the series. The theme is the same, it includes sword-fights and pirates, but the delivery is quite creative indeed. It seems like the actors received huge wages, judging by the amount used to create it.