Action movies have remained hugely popular all over the world, and for good reason. Everyone loves to watch impressive stunts and suspenseful fight scenes play out, and the plots are usually hugely entertaining as well. Furthermore, it’s more likely for action movies to be coupled with other aspects for varying experiences. From The Matrix to The Dark Knight, there’s something different for everyone within the genre. Of course, fight scenes, stunt doubles, and special effects can be very costly, and many action movies end up with a pricey budget due to this fact. Today, we’ll be exploring the ten of the most extravagant and costly action films ever created!
10 Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides
At a net budget of 378.5 million dollars, the fourth Pirates of the Carribean movie is the most expensive film ever made! Aside from a charming love story and suspenseful adventure to seek the fountain of youth, the movie also features a plethora of thrilling action sequences.
Fans love watching Captain Jack Sparrow sword fight, whether it’s with his ex-girlfriend or an entire shipful of pirates. The producers must have spent their pennies wisely because the movie came out to be the third highest-grossing film of 2011. Overall, it hauled in a little more than a billion dollars worldwide, making its expensive budget worth it in the end.
9 Avengers: Age of Ultron
As the second Avengers move, the Age of Ultron had quite a lot to live up to after the tremendous success of its predecessor. The producers decided to pour a little more cash into this film, using a grand total of $365 million to create the story of defeating Ultron. Although this film tends to be the forgotten one in the overall Avengers franchise, it did a wonderful job of creating a suspenseful, thrilling story packed with action and adventure. The special effects highlighted the heroes’ powers and fighting moves exceptionally well and made Ultron more intimidating. Overall, Age of Ultron hauled in 1.4 billion big ones, making it a phenomenal success despite the mediocre critic reports.
8 Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End
With a 300 million dollar budget, the third Pirates of the Caribbean movie was, at the time, the most expensive film ever created. Of course, the high expenses makes sense when you take into account the outrageous looks, settings, and plot events required to make this film a success. This interesting action film contains countless risky fight scenes, sequences, and even fantasy components such as a dead man’s soul. With so many effects to execute just right, the producers had to pull out the big guns. In the end, the film pulled in a little under a billion dollars, putting it on the top fifty list for highest-grossing films ever.
7 Avengers: Endgame
After the heart-stopping, tragic cliff-hanger that concluded Infinity War, the fans were almost rioting for Endgame’s release. The hype for this epic end to an era lead to off-the-charts sales for opening weekend and countless days after. In fact, this amazing action film broke several records after its release, including taking Avatar’s spot as the highest-grossing film ever created.
Endgame’s tremendous success more than justifies the $356 million that the Russo Brothers spent on producing the film, and it seems like every penny was put into the right spot. Thanos and the other characters looked and acted absolutely phenomenal, and this film definitely lives up to its glorious hype.
6 Avengers: Infinity War
Although it couldn’t compare to Endgame, Infinity War was also a huge hit during its release, building up the anticipation of millions of fans around the world. The third movie of the series introduces the action-packed fight against interplanetary overlord Thanos, and features tons of effects, stunts, and superpowers. At a $321 million budget, the Russo Brothers definitely worked some serious magic into the movie. The fight scenes were integrated with special effects to provide the seamless story of a team of superheroes against the big, bad villain. Overall, the film made a little more than two billion dollars, making it one of the most successful movies ever created.
5 Spider-Man 3
Spider-Man 3 put an intriguing twist on a movie that is otherwise classic in terms of action and adventure. Besides fighting villains, Peter Parker is turned against himself due to his suit turning evil. With high-speed car chases, suspenseful subway battles, and a unique love story, this $258 million movie blew the crowds away. While some criticized the film for having too many subplots and not enough character development, it still set records for its sales. In fact, Spider-Man 3 broke the world record for opening weekend sales, single-day sales, and became the third highest-grossing movie of 2007.
4 Justice League
While Superman was the hero for almost every childhood in the last few generations, even he couldn’t boost Justice League’s sales. While Marvel has been rolling in the big bucks with their movie successes in the last few years, DC just hasn’t mastered the art.
This $300 million movie barely doubled its budget in sales, failing to break even and ended up losing millions of dollars. Although the fight scenes in this action/fantasy movie were pretty good, especially Aquaman vs Parademons, it just wasn’t enough to make up for the lack of character development and mediocre effects. In the end, the only top chart it seems to have made is the list for most expensive films!
3 John Carter
John Carter managed to fit thrilling fantasies, action-packed fights, and the excitement of new terrains all into one film. This sci-fi/action film explores the idea of life on Mars, featuring alien creatures and battles between extraterrestrial civilizations. Although the creation of the film took a hefty sum of $250 million, it didn’t do so hot after release. According to critics, John Carter’s amazing effects were diminished by the uneven pacing and lack of a good plot and character development. Due to its high costs, the movie would have had to hit at least $600 million to break even, and it barely hit half that amount.
If you enjoy action-packed dystopian movies, then perhaps Waterworld is right for you. The storyline describes Earth after global warming has run its course, with all the polar ice caps melted and most of the land is gone. The main characters are forced to travel by water over unfamiliar areas with hostile attackers, building up a tale of action, trust, and love. This 175 million dollar movie was actually the most expensive film at the time it was created in 1995. Although it wasn’t ever a major hit, it did manage to turn a profit sometime after its release. However, the movie is still considered mediocre for its sky-high budget.
1 Pirates of the Carribean: Dead Man’s Chest
Last but not least, we have yet another Pirates of the Caribbean movie. The second film of the franchise features a classic love story full of twists, turns, and some good old sword fighting. Focusing around a disfigured captain and fantasy creatures, the movie required some serious special effects and fight scene choreography, which is definitely part of the reason that it took over 225 million dollars to create. However, the investment turned out to be more than worth it at the end, when the film pulled in over a billion dollars worldwide, putting it into the top fifty highest-grossing movies ever created. Captain Jack Sparrow and his daredevil stunts are a hit yet again!