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Throughout history, we have seen endless amounts of films that are projected to become hits but ultimately end up flopping. Studios and production companies set budgets for the films, based on their potential to bring in profits. Many classic and timeless movies come to life on extremely low budgets. But we’ve seen some of the greatest productions of all time dishing out some serious money to produce. Take a look at the most expensive films ever made.



The film that gave all other 3D movies before it, a run for their money. James Cameron and his team were expected to provide the film industry with one of the most elaborate and costly productions of its time. While many speculated that the film cost closer to $500 million to make, it only ended up costing $237 million, a price some may consider reasonable. As a pioneer for a new age of animation and technology, Avatar lived up to its hype. Cameron’s vision was worth the pricey spending as the movie broke all of the box office records, bringing in over $2 billion.


Avengers: Age of Ultron

With a star-studded cast like the one in this film, there is no doubt that the film’s budget surpassed so many of the other superhero films. Being filmed internationally along with the likes of Robert Downey Jr. and Scarlett Johansson on payroll, the film was bound for high prices. Costing a whopping $330 million to produce, this sequel is one of the most costly of its kind. Lucky for Marvel and Disney, who funded the series of films, the movie grossed $1.4 billion, landing it a spot on the top 10 highest grossing films of all time.


Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides

While the entire Pirates of the Caribbean franchise has made a lasting impact on the film industry, many are surprised to learn that Jerry Bruckheimer and his team hold the title for most expensive individual film. Most of the filming took place in Hawaii and the United Kingdom, already putting the price of the film quite high due to only the sites of production. The cast of Johnny Depp and Penelope Cruz also helped to set production back an outrageous $410 million. The film also used many of the advanced technologies that Cameron and his Avatar team introduced. As of today, the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise holds a few spots on the list for most expensive films of all time. On Stranger Tides has the lead and it’s older sibling At World’s End falls just below at $250 million. The investment was worth it for Bruckheimer, as On Stranger Tides made over a billion dollars at the box office.