Here, we break down the most expensive Hollywood films ever made. Filmmaking is not for the faint of heart — or the shallow of pocket. But, chances are, you have seen at least half of the movies in this list in the theater. Adjusted for inflation, here are the top 10 most expensive movies ever made. James Cameron Cost of production: It only had one shot, because the set and furnishings were so hugely expensive to produce there was no room for error. And then there were the reams of other convincing special effects — in one apparently uninterrupted shot, we saw the ship from bow to stern, with flags flying and smoke coiling from its stacks, and on the deck hundreds of passengers strolling, children running, servants serving, and so on.
And it paid off. Titanic made its huge production costs part of its marketing campaign, promoting the rich value of the movie like none other at the box office; it went down swimmingly pun intended. What else could you buy for that: King Kong Director: Peter Jackson Cost of production: Most of the money was spent on Kong himself. Long movies receive far fewer showings per day and therefore, for King Kong to break even at the box office, it was imperative that the film did well.
And the special effects really were fantastic. Unfortunately, when the humans started talking things started to go a little bit off track…Jack Black, really? Avatar was no different. After a directorial run-up lasting 12 years, Cameron took an almighty leap into the third-dimension with his digitally-created new world, hiring WETA for special effects and using super-sleek 3D which took the medium of cinema to the next level.
Ninety hours went into the production of every single frame for the movie, of which there were a whopping 24 per second, creating cutting-edge CGI like none ever seen before. Sam Mendes Cost of production: Due to the very nature of the series, filmmakers need to become more elaborate with their set pieces. At the time, only one Bond film, Skyfall, had ever achieved such a feat. Dawn of Justice, The Hobbit: On top of that, there were the far-flung international locations, the drone cameras used for some of the filming, and the CGI to make the titular villain with all the nuances that Whedon wanted to capture.
Spider-Man 3 Director: Sam Raimi Cost of production: But, then they just started throwing money at the franchise…And unfortunately, making expensive, flagship superhero sequels is no small or simple feat. Production for the movie dragged on into late summer where it had been scheduled to conclude in June, pushing up the costs dramatically. On top of that, there was the huge cost of CGI, the web-slinging set pieces, the star salaries and — of course — the marketing and promotion campaign costs.
Nathan Greno, Byron Howard Cost of production: It took about ten years of multiple aborted attempts at the movie, each of which got pretty far in before they scrapped everything and started again. Much of the budget included redesigning versions of previously-attempted flick Rapunzel, dating back to , that were never produced. John Carter Director: Andrew Stanton Cost of production: But, thanks to various problems in post-production, Stanton was forced to shoot much of the movie twice — which, of course — soon saw the budget spiral out of control.
Poor Stanton… Nobody wants to discover their own limitations on such a global stage. Kevin Reynolds Cost of production: The Costner-starring flick of was the most expensive movie ever produced, at the time. Not to mention the fact that whoever was on weather lookout duty at the time failed spectacularly in their job — the proof for which came in the form of three huge hurricanes that sank the entire set.
Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides Director: Rob Marshall Cost of production: On Stranger Tides was no cheap date.
What else could you buy for that amount: