Top 10 Most Expensive Movies Ever Made

Article submitted by David Guillod.

Thanks to the advancement of technology, shooting a movie has been easier than ever. However, this doesn’t take away the fact that it’s still an expensive endeavor. Here are the top 10 most expensive movies ever made.

The Dark Knight Rises

Directed by Christopher Nolan, this box office hit’s production costs were evenly divided by Legendary Pictures and Warner Bros. Due to the rising costs ($291,937,270 in total), there was notable tension between the two companies.

John Carter

With an estimated production budget of $291,937,270, this so-called flop of a movie created havoc when it first came out. Director Andrew Stanton reportedly had to shoot numerous scenes twice during the filming stage.

Spider-Man 3

Spider-Man 3 had a substantial production budget of $299,329,633. The movie played on more than 4,000 screens, more than any previous film out of Hollywood at that time.

Justice League

Justice League’s reported budget hovered around $300,000,000 due to rumored reshoots. Ultimately, half of this budget was spent just on marketing the movie.


Known as the most expensive James Bond ever created, the production budget came out to $308,702,880 with promotion costs exceeding $100 million. Other items also drove up the costs including clothing items, watches, and luxury vehicles.

Star Wars Ep. VII: The Force Awakens

With a production budget of $314,876,938, this highly-anticipated sequel to the beloved Star Wars saga soared both in gross profits and budget.

Avengers: Age of Ultron

With CGI playing a substantial role in the Avengers universe, along with multiple shooting locations, this Marvel movie held its own in the box office but with a high budget of $340,190,574.

Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End

Released in 2007, this Disney movie was the costliest ever made at the time, coming in at $348,057,713 due to the special effects, star costs, and various location shoots.

Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides

The fourth film in the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise hovered around $444,142,183 due to the high costs of star actors. Lead actor Johnny Depp reportedly scored over $50 million to reprise his role.


The most expensive movie ever made, with a production budget of $478,792,250, this film went all out when it came to promotion and marketing. Much of the budget was spent on devising new ways to film as well as hiring a linguist to create a new language from scratch.

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