Movies are always expensive, but some expensive movies cost the studios a fortune in some other ways as well. These expensive movies usually do well at the box office and manage to recover the megabucks spent on them. The director’s salaries, actors, crew, and producers are enormous. Add to this the cost of building sets and props, special effects, production costs like transportation, lodging, food, and the movie cost for the studios hit the roof. Sometimes, even low-budget movies can be blockbusters. On the other hand, movies that cost studios a fortune can make less than their budget or flop or rake in huge profits.
1. Pirates Of The Caribbean: On Stranger Tides ($410 Million): On Stranger Tides has the dubious distinction of being the most expensive movie in history. It is the fourth movie in the Pirates Of The Caribbean series. Johnny Depp plays Captain Sparrow, the drunk and hilarious pirate, and his salary was rumored to be $ 55 million. Ten visual effects companies handle the 1112 CGI shots interspersed throughout the film. These costs, along with the wages of the cast, crew, production staff, made it the most expensive movie ever made.
2. Avengers: Age Of Ultron ($365 Million): Superhero movies are bound to make this list. Age of Ultron is Marvel’s sequel to The Avengers (2012). In the movie, Robert Downey Jr. was paid a whopping $44 million for his role as Ironman. Moreover, the final battle scene in the film and the CGI robots are the reason why the cost of the movie hit the roof!
3. Pirates Of The Caribbean: At World’s End ($300 Million): It was the most expensive movie and also the highest-grossing movie at the box office of 2007. It cost the studios $300 Million, but it made around $900 Million at the box office. It is the third movie in the Pirates Of The Caribbean franchise. Johnny Depp’s salary, alone, was $55 million for the film. It may have been an expensive movie, but it sure made up for it!
4. Avengers: Endgame: Interestingly, the movie cost the studios $356 million, which is less than the cost of the Age of Ultron. Once again, Robert Downey Jr. got a huge chunk of $75 million as his salary for the film. His co-stars Chris Evans, Scarlett Johannson, and Chris Hemsworth got around $ 15 million each for their parts in Endgame. The CGI was another considerable chunk. It has been vying for the position of the highest-grossing movie with Avatar since its release in 2019.
5. John Carter: It is an expensive movie that was one of the biggest losers at the box office. It cost around $300 million to make, but the box-office returns were considerably less, about $284 million. John Carter lost out because of a poor storyline, and Disney had to quickly abandon the plans for a sequel or trilogy in the pipeline.
Wow, did you know these movies were this expensive to make? Guess we better respect the filmmakers a bit more!