Top 10 Most Expensive Movies and Why they So Expensive

From 'Titanic' to 'Avengers: Infinity War' this list shows the most expensive movies ever produced for the big screen.

Top 10 Most Expensive Movies and Why they So Expensive

Filmmakers at Marvel Studios can bring virtually any screen setting to life with the right budget. The most expensive movies of all time cost more to produce than many movies can hope to win at the box office.

Sometimes those investments pay off. In other cases, they cause disappointment for the filmmakers and the studio.


According to NerdWallet, these are some of the biggest bets Hollywood has ever made. Even adjusted for inflation, most of the titles on this list of the most expensive movies were released in the last two decades.


At the top of the summary is Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides. Adjusted for inflation, the fourth Pirates film cost $ 422 million, a figure that has not been surpassed since its release in 2011.

The film did not out perform any of the films in the year. original trilogy, but it made its money back with a gross international box office in excess of $ 1 billion.


The Pirates of the Caribbean franchise also claims to be the third most expensive film ever made, with 2007 having an At World's End adjusted-costof $ 362 million.

The remaining slots in the top five are occupied by Marvel's The Avengers movies, with Age of Ultron (2015) ranking second, Endgame (2019) ranking fourth andranking fifth Infinity War (2018).

The only film on this list made before 2000 is James Cameron's. Titanic (1997), which would have cost $ 312 million had it been made today.


You can read the full list of the 10 most expensive movies ever made below, with their budgets (adjusted for inflation). To see which big-budget movies had the highest box office runs, check out the list of the biggest failures in history.

  1. Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (2011) // $ 422 million
  2. Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015) // $ 386 million
  3. Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End (2007) // $ 362 million
  4. Avengers: Endgame (2019) // $ 356 million
  5. Avengers: Infinity War (2018) // $ 316 million
  6. Titanic (1997) // $ 312 million
  7. Spider-Man 3 (2007) // $ 312 million
  8. Justice League (2017) // $ 307 million
  9. Tangled (2010) // $ 299 million
  10. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (2009) // $ 292 million

Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (2011)

It's expensive. Due to the amount of alcohol Depp consumed... Johnny Depp alone was paid 55M. Because 20% of the production costs is paid by the UK government, so they hired 895 production staff

Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015)

Avengers: Age of Ultron was not more expensive than Avengers: Endgame. AOU was more expensive than the original Avengers and IW. The reason that Age of Ultron was so expensive was because of the GCI flying robots. Probably 80% of the budget was just for the final battle.

Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End (2007)

“Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End” was the costliest movie ever made when it was released in 2007 because of rising location, special effects, and star costs. One of the biggest costs of making this fourth film in the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise was paying for staff and actors.

Avengers: Endgame (2019 )

Downey Jr. made an upfront salary of $20 million for reprising his role of Tony Stark/Iron Man in the Marvel blockbuster. The salary makes him the highest-paid actor in “Endgame,” ahead of the $15 million earned by co-stars Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, and Chris Evans.

Avengers: Infinity War (2018)

As we said earlier it takes money to make money. Marvel Studios had to spend millions on special effects, music, and post-production among other things to make a killing at box offices on Avengers: Infinity War

Titanic (1997)

In 1997, James Cameron created what became the most expensive movie ever, "Titanic"! The film, which stars none other than Oscar-winning actors, Kate Winslet, and Leonardo DiCaprio, had a whopping budget of $200 million!

Spider-Man 3 (2007)

According to multiple sources, John D. Rockefeller like spending, production delays, and over-the-top marketing campaigns may have swollen Spider-Man 3's budget to over five hundred million dollars. That's more than one hundred times the loot of the Great Brinks Robbery

Justice League (2017)

With an estimated production budget of $300 million, Justice League is one of the most expensive films ever made. Justice League premiered in Los Angeles on November 13, 2017, and was released in the United States on November 17, 2017.

Tangled (2010)

Tangled. It might surprise you that an animated film makes the list of the most expensive movies ever made. Tangled, which was a retelling of the tale of Rapunzel, had a budget of $260 million. The high cost of the film is thought to be because it's a combination of hand-drawn animation and flashy computer animation.

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (2009)

“Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince,” the sixth installment of the series, had the largest production budget out of all the movies, which was an estimated $250 million

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