The blockbuster business doesn’t come easy, or cheap, and a new list shows us just how true that is. Now, one website has compiled a list of the most expensive films ever made, and chances are pretty good that one or many of your own personal favorites are on here. But who is the big winner? Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End, of course. The third Pirates movie tips the bank at $341.8 million, but it’s not the only Pirates movie on the list, and it’s not the only Disney movie on the list either. Want to get a load of the other nine movies in the Top 10? Read on.
Business Insider compiled the list taking into account cost, studio finances, original budget as compared to final budget, and, in a few cases, inflation. Interestingly, the list is fairly heavy on movies released in the last 10 years, it also appears that a couple of franchises make multiple appearances on the list, and that comic book movies tend to be the most expensive genre of all.
Amongst the notable repeats on the list are the Spider-Man movies, Spider-Man 3 tops out at number four, but Spider-Man 2 and The Amazing Spider-Man both make the list at 15 and 20 respectively. The Dark Knight Rises just missed the Top 10 tying for eleventh with John Carter. X-Men: The Last Stand and Superman Returns also cracked the Top 20 at 17th and 18th place respectively, while Man of Steel and The Avengers sit at 22nd and 23rd.
As for other interesting entries, you’ll note the recent animated success Tangled at the number five spot. Meanwhile, Titanic and Waterworld, both at one time or another called the most expensive movies ever made, finished at third and seventh spot on the list. But if there’s one fascinating anomaly it’s the 1963 film Cleopatra, famous for not just being the budget buster of its time, but also for being part of the ongoing Elizabeth Taylor/Richard Burton soap opera. In 1963 dollars, Cleopatra topped out at $44 million, but in 2014 money it would have cost the studio nearly $340 million, and that’s before however much it would cost to promote a movie like Cleopatra now. Of course, given the Taylor/Burton drama, the paparazzi would have done a lot of that heavy lifting.
Here’s the Top Ten list:
1. Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End (2007) – $341.8 million
2. Cleopatra (1963) – $339.5 million (Original estimated budget: $44 million)
3. Titanic (1997) – $294.3 million
4. Spider-Man 3 (2007) – $293.9 million
5. Tangled (2010) – $281.7 million
6. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (2009) – $275.3 million
7. Waterworld (1995) – $271.3 million
8. Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest (2006) – $263.7 million
9. Avatar (2009) – $261 million
10. The Hobbit (2012) – $257.2 million
Source: Cinema Blend