Hollywood is known for big budget blockbusters. Big films do not always mean success but more often than not, these films have made a profit at the box office. Here are the top seven most expensive films, according to TheRichest, ever made to date.
The Kevin Costner post-apocalyptic flick was huge when it released back in 1995. However, it did not bring in huge returns. At a hefty budget of $271 million, it grossed $409.6 million at the box office. It was a commercial success but received mixed reviews from critics.
6. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
Harry Potter became a global phenomenon when the highly successful books became mega films. On its opening night, it broke office records and today ranks as the most successful film on opening day in terms of ticket sales. Within five days, it grossed close to $400 million and total returns amount to a billion dollars.
Disney’s animated ‘Tangled’ based on the classic tale of Rapunzel is the most expensive animated film to date and was made over six years. The production budget was boosted by the complicated CGI and animation required to complete the film. For a film that was made on a budget of $260 million, $590.7 million box office returns are not bad!
4. Spider-Man 3
The final film in Sam Raimi’s ‘Spider-Man’ trilogy was the most expensive but also not the most well received critically. The budget was close to $300 million and ended up earning close to $900 million. Haters will hate, but the numbers don’t lie. Spider-Man 3 was a financial blockbuster even though fans did not like it all that much.
‘Titanic’ even today is one of James Cameron’s biggest films. When we mean big, we mean it in every way. Big budget, big returns and even an big cast. Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet lit up the screen and Celine Dion’s ‘My Heat Will Go On’ became the love anthem of 1997. The budget for the blockbuster was $294 million and it earned $1.8 billion and when it was re-released not that long ago, it earned close to $350 million making it a total gross of over $2 billion.
Elizabeth Taylor may be gone but her on-screen legendary performance as Cleopatra, the Egyptian queen, will always be fondly remembered. When made in 1963, it cost $44 million which would be $339 million today. However, it only grossed $26 million which would be a little under $200 million.
1. The Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End
Johnny Depp is not just an awesome film star and heartthrob, but also has the honor of being in the most expensive film to be made yet. It cost approximately $300 million and the box office gross was a staggering 1.1 billion. Captain Jack Sparrow will be back for a fifth time in 2017 in ‘The Pirates of the Carribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales’.