10 Most Expensive Films ever made

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Film making is one of the lucrative businesses of all time that has lots of opportunities for growth. Most films are made for entertainment and learning purposes. As of 2020, there are numerous films that are trending and have paved the way for the new generation movies. However, the cost of the film does not mean everybody will love it.

Various films have cost a fortune but on the receiving end, more negative critics (rotten tomatoes) who saw them differently. But that happens everywhere as not everyone will receive you positively. Besides, they are the most viewed and were popular in their time. Here are some of the costly films of all time

  1. Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides – $378.5 million
Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides

The most expensive film ever made, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides. From special effects to acting salaries to music, the fourth installment in the Pirates of the Caribbean series pulled out all the stops, but the reaction from fans was unimpressive at best. Although it brought in just over a billion dollars, it seemed as if the franchise was going stale — or not. Despite criticism, a fifth film, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales was made, costing a whopping $342 million. The movie hit theaters on May 26, 2017.

Rotten Tomatoes: 32%

2. Titanic $295 million


In 1997, Titanic was the best thing ever seen. To date, it remains tied with Ben-Hur for most Oscars won by a single film and comes in second, after Avatar, as the highest-grossing film in history. At the time of its release, it was the most expensive movie ever made, and, even today, only two films have cost more. It might be a bit cheesy and Jack and Rose’s love story a bit overplayed, but if ever there was a ’90s classic, this is it.

Rotten Tomatoes: 88%

3. Spider-Man 3 $294 million

Spider-Man 3

Spider-Man 3 was the most expensive and undoubtedly the worst of the three spider-man trilogies. Legendary director Sam Raimi got his start with low-budget horror films like The Evil Dead, was the nearly three million dollars more than he could handle? It was concluded that Spider-Man 3 was in fact, a mess. Too many villains, too many pale plot strands, too many romantic misunderstandings, and too many conversations

Rotten Tomatoes: 63%

4. Tangled – $282 million


Tangled isn’t the only animated film on this list. It’s the most expensive animated film of all time because of Rapunzel’s hair. It took software developers and animators six years to create programs that would allow the acres of hair to move naturally, as well as to perfect the look of the film to match older Disney classics. Their time and money were well spent, as the film was well-received by kids, critics, and adults alike.

Rotten Tomatoes: 89%

5. Avengers: Age of Ultron – $279 million

Avengers: Age of Ultron

With each movie, the cast of the Avengers grows, and so does their budget. After all, bringing together names like Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson, and Don Cheadle doesn’t come cheap — and that’s only naming a few! Luckily, the Avengers always top at the box office, with this one bringing in well over a billion dollars.

Rotten Tomatoes: 75%

6.  Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince – $276 million

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

Some movies really do need a huge budget, and Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince is one of them! While its predecessor, the Order of the Phoenix, was met with mixed reviews, the HalfBlood Prince was well received, even by critics who were not big fans of the Harry Potter universe. Kristian Lin said it best in her review, which reads, “Any movie that works as a spy thriller, a love story, and horror movie all at once is pretty remarkable. You might say it takes a fair amount of wizardry.”

Rotten Tomatoes: 84%

7. John Carter – $272 million

John Carter

John Carter is, without a doubt, one of the biggest mistakes Disney has ever made. They lost over $200 million and received heavy criticism for the film’s lack of plot. If you haven’t seen it, a quick glance at the preview tells you everything you need to know. David Denby of New Yorker called it, “A mess.”

Rotten Tomatoes: 51%

8. Waterworld – $267 million


In 1995, Waterworld was the most expensive film ever made, and a huge flop. Critics and Audiences both thought the acting was bad and the plot silly, but, today, it’s reached something of a cult status. Waterworld is kind of like an Ed Wood movie, so bad that it’s good. At Universal Studios Japan, an attraction called “Waterworld: A Live Sea War Spectacular” is still up and running to this day.

Rotten Tomatoes: 42%

9.  Avatar – $261 million


After director James Cameron wrapped up Titanic in 1997, he set out to make a movie he’d been dreaming about his whole life — Avatar. In 2009, the much-hyped film was finally released, making over $2 billion at the box office and quickly becoming the highest-grossing film of all time. However, as years passed, it proved to be just not that memorable. With no fan fiction, cosplay, or even threads to elevate it to cult status, Avatar vanished, but Cameron still has plans for three sequels.

Rotten Tomatoes: 83%

10. King Kong (2005) – $251 million

King Kong

At 187 minutes, many audiences felt that 2005’s King Kong was simply too long to be enjoyed. Naomi Watts and Adrian Brody were great and the special effects were top-notch, but director Peter Jackson, fresh off his Lord of the Rings success, seems to have forgotten about editing. Considering that Return of the King had a run time of 201 minutes, he was probably in the mindset that longer is better.

Rotten Tomatoes: 84%


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