The amount of money that Hollywood franchise films receive is astounding. The budgets for certain films serve as a reminder of our minuscule role in the film business, with wages for performers topping millions of dollars and hundreds of staff members earning similar amounts in addition to post-production and marketing expenses. Although expensive blockbuster movies are to be expected, the precise figures for each movie might nevertheless be shocking.
However, having a large budget does not always ensure satisfying earnings or a compelling story. Disney is a prime example of a studio that invests millions in all of its endeavours but nevertheless occasionally experiencing box office disappointments. Which films have the distinction of being the most expensive to create in light of this? Be prepared for the findings to surprise you. Here is a look at the highest-budget film ever made, without taking inflation into account.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015)
The sequel trilogy to The Force Awakens by J.J. Abrams was the first installment. It featured new characters including Rey, Poe, and Finn while continuing the tale of the old characters. There was a lot riding on the movie, which was greatly anticipated. According to recent claims, it had a $447 million budget, making it the most costly movie ever made.
The Force Awakens grossed nearly $2 billion at the box office, therefore the investment was profitable. It still maintains the record for the biggest domestic box office profits because it was the most successful movie that year.
Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018)
“Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom,” the second film in the Jurassic World sequel trilogy, has a huge $432 million budget. This happened after the first Jurassic World movie was a huge hit and sparked a lot of interest in the darker follow-up. The expense of constructing the dinosaurs meant that the movie ended up being significantly more expensive than the planned $170 million budget.
Despite having a large budget, the film fared quite well at the box office, bringing in an astounding $1.3 billion for the studio. The studio made about $218 million in profit as a consequence of this. The series actually found the big budget to be a wise investment, which prompted the development of another pricey sequel. This movie is not just the second most costly movie ever filmed globally—a record it may maintain for a while—but it also has the biggest budget in the Jurassic franchise.
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019)
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, which was touted as the conclusion of the Skywalker Saga, cost Lucasfilm an estimated $416 million. This huge budget covers costs for a new creative team that was hired when Colin Trevorrow quit as well as the building of substantial sets to wrap out the sequel trilogy.
The Rise of Skywalker made $1 billion globally despite being the sequel trilogy’s lowest-earning film; it was considered a tremendous success before the COVID-19 epidemic struck. An forthcoming Star Wars movie will continue the saga’s narrative by concentrating on Rey’s initiatives to reopen the Jedi Academy.
Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (2011)
For many years, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides was regarded as the most costly film ever filmed. The cost of making this Pirates movie was close to $400 million. They employed specialised 3D cameras similar to those in Avatar, recorded in several locations, and had 10 separate businesses create amazing visual effects, which is why it cost so much. Some people praised the film, while others felt it detracted from the series. Nevertheless, On Stranger Tides came in third for overall box office revenue in 2011.
Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015)
The most costly Avengers film, unexpectedly, is “Avengers: Age of Ultron.” Its production cost was $365 million, $9 million higher than “Avengers: Endgame.” The film included several special effects and was shot in numerous locations throughout the globe. Despite having a large budget, the movie turned a profit and finished 2015 as the fourth-highest earning movie. However, in comparison to the first Avengers film, its box office performance was deemed underwhelming.