Top six most expensive films Hollywood has ever produced
Hollywood is probably the most recognizable film industry in the world, where movies get made on a regular basis. Like the stories, cast and crew, even the budget of these films vary, with some being made by independent filmmakers on a shoestring budget, while some are done on a massive scale. So here are the top six most expensive films ever made in Hollywood.
Justice League, a 2017 film featuring an ensemble cast that includes Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Gal Gadot, Ezra Miller, Jason Momoa, was made on a budget of $300 million. The film, which opened to mixed reviews from critics, earned a total of $657 million worldwide, against the break-even point of $750 million. The studio, Warner Bros. Pictures, thereby lost an estimated $60 million.
Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End, which was made a decade ago of Justice League, also had an estimated production budget of $300 million. Even after adjusting for inflation, this Johnny Depp-starrer remains one of the most expensive films Hollywood has ever produced. However, unlike Justice League, At World's End was a massive hit becoming 2007's highest-grossing film collecting over $960 million.
The 2018 film that saw the Avengers and the Guardians of the Galaxy teaming up to stop Thanos from amassing the all-powerful Infinity Stones had a production budget of $316 million. Avengers: Infinity War, of course recovered the cost, while also registering a whopping profit. It ultimately became the fourth film and the first superhero film to gross over $2 billion worldwide.
The sequel to Avengers: Infinity War is next on this list. Made on an estimated budget of $356 million, Avengers: Endgame was a perfect culmination of the 22-film story. Once released, it earned a stunning over $2.79 billion worldwide, crossing Infinity War's entire theatrical run in just eleven days. It even dethroned Avatar, the highest-grossing film for a decade, snatching the title.
The 11th film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Avengers: Age of Ultron is the second-most expensive films to be ever made in Hollywood. Clocking a $365 million budget, in this film, the Avengers fight Ultron, an artificial intelligence obsessed with causing human extinction. The film received positive reviews, and it also showed in their box office collections, which stood at over $1.4 billion worldwide.
And grabbing the top spot is Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, which hit theaters in 2011. Made on a net budget of $379 million, On Stranger Tides broke several records and became the third highest-grossing film of that year, despite receiving mixed reviews. At an unadjusted inflation, the fantasy swashbuckler film remains the 31st highest-grossing movie of all time worldwide.