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10 Most Expensive Hollywood Movies In The History

The Hollywood film industry is world famous for its creative cinema, superb casting, amazing storytelling and dynamic screenplay. But lately, it is also making news for its big budget movies that are spending huge money on producing larger than films for the audience to enjoy.

Given the fact that, a large part of the Hollywood movies today are based on fantasy adaptations of the popular book series or comic characters, the directors are giving in everything to make those movies closer to reality. Most of this money in the big budget movies is spent on special effects, animated and casting.

Going by the track record of these expensive Hollywood films, the money seems to be well spent as these movies don’t just entertain us but also set new standards for the budding filmmakers in the art of cinema.

So, here are the top 10 Most expensive Hollywood films of all time:

Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides

Release Year: 2011

Budget: $378.5 millions

Pirates of the Caribbean On Stranger Tides most Expensive Film

The fourth and the latest instalment in the Pirates of the Caribbean series, On Stranger Tides is a stand-alone sequel to its previous films. As usual, the film stars the heart of the franchise Johnny Depp as Captain Jack Sparrow who is joined by Angelica portrayed by Penelope Cruz for an adventurous journey in search of the Fountain of Youth. The movie also marks as the first film of the hit franchise, which is not directed by Gore Verbinski. The entire film was shot using 3D cameras similar to those used in the 2009 film Avatar and ten companies were hired for the film’s visual effects, making the film set the record as the Most expensive film ever made in Hollywood history.

Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End

Release Year: 2007

Budget: $300 millions

Pirates of the Caribbean At World's End Big Budget Hollywood film

The second most expensive Hollywood film also belongs the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise. Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End is a 2007 fantasy adventure film starring Johnny Depp as Captain Jack Sparrow directed by Gore Verbinski. The film was supposed to be the final installment of the franchise, but later was revived by the 4th installment of the series featuring a different cast as a stand-alone sequel. At the time of its release in 2007, Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End was the most expensive Hollywood film ever made. The movie was shot back to back with the previous installment Dead Man’s Chest in the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise. Besides being one of the Most Expensive Films, At World’s End was a box office hit and also became the highest grosser of the year 2007 earning over $960 million worldwide.

Avengers: Age of Ultron

Release Year: 2015

Budget: $279.9 millions

Avengers Age of Ultron Most expensive Hollywood Movie

The third movie on our list is Avengers: Age of Ultron directed by Joss Whedon, which is a big Budget superhero film based on a Marvel Comics superhero group called The Avengers. With an ensemble cast of Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Samuel L. Jackson and many others, the movie feature an array of popular superheroes like Iron Man, Captain America, Hulk, Thor, Black Widow, Hawkeye, etc. With box office collection of over $1.4 billion worldwide, the film is the second highest grosser superhero film, only preceded by its previous instalment, The Avengers and the sixth highest-grossing film of all time.

John Carter

Release Year: 2012

Budget: $263.7 millions

John Carter most expensive hollywood film

John Carter is a 2012 science fiction-fantasy movie which happens to be the only flop film on the list of expensive movies in the history of Hollywood cinema. Against a huge budget of $300 million that included both production and marketing costs, the film only grossed $284 million. The plot of John Carter is adapted from the novel A Princess of Mars, the first book of the Barsoom series written by Edgar Rice Burroughs. The film also marks the live-action debut of the successful animated film director Stanton, who directed Pixar animated movies Finding Nemo and WALL-E.


Release Year: 2010

Budget: $260 millions

Tangled Most Expensive Animated Movie

Tangled is the only animated film among the top 10 expensive movies of Hollywood. Created with the production cost of over $260 millions, the film took almost 6 long years in the making. The movie is based on the German fairy tale “Rapunzel” which is a story about the young princess with long magical hair who flees the secluded tower in order to see the outer and find the truth about her real identity. The film uses CGI as well as traditional animations along with non-photo realistic rendering in order to create an impression of painting like visuals. Besides being the most expensive animated movie of all time, Tangled is also the 50th animated feature film produced under Walt Disney Animated Classics series. Tangled is the Most Expensive Animated Film ever.

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Rajeesh Nair

Rajeesh Nair is a true Gizmofreak and an addictive movie buff. He blogs at LifeBlender.com – a lifestyle Blogzine which focuses on general life related topics of the 21st Century.