Hollywood is known for its epic and larger than life movies. Filmmaking in Hollywood is not for the fainthearted. These movies involve astronomical budgets. The details of the top 10 most expensive movies made in Hollywood, after adjusting for inflation are as follows:
Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (2011- $378 million)
The movie is the most expensive ever made in Hollywood, with a budget of $378 million. The movie had a star-studded cast and the use of CGI and special effects further inflated the cost. The movie made good money in the box office and justified the budget.
Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015- $365 million)
Age of Ultron is the most expensive Marvel movie made to date. The exotic foreign locations, use of drone cameras for filming, and the mind-blowing special effects all contributed towards the budget. The cost was justified after the movie garnered $1.3 billion worldwide.
Avengers: Infinity War (2018-$316 million)
The movie released in 2018 was made on a hefty budget. The reasons for the budget were the star cast and special effects. The movie turned out to be the highest-grossing for the year 2018 fourth highest-grossing movie of all time.
Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End (2007- $300 million) and Justice League (2017-$300 million)
Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End was a high-budget movie in a popular franchise. The movie was the highest-grossing movie in 2007 and was a blockbuster. Justice League released in 2017, was one of the most expensive DC movies ever made. The movie involved great action and special effects which led to the high budget. It earned only $657 million worldwide and was the lowest-earning DC movie.
Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018- $275 million)
The movie was based on Hans Solo- the popular Star Wars character. The movie was the first in the Star Wars franchise to flop in the box office and make a loss.
John Carter (2012-$264 million)
The movie’s production cost spiraled beyond control as due to various issues in post-production most of the movie was shot again. The movie was the biggest flop of Disney and the former Chairman resigned after a month from the movie’s release.
Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016- $263 million) and Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017- $263 million)
Batman Vs Superman was released in 2016. It was a star-studded movie high on special effects and action. It turned out to be a box office disappointment and received unfavorable reviews. The Last Jedi was released in 2017 and was filled with stunning visual and special effects. It was the highest-grossing movie of 2017 and a worldwide success.
Tangled (2010- $260 million)
The movie took about 10 years of failed attempts at making. Each of the attempts went pretty far before being abandoned. The movie involved elaborate research and expensive CGI to make the characters come alive. The movie, however, could not earn as expected and became profitable only when it was released worldwide.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015- $259 million)
The movie was the first installment of Star Wars Sequel trilogy and the seventh installment of the main Star Wars series. The movie was a runaway success. It was the highest-grossing movie of 2015 and the third highest-grossing movie of all time.
Spider-Man 3 (2007- $258 million)
The movie’s budget increased due to delay in the completion and also on account of expensive CGI. The salaries, web-singling set pieces, and the marketing costs pushed the budget even higher. Despite the investment in the movie, the movie could not get critical acclaim and box office success.