The 25 Most Expensive Movies Ever Made

The Hobbit

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“The Hobbit” has a lot to live up to when it comes out later this month.The near $250 million budget of Peter Jackson’s prequel to the famed “Lord of the Rings” trilogy will set the precedent for the next two sequels for both MGM and Warner Brothers.

However, it’s not just Jackson’s films that are breaking the bank.

The price at which it costs to produce some of Hollywood’s biggest box office blockbusters – and flops – has risen drastically in the last few years. 

Next year, “Iron Man 3,” “Oz the Great and Powerful,” and “The Lone Ranger” are among the films with budgets north of $200 million. 

We turned to IMDB to find some of the priciest films to ever produce and then formed our own list after adjusting for inflation.

We’ve also included the original reported and estimated budgets for comparison. A few franchises make it on the list twice.

Worldwide Gross: $1.5 billion

(All budget estimates have been adjusted for inflation.)

21. Men in Black III (2012): $225 million

Worldwide Gross: $624 million

Though the film paled in comparison to its predecessors in U.S. theatres ('Men in Black' earned $250.7 million, while MIB II grossed $190.4 million domestically), the foreign box office helped it out immensely.

(All budget estimates have been adjusted for inflation.)

Worldwide Gross: $752.2 million

(All budget estimates have been adjusted for inflation.)

Original estimated budget: $170 million

Worldwide gross: $222.1 million

(All budget estimates have been adjusted for inflation.)

Original estimated budget: $209 million

Worldwide gross: $391 million

When the Superman reboot 'Man of Steel' comes out next summer it will have cost an estimated $225 million.

(All budget estimates have been adjusted for inflation.)

Original estimated budget: $210 million

Worldwide gross: $459.4 million

(All budget estimates have been adjusted for inflation.)

Estimated Budget: $225 million

Worldwide gross: $419.7 million

(All budget estimates have been adjusted for inflation.)

Original estimated budget: $200 million

Worldwide gross: $783.8 million

(All budget estimates have been adjusted for inflation.)

Original estimated budget: $207 million

Worldwide gross: $550.5 million

(All budget estimates have been adjusted for inflation.)

Original estimated budget: $200 million

Worldwide gross: $433.4 million

(All budget estimates have been adjusted for inflation.)

Original estimated budget: $237 million

Worldwide gross: $2.8 billion

(All budget estimates have been adjusted for inflation.)

Estimated Budget: $225 million

Worldwide Gross: $1 billion

(All budget estimates have been adjusted for inflation.)

Estimated Budget: $175 million

Worldwide Gross: $264.2 million

(All budget estimates have been adjusted for inflation.)

Estimated Budget: $250 million

Worldwide Gross: $934.4 million

(All budget estimates have been adjusted for inflation.)

5. Tangled (2010): $275.8 million

Original estimated budget: $260 million

Worldwide Gross: $590.7 million

The film usually raises eyebrows as one of the most costly films to make since it's an animated film. The high cost for 'Tangled' was probably due in part to the complex blend of traditional hand-drawn animation from older films ('Beauty and the Beast,' 'The Lion King') with CGI to give the film the distinct feeling of one of the classics in the 21st century.

(All budget estimates have been adjusted for inflation.)

Original estimated budget: $258 million

Worldwide Gross: $890.9 million

(All budget estimates have been adjusted for inflation.)

Original estimated budget: $200 million

Worldwide Gross: $2.2 billion

(All budget estimates have been adjusted for inflation.)

Original estimated budget: $44 million

Gross in 1963: $57.8 million

Worldwide gross adjusted: $533.4 million

(All budget estimates have been adjusted for inflation.)

Original estimated budget: $300 million

Worldwide Gross: $963.4 million

(All budget estimates have been adjusted for inflation.)

Now that you know the most costly movies in the biz ...

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