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.

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title=”[TIE] 25. “2012” (2009): $216 million*”
content=”Original estimated budget: $200 million

Worldwide Gross: $769.7 million

*All budget estimates have been adjusted for inflation.”
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title=”[TIE] 25. “Terminator Salvation” (2009): $216 million”
content=”Original estimated budget: $200 million

Worldwide gross: $371.5 million

(All budget estimates have been adjusted for inflation.)”
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title=”[TIE] 25. “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen” (2009): $216 million”
content=”Original estimated budget: $200 million

Worldwide gross: $836.3 million

(All budget estimates have been adjusted for inflation.)”
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title=”22. “The Avengers” (2012): $220 million”
content=”Worldwide Gross: $1.5 billion

(All budget estimates have been adjusted for inflation.)”
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title=”21. Men in Black III (2012): $225 million”
content=”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.)”
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title=”20. “The Amazing Spider-Man” (2012): $230 million”
content=”Worldwide Gross: $752.2 million

(All budget estimates have been adjusted for inflation.)”
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title=”19. “Wild Wild West” (1999): $236 million”
content=”Original estimated budget: $170 million

Worldwide gross: $222.1 million

(All budget estimates have been adjusted for inflation.)”
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title=”18. “Superman Returns” (2006): $239.8 million”
content=”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.)”
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title=”17. “X-Men: The Last Stand” (2006): $241 million”
content=”Original estimated budget: $210 million

Worldwide gross: $459.4 million

(All budget estimates have been adjusted for inflation.)”
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title=”16. “The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian” (2008): $241.7 million”
content=”Estimated Budget: $225 million

Worldwide gross: $419.7 million

(All budget estimates have been adjusted for inflation.)”
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title=”15. “Spider-Man 2″ (2004): $244.9 million”
content=”Original estimated budget: $200 million

Worldwide gross: $783.8 million

(All budget estimates have been adjusted for inflation.)”
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title=”14. “King Kong” (2005): $245.2 million”
content=”Original estimated budget: $207 million

Worldwide gross: $550.5 million

(All budget estimates have been adjusted for inflation.)”
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title=”[TIE] 13. “John Carter” (2012): $250 million”
content=”Worldwide Gross: $282.8 million

The worldwide earnings don’t look so bad when you don’t factor in that the big-budget film earned $73 million in the U.S. alone.

The behind schedule, rewritten ‘The Lone Ranger’ set for release next year is hoping to dodge the same fate as ‘John Carter.’ It was supposed to be down to a $215 million budget, but was reported back up to $250 million by The Hollywood Reporter in June.

(All budget estimates have been adjusted for inflation.)”
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title=”[TIE] 13. “The Dark Knight Rises” (2012): $250 million”
content=”Worldwide Gross: $1 billion

(All budget estimates have been adjusted for inflation.)”
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title=”[TIE] 13. “The Hobbit” (2012): $250 million”
content=”(Forbes)

(All budget estimates have been adjusted for inflation.)”
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title=”10. “Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines” (2003): $251.4 million”
content=”Original estimated budget: $200 million

Worldwide gross: $433.4 million

(All budget estimates have been adjusted for inflation.)”
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title=”9. “Avatar” (2009): $255.5 million”
content=”Original estimated budget: $237 million

Worldwide gross: $2.8 billion

(All budget estimates have been adjusted for inflation.)”
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title=”8. “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest” (2006): $258.2 million”
content=”Estimated Budget: $225 million

Worldwide Gross: $1 billion

(All budget estimates have been adjusted for inflation.)”
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title=”7. “Waterworld” (1995): $265.6 million”
content=”Estimated Budget: $175 million

Worldwide Gross: $264.2 million

(All budget estimates have been adjusted for inflation.)”
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title=”6. “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince” (2009): $269.6 million”
content=”Estimated Budget: $250 million

Worldwide Gross: $934.4 million

(All budget estimates have been adjusted for inflation.)”
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title=”5. Tangled (2010): $275.8 million”
content=”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.)”
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title=”4. “Spider-Man 3″ (2007): $287.8 million”
content=”Original estimated budget: $258 million

Worldwide Gross: $890.9 million

(All budget estimates have been adjusted for inflation.)”
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title=”3. “Titanic” (1997): $288.2 million”
content=”Original estimated budget: $200 million

Worldwide Gross: $2.2 billion

(All budget estimates have been adjusted for inflation.)”
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title=”2. “Cleopatra” (1963): $325 million”
content=”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.)”
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title=”1. “Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End” (2007): $334.5 million”
content=”Original estimated budget: $300 million

Worldwide Gross: $963.4 million

(All budget estimates have been adjusted for inflation.)”
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