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6 Most Expensive Hollywood Movies of All Times

Updated on December 14, 2012

Hollywood is known for its big budget movies. This is probably one movie industry that spends millions of dollars on creating a single movie. Some of these movies become mega blockbusters with multi-million or billion dollar profits while some of them bomb at the box office. Irrespective of profits or loss, Hollywood is one movie industry which doesn’t shy away from spending huge money on movies. Here is a list of 6 most expensive Hollywood movies of all time that hit the cinemas.

The list includes six movies in the decreasing order of their budget.

1) Pirates of the Caribbean (At World’s End)

Pirates of the Caribbean was one of the most popular and successful movie series that was released. There are many reasons why the series became famous. The action and adventure packed sequences, the graphics and the story contributed to the massive success of this movie. And then, there was Johnny Depp himself as Captain Jack Sparrow. The movie also became famous for one more reason. It is probably the most expensive movie made till now with a budget of $300 million.

2) Spider Man 3

Spider Man 3 may not have made as many waves in cinemas as the first or second parts. However, the movie was good in its own way with more action sequences, a fresh story line, few more villains, and the good old Peter Parker and Mary Jane. The movie went on to become one of the biggest blockbusters of the year 2007. The money spent on the movie was a whopping $258 million, making it the third most expensive movie of all times (next to Tangled, an animated movie from Disney).

3) John Carter

Released this year 2012, John Carter is the most expensive movie of the year and one of the most expensive movies of all times. It took Disney $250 million to make this movie. The movie was however not a massive success it was expected to become. On the day of its release, there were many people who thought that the movie was not worth a watch. There were also some people who liked the movie but said that it was very patchy. Disney did manage to make some money, but not as expected. This was one big budget movie that proved that big budget necessarily doesn’t mean big success in the box office.

4) The Dark Knight Rises

The Batman series was a mega blockbuster. The second movie in the series, “The Dark Knight” is one movie which won’t be forgotten easily due to the stunning performance of Heath Ledger as The Joker. The last movie in the series, “Dark Knight Rises” was released this year (2012), and this too was a major success. Though many people claimed that it wasn’t as great as the second one, the movie still grossed over $1.081 billion worldwide. It took Warner Bros roughly $250 million to make this movie a massive success.

5) Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince

It must be said that the Harry Potter series was the most popular series of all times. Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince, the sixth movie in the series, was also one of the most expensive Hollywood movies of all times. The budget of this movie was estimated at $250 million (approx.). This was dubbed the fourth most expensive movie of all times (apart from Dark Knight Rises and John Carter).

6) Avatar

Who can forget the movie Avatar? This movie can be called the trend setter in many ways. This movie was delivered by none other than the Genius James Cameron. The movie was excellent in many ways, may it be the 3D visual effects, the storyline or even the blue men and women from Pandora. The movie became an instant hit and grossed a humongous $2 billion upon release. It is worth mentioning that the movie took $237 million in the making (more expensive than James Cameron’s previous project, Titanic).

Some other movies that made it to the most expensive Hollywood movies of all times also include Chronicles of Narnia – Prince Caspian ($228 million), X-Men: The Last Stand ($210 million) and The Avengers ($220 million).


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    • karthikkash profile imageAUTHOR

      Karthik Kashyap 

      7 years ago from India

      WiccanSage: It was an 'alright' movie. Nothing too great. Naturally, wasn't a top grosser :) Thanks for commenting.

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      Mackenzie Sage Wright 

      7 years ago

      I've never heard of John Carter! And I'm a fair big Disney fan! Now I have to check it out. Great list, some of these were well worth the expense.

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      John Paolo B.Magdaluyo 

      7 years ago from Philippine

      @peachpurple me too. I'll be waiting for the next Sequel of the movie I heard it will be on next year or next next.

    • karthikkash profile imageAUTHOR

      Karthik Kashyap 

      7 years ago from India

      PaoloJpm: Thanks a lot for sharing :)

    • PaoloJpm profile image

      John Paolo B.Magdaluyo 

      7 years ago from Philippine

      I agree with your number one most expensive movie. though millions of dollars spent, truly worthy when it was showed. Actually, the film was premiered years ago, but I seen it just this year. Yet, I still find it very interesting, amazing and hard working was done. I really love the movie in short. so all those money are worthy.

    • karthikkash profile imageAUTHOR

      Karthik Kashyap 

      7 years ago from India

      thanks a lot for commenting Torri and Rebecca :)

    • rebeccamealey profile image

      Rebecca Mealey 

      7 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      Interesting. I can believe the ranking of all, especially Pirates of the Caribbean!

    • torrilynn profile image


      7 years ago


      interesting to know of movies that have been produced with millions

      of dollars only to have made nothing in return

      I really did enjoy reading and learning about the different movies

      Voted up and sharing.

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      JJ Tyson 

      8 years ago from Chapel Hill, NC

      Haha, its nice to see Disney fail once in a while. Thank you John Carter.

    • karthikkash profile imageAUTHOR

      Karthik Kashyap 

      8 years ago from India

      Thanks a lot peachpurple :)

    • peachpurple profile image


      8 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      i love pirates and harry potter. Can't get enough of these movies. had been pursuing these movies for years. Great recommendation


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