The 5 most expensive movies in history

A great movie requires a large investment. This does not ensure success, but these 5 films took risks.

Frame from the film 'Avengers: Endgame' and 'Pirates of the Caribbean: Sailing in Mysterious Waters'

We bring you a list of the films that have had the highest production costs. / Photos: YT / Marvel Studios, YT / Disney

LatinAmerican Post| Juan Manuel Bacallado

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Without a doubt, cinema is one of the most profitable industries in the world, because, despite the fact that in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic it is unheard of to think of going to a theater, the previous years were fruitful for film producers, taking into account that 2019 was a record year in terms of worldwide box office revenues, which reached a total of 42.2 billion dollars according to Statista, which meant an increase of approximately 500 million dollars compared to the previous year. In addition, Statista published a statistic about box office revenues around the world from 2005 to 2019, which shows that each year the amount of money that cinemas collect grows since there has not been a year in which there is any contraction, so surely 2020 will make the exception.

However, film production companies do not publish official figures about the budget invested to make a film, this is because, according to the BBC, the actors and other participants in the film prefer not to make public how much money they earn from a film. For this reason, budgets usually come from market research, specialized journalists among other sources seeking information from experts. In this case, the figures provided by Statista, a German portal specialized in data reports and indicators on markets and consumers that works in 150 countries, were taken into account.

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The 5 most expensive movies of all time:

5. Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End

Despite being released in 2007, the film distributed by Walt Disney Pictures dedicated approximately 300 million dollars in order to bring together Johnny Depp, Orlando Bloom, Keira Knightley and Geoffrey Rush under the direction of Gore Verbinski, in addition to the heap of special effects that this third installment of Pirates of the Caribbean required. However, it can be said that it was worth the investment since the film exceeded 900 million dollars at the box office although according to Box Office Mojo but it was not enough for it to enter the 10 highest-grossing films, it is not even the one that obtained the most income from his saga, although it was the highest-grossing of 2007.

4. The Avengers: Infinity War

The Avengers saga have been Marvel's most profitable movies by far, yet they cost a lot of money to produce. In the case of this third installment, Marvel had to invest  approximately 316 million dollars in order to prepare its superheroes to fight Thanos. However, "eliminating" half the population was worth it considering that they brought in just over $ 2 billion at the box office, making it the fifth highest-grossing film in movie history.

3. The Avengers: Endgame

It is not a joke when it is said that The Avengers movies are the most profitable Marvel films, in this case, the last installment released in 2019 required the investment of 356 million dollars to close the history of the most successful superhero saga of all time. However, the budget is nothing compared to the box office income, since Endgame is currently the highest-grossing film in the history of cinema with a total of 2.797 million dollars raised, narrowly surpassing Avatar after 10 years being the first.

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2. The Avengers: Age of Ultron

Except for the first installment, all the Avengers films required a huge budget that made them belong to the 5 most expensive films in history, for The Age of Ultron Marvel made an investment of approximately 365 million dollars, and although It was the entry with fewer superheroes presented, its high budget could be due to the fact that it was filmed in more places compared to the others, having to visit countries far away from each other such as England, South Korea, Bangladesh, South Africa among others. It was also the lowest grossing of all with a total of 1,402 million dollars, which in the same way is a great profit and places it in the eleventh position of the highest-grossing films.

1. Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides

Once again, Walt Disney Pictures and Jerry Bruckheimer Films devoted a huge budget to Pirates of the Caribbean but without achieving resounding success or good reviews. On Stranger Tides is the highest-budget film in movie history, totaling an estimated $ 379 million that includes a $ 55 million payment to Johnny Depp for his role, Insider reported. Despite the fact that this installment has not been well received by critics, it also obtained a good box office of 1045 million dollars, although it is not the highest grossing entry in the saga, since this title belongs to the second installment of Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest.


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