movie making is something that includes a series of risks. get it right, & you have some of the highest grossing films of all time.
‘Avatar’, ‘Titanic’, ‘Terminator 2′, these are a few examples.
these 10 outrageous expensive movies that blew their budgets on unnecessary pursuits.
& yes. sometimes it was money well spent, & sometimes it ends up being a huge loss to the studio. let’s get straight to business!
10. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire – $130 million
& we begin our top 10 list with the American film based on Suzanne Collins’ novel ‘Catching Fire’.
released in 2013, ‘The Hunger Games: Catching Fire’ initially had a budget of $78 million.
after the success of the first film, the budget was increased to $130 million. & 1 of the new cost factors was Jennifer Lawrence’s pay raise. she gained $10 million, much more than $500.000 she made for the first film.
‘The Hunger Games: Catching Fire’ finally grossed a whopping $864.6 million worldwide.
story line: ‘Katniss Everdeen & Peeta Mellark become targets of the Capitol after their victory in the 74th Hunger Games sparks a rebellion in the Districts of Panem.’
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire – $130 million
9. 47 Ronin – $175 million
we continue our top list with the Japanese-American fantashy action film, ’47 Ronin’.
starring Keanu Reeves & Hiroyuki Sanada, ’47 Ronin’ was released in 2013 & grossed $150 million worldwide.
director Carl Rinsch wanted Keanu Reeves’ character to be the main focus of the film, so he filmed a number of extra scenes, that came with a cost of nearly $50 million in extra spending.
story line: ‘a band of samurai set out to avenge the death & dishonor of their master at the hands of a ruthless shogun.’
47 Ronin – $175 million
8. Evan Almighty – $175 million
this American religious comedy film was quite funny. directed by Tom Shadyac, ‘Evan Almighty’ is the only sequel of ‘Bruce Almighty’.
& after the first film grossed $484 million on a $81 million budget, it was obviously that the only smart thing to do was to collect a budget almost double than the original movie had. imagine all the cash rolling in.
well, they didn’t. ‘Evan Almighty’ grossed $173.418 million to a budget of $175 million.the costs were almost entirely attributed to the ark, set building, visual effects work & animal wrangling.
story line: ‘God contacts Congressman Evan Baxter & tells him to build an ark in preparation for a great flood.‘
Evan Almighty – $175 million
7. Waterworld – $175 million
directed by Kevin Reynolds & co-written by Peter Rader & Twohy, ‘Waterworld’ is an American post-apocalyptic film, based on Peter Rader’s original 1986 screenplay.
released in 1995, ‘Waterworld’ is one of those films that would be the most expensive one ever made at the date of its release.
it was originally budgeted at $100 million and in the end it had a budget of $175 million.
& $22 million from the additional cost went to a quarter-mile long set, which was half-destroyed by a hurricane.
it is said that after the budget spiraled out of control, Kevin Costner ended up firing director Reynolds.
we still don’t know if director Kevin Reynolds was fired or if he walked off the set, but we do know that Kevin Costner was the one who actually finished directing the film.
story like: ‘in a future where the polar ice caps have melted & most of Earth is underwater, a mutated mariner fights starvation & outlaw “smokers,” and reluctantly helps a woman & a young girl try to find dry land.’
Waterworld – $175 million
6. World War Z – $190 million
despite the huge earnings, ‘World War Z’ isn’t the most expensive film made at the time.
released in 2013, the American disaster horror film was directed by Marc Forster, starring Brad Pitt as Gerry Lane, a former United Nations investigator.
with an initial budget of $125 million, ‘World War Z’ had eventually $190 million as a budget.
but after the $540 million at the box office, sequels were ordered. & this film became Brad Pitt’s highest grossing film to date. so yes. money well spent!
story line: ‘United Nations employee Gerry Lane traverses the world in a race against time to stop the Zombie pandemic that is toppling armies & governments, & threatening to destroy humanity itself.‘
World War Z – $190 million
5. Green Lantern – $200 million
based on the DC Comics character of the same name, Green Lantern was released in 2011, starring Ryan Reynolds, Blake Lively, Mark Strong, Peter Sarsgaard, Tim Robbins & Angela Bassett.
just 2 months ahead of the movie’s release, it was announced that the visual effects budget has been raised by $9 million.
so now we have a movie with $200 million budget, grossing $219.851 million worldwide. we don’t call this a win at all!
story line: ‘a test pilot is granted an alien ring that bestows him with otherworldly powers that inducts him into an intergalactic police force.’
Green Lantern – $200 million
4. Titanic – $200 million
you have been waiting for this movie. released in 1997, the American film, starring Leonardo DiCaprio & Kate Winslet, grossed $2 billion in ticket sales.
& director James Cameron produced many of the costliest films ever produced, such as ‘Terminator 2′, ‘Avatar’, ‘True Lies’ & so on. with a budget of $200 million, ‘Titanic’ was the most expensive film ever made at that time.
nobody knows exactly with how much ‘Titanic’ went over-budget, but the director ensure us it was a lot more than ‘Terminator 2′, which exceeded its budget by about 8%.
story line: ‘a seventeen-year-old aristocrat, expecting to be married to a rich claimant by her mother, falls in love with a kind but poor artist aboard the luxurious, ill-fated R.M.S. Titanic.’
Titanic – $200 million
3. The Lone Ranger – $225 million
starring Johnny Depp & Armie Hammer, ‘The Lone Ranger’ is 1 of the most infamous films that went over its budget, & there was no pay off in the end. & that’s too bad. we really liked that movie.
released in 2013, the American action western film was originally set at $215 million but blew up to $250 million.
why? for several locomotives constructed specifically for the film. in the end, ‘The Lone Ranger’ grossed $260 million worldwide.
story line: ‘native American warrior Tonto recounts the untold tales that transformed John Reid, a man of the law, into a legend of justice.’
The Lone Ranger – $225 million
2. Avatar – $237 million
another of James Cameron’s major hits. as you already know, the director has a history of going over-budget, & this is another case.
of course, nobody involved with this film expected to earn that much!
released in 2009, the sci-fi film was officially budgeted at $237 million, grossing more than $2 billion worldwide.
followed by ‘Titanic’, ‘Avatar’ is one of the highest grossing films of all time.
story line: ‘a paraplegic Marine dispatched to the moon Pandora on a unique mission becomes torn between following his orders & protecting the world he feels is his home.’
Avatar – $237 million
1. Tangled – $260 million
released in 2010 by Walt Disney Pictures, the animated fantasy-comedy film spent 6 years in production at a cost of $260 million, making it the most expensive animated film ever made.
& it made over double its budget at the worldwide box office ($591.794 million).
story line: ‘the magically long-haired Rapunzel has spent her entire life in a tower, but now that a runaway thief has stumbled upon her, she is about to discover the world for the first time, & who she really is.’
Tangled – $260 million
these were 10 expensive movies that blew their budget!