Most expensive movies ever made
Production budget: $478,792,250
Worldwide gross: $3,136,279,608
Avatar is the most expensive movie ever made, with $150 million spent on marketing and promotion alone. The biggest expenses were new film-making techniques and graphics as well as the creation of a new language that involved hiring a linguist.
Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (2011)
Production budget: $444,142,183
Worldwide gross: $1,131,084,842
One of the biggest costs of making this fourth film in the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise was paying for staff and actors. Star Johnny Depp is believed to have received $55 million.
Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End (2007)
Production budget: $348,057,713
Worldwide gross: $1,117,753,031
“Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End” was the costliest movie ever made when it was released in 2007 because of rising location, special effects, and star costs.
Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015)
Production budget: $340,190,574
Worldwide gross: $1,449,070,584
Computer-generated imagery and shooting locations in five countries — Italy, South Korea, South Africa, Bangladesh, and England — helped drive up costs for this Marvel franchise.
Star Wars Ep. VII: The Force Awakens (2015)
Production budget: $314,876,938
Worldwide gross: $2,118,383,192
About $40 million in production budget went to paying stars Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, and Carrie Fisher.