The 25 Most Expensive Films Ever Made

The global cinema is witnessing a great development in terms of the production of films.

Especially with the great technological development that led to the use of modern and expensive means in the field of production such as visual and audio effects, and American cinema is dominated by the largest part in this area, especially with the interest of American production companies science fiction films Action and adventure that is very popular among film goers around the world.

As a result of these developments, the cost of producing films has increased dramatically, with the average production cost of Hollywood studios reaching about $ 100 million, and there are more Hollywood films with a production budget of more than $ 200 million per movie!

In the following list we review the most expensive 25 films in the history of cinema in terms of production costs according to Wikipedia:

25. Maleficent.


Is a fantasy film produced in the United States and presented in the year 2014.

Directed by Robert Stromberg and Walt Disney Productions, a script written by Linda Wolverton and starring Angelina Jolie as the “Maleficent”.

The film is a re-imagining of Walt Disney’s Sleeping Beauty animation introduced in 1959. The story is portrayed from the opponent’s point of view.

Filming began on June 18, 2012, and was released May 30, 2014 in 3D formats, RealD 3D, IMAX 3D, as well as in traditional theaters.

The film production cost was about $ 226 million. And earned more than $ 700 million.

The film got a 50 percent rating and a 5.6 out of 10 score on the rotten tomatoes site earned 56 ratings on the Metacritic site based on 44 critics.

24. The Dark Knight Rises.

The Dark Knight Rises

“The Dark Knight rises” is the third part of the famous Batman series.

With a budget of $ 230 million, the film made a profit of over $ 1 billion! The film received positive reviews from most critics, but at the same time did not reach the level of the second part of the Batman movies. Where it won the second unprecedented success and is considered the best sixth film in the history of cinema.

The Dark Knight Rises won an Academy Award for Best Sound correction. The film has won all parts of the desirability of so many for making the story of superhero Batman differently from the rest of the superhero movies, and the movie got 87% in the evaluation of site Rotten Tomatoes.

23. Spectre.


James Bond’s first film cost about $ 1 million in 1962, and the cost of James Bond’s films rose to $ 230 million by 2015. The film starring Daniel Craig and Lydia Sido,

It is the 24th film in the James Bond film series, and the film earned 65% in the Rotten Tomatoes rating.

22. Captain America: Civil War

Captain America: Civil War

Is the American supernatural film that was released in 2016.

The film is the 13th edition of The Marvel Film World.

Captain America: Civil War’s premiere started on 27 April — 5 May 2016. The film received very positive feedback from critics who praised actors’ performance, theme and motion scenes, And received an average of 90% on the site of rotten tomatoes, and achieved a film success in theaters and swept the world box office in the first three weeks to exceed the barrier billion.

The movie’s producing budget was 230$.

21. The Fate of the Furious

The Fate of the Furious

The eighth part of the Fast & Furious series, “The fate of the furious” broke the record for the first successful film to be screened for the first time over the weekend, according to estimates from movie studios.

The “Fate of the furious” hit $ 532.5 million Ticket sales around the world, driven by strong ticket sales in China, breaking a record for Star Wars: The force awakens, which reached 529 million in 2015.

In North America alone, More than $ 100 million, while its production budget did not exceed $ 230 million.

20. Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales

Is a film of the adventures of the fantasy movement came out in May 2017,It is the fifth movie series of Pirates of the Caribbean, took out by Joshim Ranning and Aspen Sandberg.

Starring Johnny Depp as Jack Sparrow, Javier Bardim as Salazar, and Jeffrey Rush as Hector Barbosa.

The movie was filmed in many countries and required a budget of $ 230 million. The film generated revenues of $ 795 million.

19. Avatar.


One of the most expensive films in the history of the film also is Avatar by James Cameron, the director who directed the Titanic film in 1997.

James Cameron has previously said he dreamed of the film all his life, and the film’s revenues amounted to $ 2 billion, 83% in the Rotten Tomatoes rating.

The film uses special visual effects and innovative techniques in photography and has won 3 Oscar Awards including Oscar Best Visual Effects.

The budget of the film was $ 237 million.

Avatar was the highest grossing movie in the world;

18. Transformers: The Last Knight.

Transformers: The Last Knight

Is a US action science fiction film produced in 2017. The film is the fifth in a series of motion picture films.

It was directed by Michael Bay, the director of Transformers: The Age of Extinction.

The film was filmed between Morocco and the United States and has a budget of $ 239 million.

17. Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince.

Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince

The Harry Potter film series is one of the adventure films and fiction from a novel by JK Rowling. One of the most expensive films in the history of the film production, with eight parts.

The film starring Daniel Radcliffe and Emma Watson, and 84% rated Rotten Tomatoes. Its budget was $ 250 million.

16. The Lion King

The Lion King

15. Beauty and the Beast.

Beauty and the Beast

Is an American film released on March 17, 2017, directed by Bill Condon and composed by Steven Chubusky, Ivan Spiliotopoulos and Walt Disney Pictures.

This film is a reproduction of a film with the same title released in 1991, and the film is adapted from the beautiful fairy tale and the beast.

Its budget was $ 255 million. The movie “The Beauty and the Beast” earned $ 350 million in the first week of its global film premiere, with $ 170 million being made in theaters in North America only during the first week.

The film was the first in revenue among the Disney-made films, surpassing those made by The Jungle Book, Cinderella and Alice in Wonderland.

14. Spider Man 3.

Spider Man 3

Is a 2007 film, Spider-Man 3 is the third part of the Spider-Man series, and the series has made a very big profit.

The star of “Spider-Man” has become a celebrity in the world, and the film has received a mix of negative and positive reviews by film critics and the same has been done by film audiences around the world.

The cost of producing the film was $ 258 million, which was evident through the quality of the film and its professionalism.

The film’s revenues were very high and covered the cost of production significantly.

13. Star Wars: the Force Awakens.

Star Wars: the Force Awakens

The film is set 30 years after the return of the Jedi, and follows the struggle of the resistance against the evil military force (First Order).

It’s premiered on 14 December 2015 in Los Angeles four days before its worldwide premiere.

The film received the admiration of the critics who compared it with the original three parts, emphasizing the scenes of movement, characters, representation, special effects, soundtracks and emotional drama.

Disney supported the film with an intense publicity campaign around the world.

The film broke several records, including the world’s largest ever opening and the fastest film of $ 1 billion incomes, a huge success compared to the $ 259 million film budget.

12. Tangled.


Tangled is a Walt Disney movie. The film tells the story of Princess Rapunzel, the owner of the long golden hair.

The film was a dazzling example of anime films and was admired by critics and film audiences around the world.

Tangled was introduced in 3D technology in 2010. It is best known as the 50th Walt Disney, and made with $ 260 million budget.

It is considered to be one of the highest-cost animated films. The movie won both audiences and critics, and won 89% of the Rotten Tomatoes rating.

11. Star Wars: The Last Jedi.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Is an American epic space opera released in 2017, written and directed by Ryan Johnson.

The film is the eighth part of the Star Wars series. And supplemented by events preceded by the force rise (2015).

The film needed a budget of $ 262 million. It was released in the United States on December 15, 2017 and has so far reached $ 1.333 billion. Ranking first as the most profitable film in 2017.

The film received positive reviews from critics who praised his plot, cast, motion pictures, visual effects, soundtracks and drama.

10. Batman Vs Superman: Dawn of Justice.

Batman Vs Superman: Dawn of Justice

A superhero American film featuring DC Combs Batman and Superman, from the Warner Brothers distribution

Is a sequel to the 2013 Iron Man and the second release in the world of DC Extended.

The film is directed by Zack Snyder with screenplay by Chris Terio and David S. Is the first live film featuring Batman and Superman together, and also the first live film featuring Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Flash and Cyborg.

Despite some negative critics, the movie that combined the two superheroes together for the first time was a success for Warner Brothers, which suffered a series of costly failures.

The film was also the second-largest international opening of the Warner Brothers after the famous film Harry Potter.

The film’s budget was $ 263 million, despite the poor story of the film, but it earned more than $ 600 million.

9. John Carter.

John Carter

The film revolves around John Carter, who discovers the existence of living beings on Mars. Landing on the planet and if its inhabitants find their unusual shapes, their lengths are 12 feet, and their skin is green, somewhat like barbarians.

John suddenly finds himself captive to these creatures, trying to escape. But his meeting with “Diagha Thoris” Princess Helium, disrupts his escape, and then tries to find a savior to help him escape again.

Another work of “Disney” occupied the advanced ranks among the most expensive films. And its production cost has also risen to $ 263.7 million.

8. Solo: A Star Wars Story.

Solo: A Star Wars Story

A science fiction film and an American movement based on the Han Solo character of the Star Wars series.

The film is directed by Ron Howard and written by Laurence and John Cassdan. The film is about 10 years before Star Wars: a new hope and highlights the first adventures of Han Solo and Chupaka, where he is involved in a major theft.

Solo received his first show at the Cannes Film Festival 2018 in theaters on May 15, 2018. It was released in the United States on May 25, 2018.

The film received generally positive reviews from critics who praised acting (especially Alden and Donald), visual effects and motion scenes, while some critics felt the work would echo a familiar story.

The film is the first Star Wars movie to fail at the box office. However, Reaching only $ 392.9 million against a $ 275 million production budget, with an estimated $ 80 million loss.

7. Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

6. Justice League

Justice League

Is a team of superheroes appearing in comic books published by DC Comics. By the creator Gardner Fox in March 1960. The seven members of the Justice Team are Batman, Aquaman, Superman, Wonder Woman and Flash.

In Warner Bros Studios, “Justice league” Film was produced last year 2017. And the budget for collecting a large number of stars and superheroes in one work, and producing it with exceptional visual effects, was $ 300 million.

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

Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End

Pirates of the Caribbean – At the end of the world is the third part of the series of adventures of the famous Pirates of the Caribbean.

Unlike the first part of the series received negative reviews of many critics. But at the same time won the admiration of the cinema audience and generated large revenues close to one billion dollars. The film has been nominated for several Oscar awards but has not received any of them.

This film is equal to the “Justice League” in terms of production expenses. Which amounted to $300 million, which is not the only part of the series that broke the record.

4. Avengers: Infinity War

Avengers: Infinity War

Two films from this series have been on the top of the list of most expensive films.

The first is “The Avengers: The Infinity War,” which brought together a group of stars in a single film to revive the cartoon of the same name and display to the public in 2018. With a budget of $ 316 million American.

3. Avengers: Endgame

Avengers: Endgame

2. Avengers: Age of Ultron

Avengers: Age of Ultron

Is an American superhero movie based on the Superheroes in the Avengers storyboards. From the production of Marvel Studios and Walt Disney Film Studios.

The film is written and directed by Jos Wiedon. It is premiered in Los Angeles on April 13, 2015, and was released on April 29 in the Middle East and May 1 in North America with three-dimensional 3D and IMAX technology and received positive reviews from critics.

The film’s budget was $ 365 million in 2015 . Robert Downey and Chris Evans starred in the movie beside other brilliant actors whom created a great film that earned $ 1 billion and took 75 per cent of the Rotten Tomatoes rating.

1. Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides

Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides

Is an American adventure film that was introduced in May 2011 using 3D technology. The film is the fourth in the series Pirates of the Caribbean and directed by Rob Marshall instead of Gore Verbinski, director of the previous three films.

The film has many adventures, where Jack Sparrow meets a mysterious girl, Angelica. The events are going on between them and a lot of questions grow up inside Jack. Is there a love story between them? Is Angelica just an unscrupulous adventure that wants to exploit Jack Sparrow to find the fountain of life?

Once Angelica forced Jack Sparrow to ride aboard the Queen Anne Anfing; the evil pirate ship Black Beard, he found himself in an adventure fraught with surprise and became puzzled that he did not know if he should fear the evil pirate or Anjelica.

Despite the huge cost of the movie, which made it the highest-cost film in the history of cinema. However, The film did not reach the expected success, it got 32% in the evaluation of the site Rotten Tomatoes.

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