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  • The 30 Most Expensive Movies Ever Made

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    transformers revenge of the fallenA big Hollywood blockbuster often requires a lot of cash.
    While it doesn't always take a big production budget to make a break-out hit, the most successful movies are often the costliest.
    We turned to IMDB and Box Office Mojo to gather the 30 priciest films ever made, and consulted the consumer price index to adjust for inflation.  
    We've also included the original reported and estimated budgets for comparison. A few franchises make the list twice.
    While none of this year's movies are among the most expensive, many of the most successful films ever made cost more than $200 million.29. [TIE]: "The Lone Ranger": $218 million
    Original estimated budget: $215 million
    Worldwide gross: $260.5 million
    Worldwide adjusted gross: $264.2 million
    *(All budget estimates have been adjusted for inflation.)
    29. [TIE] "Oz the Great and Powerful" (2013): $218 million
    Original estimated budget: $215 million
    Worldwide gross: $493.3 million
    Worldwide adjusted gross: $500.3 million
    (All budget estimates have been adjusted for inflation.)
    28. "Troy" (2004): $218.9 million
    Original estimated budget: $175 million
    Worldwide gross: $497.4 million
    Worldwide adjusted gross: $622 million
    (All budget estimates have been adjusted for inflation.)
    Page 2 of 7 - 27. "Quantum of Solace" (2008): $219.4 million
    Original estimated budget: $200 million
    Worldwide gross: $586.1 million
    Worldwide adjusted gross: $643.1 million
    (All budget estimates have been adjusted for inflation.)
    [TIE] 24. "2012" (2009): $220.2 million*
    Original estimated budget: $200 million
    Worldwide gross: $769.7 million
    Worldwide adjusted gross: $847.5 million
    *(All budget estimates have been adjusted for inflation.)
    [TIE] 24. "Terminator Salvation" (2009): $220.2 million
    Original estimated budget: $200 million
    Worldwide gross: $371.5 million
    Worldwide adjusted gross: $408.9 million
    (All budget estimates have been adjusted for inflation.)
    [TIE] 24. "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen" (2009): $220.2 million
    Original estimated budget: $200 million
    Worldwide gross: $836.3 million
    Worldwide adjusted gross: $920.9 million
    (All budget estimates have been adjusted for inflation.)
    23. "The Avengers" (2012): $226.4 million
    Original estimated budget: $220 million
    Worldwide gross: $1.5 billion
    Worldwide adjusted gross: $1.56 billion
    (All budget estimates have been adjusted for inflation.)
    22. "Man of Steel" (2013): $228.2 million
    Original estimated budget: $225 million
    Page 3 of 7 - Worldwide gross: $668 million
    Worldwide adjusted gross: $677.5 million
    (All budget estimates have been adjusted for inflation.)
    21. "Men in Black III" (2012): $231.5 million
    Original estimated budget: $225 million
    Worldwide gross: $624 million
    Worldwide adjusted gross: $642 million
    (All budget estimates have been adjusted for inflation.)
    20. "The Amazing Spider-Man" (2012): $236.7 million
    Original estimated budget: $230 million
    Worldwide gross: $752.2 million
     Worldwide adjusted gross: $779.9 million
    (All budget estimates have been adjusted for inflation.)
    19. "Wild Wild West" (1999): $241.1 million
    Original estimated budget: $170 million
    Worldwide gross: $222.1 million
    Worldwide adjusted gross: $315 million 
    (All budget estimates have been adjusted for inflation.)
    18. "Superman Returns" (2006): $244.9 million
    Original estimated budget: $209 million
    Worldwide gross: $391 million
    Worldwide adjusted gross: $458.3 million 
    (All budget estimates have been adjusted for inflation.)
    17. "X-Men: The Last Stand" (2006): $246.1 million
    Page 4 of 7 - Original estimated budget: $210 million
    Worldwide gross: $459.4 million
    Worldwide adjusted gross: $538.3 million
    (All budget estimates have been adjusted for inflation.)
    16. "The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian" (2008): $246.9 million
    Original estimated budget: $225 million
    Worldwide gross: $419.7 million
    Worldwide adjusted gross: $460.5 million
    (All budget estimates have been adjusted for inflation.)
    15. "Spider-Man 2" (2004): $250.1 million
    Original estimated budget: $200 million
    Worldwide gross: $783.8 million
    Worldwide adjusted gross: $980.3 million
    (All budget estimates have been adjusted for inflation.)
    14. "King Kong" (2005): $250.4 million
    Original estimated budget: $207 million
    Worldwide gross: $550.5 million
    Worldwide adjusted gross: $665.9 million
    (All budget estimates have been adjusted for inflation.)
    13. "Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines" (2003): $256.8 million
    Original estimated budget: $200 million
    Worldwide gross: $433.4 million
    Worldwide adjusted gross: $556.5 million
    Page 5 of 7 - (All budget estimates have been adjusted for inflation.)
    [TIE] 11. "John Carter" (2012): $257.2 million
    Original estimated budget: $250 million
    Worldwide gross: $284.1 million
    Worldwide adjusted gross: $292.4 million
    (All budget estimates have been adjusted for inflation.)
    [TIE] 11. "The Dark Knight Rises" (2012): $257.2 million
    Original estimated budget: $250 million
    Worldwide gross: $1.08 billion
    Worldwide adjusted gross: $1.1 billion
    (All budget estimates have been adjusted for inflation.)
    10. "The Hobbit" (2012): $257.2 million
    Original estimated budget: $250 million
    Worldwide gross: $1.02 billion
    Worldwide adjusted gross: $1.05 billion 
    Source: Forbes
    (All budget estimates have been adjusted for inflation.)
    9. "Avatar" (2009): $261 million
    Original estimated budget: $237 million
    Worldwide gross: $2.8 billion
    Worldwide adjusted gross: $3.1 billion
    (All budget estimates have been adjusted for inflation.)
    8. "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest" (2006): $263.7 million
    Original estimated budget: $225 million
    Worldwide gross: $1 billion
    Worldwide adjusted gross: $1.2 billion
    Page 6 of 7 - (All budget estimates have been adjusted for inflation.)
    7. "Waterworld" (1995): $271.3 million
    Original estimated budget: $175 million
    Worldwide gross: $264.2 million
    Worldwide adjusted gross: $409.6 million
    (All budget estimates have been adjusted for inflation.)
    6. "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince" (2009): $275.3 million
    Original estimated budget:  $250 million
    Worldwide gross: $934.4 million
    Worldwide adjusted gross: $1 billion
    (All budget estimates have been adjusted for inflation.)
    5. "Tangled" (2010): $281.7 million
    Original estimated budget: $260 million
    Worldwide gross: $590.7 million
    Worldwide adjusted gross: $641.1 million
    The film usually raises eyebrows as one of the most costly films to make since it's an animated film. The high cost for "Tangled" was due in part to the complex blend of traditional hand-drawn animation from older films ("Beauty and the Beast," "The Lion King") with CGI to give the film the distinct feeling of one of the classics in the 21st century.
    (All budget estimates have been adjusted for inflation.)
    4. "Spider-Man 3" (2007): $293.9 million
    Original estimated budget: $258 million
    Worldwide gross: $890.9 million
    Worldwide adjusted gross: $1 billion
    (All budget estimates have been adjusted for inflation.)
    3. "Titanic" (1997): $294.3 million
    Page 7 of 7 - Original estimated budget: $200 million
    Worldwide gross: $2.2 billion
    Worldwide adjusted gross: $3.2 billion*
    *Includes tickets for 2012 "Titanic 3-D" re-release.
    (All budget estimates have been adjusted for inflation.)
    2. "Cleopatra" (1963): $339.5 million
    Original estimated budget: $44 million
    Gross in 1963: $57.8 million
    Worldwide adjusted gross: $445.8 million
    (All budget estimates have been adjusted for inflation.)
    1. "Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End" (2007): $341.8 million
    Original estimated budget: $300 million
    Worldwide gross: $963.4 million
    Worldwide adjusted gross: $1.1 billion
    (All budget estimates have been adjusted for inflation.)
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