5 Most Expensive Movies Ever Produced

By on May 4, 2015

#2: Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End (2007) – $300 million

The second most expensive movie ever made is the third installment in Disney’s (shocker) immensely successful Pirates of the Caribbean series. Starring Johnny Depp as the eccentric pirate Captain Jack Sparrow, the Pirates of the Caribbean series has pulled in nearly $3 billion in profit through its four films, all of which have been plenty expensive to produce.

At World’s End had an absurd budget of $300 million, easily surpassing the $225 million it cost to produce the film’s predecessor, Dead Man’s Chest. With a star-studded cast and plenty of CGI technology, At World’s End was the most expensive film ever produced at the time of its 2007 release. Costs were further augmented by the fact that the movie was filmed on set at a wide variety of different locations all around the world, from Singapore to Utah, racking up big bills for travel and accommodations for the entire cast and crew.

The reward for the film’s $300 million budget? It was huge. At World’s End pulled in an insane $963.4 million at the box office.

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#1: Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (2011) – $378.4 million

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Yep, the most expensive movie ever produced is the sequel to the second most expensive movie ever produced. The fourth installment in Pirates of the Caribbean, On Stranger Tides, had a budget of $378.4 million, easily surpassing it’s predecessor’s $300 million cost.

There’s a reason Disney continues to invest so much into this series – it works. For the absurd investment of nearly $400 million, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides grossed $1.05 BILLION in worldwide box office, making it one of 20 films to ever reach that figure.

Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides was the most expensive and highest earning Pirates of the Caribbean movie to date, both of which are pretty impressive and insane accomplishments. The only thing that remains to be seen is if On Stranger Tides will be surpassed by the next installment in the series, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, which is set to come to theaters in 2017.

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