The mind-boggling special effects, extensive props and intricate make-up – some cinematic experiences just leave us wondering how much money went into producing the movies.
And more expensive than just that one movie are a number of movies from the series. I bring you some of the most expensive movie series ever.
1. Pirates of the Caribbean
Without a doubt, ‘Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End’ was the most expensive movie ever made. At a staggering $300 millions, it was worth every cent – the movie made almost a billion dollars at box office worldwide! When ‘The Curse of the Black Pearl’ was a hit in 2003 the cast and crew signed on for two sequels, to be shot back-to-back. They were ‘Dead Man’s Chest’ and ‘At World’s End’ – both of which cost around $450 million. All the four movies cost around $900 millions – and the makers made it back with box office returns of almost $4 billions!
2. The Lord of the Rings
The LOTR trilogy cost about $281 millions when they were made, and their box office profits almost touched $3 billions. Designing Middle-earth, armors, weapons, make-up, creatures and miniatures would not have come for cheap. When the movies were made, the actors had to themselves 19,000 costumes, 1800 hobbit feet and 48,000 pieces of armor. With such supplies, they could have actually won a battle in real life!
3. Harry Potter
The eight Harry Potter movies were made with a budget of over a billion dollars, and the profits were $7.7 billions. The last movie ‘Deathly Hallows’ – made in two parts – together cost around $250 millions. Both movies were high-grossers in 2010 and 2011 – when they released, with box office collections of over $2 billion. With the elaborate sets – from the Ministry of Magic to Bill and Fleur’s wedding – the movie spells money.
4. The Matrix
The next most expensive film series is The Matrix – which cost $363 million for all three of its movies, and earned $1.6 billion in return. Of them, the ‘The Matrix Reloaded’ and ‘The Matrix Revolutions’ alone cost over $237 million.
5. The Twilight Saga
Pirates, elves, wizards, artificial intelligence and now – vampires! Haters gonna hate, but Stephenie Meyer is not far behind J.K. Rowling when it comes to books being adapted for successful movies. Like Harry Potter, the last book of the Twilight series – ‘Breaking Dawn’ was made into two movies – costing $230 million, and earning $1 billion at the box office.
With such huge expenditures, huge profits and especially, the sci-fi and fantasy genres of such epic proportions – making and watching these movie series are honestly money well spent!