Cinema today is a lot more complicated than it was before the dawn of CGI, judging from the 10 most expensive movies ever made. The explosions are bigger, the chases are longer, the creatures are realer, and it all costs a whole lot of money.

  1. "Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End". The third installation in the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise cost $300 million, and as of November 2010, it is the most expensive movie ever made. Fortunately for the studio, it is also one of the most successful films ever made, earning nearly $1 billion worldwide.

  2. "Spider-Man 3". Though the final chapter of Sam Raimi's trilogy was not as popular critically, the film was the most commercially successful of the three. Although it cost $258 million to produce, it is Sony Picture's biggest hit to date, bringing in $891 million in gross revenue.

  3. "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince". It seems that the $250 million spent producing this movie was money well spent. The film holds the record for the highest single day gross sales ever, and was the second most successful film of 2009, trailing behind only "Avatar".

  4. "Avatar". Unless you were living under a rock in the winter of 2009, you are probably familiar with the huge blue creatures called the Na'vi. Part morality tale, part fantastic voyage, "Avatar" cost $237 million to produce, and was one of the most expensive movies ever made. The film was a worldwide hit, with gross sales close to $3 billion, and it is the most successful film of all time.

  5. "Superman Returns". With a budget of just over $230 million, this reboot of the Superman franchise cost more than all four of the Christopher Reeve films put together. The reviews were universally pretty good, but Warner Bros. was disappointed with the $400 million box office sales.

  6. "Quantum of Solace". The 22nd Bond film is the most expensive production of the franchise to date, costing $230 million to make. Sony Pictures doesn't seem to mind, though, as It also ranks second highest in box office sales for the entire series.

  7. "The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian". Critically acclaimed, this film failed to meet box office numbers that Disney had in mind for this $225 million production. The movie was more successful outside of North America, and the worldwide box office helped push the film into the top ten for 2008.

  8. "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest". This $225 million sequel to the first film version of "Pirates of the Caribbean" opened to mixed reviews. The lukewarm critical reception didn't slow audiences, though, and this sequel became the highest grossing movie ever produced by Walt Disney Pictures.

  9. "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen". Although it was critically panned, this $210 million film was hugely successful in the box office. Critics' reviews of the movie universally ranked it as being one of the worst films ever made, but the fans spoke louder and this sequel triumphed.

  10. "Robin Hood". Plagued by filming delays, script rewrites and the Writers' Guild strike, the "Robin Hood" production schedule spanned more than 3 years and cost over $200 million to make. The film opened to mixed reviews, but both director Ridley Scott and star Russell Crowe state that they are open to a sequel.