Most Expensive Movies Ever Made

Saturday, August 27 by Ed Mulero

The most expensive movies ever made shows the tremendous risks Hollywood takes to try and provide an entertaining product. Often times, delays and complications on set also contribute to a bloated budget that makes the movie too big to fail or sit on the shelf. Audience expectations grow higher and higher, especially when sequels are involved that attempt to top the success of the previous movie. The more expensive the movie becomes with each passing day, the more convoluted the entire filming process turns out before its release date. Still, these cinematic ventures are a risk no matter how much money is spent by the studios.

"Spider Man 3."

Sam Raimi enjoyed great success with the previous two films and the world anticipated the next chapter in the saga. The budget ballooned to $258 million dollars and the plot took more turns than the pages of its comic book origins. The end result was an incoherent mess that left a bad taste in studio's mouths to the point where the franchise has been rebooted with a new director and cast.

"Avatar."

James Cameron spent years developing 3D technology to fully realize his vision in this sci fi epic after the success of "Titanic." His tale of a wheelchair bound marine sent to the planet Pandora to infiltrate an alien tribe won over audiences worldwide. The movie's expensive budget of $237 million was justified as it became one of the highest grossing of all time and revolutionized the film experience.

"The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian."

The fantastic follow up to the first film needed to up the ante and deliver another of C.S. Lewis' fantastic tales. Andrew Adamson wrote and directed this successful sequel starring the voice of Liam Neeson as the noble lion, Aslan. The price tag was $225 million but was worth every penny for Disney as they had another winner in their hands.

"Superman Returns."

Bryan Singer took the helm after his success with the "X-Men" movies to try and revitalize the stagnant property for Warner Bros. The $209 million created a clone of the original movie in look and feel but very little substance. Sadly, the movie was a colassal failure, but the studio continues to this day to brin the Man of Steel to modern audiences.