From 'Tangled' to 'Titanic,' These are the Most Expensive Movies Ever Made

Hollywood big-wigs are never afraid to open their wallets for a movie that they know will make a profit, but sometimes, things just don't go as planned. Click ahead to see the most triumphant, the most tragic, but most importantly, the most expensive movies ever made...

Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides ($379 million)

This 2011 hit was the fourth installment in the Pirates of the Caribbean anthology, and the most expensive movie ever made. The price was driven so high because Disney decided to hire multiple studios to shoot the film with both standard 4k and 3D cameras to emulate the CGI of James Cameron’s Avatar. Ten companies in total were hired to capture this film, in addition to that, this movie was in pre-production during the writer’s strike of 2007-2008, pushing the production date back and inflating the film’s overall cost. Despite its insane price, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides was only ranked the third highest-grossing movie of 2011, setting Disney back a few million bucks.


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The More You Know

  • During the filming of Snow Buddies (an ‘Air Bud’ spinoff), five puppies died.
  • Arnold Schwarzenegger was paid approximately $21,429 for every one of the 700 words he said in, Terminator 2: Judgement Day.
  • Bela Lugosi was buried in full Dracula costume—cape and all.
  • The Terminator script was sold for a dollar.
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