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Over the past ten years, movies have become more expensive than ever before, with the priciest one, Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End, costing Disney $300 million to produce in 2007.

In Hollywood, Top notch actor? $10 million. Visual effects team? $25 million, shooting in 3D? $15 million. Creating a film that brings viewers into another world? Not exactly priceless.

Cleopatra, which starred Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton, infamously almost caused 20th Century Fox to go into bankruptcy at its 1963 price tag of $31 million. In 2016, it would have cost a steep $241 million—eye-watering but not implausible in Hollywood today.

When it comes to striking the perfect balance, Avatar had the kind of box office success that studios dream of. The James Cameron showpiece was expensive—$237 million—thanks to stereoscopic film-making, a 3D version and motion capture animation. But it ended up grossing $2.8 billion worldwide.

Here we present the list of the most expensive movies:

#7 – Waterworld

(1995)

Inflation-adjusted budget: $273,445,538

Loss: $136,261,538

#6 – John Carter

(2012)

Inflation-adjusted budget: $273,506,313

Loss: $198,091,013

#5 – Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

(2009)

Inflation-adjusted budget: $277,495,257

Profit: $56,077,743

#4 – Tangled

(2010)

Inflation-adjusted budget: $283,937,704

Loss: $65,684,704

#3 – Spider-Man 3

(2007)

Inflation-adjusted budget: $296,312,643

Profit: $88,432,357

#2 – Titanic

(1997)

Inflation-adjusted budget: $296,737,695

Profit: $675,778,305

#1 – Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End

(2007)

Inflation-adjusted budget: $344,549,585

Profit: $9,183,415

Still, many of the highest-grossing films do not feature on our list of the most expensive films ever made. Star Wars: The Force Awakens was a box office behemoth grossing $2.06 billion, but cost “only” $200 million to produce. Jurassic World grossed $1.67 billion on a production budget of $150 million.

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