18 Most Expensive Movie Productions and How They Fared at the Box Office

In a world that seems crazier each day, fantasy adventure movies offer viewers a welcome escape from reality. These films dominate the entertainment industry and are costly to produce. It’s no wonder that nine of the ten most expensive movies ever made are fantasy adventures. These movies all turned handsome profits. Here’s a look at the costliest moneymaking productions.

1. Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End (2007)

Image Credit: Walt Disney Pictures.
  • Budget: $410.6 million
  • Lifetime Gross: $963.4 million

Walt Disney Pictures’ Plot Overview: In this thrilling adventure, Will Turner and Elizabeth Swann team up with Capt. Barbossa to rescue their friend Jack Sparrow from the dreaded Davy Jones’ locker. However, they are not alone in their quest, as a ghost ship causes chaos on the seas.

2. Avengers: Infinity War (2018)

Image Credit: Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures.
  • Budget: $316 million
  • Lifetime Gross: $2 billion

Marvel Studios’ Plot Overview: As the group of superheroes known as the Avengers and their allies have tirelessly worked to keep the world safe, a new menace has emerged from the depths of space: Thanos. All the Avengers have fought for is now at stake as this critical moment approaches.

3. Fast X (2023)

Image Credit: Universal Pictures.
  • Budget: $340 million
  • Lifetime Gross: $706.5 million

Universal Pictures’ Plot Overview: Haunted by the past, Dom Toretto and his family must confront a new, vengeful opponent who threatens their whole world.

4. Avatar: The Way of Water (2022)

Image Credit: 20th Century Studios.
  • Budget: $400 million
  • Lifetime Gross: $2.3 billion

20th Century Studios’ Plot Overview: Avatar is back with new, unexpected challenges, as the Sully family does whatever it takes to protect each other and stay alive.

5. Avengers: Endgame (2019)

Image Credit: Marvel Studios.
  • Budget: $356 million
  • Lifetime Gross: $2.8 billion

Marvel Studios’ Plot Overview: Tony Stark, stranded in the vastness of space without any means of survival, desperately reaches out to Pepper Potts for help as his oxygen slowly depletes. The other Avengers come together to figure out how to take down Thanos, who was responsible for destroying the universe.

6. Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015)

Image Credit: Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures.
  • Budget: $365 million
  • Lifetime Gross: $1.5 billion

Marvel Studios’ Plot Overview: Tony Stark and Bruce Banner attempt to activate Ultron, a program created to maintain peace. However, their efforts backfired, and Ultron threatened the world.

7. Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (2011)

Image Credit: Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures.
  • Budget: $410.6 million
  • Lifetime Gross: $1 billion

Walt Disney Pictures’ Plot Overview: Jack Sparrow and Barbossa embarked on a journey to locate the legendary fountain of youth. Little do they know, Blackbeard and his daughter Angelica are also in pursuit, leading to a series of unexpected twists and turns along their journey.

8. Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019)

Image Credit: Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures.
  • Budget: $416 million
  • Lifetime Gross: $1 billion

Walt Disney Studios’ Plot Overview: The final part of the Star Wars trilogy, where the final battle of freedom awaits.

9. Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018)

Image Credit: Universal Pictures.
  • Cost: $432 million
  • Lifetime Gross: $1.3 billion

Universal Pictures’ Plot Overview: An extinction-level event occurs, and Owen and Claire do everything possible to rescue the dinosaurs.

10. Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015)

Image Credit: Walt Disney Pictures.
  • Budget: $533.2 million
  • Lifetime Gross: $2 billion

Walt Disney Studios’ Plot Overview: With a new threat on the horizon, Rey and Finn join Han Solo and Chewbacca in a quest to save the galaxy.

11. Justice League (2017)

Image Credit: Warner Bros..
  • Budget: $300 million
  • Lifetime Gross: $661.3 million

Warner Brothers Pictures’ Plot Overview: Bruce Wayne, with a newfound faith in others and encouraged by Superman’s noble act, seeks the aid of his new friend, Diana Prince, to take on an unrivaled foe.

12. Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017)

Image Credit: Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures.
  • Budget: $300 million
  • Lifetime Gross: $1.3 billion

Walt Disney Pictures’ Plot Overview: New Resistance fighters take the Star Wars saga to new heights in an epic adventure, unlocking the Force’s mysteries and spectacular revelations from the past.

13. Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny (2023)

Image Credit: Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures.
  • Budget: $300 million
  • Lifetime Gross: $384.3 million

Walt Disney Pictures’ Plot Overview: Boulder-dodging archaeologist Indiana Jones must get his hands on a legendary dial capable of altering the path of history. With his goddaughter, Indy battles Jurgen Voller, a one-time Nazi now working at NASA.

14. Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness (2022)

Image Credit: Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures.
  • Budget: $295 million
  • Lifetime Gross: $956.6 million

Marvel Studios’ Plot Overview: Doctor Strange dreams of a mystifying teenage girl capable of traveling across multiverses. She helps him battle other universe images of himself that are determined to destroy millions throughout the multiverse. Wanda the Scarlet Witch, Wong, and more heroes also offer help.

15. Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part One (2023)

Image Credit: Paramount Pictures.
  • Budget: $291 million
  • Lifetime Gross: $568.8 million

Paramount Pictures’ Plot Overview: The IMF team and Ethan Hunt race against evil actors to get their hands on a dangerous new weapon capable of destroying humanity.

16. Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018)

Image Credit: Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures.
  • Budget: $275 million
  • Lifetime Gross: $392.9 million

Disney Pictures Studios’ Plot Overview: The origin story of how Han Solo, one of the saga’s most surprising heroes, unites with his destined copilot, Chewbacca. They meet Lano Calrissian while embarking on incredible adventures deep in a dark, sinister underworld.

17. Jurassic World Dominion (2022)

Image Credit: Universal Pictures.
  • Budget: $265 million
  • Lifetime Gross: $1 billion

Universal Studios Plot Overview: There’s a fragile natural balance in a world where de-extinct dinosaurs now live and hunt with people worldwide, four years after Isa Nublar’s destruction. Can humans remain apex predators alongside history’s scariest beasts?

18. John Carter (2012)

Image Credit: Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures.
  • Budget: $250 million
  • Lifetime Gross: $284 million

Disney Pictures Studios’ Plot Overview: Civil War veteran John Carter awakens on Mars and tries to broker peace among warring factions there. The battle-weary Carter ultimately realizes the red planet’s fate rests in his hands as he rediscovers his humanity.

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