It should go without saying that the film industry seems to more concerned with financial gain and less about storytelling these days (they are a business after all), but with attention spans at an all-time low, keeping people entertained with flashy special effects and non-stop action appears to be the key to a successful blockbuster. Now, we’re not saying we agree or disagree with this, but when you consider that The Fate of the Furious (the ninth iteration) made roughly $1.24 billion at the box office in 2017, it’s hard to argue with this logic.
In the past, we covered the 15 most expensive music videos ever made, so we thought it only fitting (given how much Goliath loves movies) to take a closer look at the most expensive movies ever made. We took into account that not all studios are fully transparent in regards to film budgets (especially if said film is a flop) and adjusting for inflation using the United States Consumer Price Index, here are the 15 most expensive films ever made.
15. King Kong (2005)
Budget: $259 Million
Released in winter of 2005, Peter Jackson’s remake of the 30s classic King Kong featured some outstanding performances and state-of-the-art special effects but for whatever reason, failed to generate the buzz Universal Pictures was hoping for. To make matters worse, Jackson was initially given a $150 million budget, but due to unseen circumstances, the film ended up costing $100 million more than expected.
On the bright side, King Kong won three Academy Awards (Best Sound Editing, Best Sound Mixing, and Best Visual Effects) and pulled-in an additional $100 million in sales following its home release. While that doesn’t make up for the film pocketing substantially less than expected ($550 million), critics applauded Jackson for bringing the spirit of the original back to life.