Another 007 movie that ranks high on our list of movies that cost an absolute fortune. “Quantum of Solace” was released in 2008, directed by Marc Forster, and featured Daniel Craig in yet another remarkable performance. The movie’s budget was around $200 million, making worldwide an eye-popping $589 million.
The reviews were not all that positive; however, one must never forget that the producers were rushed into making the movie. At the time, the threat of a SAG strike hovered constantly, so compromises had to be made. In addition, “Quantum of Solace” came out two years after “Casino Royale,” which was a huge hit, and there was no chance of overtaking that.
So, way before the "Terminator Salvation" video game was introduced, there was a movie. It was released in 2009 and featured the fourth installment of the Terminator movie series. "Terminator Salvation" is the first one not to feature Arnold Schwarzenegger and Christian Bale was cast in the main role.
The movie focuses on the batter between Skynet's machine networks and humanity. The production used in-camera effects to make the movie as realistic as possible, and many of the settings were handmade. It cost $200 million and managed to earn $13.3 million on its first day, with an additional $42 million the following week.
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
If you are a fantasy lover, we are sure you are familiar with The Hobbit trilogy. "The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug" is the second in the series. Peter Jackson's adaptation of the magnificent creation by J.R.R. Tolkien transforms the audience into a land of dwarves, dragons, and elves.
The visual effects in this movie took the larger portion of the $225 million budget, which made an astonishing $209 million just in the opening week. The cast included Martin Freeman and Benedict Cumberbatch, who played the fearsome Smaug, who together turned a fantasy masterpiece into one of the most expensive movies in their category.
The movie "Troy" brings history onto our screen and portrays the battle of Troy and Sparta. Now, there is no doubt that most of the movie is pure imagination; however, the foundations of this story are, in fact, all true. It cost around $175 million to make the movie and rolled in $45.6 million just in the first week.
We are not sure the movie delivered everything it delivered; however, when it involves Brad Pitt, Eric Bana, and Orlando Bloom, who cares? The movie manages to crack the harsh bitterness of war and coat the plot with a lovely story of honor, friendship, and recognition.
Oz the Great and Powerful
As revealed in its name, the movie "Oz the Great and Powerful" is based on the lovely Oz Novels written by L. Frank Baum in the early 1900s. This 2013 modern version was inspired by the 1939 classic that every child knows and tells the story of Oscar Diggs, played by James Franco. The movie cost $215 million but managed to earn a little more than double.
This is not considered a great success, and it is thought that the main reason was the expectation. Audiences worldwide expected to see a modern adaptation of the original story, giving the younger generation a chance to appreciate the tale; however, this proves that sometimes, things are better left alone and preserved in their original package.