The 2021 monster movie is a sequel to “Kong: Skull Island,” which came out in 2017, and “Godzilla: King of the Monsters,” released in 2019. It is also the fourth movie in the MonsterVerse franchise. Following the world pandemic, the movie, which was supposed to be released in 2020, was postponed and eventually came out a year later.
Its initial budget was $155 million; however, it increased (yet a gain following the pandemic) and reached an astonishing $200 million. When it comes to the box office, it made more than $470 million, making it one of that year’s most successful movies (moneywise).
The Gray Man
Anthony Russo and Joseph Russo directed the 2022 Netflix release of the movie "The Gray Man." This is a superb thriller action movie based on a novel of the same name. Ryan Gosling, Chris Evans, and Ana de Armas are just a few of the names that star in the movie, making it a promise before it was even watched.
The budget was $200 million, and it globally earned more than 454 million big ones. The streaming movie has become one of the best ones that Netflix has ever released, giving a fight to Disney, Pixar, and other superhero titles.
The Last Duel
"The Last Duel" was released in 2021. It had a budget of $100 million, and although it didn't make too many headlines in its theatrical release, from a director's point of view, it became a successful blockbuster. Taking place in medieval France, the fine details of the astonishing performance led by Matt Damon and Adam Driver turn this movie into a masterpiece.
Ben Affleck and Jodie Comer contributed his talent to the cast list and contributed to the success and glam this title earned. Overall, the movie made more than $560 million. After its release, Ridley Scott, who directed the movie, said that the movie wasn't as successful as anticipated and blamed the millennial generation. He said that the new generation is glued to their cell phones, not spending their life surrounded by culture. We tend to agree.
Walt Disney animated studios created Encanto in 2021, creating another entry to the most expensive movies ever made. Lin-Manuel Miranda was responsible for the songs in the movie, which needed at least $300 to break even, and managed to make just a little over $161 million.
Most of the movies on this list cost a lot of money and eventually made a lot of money; however, many titles, like "Encanto," cost a lot due to complex technology and never-ending marketing expenses and end up barely paying for the voices behind the characters. The critics agree that the animation was remarkable, and the story was breathtaking; however, on days like this, maybe it takes a little more to make it big.
Top Gun: Maverick
If you were around in the late 1980s, like us, you couldn't get enough of Maverick and Goose. Fast forward four decades, and in 2022, the "Top Gun: Maverick" hit the screens with an astonishing budget of $177 million. We are not sure if the movie would have succeeded just as much if it wasn't linked the way it was to the original 'Top Gun" movie; however, it made more than 1.4 billion big ones.
Out of those $1.4 billion, $100 million was diverted directly into Tom Cruise's bank account. Unsurprisingly, the movie turned into a Hollywood blockbuster in every way. Great sequel!