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If you are a movie buff, you probably don’t even think about how much you spend to buy a ticket and enjoy a movie. Likely, you realize that millions were probably spent to put the movie together, so spending money on a ticket and popcorn is just the price that we pay.

Then again, not every movie was created equally and some are more expensive than others. If you are interested in knowing the top 10 most expensive movies ever made, then this list will be something you appreciate.

10. John Carter – $281 million

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Disney is known for spending a lot of money on movies, and this movie is no exception. It was based on a series of novels by Edgar Rice Burroughs and it had good intentions, but it didn’t do well at the box office. Disney ended up losing about $200 million on this one!

9. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince – $285 million

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When it comes to Harry Potter films, they are elaborate and, therefore, expensive. The CGI alone in this movie must’ve cost an arm and a leg, but it still turned a huge profit when it made $900 million at the box office.

8. Avengers: Age of Ultron – $289 million

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This is another expensive movie made by Disney. It was almost a no-brainer, considering the fact that the original made so much money. It ended up pulling in over $1.4 billion, which was quite a haul.

7. Tangled – $292 million

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The animation in this movie is off the charts, and the CGI associated with the animation was what helped to drive the price of this movie up so high. Fortunately, it made its money back because it is one of the best-known movies by Disney of all time.

6. Justice League – $300 million

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Warner Bros. and DC had high hopes for this movie, considering the popularity of Marvel. They threw a lot of money at the movie but it ended up not going as well as they had hoped. Even though they made $656 million at the box office, they still fell short of the mark, which was set at $750 million.

5. Spider-Man 3 – $304 million

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There is something exciting about the Spider-Man series, but this movie wasn’t as popular as the others. In fact, a lot of negative reviews caused the series to stop after this trilogy ended. They did make their money back, but not as much as they had hoped.

4. Titanic – $305 million

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Although the movie was epic and is still one of the most popular of all time, the budget wasn’t necessarily spread equally among every minute of video they shot. A lot of the budget was associated with the wreck of the Titanic, as they wanted to actually shoot video from inside of the wreckage, rather than using a submersible.

3. Cleopatra (1963) – $350 million

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With a star-studded cast that included Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton, this was said to be an epic movie. That being said, Cleopatra may have been the highest-grossing movie in 1963 but it didn’t break even at the box office. It took 10 years and some television deals to begin making money.

2. Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End – $354 million

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The Pirates of the Caribbean series was sure to be popular, although there were some negative points and a few negative reviews. In the end, this movie made its money back and a lot more after pulling in close to $1 billion at the box office.

1. Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides – $412 million

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It seems as if pirate movies are very expensive to make, and this is the most expensive movie ever made. Disney spent more than $400 million shooting in many different areas, from Hawaii to the UK using 3D cameras. Johnny Depp even got $55.5 million for his role in the movie. They may have spent a lot making the movie, but they also made a lot with a $1 billion payday at the box office.

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