"Pirates 3" Remains Most Expensive Film Ever

By Garth Franklin Tuesday June 24th 2014 09:23AM

A list of the thirty most expensive films ever made, adjusted for inflation in comparison to the consumer price index, has been compiled by Business Insider. What made the list isn't a shock, though the ordering is sometimes unexpected.

Both the first two "Pirates of the Caribbean" sequels and Sam Raimi's "Spider-Man" sequels made the top fifteen which encompasses all films that cost more than $250 million to produce (not to market or release) in today's dollars. "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows" didn't make the list thanks largely due to the studio splitting it into two films and thus cutting its individual film costs considerably.

Others on this list like "Tangled" and "Superman Returns" further down essentially had to swallow large development costs of previous incarnations of the projects that never got off the ground. Here's the top fifteen:

  1. "Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End" - $341.8 million
  2. "Cleopatra" - $339.5 million
  3. "Titanic" - $294.3 million
  4. "Spider-Man 3" - $293.9 million
  5. "Tangled" - $281.7 million
  6. "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince" - $275.3 million
  7. "Waterworld" - $271.3 million
  8. "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest" - $263.7 million
  9. "Avatar" - $261.0 million
  10. "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" - $257.2 million
  11. "The Dark Knight Rises" - $257.2 million
  12. "John Carter" - $257.2 million
  13. "Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines" - $256.8 million
  14. "King Kong" (2005) - $250.4 million
  15. "Spider-Man 2" - $250.1 million

Also making the top 30 were the likes of "The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian," "Wild Wild West," "Man of Steel," "The Avengers," "Terminator Salvation," "Quantum of Solace," "Troy" and "The Lone Ranger". Click here for the full list.