Hollywood, the biggest film industry globally, churns out hundreds of releases annually. The current trend leans towards “most expensive movies,” with extravagant productions taking center stage. The American film industry not only topped the revenue generated from movies but also spends a lot to depict the scenes more effectively and efficiently.
The fact is that your earnings depend on what you spend or what is the budget of the venture, although the cast has also been paid a massive sum of money to stay available for the movie other things like locations, cinematography, and animations also matter.
Top 10 Most Expensive Movies of 2023
In the last year many of the top expensive have been produced which also stand at the top of the box office for huge revenues, the list of the top ten most expensive movies of last year is given below:
10: Big Hero 6 ($165 Million)
American 3D computer-animated superhero action-comedy film Big Hero 6 is produced by Roy Conli under the banner of Walt Disney Animation Studios while distributed and released by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures.
Don Hall and Chris Williams’s directorial Big Hero 6 has successfully managed to collect $652 million at the box office against a budget of $165 million for which it became the highest-grossing animated film of last year. Released on October 23, 2014, the movie has received several nominations and awards for becoming a super hit animated venture.
9: Dawn of the Planet of the Apes ($170 Million)
Directed by Matt Reeves Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is a science fiction movie that has been co-written by Amanda Silver, Mark Bomback, and Rick Jaffa. Chernin Entertainment and TSG Entertainment produced the film has hit theaters on June 26 of last year while the movie has distributed worldwide by 20th Century Fox.
Rise of the Planet of the Apes sequel has featured Gary Oldman, Andy Serkis, Keri Russell, Jason Clarke, and Toby Kebbell grossed up to $708.8 million at the box office for the cost of $170 million.
8: Captain America: The Winter Soldier ($170 Million)
The superhero film Captain America: The Winter Soldier is the sequel to Captain America: The First Avenger which has been released in 2011. The film is produced by Kevin Feige and co-directed by Anthony Russo and Joe Russo and was distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures.
The Marvel Studios production starred Chris Evans in the lead role as Captain America including Scarlett Johansson, Frank Grillo, Sebastian Stan, Cobie Smulders, and Anthony Mackie among others. The film has received positive reviews from critics and earned about $714 million all over the world.
7: Guardians of the Galaxy ($170 Million)
Another American superhero venture Guardians of the Galaxy is directed and produced by James Gunn and Kevin Feige respectively. The film hit the cinema screens of the United States on the 1st of August 2014 after its premiere in Dolby Theatre considered one of the top-rated movies of last year.
Following the revenue of $774.2 million it became the highest-grossing superhero film in 2014 while ranked second in all over North America. The cast of Guardians of the Galaxy includes Chris Pratt, Dave Bautista, Bradley Cooper, Zoe Saldana, Vin Diesel, Lee Pace, and Michael Rooker among other supporting actors. It falls among one of the most expensive movies in the globe.
6: Edge of Tomorrow ($178 Million)
Tom Cruise starrer Edge of Tomorrow is one of the most expensive movies ever made in 2014 with a budget of $178 Million. Doug Liman’s directorial also features Emily Blunt, Bill Paxton, and Brendan Gleeson while the movie was distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, released on May 28, 2014.
Although, the movie went average at the box office with a total earnings of $369.2 million but received critical acclaim from the audience and critics. Edge of Tomorrow also won several awards such as the 42nd Annie Award, the 20th Critics’ Choice Movie Award, the 15th Phoenix Film Critics Society Award, and the Best Picture Award.
5: Maleficent ($180 Million)
Released on May 28, 2014, the dark fantasy genre movie Maleficent was produced by Joe Roth and directed by Robert Stromberg. The fourth highest-grossing film last year successfully collected $758.4 million worldwide at the box office against a production cost of $180 million.
One of the most expensive movies of 2014 lead stars is Angelina Jolie, Sharlto Copley, Elle Fanning, Sam Riley, and Imelda Staunton. Maleficent has been nominated for Academy Award for Best Costume Design while also receiving various nominations and awards in different categories.
4: The Amazing Spider-Man 2 ($200 Million)
Sony Pictures distributed The Amazing Spider-Man 2 an American superhero movie produced by Columbia Pictures and Marvel Entertainment. Andrew Garfield has appeared in the titular role while another cast of Marc Webb’s directorial is Emma Stone, Campbell Scott, Jamie Foxx, Embeth Davidtz, and Dane DeHaan.
The movie has been named as “most expensive movies” released in 2014 for the cost of $200 Million which has been reported as $255 Million by some sources. However, if the earnings of movies have been considered it was $709 million, the least grossing in all of its early releases.
3: X-Men: Days of Future Past ($200 Million)
The seventh installment of the X-Men film series X-Men: Days of Future Past is based on fictional characters called mutants. British-American co-production is directed by Bryan Singer whose lead cast includes Hugh Jackman, Jennifer Lawrence, Michael Fassbender, James McAvoy, Halle Berry, and Anna Paquin among other supporting characters.
The commercially successful film has garnered nearly $748.1 million costing $200 million approximately while it also received several nominations for various awards and became the best-reviewed film in the X-Men film series. It falls among the most expensive movies in the world.
2: Transformers: Age of Extinction ($210 Million)
3D science fiction action film Transformers: Age of Extinction is the fourth sequel of the Transformers film series, featuring Mark Wahlberg in the lead role with Stanley Tucci, Jack Reynor Kelsey Grammer, Nicola Peltz, and Sophia Myles. Directed by Michael Bay the movie was released on June 27, 2014, after global distribution by Paramount Pictures.
The most expensive movie having production costs of nearly $210 million has managed to earn revenue five times its budget approximately and was named as the highest-grossing film of 2014.
1: The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies ($250 Million)
Fantasy adventure epic The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies was released on 17 December 2014 in the United States under the banner of production companies New Line Cinema and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.
The film has ranked as the “most expensive movies” release of last year following a budget of $250 million, collected up to $955.1 million worldwide becoming the second highest-grossing movie of 2014. Martin Freeman, Lee Pace, Richard Armitage, Ian McKellen, and Evangeline Lilly reprised their roles in the movie while some new stars were also featured in this sequel.