SILENCE YOUR CELL PHONES PLEASE

When I went to the movies this weekend to see Transformers: Dark of the Moon, I was wondering how much they must have spent to make the movie.  Between paying the actors and all the special effects, it is amazing how much money must be spent.  I thought I might look at some of the successful movies made over the years:  (numbers are based on box office sales only)

THE MOST EXPENSIVE MOVIES EVER MADE

05-25-2007  Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End  Budget  with a budget of $300,000,000 this movie grossed $960,996,492

11-24-2010 Tangled Budget  with a budget of $260,000,000 it grossed $586,581,936

05-04-2007  Spiderman 3  with a budget of $258,000,000 it grossed $890,875,303

07-15-2009 Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince  with a budget of $250,000,000 it grossed $933,959,197

12-18-2009  Avatar  with a budget of $237,000,000 it grossed $2,783,918,982

06-28-2006  Superman Returns  with a budget of $232,000,000 it grossed $390,874,000

TOP BOX OFFICE HITS

12-18-2009  Avatar  Budget $237,000,000 – Gross $2,783,918,982 – Profit $1,154,959,491

12-19-1997  Titanic Budget $200,000,000 – Gross $1,842,879,955 – Profit $721,439,978

12-17-2003  The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King Budget $94,000,000 – Gross $1,119,027,325 – Profit $465,523,663

06-11-1993  Jurassic Park Budget $63,000,000 – Gross $923,067,947 – Profit $398,533,974

05-19-2004  Shrek 2 Budget $70,000,000 – Gross $919,838,758 – Profit $389,919,379

SMALLER BIG PROFIT MOVIES

Movies that didn’t see huge gross sales, but the return on investment was huge.

09-25-2009  Paranormal Activity  Budget $15,000  Gross $196,681,656

03-21-1980  Mad Max  Budget $200,000  Gross $99,750,000

05-07-2004  Super Size Me  $65,000  $29,529,368

07-14-1999  The Blair Witch Project  $600,000  Gross $248,300,000

10-01-1968  Night of the Living Dead  Budget $114,000  Gross $30,000,000

WHAT ABOUT THE LOOSERS…..

03-11-2011  Mars Needs Moms  Budget $150,000,000  Gross $39,549,758  Loss -$130,225,121

06-17-2011  Green Lantern  Budget $200,000,000  Gross $139,883,956  Loss -$130,058,022

04-27-2001  Town & Country  Budget $105,000,000  Gross $10,364,769  Loss -$99,817,616

12-17-2010  How Do you Know?  Budget $120,000,000  Gross $48,668,307  Loss -$95,665,847

06-24-2011  Cars 2  Budget $200,000,000  Gross $215,829,515  Loss -$92,090,243

06-22-2007  Evan Almighty  Budget $175,000,000  Gross $173,219,280  Loss -$88,390,360

As you can see….making movies is very big business, when the movie is a hit there is a lot of money to be made.  It is amazing that Paranormal Activity was filmed with a $15,000 budget after seeing the budget of the rest of the movies.  Next time you go to a movie, I wonder what the movies budget will be and what kind of profit it will make????

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