It’s not uncommon for Hollywood movies to have huge budgets. CGI effects can go even further, and these movies cost a lot of money.
It’s not uncommon for Hollywood movies to have hefty budgets. Of course, action films, superhero movies, and anything else with a lot of explosions and inhuman characters is going to cost a lot of money.. The CGI effects, on the other hand, cost a lot of money. Has anyone ever pondered how much the best effects in the world cost? In this list, we’ve compiled 10 of the most expensive CGI-based films ever made.
1. Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018) – Budget: $170 Million
When it comes to movies like these, the visual creation of dinosaurs plays a significant role in the overall production expense. The sci-fi action film starring Chris Pratt cost roughly $200 million to produce. There’s little hope of avoiding the cost of visual effects for this film because dinosaurs demand CGI in this day and age. CGI charges accounted for the bulk of the crew’s $170 million expenditure.
2. Alice in Wonderland (2010) – $200 Million
Initially, this picture might not have seemed like a costly one, but it isn’t hard to observe how much CGI was used in order to make it.
However, CGI was prominently employed for every creature and a large portion of the environment material, making the costumes and makeup even more impressive. To pull spectators into its realm of madness and visual effects, this film required a $200 million budget.
3. King Kong (2005) – Budget: $207 Million
To make a CGI gorilla, Peter Jackson’s great film must have cost quite a bit of money, as it turns out. Most of the $207 million budget was spent on King Kong’s development, as well as the effects of the explosions and helicopter crashes that took place. A worldwide gross of approximately $550 million means that the film at least doubled their investment in CGI effects despite having spent so much money on it.
4. Transformers: The Last Knight (2017) – Budget: $217 Million
These changing alien robots cost quite a bit of money to make in the fifth film of this successful alien robot franchise. For this film’s budget was more than $200 million, in fact. It took $15 million just to make the junkyard sequence in this movie, which was mainly done using CGI effects. Michael Bay, who directed the film starring Mark Wahlberg, is well-known for spending a lot of money on visual effects.
5. The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (2013) – Budget: $225 Million
In this Peter Jackson-directed film, wardrobe and makeup were both excellent, but visual effects were needed in several areas of the story. Benedict Cumberbatch’s Smaug needed CGI effects to make the thieving scene at the Lonely Mountain look like a visual masterpiece. With their $225 million budget, it’s safe to assume that the vast majority of that money was spent on computer-generated imagery (CGI).
6. Avatar (2009) – Budget: $237 Million
CGI and effects in this film have been hailed as the pinnacle of excellence in Hollywood. This James Cameron-directed picture cost a lot to make, and it’s presumably because the movie is almost entirely CGI, as the people are blue and the entire planet of Pandora is constructed by visual effects. While it was one of the most expensive CGI productions, it also made $760.5 million around the world, making it one of the highest-grossing movies.
7. Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (2011) – Budget: $250 Million
Johnny Depp reprises his role as Captain Jack Sparrow for the fourth time in this storied series. All of the film takes place on the ocean, which necessitates a lot of CGI effects. This is, of course, the film in which there is a Fountain of Youth.
Most of the film’s $250 million budget was devoted to visual effects. For the big screen, creating pirates and ships is an expensive proposition.
8. Spider-Man 3 (2007) – Budget: $258 Million
The third film in Sam Raimi’s trilogy did poorly with critics, yet it still cost a lot of money to produce. Production costs for this film totaled $258 million, including the effects for Venom and the Sandman. The worldwide box office receipts for this Spider-Man film were close to $1 billion, despite the film’s high production costs. Even so, this film serves as a reminder of just how expensive superhero films can be, and just how much money CGI takes up.
9. Superman Returns (2006) – Budget: $270 Million
On this list, superhero movies are the most expensive. This is not a surprise. For the scenes on Krypton in this Bryan Singer directed film, a lot of CGI was utilised. One of the deleted scenes on Superrman’s home planet actually cost $10 million in CGI effects. That’s a hefty price to pay to get rid of that scene. Filming a superhero soaring in outer space is a costly endeavor, but this picture did well at the box office despite the high cost of visual effects.
10. The Avengers: Endgame (2019) – Budget: $356 Million
The cost of Marvel films is well-known. However, this Avengers film’s budget dwarfs all the others, making it one of the most expensive superhero films ever made. CGI was used extensively in the creation of Thanos, as well as in the majority of superhero effects. It’s safe to say that the film’s budget has risen as a result of this. Even though this film brought in about $3billion globally, the Russo Brothers were probably fine with that.