There was a time when investing a lot of cash into movies was a gamble. Today with the advent of special effects the industry has changed big time. With introduction of special effects and producers deep pockets, making superhero movies has becomes possible. Superhero movies enjoy huge success at the box office, barring a few exceptions, but making such movies isn’t cheap. Making films inspired by comic book characters is now a yielding industry, so whether it’s a hit or a flop, a lot of cash goes into making each of these films. Lots of money means lots of it literally, to have idea, here’s a list of five most expensive superhero movies ever made.
Directed by Sam Raimi, Spider-Man 3 was produced for $258 Million and was released in 2007. The final film in Sam Raimi Spider-Man trilogy, Spider-Man 3 grossed over $890 million worldwide, which made it financially the most successful film in the Spider-Man trilogy and also found rank in top 35 highest grossing films ever. Raimi was scheduled to direct the fourth part of the film, but owing to a feud with Sony, Raimi pulled down the project.
The Dark Knight Rises
Christopher Nolan directed The Dark Knight Rises was released in 2012 and was made for a cost of $230 Million. The final installment in Nolan’s Batman film trilogy, The Dark Knight Rises was sequel of 2005’s Batman Begins and 2008’s The Dark Knight. Despite what critics may think about the film it grossed over $1 billion worldwide and is placed at the 16th spot for the highest-grossing film of all time. One of the best films of 2012, this is also currently the fourth highest grossing superhero film ever produced.
Man of Steel
Zack Snyder directed Man of Steel released in 2013 was produced to the tune of $225 million. While the film was pretty successful at the box office, grossing about $225 million worldwide, becoming highest-grossing Superman film ever made; it received mixed reviews from critics. Some critics praised it for various aspects, there were many who criticized it for its pace and lack of character development.
The Avengers directed by Joss Whedon should have been the most expensive superhero movie owing to its huge superhero cast. Somehow the movie produced by Marvel Studios and distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures was kept to the cost of $220 Million. Released in 2012, The Avengers despite its far-stretched star cast of superheroes only grossed slightly above $1.5 billion worldwide, but it became the first Marvel production to enter the $1 billion ticket sale earnings list.
X-Men: The Last Stand
Directed by Brett Ratner, the 2006 released X-Men: The Last Stand was by far the most expensive film of the X-Men saga costing producers some $210 million. The commercial success of the movie can be understood from its worldwide earning of approximately $459 million, which made it the highest grossing film in the X-Men series. Though X-Men: Days of Future Past released in 2014 surpassed the earnings of the X-Men: The Last Stand.