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The Most Expensive Box-Office Hits & Bombs of the Last 10 Years

MovieRantby Eli Reyes

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The 2009 summer movie season broke records at the box-office, as well as the studios' pockets. 2009 marks the year with the most movies that cost $200 million or more. The good folks at io9 put together a nice list of all the movies with production budgets of $170 million and over, for the past ten years.

We thought you guys would like to know just how these high budget films did at the box-office. So we annotated their list with the movies Domestic and Foreign Box-Office takes, so you can see what was a hit, a bomb, and an outright disaster!

Though most films make their budget back with foreign box-office numbers, and DVD sales, we classify them according to their US box-office numbers. Something interesting to take note of, is that there were no budget busting films in the years 2000, 2001, and 2002. The Star Wars prequels were apparently on the cheap side, costing only around $120 million each.

It's sad to say, but some of the biggest budgeted films that were made, are also some of the worst!

So check out the list, and let us know what you think!

2009:

Harry Potter & The Half-Blood Prince: $250 million


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Box-Office Totals:
Domestic: $299,609,771
+ Foreign: $625,600,000
= Worldwide: $925,209,771

Avatar: $237 million


(according to AP)

Transformers: Revenge Of The Fallen: $225 million


(according to NY Post)
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Box-Office Totals:
Domestic: $401,501,881
+ Foreign: $430,216,422
= Worldwide: $831,718,303

Terminator Salvation: $200 million


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Box-Office Totals:
Domestic: $125,322,469
+ Foreign: $245,999,426
= Worldwide: $371,321,895

G.I. Joe: The Rise Of COBRA: $175 million


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Box-Office Totals:
Domestic: $146,282,094
+ Foreign: $147,667,585
= Worldwide: $293,949,679

Up: $175 million


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Box-Office Totals:
Domestic: $291,819,165
+ Foreign: $124,219,481
= Worldwide: $416,038,646

2008:

 

Quantum Of Solace: $230.6 million


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Box-Office Totals:
Domestic: $168,368,427
+ Foreign: $417,722,300
= Worldwide: $586,090,727

Chronicles of Narania: Prince Caspian: $225.6 million


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Box-Office Totals:
Domestic: $141,621,490
+ Foreign: $278,029,923
= Worldwide: $419,651,413

Iron Man: 186.5 million


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Box-Office Totals:
Domestic: $318,412,101
+ Foreign: $266,721,186
= Worldwide: $585,133,287

Indiana Jones And The Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull: $185.5 million


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Box-Office Totals:
Domestic: $317,101,119
+ Foreign: $469,534,914
= Worldwide: $786,636,033

The Dark Knight: $185.5 million


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Box-Office Totals:
Domestic: $533,345,358
+ Foreign: $468,576,467
= Worldwide: $1,001,921,825

Wall-E: $180.5 million


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Box-Office Totals:
Domestic: $223,808,164
+ Foreign: $297,460,073
= Worldwide: $521,268,237

2007:

 

Pirates Of The Caribbean: At World's End: $317.4 million


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Box-Office Totals:
Domestic: $309,420,425
+ Foreign: $651,576,067
= Worldwide: $960,996,492

Spider-Man 3: $272.9 million


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Box-Office Totals:
Domestic: $336,530,303
+ Foreign: $554,341,323
= Worldwide: $890,871,626

The Golden Compass: His Dark Materials: $213.4 million


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Box-Office Totals:
Domestic: $70,107,728
+ Foreign: $302,127,136
= Worldwide: $372,234,864

Rush Hour 3: $187.4 million


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Box-Office Totals:
Domestic: $140,125,968
+ Foreign: $117,896,265
= Worldwide: $258,022,233

2006:

 

Superman Returns: $295.3 million


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Box-Office Totals:
Domestic: $200,081,192
+ Foreign: $191,000,000
= Worldwide: $391,081,192

Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest: $223.1 million


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Box-Office Totals:
Domestic: $423,315,812
+ Foreign: $642,863,913
= Worldwide: $1,066,179,725

X-Men: The Last Stand: $209.3 million


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Box-Office Totals:
Domestic: $234,362,462
+ Foreign: $224,997,093
= Worldwide: $459,359,555

Poseidon: $171.3 million


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Box-Office Totals:
Domestic: $60,674,817
+ Foreign: $121,000,000
= Worldwide: $181,674,817

2005:

 

King Kong: $232.5 million


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Domestic: $218,080,025
+ Foreign: $332,437,332
= Worldwide: $550,517,357

Chronicles Of Narnia: The Lion The Witch & The Wardrobe: $197.6 million


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Box-Office Totals:
Domestic: $291,710,957
+ Foreign: $453,300,315
= Worldwide: $745,011,272

Sahara: $176.8 million


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Box-Office Totals:
Domestic: $68,671,925
+ Foreign: $50,597,561
= Worldwide: $119,269,486

Harry Potter And The Goblet Of Fire: $150 million


(2005 dollars)

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Box-Office Totals:
Domestic: $290,013,036
+ Foreign: $605,908,000
= Worldwide: $895,921,036

2004:

 

Spider-Man 2: $232.2 million


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Box-Office Totals:
Domestic: $373,585,825
+ Foreign: $410,180,516
= Worldwide: $783,766,341

Troy: $199.9 million


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Box-Office Totals:
Domestic: $133,378,256
+ Foreign: $364,031,596
= Worldwide: $497,409,852

Van Helsing: $182.8 million


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Box-Office Totals:
Domestic: $120,177,084
+ Foreign: $180,080,391
= Worldwide: $300,257,475

The Polar Express: $186.6 million


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Box-Office Totals:
Domestic: $180,806,128
+ Foreign: $124,140,582
= Worldwide: $304,946,710

Alexander: $175.4 million


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Box-Office Totals:
Domestic: $34,297,191
+ Foreign: $133,001,001
= Worldwide: $167,298,192

2003:

 

Terminator 3: $238.4 million


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Box-Office Totals:
Domestic: $150,371,112
+ Foreign: $283,000,000
= Worldwide: $433,371,112

The Matrix: Reloaded: $176.7 million


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Box-Office Totals:
Domestic: $281,576,461
+ Foreign: $460,552,000
= Worldwide: $742,128,461

Master And Commander: $175.6 million


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Box-Office Totals:
Domestic: $93,927,920
+ Foreign: $118,083,191
= Worldwide: $212,011,111

The Matrix: Revolutions: $175.6 million


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Box-Office Totals:
Domestic: $139,313,948
+ Foreign: $288,029,350
= Worldwide: $427,343,298

2000:

 

The Perfect Storm: $175.6 million


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Box-Office Totals:
Domestic: $182,618,434
+ Foreign: $146,100,000
= Worldwide: $328,718,434

1999:

 

Wild Wild West: $221 million


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Box-Office Totals:
Domestic: $113,804,681
+ Foreign: $108,300,000
= Worldwide: $222,104,681

The World Is Not Enough: $173.3 million


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Box-Office Totals:
Domestic: $126,943,684
+ Foreign: $234,888,716
= Worldwide: $361,832,400

The 13th Warrior: $206.8 million


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Box-Office Totals:
Domestic: $32,698,899
+ Foreign: $29,000,000
= Worldwide: $61,698,899

So

Note: All budgets are adjusted for inflation, and represent what their 2009 dollar worth is. Marketing budgets for the films are not factored in. Box-Office totals have not been adjusted.

Source: io9 & BoxOfficeMojo

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