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IS TRON 2 THE MOST EXPENSIVE MOVIE EVER?

By 04.09.09

Canadian FilmDrunkard Al recently directed my attention to a Vancouver Sun article – buried halfway down in it was the news that Disney’s Tron sequel (called Tr2n, Tron 2.0, or just Tron, depending on whom you ask) has a budget of $300 million – which would make it the most expensive movie ever made. (list of the top 10 most expensive after the jump).

Vancouver post-production units are salivating at the prospects presented by the Disney remake of Tron, which carries a whopping $300 million budget and opportunities aplenty for effects and digital polish. The 1982 version of the film starring Jeff Bridges blazed new trails in computer graphics and you can bet Tron 2.0 will push much further down the pixel path.

The figure sounded fishy, especially since Time misreported James Cameron’s Avatar budget as $300m a couple weeks ago (supposedly they meant to say $200 million).  I called the Sun reporter to see where he got the figure from, and he said it was “a reported figure.”  I couldn’t find any report that listed the budget as $300m, so I called the production publicist, who said she didn’t have that information.  I’m guessing that if the reporter thinks he got his figure from a mainstream source, and I can’t find that source, then he was probably mistaken.  Ergo: Guessing = 1, Reporting = 0.  Let this be a lesson: trying is the first step towards failing. I’ll never make this mistake again.  *cuts off pinkie*

Adjusted for inflation:

1. War and Peace – 1968 – $560,000,000
2. Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End – 2007 – $300,000,000
3. Cleopatra – 1963 – $295,000,000
4. Spider-Man 3 – 2007 – $258,000,000
5. Titanic – 1997 – $247,000,000
6. Waterworld – 1995 – $238,089,566.93
7. Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines – 2003 – $216,400,000
8. X-Men: The Last Stand – 2006 – $210,000,000
9. Spider-Man 2 – 2004 – $210,000,000
10. Superman Returns – 2006 – $209,000,000

[via MentalFloss]

Non-Adjusted:

1     Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End    $300,000,000
2     Spider-Man 3                 $258,000,000
3     Quantum of Solace                $230,000,000
4     Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest $225,000,000
5     X-Men: The Last Stand            $210,000,000
6     King Kong                    $207,000,000
7     Superman Returns                 $204,000,000
8     The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian    $200,000,000
Spider-Man 2                    $200,000,000
Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines     $200,000,000
Titanic                        $200,000,000
9    Indiana Jones 4                $185,000,000
The Dark Knight                $185,000,000
The Golden Compass             $180,000,000
The Chronicles of Narnia:            $180,000,000
Wall-E                     $180,000,000
10   Evan Almighty                 $175,000,000
Troy                         $175,000,000
Waterworld                     $175,000,000

[IMDB via Wiki]


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