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The use of special effects and technology aids in film making and is reaching new heights each year. Hollywood knows that to earn huge returns, you have to make huge investments.

Here we shall have a look at some of the most popular and expensive movies ever made in Hollywood.

  • Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (2011)

This is one movie franchise that has won many hearts, thanks to its use of CGI and special effects along with actor Johnny Depp’s impeccable depiction of Jack Sparrow. The franchise has indeed spent a fortune to ensure its place in the charts and have seen equally promising returns. On Stranger Tides, in particular, stands as one of the most expensive movies ever made, with a budget of a whopping $397 million.

  • Tangled (2010)

The major portion of the cost of production of this movie is attributed to the fact that it was scrapped multiple times over a period of 10 years before finally releasing. A number of attempts were made at perfecting Rapunzel’s story for the audience, with extensive research on animation and CGI technology. The final budget of the film stood at $260 million.

  • Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015) 

You can’t cut down on expenses when you have millions of fans waiting for your movie worldwide. All the Avengers movies were expensive to say the least, but Age of Ultron reached new heights, when all the big actors reportedly wanted to leave if their monetary demands were not met. This made the budget shoot up to $250 million. 

  • Avatar (2009)

This masterpiece of a film by James Cameron was the first of its kind experience in 3D cinema. The life-like 3D experience and the beautiful spectacle he created didn’t come cheap, though. Avatar had a budget of $237 million

  • Titanic (1997)

This evergreen movie, again by James Cameron, with the grandiose of its dream-like sets and special effects that were way ahead of its time, has been one of Hollywood’s highest-grossing films. And the cost of production, at $200 million, totally justifies its success.