It seems that Hollywood these days is more interested in big fiscal returns than it is in quality output, and it’s common knowledge that to win big you gotta spend big. Here, we break down the most expensive Hollywood films ever made.

Filmmaking is not for the faint of heart – or the shallow of pocket. After all, busting blocks at the box office doesn’t come cheap; movies that are specifically made for the big screen tend to have the most astronomical budgets. They’re not necessarily the best ever made and it seems sometimes the quality of the movie is inversely proportional to its actual worth. But, chances are, you have seen at least half of the movies in this list in the theater. Adjusted for inflation, here are the top 10 most expensive movies ever made

10. Titanic (1997)

Director: James Cameron

Cost of production: $200 million USD

9. King Kong (2005)

Director: Peter Jackson

Cost of production: $207 million USD

8. Avatar (2009)

Director: James Cameron

Cost of production: $237 million USD

7. Spectre (2015)

Director: Sam Mendes

Cost of production: $245 million USD

6. Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015), Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice, The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies, The Dark Knight Rises

Directors: Joss Whedon,  David Yates, Zach Snyder, Peter Jackson, Christopher Nolan

Cost of production: $250 million USD

5. Spider-Man 3 (2007)

Director: Sam Raimi

Cost of production: $258 million USD

4. Tangled (2010)

Director: Nathan Greno, Byron Howard

Cost of production: $260 million USD

3. John Carter (2012)

Director: Andrew Stanton

Cost of production: $263 million USD

2. Waterworld (1995)

Director: Kevin Reynolds

Cost of production: $271 million USD

1. Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (2011)

Director: Rob Marshall

Cost of production: $397 million USD

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