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Movie Budget and Financial Performance Records

Note: Budget numbers for movies can be both difficult to find and unreliable. Studios often try to keep the information secret and will use accounting tricks to inflate or reduce announced budgets.

The data we have is, to the best of our knowledge, accurate but there are gaps and disputed figures. If you have additional information or corrections, please let us know at corrections@the-numbers.com.

A complete list of all movies for which we have budget information can be found here.

Note: The profit and loss figures are very rough estimates based on domestic and international box office earnings and domestic video sales, extrapolated to estimate worldwide income to the studio, after deducting retail costs. Estimated expenses are based on the domestic theatrical distribution pattern of the film. More detailed financial analysis of films is available through our research services.

Biggest Budgets

 Release DateMovieProduction BudgetDomestic GrossWorldwide Gross
1 12/18/2009 Avatar $425,000,000 $760,507,625 $2,783,918,982
2 5/24/2007 Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End $300,000,000 $309,420,425 $963,420,425
3 11/6/2015 Spectre $300,000,000 $199,620,334 $879,167,082
4 7/20/2012 The Dark Knight Rises $275,000,000 $448,139,099 $1,084,439,099
5 7/2/2013 The Lone Ranger $275,000,000 $89,289,910 $259,989,910
6 3/9/2012 John Carter $275,000,000 $73,058,679 $282,778,100
7 11/24/2010 Tangled $260,000,000 $200,821,936 $586,581,936
8 5/4/2007 Spider-Man 3 $258,000,000 $336,530,303 $890,875,303
9 12/13/2013 The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug $250,000,000 $258,366,855 $960,366,855
10 12/17/2014 The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies $250,000,000 $255,119,788 $955,119,788
11 5/1/2015 The Avengers: Age of Ultron $250,000,000 $459,005,868 $1,404,705,868
12 12/14/2012 The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey $250,000,000 $303,003,568 $1,017,003,568
13 5/20/2011 Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides $250,000,000 $241,063,875 $1,045,663,875
14 7/15/2009 Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince $250,000,000 $301,959,197 $935,083,686
15 6/28/2006 Superman Returns $232,000,000 $200,120,000 $374,085,065
16 11/14/2008 Quantum of Solace $230,000,000 $169,368,427 $591,692,078
17 7/7/2006 Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest $225,000,000 $423,315,812 $1,066,215,812
18 6/14/2013 Man of Steel $225,000,000 $291,045,518 $667,999,518
19 5/4/2012 The Avengers $225,000,000 $623,279,547 $1,519,479,547
20 5/16/2008 The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian $225,000,000 $141,621,490 $417,341,288
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Movies With Lowest Budgets to Earn $1 Million at US Box Office

 Release DateMovieProduction BudgetDomestic GrossWorldwide Gross
1 2/26/1993 El Mariachi $7,000 $2,040,920 $2,041,928
2 9/25/2009 Paranormal Activity $15,000 $107,918,810 $194,183,034
3 8/1/1991 Slacker $23,000 $1,227,508 $1,227,508
4 8/1/1997 In the Company of Men $25,000 $2,856,622 $2,856,622
5 6/30/1972 Deep Throat $25,000 $45,000,000 $45,000,000
6 10/19/1994 Clerks $27,000 $2,852,326 $3,673,138
7 8/9/1995 The Brothers McMullen $50,000 $10,202,068 $10,202,068
8 3/16/2001 Gabriela $50,000 $2,335,352 $2,335,352
9 7/14/1999 The Blair Witch Project $60,000 $140,539,099 $248,300,000
10 5/7/2004 Super Size Me $65,000 $11,529,368 $22,233,808
11 7/10/1998 Pi $68,000 $3,216,970 $4,674,331
12 8/30/1972 The Last House on the Left $87,000 $3,100,000 $3,100,000
13 7/10/2015 The Gallows $100,000 $22,764,410 $41,364,410
14 1/1/1977 Eraserhead $100,000 $7,000,000 $7,000,000
15 9/17/1920 Over the Hill to the Poorhouse $100,000 $3,000,000 $3,000,000
16 10/9/1998 The Mighty $100,000 $2,643,689 $6,113,025
17 3/1/1987 Hollywood Shuffle $100,000 $5,228,617 $5,228,617
18 9/29/2006 Facing the Giants $100,000 $10,178,331 $10,243,159
19 2/8/1915 The Birth of a Nation $110,000 $10,000,000 $11,000,000
20 10/1/1968 Night of the Living Dead $114,000 $12,000,000 $30,000,000

Most Profitable Movies, Based on Absolute Profit on Worldwide Gross

 Release DateMovieApprox. IncomeApprox. ExpenseProfit
1 12/18/2009 Avatar $1,783,295,522 $516,262,000 $1,267,033,522
2 11/18/2005 Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire $995,071,268 $208,064,000 $787,007,268
3 11/22/2013 Frozen $999,310,878 $245,904,000 $753,406,878
4 5/4/2012 The Avengers $988,909,865 $300,290,000 $688,619,865
5 6/12/2015 Jurassic World $948,457,327 $287,756,000 $660,701,327
6 7/15/2011 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part II $830,924,634 $177,306,000 $653,618,634
7 7/3/2013 Despicable Me 2 $727,967,459 $143,056,000 $584,911,459
8 4/3/2015 Furious 7 $822,300,026 $245,576,000 $576,724,026
9 7/7/2006 Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest $856,572,077 $293,790,000 $562,782,077
10 7/18/2008 The Dark Knight $817,044,196 $263,340,000 $553,704,196
11 7/10/2015 Minions $665,640,596 $141,424,000 $524,216,596
12 7/11/2007 Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix $726,750,925 $202,594,000 $524,156,925
13 6/18/2010 Toy Story 3 $780,860,614 $267,398,000 $513,462,614
14 6/15/1994 The Lion King $670,235,685 $197,724,000 $472,511,685
15 11/20/2009 The Twilight Saga: New Moon $565,809,168 $103,444,000 $462,365,168
16 5/1/2015 The Avengers: Age of Ultron $769,514,249 $310,218,000 $459,296,249
17 7/2/2007 Transformers $656,811,782 $202,632,000 $454,179,782
18 11/19/2010 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part I $632,959,995 $180,774,000 $452,185,995
19 6/30/2010 The Twilight Saga: Eclipse $566,703,564 $117,520,000 $449,183,564
20 5/24/2007 Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End $800,021,776 $353,222,000 $446,799,776

Note: The profit and loss figures are very rough estimates based on domestic and international box office earnings and domestic video sales, extrapolated to estimate worldwide income to the studio, after deducting retail costs. Estimated expenses are based on the domestic theatrical distribution pattern of the film. More detailed financial analysis of films is available through our research services.

Most Profitable Movies, Based on Return on Investment

 Release DateMovieApprox. ProfitProduction BudgetRoI
1 9/25/2009 Paranormal Activity $89,761,830 $15,000 598,312%
2 7/10/2015 The Gallows $6,427,812 $100,000 6,328%
3 1/6/2012 The Devil Inside $37,316,634 $1,000,000 3,632%
4 2/5/1953 Peter Pan $139,940,515 $4,000,000 3,399%
5 6/16/1978 Grease $184,351,545 $6,000,000 2,973%
6 5/25/1977 Star Wars Ep. IV: A New Hope $321,128,724 $11,000,000 2,819%
7 3/21/2014 God’s Not Dead $32,260,878 $1,150,000 2,705%
8 10/20/2010 Paranormal Activity 2 $77,144,539 $3,000,000 2,471%
9 4/1/2011 Insidious $34,612,447 $1,500,000 2,208%
10 12/15/1974 Young Frankenstein $57,579,180 $2,800,000 1,956%
11 1/1/1946 It's a Wonderful Life $63,642,099 $3,180,000 1,901%
12 10/23/1992 Reservoir Dogs $22,452,279 $1,200,000 1,771%
13 6/20/1975 Jaws $223,002,061 $12,000,000 1,758%
14 10/3/2014 Annabelle $98,337,735 $6,500,000 1,413%
15 11/13/1991 Beauty and the Beast $292,888,177 $20,000,000 1,364%
16 4/17/2015 Unfriended $13,263,708 $1,000,000 1,226%
17 11/26/2010 The King’s Speech $196,362,745 $15,000,000 1,209%
18 6/29/2012 Magic Mike $90,389,198 $7,000,000 1,191%
19 5/25/2012 Chernobyl Diaries $12,336,581 $1,000,000 1,134%
20 6/6/2014 The Fault in Our Stars $147,168,134 $12,000,000 1,126%

Note: The profit and loss figures are very rough estimates based on domestic and international box office earnings and domestic video sales, extrapolated to estimate worldwide income to the studio, after deducting retail costs. Estimated expenses are based on the domestic theatrical distribution pattern of the film. More detailed financial analysis of films is available through our research services.

Biggest Money Losers, Based on Absolute Loss on Worldwide Earnings

 Release DateMovieApprox. IncomeApprox. ExpenseProfit
1 3/11/2011 Mars Needs Moms $26,240,837 $170,166,000 -$143,925,163
2 3/9/2012 John Carter $178,847,202 $307,124,000 -$128,276,798
3 7/2/2013 The Lone Ranger $175,712,052 $301,886,000 -$126,173,948
4 10/9/2015 Pan $65,107,602 $174,726,000 -$109,618,398
5 3/1/2013 Jack the Giant Slayer $122,942,596 $228,504,000 -$105,561,404
6 12/17/2010 How Do You Know? $35,502,292 $140,454,000 -$104,951,708
7 12/25/2013 47 Ronin $91,746,221 $189,988,000 -$98,241,779
8 2/6/2015 Jupiter Ascending $108,971,281 $206,582,000 -$97,610,719
9 5/22/2015 Tomorrowland $112,061,411 $205,644,000 -$93,582,589
10 7/19/2013 R.I.P.D. $54,468,927 $147,884,000 -$93,415,073
11 11/23/2011 Hugo $124,115,315 $215,796,000 -$91,680,685
12 6/22/2007 Evan Almighty $125,391,753 $212,964,000 -$87,572,247
13 5/9/2008 Speed Racer $69,167,016 $149,420,000 -$80,252,984
14 2/12/2010 The Wolfman $98,104,672 $174,496,000 -$76,391,328
15 5/12/2006 Poseidon $118,071,655 $194,338,000 -$76,266,345
16 8/17/2007 The Invasion $24,954,249 $96,162,000 -$71,207,751
17 5/9/2014 Legends of Oz: Dorothy’s Return $11,861,420 $82,674,000 -$70,812,580
18 6/17/2011 Green Lantern $161,791,398 $231,524,000 -$69,732,602
19 11/1/2013 Ender's Game $70,711,375 $139,462,000 -$68,750,625
20 1/16/2015 Blackhat $12,269,236 $80,742,000 -$68,472,764

Note: The profit and loss figures are very rough estimates based on domestic and international box office earnings and domestic video sales, extrapolated to estimate worldwide income to the studio, after deducting retail costs. Estimated expenses are based on the domestic theatrical distribution pattern of the film. More detailed financial analysis of films is available through our research services.