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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 5/20/2011 Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides $410,600,000 $241,063,875 $1,045,663,875
3 5/1/2015 Avengers: Age of Ultron $330,600,000 $459,005,868 $1,408,218,722
4 12/18/2015 Star Wars Ep. VII: The Force Awakens $306,000,000 $936,662,225 $2,058,662,225
5 5/24/2007 Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End $300,000,000 $309,420,425 $963,420,425
6 11/6/2015 Spectre $300,000,000 $200,074,175 $879,620,923
7 11/17/2017 Justice League $300,000,000 $213,967,373 $616,563,910
8 7/2/2013 The Lone Ranger $275,000,000 $89,302,115 $260,002,115
9 3/9/2012 John Carter $275,000,000 $73,058,679 $282,778,100
10 7/20/2012 The Dark Knight Rises $275,000,000 $448,139,099 $1,084,439,099
11 11/24/2010 Tangled $260,000,000 $200,821,936 $586,477,240
12 5/4/2007 Spider-Man 3 $258,000,000 $336,530,303 $894,860,230
13 7/15/2009 Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince $250,000,000 $301,959,197 $935,083,686
14 12/14/2012 The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey $250,000,000 $303,003,568 $1,017,003,568
15 12/13/2013 The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug $250,000,000 $258,366,855 $960,366,855
16 12/17/2014 The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies $250,000,000 $255,119,788 $955,119,788
17 3/25/2016 Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice $250,000,000 $330,360,194 $868,160,194
18 5/6/2016 Captain America: Civil War $250,000,000 $408,084,349 $1,153,304,495
19 4/14/2017 The Fate of the Furious $250,000,000 $225,764,765 $1,236,365,720
20 6/28/2006 Superman Returns $232,000,000 $200,120,000 $374,085,065
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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 8/1/1991 Slacker $23,000 $1,227,508 $1,227,508
3 6/30/1972 Deep Throat $25,000 $45,000,000 $45,000,000
4 8/1/1997 In the Company of Men $25,000 $2,883,661 $2,883,661
5 10/19/1994 Clerks $27,000 $3,073,428 $3,894,240
6 8/9/1995 The Brothers McMullen $50,000 $10,426,506 $10,426,506
7 3/16/2001 Gabriela $50,000 $2,335,352 $2,335,352
8 5/7/2004 Super Size Me $65,000 $11,529,368 $22,233,808
9 7/10/1998 Pi $68,000 $3,221,152 $4,678,513
10 8/30/1972 The Last House on the Left $87,000 $3,100,000 $3,100,000
11 1/1/1977 Eraserhead $100,000 $7,000,000 $7,012,524
12 9/29/2006 Facing the Giants $100,000 $10,178,331 $10,243,159
13 3/1/1987 Hollywood Shuffle $100,000 $5,228,617 $5,228,617
14 10/9/1998 The Mighty $100,000 $2,652,246 $6,121,582
15 9/17/1920 Over the Hill to the Poorhouse $100,000 $3,000,000 $3,000,000
16 7/10/2015 The Gallows $100,000 $22,764,410 $41,753,881
17 2/8/1915 The Birth of a Nation $110,000 $10,000,000 $11,000,000
18 10/1/1968 Night of the Living Dead $114,000 $12,087,064 $30,087,064
19 6/15/2012 Your Sister's Sister $120,000 $1,597,486 $3,090,593
20 11/16/1942 Cat People $134,000 $4,000,000 $8,000,000

Most Profitable Movies, Based on Absolute Profit on Worldwide Gross

 Release DateMovieApprox. IncomeApprox. ExpenseProfit
1 12/18/2009 Avatar $1,789,733,387 $516,262,000 $1,273,471,387
2 12/18/2015 Star Wars Ep. VII: The Force Awakens $1,211,746,746 $381,704,000 $830,042,746
3 11/18/2005 Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire $996,452,167 $208,064,000 $788,388,167
4 11/22/2013 Frozen $1,022,751,556 $245,904,000 $776,847,556
5 5/4/2012 The Avengers $994,557,832 $300,290,000 $694,267,832
6 6/12/2015 Jurassic World $967,850,403 $287,756,000 $680,094,403
7 7/15/2011 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part II $832,535,980 $177,306,000 $655,229,980
8 7/3/2013 Despicable Me 2 $734,472,410 $143,056,000 $591,416,410
9 4/3/2015 Furious 7 $830,220,151 $245,576,000 $584,644,151
10 7/7/2006 Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest $856,572,077 $293,790,000 $562,782,077
11 7/10/2015 Minions $697,979,891 $141,424,000 $556,555,891
12 7/18/2008 The Dark Knight $816,953,791 $263,340,000 $553,613,791
13 7/11/2007 Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix $729,162,695 $202,594,000 $526,568,695
14 6/18/2010 Toy Story 3 $783,713,267 $267,398,000 $516,315,267
15 6/15/1994 The Lion King $691,704,473 $197,724,000 $493,980,473
16 3/17/2017 Beauty and the Beast $713,072,697 $231,846,000 $481,226,697
17 11/20/2009 The Twilight Saga: New Moon $565,907,662 $103,444,000 $462,463,662
18 7/2/2007 Transformers $657,296,593 $202,632,000 $454,664,593
19 11/19/2010 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part I $634,663,851 $180,774,000 $453,889,851
20 6/30/2010 The Twilight Saga: Eclipse $566,803,858 $117,520,000 $449,283,858

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 $89,354,840 $450,000 19,757%
2 7/10/2015 The Gallows $6,932,744 $100,000 6,833%
3 1/6/2012 The Devil Inside $37,387,638 $1,000,000 3,639%
4 2/5/1953 Peter Pan $140,335,820 $4,000,000 3,408%
5 3/21/2014 God’s Not Dead $36,158,946 $1,150,000 3,044%
6 6/16/1978 Grease $186,810,333 $6,000,000 3,014%
7 5/25/1977 Star Wars Ep. IV: A New Hope $324,588,332 $11,000,000 2,851%
8 10/20/2010 Paranormal Activity 2 $77,144,539 $3,000,000 2,471%
9 4/1/2011 Insidious $34,980,875 $1,500,000 2,232%
10 1/1/1946 It’s a Wonderful Life $69,894,827 $3,180,000 2,098%
11 12/15/1974 Young Frankenstein $58,163,326 $2,800,000 1,977%
12 1/20/2017 Split $103,582,865 $5,000,000 1,972%
13 6/20/1975 Jaws $224,804,018 $12,000,000 1,773%
14 10/23/1992 Reservoir Dogs $22,452,279 $1,200,000 1,771%
15 11/13/1991 Beauty and the Beast $332,861,337 $20,000,000 1,564%
16 8/28/2015 War Room $49,854,244 $3,000,000 1,562%
17 2/24/2017 Get Out $82,771,119 $5,000,000 1,555%
18 10/3/2014 Annabelle $102,199,940 $6,500,000 1,472%
19 4/17/2015 Unfriended $13,592,502 $1,000,000 1,259%
20 11/26/2010 The King’s Speech $196,685,814 $15,000,000 1,211%

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 $26,549,785 $170,166,000 -$143,616,215
2 3/9/2012 John Carter $180,035,467 $307,124,000 -$127,088,533
3 7/2/2013 The Lone Ranger $176,683,273 $301,886,000 -$125,202,727
4 5/12/2017 King Arthur: Legend of the Sword $79,352,240 $199,580,000 -$120,227,760
5 9/30/2016 Deepwater Horizon $77,109,016 $189,348,000 -$112,238,984
6 1/13/2017 Monster Trucks $39,149,240 $149,450,000 -$110,300,760
7 3/1/2013 Jack the Giant Slayer $123,307,440 $228,504,000 -$105,196,560
8 12/17/2010 How Do You Know? $35,506,852 $140,454,000 -$104,947,148
9 12/25/2013 47 Ronin $92,676,039 $189,988,000 -$97,311,961
10 2/6/2015 Jupiter Ascending $109,533,314 $206,582,000 -$97,048,686
11 4/21/2017 The Promise $5,968,133 $99,886,000 -$93,917,867
12 7/19/2013 R.I.P.D. $54,867,336 $147,884,000 -$93,016,664
13 11/23/2011 Hugo $124,242,048 $215,796,000 -$91,553,952
14 5/22/2015 Tomorrowland $115,093,501 $205,644,000 -$90,550,499
15 6/22/2007 Evan Almighty $125,391,753 $212,964,000 -$87,572,247
16 10/9/2015 Pan $88,578,199 $174,726,000 -$86,147,801
17 5/9/2008 Speed Racer $69,356,164 $149,420,000 -$80,063,836
18 2/26/2016 Gods of Egypt $82,666,114 $161,930,000 -$79,263,886
19 2/12/2010 The Wolfman $98,324,188 $174,496,000 -$76,171,812
20 5/12/2006 Poseidon $118,211,450 $194,338,000 -$76,126,550

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.

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