Every year, movies are continually one-upping each other in an attempt to be the biggest film of the year. Most achieve this through popular actors, more elaborate scenes, better scripts, and creative marketing. Plus, it feels as though movies are constantly growing larger in scope. It’s important to note that many studios do not include their marketing costs along with their production costs. This means that it’s possible for a studio to spend more on marketing than they do on production.
Taking up numbers 15 through 18 of the most expensive films are three separate movies from the Star Wars universe. In 2015, Disney released the first film in what would become a third Star Wars trilogy. The film, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, cost the studio around $274 million. Its sequel, Star Wars: The Last Jedi, came out just two years later and had a similar cost of $268 million. With casts that included both new names and iconic actors such as Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher, it makes sense that its cast made up a significant portion of the cost. Plus, the Star Wars films have always been elaborate in scope and reach with boundary-pushing special effects. Just a year later, Disney released a prequel film, Solo: A Star Wars Story, as part of their plan to expand the Star Wars universe. The film cost $275 million to produce.
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