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Most Expensive Films Ranked from Worst to Worth Watching

Despite the threat of Netflix taking over, movies continue to be an unstoppable force in the entertainment industry. When talking about massive and not to mention expensive films, audiences still find a way to clamor around cinemas to see the movie unfold through a supersized screen.

But unfortunately, big budgets do not automatically translate to massive returns or favorable reviews. See the most expensive films ranked from bad to worth watching brought to you by ExploreTalent:

10. Transformers: Age of Extinction (2014)

Budget: $210 million

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Metacritic: 32%

Rotten Tomatoes: 18%

IMDb: 5.7/10 

The fourth installment of the Transformers franchise was just a bore fest filled with nothing but CGI robots fighting each other. Despite the low reviews, it still went on to be one of the most successful movies of 2014, hitting box-office sales of $1.104 billion worldwide.

9. John Carter (2012)

Budget: $263.7 million


Metacritic: 51%

Rotten Tomatoes: 51%

IMDb: 6.6/10

The movie John Carter is infamously known to be the biggest box-office bombs in history. But it isn’t the worst film on this list because it has a more interesting story line than Transformers: Age of Extinction, and it also helps that it did a good amount of justice to the book that it was based on amid stunning cinematic visuals.

8. Minions (2015)

Budget: $74 million


Rotten Tomatoes: 55%

IMDb: 6.4/10

Minions were first introduced through the Despicable Me movies as the adorable but clumsy assistants to evil mastermind Gru. They finally got their self titled “origin” movie that was released last 2015. The movie was not quite a hit with the critics, but they did manage to reel in audiences, earning over a billion dollars in the box office.

7. Alice in Wonderland (2010)

Budget: $200 million


Rotten Tomatoes: 52%

IMDb: 6.5/10

Despite showcasing a strong cast and a jaw-dropping CGI filled recreation of Wonderland, 2010’s adaptation of the iconic Lewis Carroll book was not as astonishing as the original movie. Disney did do a good job by having Tim Burton direct Alice in Wonderland, though, as his signature filmmaking skills resonated throughout the film. But this sits far from standards of the recent live action movies that the production company has been coming out with, and the 2016 sequel did not seem to fare any better.

6. Avatar (2009)

Budget: $237 million


Metacritic: 83%

Rotten Tomatoes: 83%

IMDb: 7.9/10 

James Cameron‘s Avatar surpassed his own hit Titanic in the box office. The graphics and gripping plot were enough to reel audiences in. But many have argued that the story line had been borrowed from that of Pocahontas with American settlers looking to conquer foreign lands for resources. Whether Cameron took inspiration from that movie or not, no one can argue that Avatar continues to be one of the most compelling films in cinematic history.

5. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows II (2011)

Budget: $250 million 


Metacritic: 87%

Rotten Tomatoes: 96%

IMDb: 8.1/10

After the Harry Potter franchise ended, most young adult book adaptations failed to gain as much momentum as it did. The last movie proved to be the perfect film to wrap the whole story line up with and their efforts were not in vain. Fans gave a well-deserved good-bye and thank you to what can only be the best movie of the series.

4. Jurassic Park (1993)

Budget: $379 million

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Metacritic: 59%

Rotten Tomatoes: 72%

IMDb: 7.1/10

No doubt about it, Jurassic Park is easily one of Steven Spielberg‘s most well-loved masterpiece. The movie gave a terrifying look into what happens when humans mess up with nature, and not to mention introduce the world to the wrath of an angry Tyrannosaurus Rex and an equally terrifying pack of velociraptors.

3. Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015)

Budget: $306 million


Rotten Tomatoes: 92%

IMDb: 7.1/10

Fans of the Star Wars franchise were pretty pleased at this reboot after that highly criticized prequels released a decade ago. The Force was literally awakened by this film as it stayed true to the original story line and even featured iconic characters such as Han Solo, Princess Leia, and even the lovable Chewbaca while introducing new players to the plot.

2. Marvel’s The Avengers (2012)

Budget: $220 million


Metacritic: 69%

Rotten Tomatoes: 92%

IMDb: 8.1/10

The 2016 film Captain America Civil War came close to taking this spot, but everyone would agree that this was the film that started it all. The cinematic masterpiece that was The Avengers introduced the new generation to a league of superheroes, and while it may have naturally spawned a sequel, nothing really beats the original.

1. Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)

Budget: $93 million


Metacritic: 92%

Rotten Tomatoes: 97%

IMDb: 8.8/10

Ironically, the best expensive film on this list uses half the budget of most of the movies here. But that did not stop the first installment of the Lord of the Rings franchise from becoming the best epic fantasy film to date. So far, no movie has ever surpassed this book adaptation, which garnered several accolades including four Academy Awards that year. So far, its reboot prequel The Hobbit has not been as well received and only received success because of the legacy it rides on.

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