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The priciest film ever made may surprise since it isn't either of James Cameron's flicks, Titanic or Avatar.

It might not instantly spring to mind as the biggest budget-busting film ever, but 2007's Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End takes the prize.

Johnny Depp's swashbuckling adventure epic, the third in the franchise, cost $US341.8 million ($A369.81 million) to produce, in a list compiled by Business Insider, which takes in reported or estimated budgets and inflation.

But it more than provided bang for the buck, by pulling in $US963 million ($1.04 billion) at the worldwide box office.

The film, directed by Gore Verbiniski, reunited Depp with Geoffrey Rush, Orlando Bloom and Keira Knightley, and scored Oscar nominations for make-up and visual effects.

Elizabeth Taylor's Cleopatra comes in at number two with a modern-day budget of $US339.5 million.


Titanic takes the third spot with $US294.3 million

With a surprisingly low turn-out on the list for comic-book franchises, only Spider-Man 3 makes it onto the list with $US293.9 million. 

Top 10 most expensive films:

1. Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End (2007) - $341.8 million 
2. Cleopatra (1963) - $339.5 million 
3. Titanic (1997) - $294.3 million
4. Spider-Man 3 (2007) - $293.9 million
5. Tangled (2010) - $281.7 million 
6. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (2009) - $275.3 million
7. Waterworld (1995) - $271.3 million 
8. Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest (2006) - $263.7 million 
9. Avatar (2009) - $261 million 
10. The Hobbit (2012) - $257.2 million 

WENN, with Sarah Thomas


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