The average movie audiences see in theaters costs around $65 million to make. Add in a few extra A-listers and some big explosions, and that budget goes even higher. Still, it’s astonishing that the budget for Avengers: Infinity War is supposedly hitting $1 billion.
Yes, that’s “billion” with a “B.” That’s over 15 times what the average theatrical release costs, making Avengers: Infinity War the most expensive production yet. It’s not clear if this is for one movie or two, however. Avengers: Infinity War started out as a two-part movie, but the second part has since changed titles. Part two is now simply called Untitled Avengers Movie.
All that’s certain at this point is that Avengers: Infinity War has some big expenses to cover. First off, the actors alone are demanding high salaries. According to Cinema Blend, about $400 million of the budget will go to the co-directors, producers and cast. As the biggest star on the roster, Robert Downey Jr. will get half of the total actor budget.
That means Robert Downey Jr. will be getting more money than Scarlett Johansson, Chris Pratt, Chris Hemsworth, Benedict Cumberbatch, Brie Larson and more combined. Luckily, all these actors have a lot of star power. It’s likely Marvel will have no trouble earning back the money at the box office.
Super Powers Aren’t Free
Of course, digital effects don’t come cheap, either. We know that Thanos will be the big baddie the Avengers square off against. From the glimpses we’ve caught of him in post-credit scenes and such, it’s clear the world he inhabits is one that takes a lot of CGI. Thanos is played by Josh Brolin, but he’s nonetheless digitally altered.
Not to mention, many of the Avengers have powers that are beyond human capabilities. Thor can summon lightning, Doctor Strange can use mystical powers and Iron Man flies around in a metal suit. None of these things are necessarily practical in real life, so it will take some extra money to make it look convincing.
A $1 billion budget sounds insane at first. But once you start tallying up the expenses, it’s easy to see why Avengers: Infinity War will be one of the most expensive films ever made.