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9. Avatar – $237 Million

James Cameron’s 2009 sci-fi film had such a high budget because the production team had to invent a load of new 3D technology to actually be able to film the way Cameron wanted to. The 3D cameras and other equipment used for the movie had never been used before, and so had to be built from scratch. Some rumors report that the blockbuster cost $500 million to make and that the production team roped private equity partners into paying for 60 percent of the movie’s budget, but that rumor has never been confirmed.

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