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Is 'X-Men: Days Of Future Past' Really The Most Expensive Movie Made By 20th Century Fox After 'Avatar'?

by Kevin Jagernauth
November 18, 2013 3:06 PM
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Well, you gotta hand it to 20th Century Fox, they sure know how to burn their productions right down to the wire. With their mega-sized "X-Men: Days Of Future Past" slated to hit theaters in about six months, the production is going to back for reshoots, and it's not just a few days of pickups. Nope, a few weeks of additional shooting is planned in Montreal this month but that's not really the most eyebrow-raising part of all this.

PostMedia News is declaring that the production is "the second-most expensive movie ever produced by Hollywood studio 20th Century Fox, behind only 'Avatar.' " Wait, what? The official budget on James Cameron's film was $237 million though other estimates put it well over $300 million, while "X-Men: First Class" cost a standard blockbuster rate of $160 million. Generally speaking, budgets on sequels go up and certainly with Bryan Singer's film starring pretty much X-Men cast member in the recent history and some new faces too, certainly it's going to cost more. But second only to "Avatar"?

We can't imagine 20th Century Fox would offer up that piece of trivia to local news reporter as they gear up for reshoots (studios generally tend to keep budget info close to the vest as much as possible) so we can only surmise this is some kind of hyperbole. Still, where's there smoke perhaps there's fire. Is Fox hoping to spend big to earn big with this "The Avengers"-sized followup? Guess we'll find out soon enough....

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  • Craig | November 22, 2013 1:58 AMReply

    I heard this is going to be a big reshooting, since the cast would continue for more than 2 weeks.

  • The Fanciful Norwegian | November 19, 2013 4:43 AMReply

    I'd be more surprised if it wasn't. If you take DoFP out of the equation, the current second-to-AVATAR is X-MEN: THE LAST STAND, which came in at $210m. It's not at all hard to believe DoFP cost more than an X-film from 2006 but less than one of the most expensive films of all time.

  • Alan B | November 19, 2013 6:02 AM

    Considering how cheap Fox is with their blockbusters, this is not that much of a surprise. Is there some kind of treaty agreement between American and Canada that Fox must shoot all their tentpoles in Vancouver or something?

  • Diana | November 18, 2013 11:33 PMReply

    Studios need to stop giving Bryan Singer those ginormous budgets. Haven't they learned anything from "Jack the Giant Slayer" and "Superman Returns"?

  • RRA | November 18, 2013 11:29 PMReply

    Good to know that times change, but fanboy complaints don't.

  • dub | November 18, 2013 4:44 PMReply

    I don't really know anything about the X-men, but that is one hell of a shitty costume on Fassbender in that picture. Damn.

  • tristan eldritch | November 18, 2013 4:35 PMReply

    I gotta say, as much as I'm optimistic about the film being good, the trailer actually looks pretty cheap.

  • Billy | November 18, 2013 3:35 PMReply

    Money to burn.

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