Among the most frequent questions I’m asked by those new to the film industry is “How much does the average movie cost to make?”
The short answer is “it depends”. It’s similar to asking “How much does the average meal cost to make?” It depends where you are, who’s making it, for whom and whether Robert Downey Jr. is involved (ok, so maybe this last one only applies to movies).
This would make for rather a short blog article, so instead I thought I’d take a deeper look at whether there are useful ballparks which can give a sense of scale on movie budgets.
I built up a dataset of 5,713 feature films released domestically (i.e. in US & Canadian cinemas) for which I …