$450,000 A Day: That’s How Avengers: Infinity War Went Over Budget


In response to a question about the expenses which such an epic superhero project like Infinity War requires, Joe Russo, said, “The cast gets all of it.” The directors were visiting Sway In The Morning, and Anthony Russo jokingly said “We give most of it to Downey” taking a dig at the multi-million amount that the Iron-Man star gets.

“It does break down that way where the cast does get a big percentage of it. These movies have been incredibly successful, there’s 18 of them, and typically as movies succeed, the cast can get more expensive,” Joe said.

“The VFX are incredibly expensive on a movie like this, well into the hundreds of millions. So between those two, those are the largest categories that take most of the money. Then there’s just the day-to-day running of a production that can be very expensive.”

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Avengers: Infinity War and its sequel, the presently untitled Avengers 4, “shot for a year straight from January to January with about two weeks in-between,” Joe said, saying that the costs regularly reached up to “350, 400, 450,000 a day just to keep the production running.”

In 2017, the two-part movie was claimed to have cost 1 billion dollars.

Sometime back, The Wall Street Journal claimed that the real cost of Avengers: Infinity War happened to be “close to $300 million.” Which puts it into the league of the costliest movies ever made, joining Disney’s own Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides ($378 million) and Avengers: Age of Ultron ($365m), and tied with Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End ($300m) and Warner Bros.’ Justice League($300m).

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We did go over budget,” Joe said. Anthony further added, “The irony is like no matter how much money you have, at some point you run out of money. So it’s pretty crazy.”

“It really is like a sprint to the finish, these movies,” Joe said.

We started them in 2016, there were two of them back-to-back, two of the most expensive movies ever made, shot them back-to-back — prep them, write them, edit them — we finished shooting in January, raced into the edit room to finish Infinity War, handed it off to Disney on April 7th, said ‘here’s the movie,’ got on a plane, and then went to Mexico City, and London, and Edinburgh, and Seoul, Korea, and Tokyo, and Shanghai, and literally lapped the world and are just ending here. So we haven’t even had a moment to process [the movie’s success].”

The directors are soon going to join editors Jeffrey Ford and Matthew Schmidt to start work on Avengers 4, releasing on May 3, 2019.

Avengers: Infinity War had the biggest ever global opening in the history of cinema and it has now become the fastest ever to go past the $1 billion landmark at the box office.

This is the 19th successive #1 opening movie from Marvel Studios and has a genuine chance of earning $2 billion at the box office, an achievement which only three films are credited with so far.


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