The budget of the original Star Wars is shocking: $11 million.

That’s just an estimate, but it’s the one you see on most reputable sites, including IMDb. Fox originally budgeted just $8 million for Star Wars, but the film’s groundbreaking special effects required more resources than initially anticipated. Still, $11 million is insane. Robert Downey Jr.’s salary for Captain America: Civil War was $40 million and a cut of the movie’s grosses. One Star Wars equals a quarter of a Robert Downey Jr. $11 million gets you Iron Man’s face and maybe one arm.

Granted, $11 million in 1977 went a lot further than it does in 2015. Still, adjusted for inflation, Star Wars cost a little over $43 million (or one Downey). Today, Star Wars is synonymous with huge, epic moviemaking. Nothing is bigger than Star Wars. (The estimated budget for Star Wars: The Force Awakens? $200 million.) And yet the original film was basically a scrappy little B-movie with truly amazing visuals. At best, it was a mid-level picture; The Towering Inferno cost more to make ($14 million) in 1974. It’s incredible to consider how much bang George Lucas and Fox got for their buck.

It’s particularly impressive when you compare Star Wars with the budgets of recent Hollywood movies. And I’m not just talking about the Avengers and Jurassic Worlds of the universe; everyone knows those movies are massive and cost a fortune. I’m talking about the mid-level pictures of today, ones with scales dwarfed by Lucas’ sci-fi saga. To prove it here is a list of over 100 movies from just the last five years that cost more than Star Wars, even after adjusting for inflation.

It’s a pretty crazy collection of movies. You could get almost an entire Star Wars trilogy for the price of one Green Hornet ($120 million). Grown Ups 2 cost almost twice as much as Star Wars. (F---ing Grown Ups 2!) Hell, even Lucas himself spent more on his World War II fighter pilot drama Red Tails ($58 million) than Fox did on the first Star Wars.

Here (with numbers pulled from Box Office Mojo) is the full list of movies that cost more than Star Wars. Some were hits; many were not. The lesson? Quantity doesn’t equal quality. And you probably shouldn’t spend $120 million on The Green Hornet.

2011-2015 Movies That Cost More Than Star Wars (Adjusted For Inflation)


The Adjustment Bureau ($50 million)
Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked ($75 million)
The Change-Up ($52 million)
Contagion ($60 million)
Crazy Stupid Love ($50 million)
The Dilemma ($70 million)
The Green Hornet ($120 million)
Hop ($63 million)
I Am Number Four ($60 million)
Immortals ($75 million)
Jack and Jill ($79 million)
Johnny English Reborn ($45 million)
Just Go With It ($80 million)
Moneyball ($50 million)
Mr. Popper’s Penguins ($55 million)
The Muppets ($45 million)
New Year’s Eve ($56 million)
Priest ($60 million)
Red Riding Hood ($42 million)
The Rum Diary ($45 million)
Sucker Punch ($82 million)
The Three Musketeers ($75 million)
Tower Heist ($75 million)
War Horse ($66 million)
Your Highness ($50 million)
Zookeeper ($80 million)


21 Jump Street ($42 million)
Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter ($69 million)
American Reunion ($50 million)
Argo ($44.5 million)
Dark Shadows ($150 million)
The Dictator ($65 million)
Dredd ($50 million)
The Expendables 2 ($100 million)
Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance ($57 million)
Journey 2: The Mystery Island ($79 million)
Les Miserables ($61 million)
Life of Pi ($120 million)
Mirror Mirror ($85 million)
The Pirates! Band of Misfits ($55 million)
Red Dawn ($65 million)
Resident Evil: Retribution ($65 million)
Red Tails ($58 million)
Rock of Ages ($75 million)
Safe House ($85 million)
That’s My Boy ($70 million)
This Means War ($65 million)
Underworld Awakening ($70 million)
The Watch ($68 million)


2 Guns ($61 million)
47 Ronin ($175 million)
After Earth ($130 million)
Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues ($50 million)
Captain Phillips ($55 million)
Epic ($100 million)
Free Birds ($55 million)
The Heat ($43 million)
Gangster Squad ($60 million)
A Good Day to Die Hard ($92 million)
The Great Gatsby ($105 million)
Grown Ups 2 ($80 million)
The Hangover Part III ($103 million)
Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters ($50 million)
The Internship ($58 million)
Jack the Giant Slayer ($195 million)
The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones ($60 million)
Now You See Me ($75 million)
Prisoners ($46 million)
Red 2 ($84 million)
R.I.P.D. ($130 million)
The Secret Life of Walter Mitty ($90 million)
The Smurfs 2 ($105 million)
The Wolf of Wall Street ($100 million)


300: Rise of an Empire ($110 million)
Annie ($65 million)
Dracula Untold ($70 million)
The Equalizer ($55 million)
Fury ($68 million)
Gone Girl ($61 million)
Hercules ($100 million)
I, Frankenstein ($65 million)
Into the Storm ($50 million)
Into the Woods ($50 million)
Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit ($60 million)
The Judge ($50 million)
Legends of Oz: Dorothy’s Return ($70 million)
The Monuments Men ($70 million)
Muppets Most Wanted ($50 million)
Need For Speed ($66 million)
Noah ($125 million)
Non-Stop ($50 million)
Pompeii ($100 million)
RoboCop ($100 million)
Transcendence ($100 million)
Unbroken ($65 million)
Winter’s Tale ($60 million)


Blackhat ($70 million)
Black Mass ($53 million)
Chappie ($49 million)
Crimson Peak ($55 million)
Everest ($55 million)
Focus ($50 million)
Goosebumps ($58 million)
The Last Witch Hunter ($90 million)
The Man From U.N.C.L.E. ($75 million)
Mortdecai ($60 million)
Pan ($150 million)
Pixels ($88 million)
Run All Night ($50 million)
Seventh Son ($95 million)
Taken 3 ($58 million)