Comedy movies are no joke (no pun intended). Just take these comedy movies for example. They had such a high production budget it made the studios sweat meatballs.
The Other Guys
The movie – The Other Guys cost a whopping 100 Million USD. Compared to other Will Ferrell Comedies, the movie had at least 35 per cent more production budget on average. Step Brothers cost 65 Million. Talladega Nights: the Ballad of Ricky Bobby had a 72.5 Million price tag. The reason for The Other Guys costing so much were the over the top action sequences. The movie also recreated several vintage set pieces that shot up the budget sky high. Thankfully the movie was a hit and the studio made it back and way more.
The Stepford Wives
The 2004 movie The Stepford Wives was a remake of a classic movie. The movie did have its fair share of trouble. Principal photography for the movie went over-schedule by at least two months. The movie entered another round of reshoots right when it was supposed to enter post-production. Reports say the initial budget for the movie was 50 Million USD. Paramount increased the budget, almost doubling it to 100 Million for the reshoots. The movie was a bomb and it couldn’t even make back its initial investment, let alone make a profit.
Fun With Dick And Jane
In the early 2000’s, Jim Carrey was what Dwayne Johnson is to Hollywood today. He was Hollywood viagra. So with an actor like him on board, the studio could go a little overboard. Fun With Dick And Jane had a budget that was a shocking 140 Million USD. For comparison’s sake, the movie cost more than Ant-Man And The Wasp. The reason was the original director walking out of the project days before filming was supposed to begin. Cameron Diaz too vowed out of the project. The studio then overshot the budget but the movie was a success nonetheless.
The movie was clearly an attempt at replicating the success of Night At The Museum. The idea of a comic actor being placed in a family friendly setting with miniature versions of other iconic actors is basically Night At The Museum. The movie also had a budget of 112 Million USD. Night At The Museum had a budget of 110 Million USD. Coincidence? We think not!! But Gulliver’s Travels was a flawed movie. Jack Black may be good but he is no Ben Stiller. The movie did make 232 million USD in Box Office earnings but Night At The Museum got two more sequels. Gulliver’s Travels has none.
Son Of The Mask
The Mask was in no way a cash burning movie project. It had a budget of a mere 18 Million USD. Son of the Mask on the other hand had a budget of 100 Million USD. The reason for the budget increase was the success of the first movie. In the original movie, Jim Carrey’s character relied more on his comic timing and seldom used his powers. Son Of The Mask was about a baby born with supernatural abilities. The movie made use of CGI heavy scenes and the budget ultimately went overboard. The movie is considered one of the worst movies ever made in Hollywood.