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Superman Returns Budget Up to $300M?

Published May 18, 2006 in Movie News
By Ryan Parsons | Image property of Warner Bros
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We have recently received two emails that discuss the details on our article on big summer budgets (here). One of the most talked about films in the article was Superman Returns, a film we reported to have a budget somewhere near $250 million. We followed this information by showing our amazement on how Spider-Man 3 is already looking north of the $250M mark.

Well, it turns out that Warner Bros did not want to get out done; or should I say out spent?

Superman Returns Budget

Both emails I had received claimed that their are rumors that suggest the budget of Superman Returns has already shot well north of $250 million. I decided to look into this and discovered that none other than The Sun Online -- in their 'bizarre' section -- ran a brief editorial on the rumor.

Now, I know the publication (The Sun) is known for being inaccurate on many topics, let's still take a look at the numbers they are reporting.

According to them, Superman Returns could be pushing the $300 million mark. Now, most have already predicted that Superman Returns should rock every box office it enters, but this number is still a hefty one to recover. Add the fact that Superman Returns has to face off against Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest only a week after its release and one has to wonder how nervous Warner Bros is.

The Sun admits that they got a lot of their information from David Poland, editor of Movie City News.

According to Poland, “There’s no way it could cost less than $250m based on what they green lit. It was $200m with first director McG before Bryan Singer took over. When Bryan took over they had to re-shoot. I figure it’s anywhere between $290m and $300m at this time.”

Warner Bros begs to differ by stating that the film cost only $204 million; even though industry insiders have put the film’s costs at between $250 and $261 million.

I guess once you spend two-hundred million what is another fifty to one-hundred million more?

Superman Returns will fly into theatres on June 30th.

For movie clips, movie stills, the trailers, movie info and synopsis, go to the Superman Returns Movie Page.

Stay tuned for updates.

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