Hollywood Hits: Budgets of 2011 Oscar Nominated Films

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Posted on 01/26/2011

The nominees have been named for the 83rd annual Academy Awards. Ten films are competing for Best Picture and for the most part, you won’t see a huge, budget-busting epic among them. Wondering how much it cost to make these Hollywood hits? Check out these budgets of the 2011 Oscar nominated films.


The King’s Speech - This British historical drama depicts the challenge of King George VI, played by Best Actor nominee Colin Firth, as he works with a therapist to overcome a stutter. According to reports it cost $15 million to make and has earned $57.3 million at the box office.


The Social Network - This is the story of the creation of Facebook by Mark Zuckerberg, featuring Jesse Eisenberg who is also nominated for Best Actor. The film cost about $40 million to produce and brought in just under $100 million at the box office.


Black Swan - Ballet turns gritty in this psycho-sexual thriller as Nina, played by Best Actress nominee Natalie Portman, reaches her limits physically and mentally. According to movie industry data, the budget for the film was $13 million, but it took in more than $83 million in ticket sales.


127 Hours - This film is based on the true story of Aron Ralston, a hiker forced to amputate his own arm when he gets trapped by a boulder. Box Office Mojo says it took $18 million to make the movie, but so far it’s brought in just $11.2 million at the box office.


The Fighter - Another true story, this film follows Mickey Ward as he fights his way to becoming a professional boxer. Several other actors received nominations for their supporting roles. The Fighter’s budget came in at $25 million while its revenue topped $73 million.


Inception - This film is about where reality ends and fantasy begins. It cost a whopping $160 million to produce and has earned just under $300 million at the box office.


Toy Story 3 - It’s not often that an animated film is nominated for Best Picture, let alone a sequel, but the return of Woody, Buzz and the other toys was full of emotion and laughs. Toy Story 3 had the biggest production budget of all the Best Picture nominees, coming in at a cost of $200 million, but took in more than double that at the box office.


The Kids Are All Right - This modern depiction of the American family tells the story of a lesbian couple and the man that helped them create their children. The film cost just $4 million to make but has earned roughly five times that in ticket sales.


True Grit - This remake of John Wayne’s 1969 Oscar winner follows a young girl as she attempts to gain justice in the death of her father. It took $38 million to produce the film, but it has garnered $100 million more than that at the box office.


Winter’s Bone - A tough girl navigates the Ozark Mountains in search for her dead beat father while trying to protect her family. This film took the least to make—just $2 million. But it also brought in the least, earning just $6.2 at the box office.


By Alison Storm


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