18 Most Costly Movie Blunders That Studios Wish You’d Forget

In the world of film, sometimes things don’t go exactly as planned, and those slip-ups can end up costing a fortune. Here’s a rundown of 18 movies where things went sideways in a big way, proving that even the biggest budgets can’t safeguard against every hiccup:

Justice League (2017)

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That time when Henry Cavill’s mustache from another movie role became a $25 million problem. They had to digitally erase it because he was filming “Mission: Impossible – Fallout” at the same time and couldn’t shave it off.

Some Like It Hot (1959)

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Marilyn Monroe’s on-set behavior significantly inflated the movie’s budget. Known for arriving late and struggling with her lines, Monroe’s need for multiple takes pushed the production over schedule, increasing costs. Despite these challenges, the film became a classic, showcasing Monroe’s undeniable screen presence and talent.

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005)

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Charlie and the Chocolate Factory was a lot. Many things were going on all at once in the scenes. In the process of shooting, a crew member accidentally dropped a camera lens that cost $540,000 in a tank of chocolate. The movie was delayed, adding a whole $900,000 to the budget.

Skyfall (2012)

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Even fashion mistakes can be very expensive. On the set of Skyfall, Daniel Craig wore black leather gloves for a few scenes and forgot to take them off. This mistake could have easily scaled, if not for a scene that involved Bond activating a gun with his fingerprints.

Sonic the Hedgehog (2020)

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When I saw the first trailer for Sonic the Hedgehog, I suspected that there was going to be some backlash as the movie’s Sonic looked nothing like the video game character. Due to the outrage by fans, the film’s release was delayed, and a redesign was done, which cost the studio $5 million.

The Hateful Eight (2015)

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When you accidentally break a one-hundred-and-forty-five-year-old guitar on set, that definitely counts as an expensive mistake. The antique guitar actor Kurt Russell destroyed on the set of The Hateful Eight was valued at around $40 thousand. The Martin Guitar Museum was not happy about the mishap.

Quantum of Solace (2008)

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Popular James Bond actor Daniel Craig was accidentally hit in the face while shooting Quantum of Solace, leaving the actor with a black eye. Not only did he get a black eye, he had to get stitches. All of that had to be digitally removed for continuity reasons.

Iron Man 3 (2013)

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For Iron Man 3, Robert Downey Jr. badly injured his ankle while performing a stunt, and this meant he had to rest for six weeks. To film certain scenes, the VFX team brought in a body double and utilized facial capture to “reconstruct” Downey as Tony Stark, which, of course, meant additional expenses.

Suicide Squad (2016)

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The reshoots in Suicide Squad reportedly cost millions of dollars. While the reasons for the reshoots are not entirely clear, it might have had something to do with mixed reviews of the Batman v Superman movie.

The Dark Tower (2017)

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Even the presence of popular heart-throb Idris Elba could not save this movie. Although inspired by Stephen King’s book, the movie was a big flop. The movie was plagued by production issues, including somewhere around $6 million worth of reshoots.

The Avengers (1998)

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Before Marvel’s The Avengers, there was this 1998 satirical spy film. Sadly, it was not popularly accepted like today’s Avengers. In addition to flopping, the movie also incurred extra production costs due to a fire that occurred on set at England’s Pinewood Studios.

Roar (1981)

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Noel Marshall had good intentions when he conceived Roar, but those intentions cost a lot. Roar was supposed to highlight how big cats and humans could co-exist, but there was no peace on set. Members of production sustained injuries, leading to the movie being rescheduled and millions of dollars drained.

Back to the Future (1985)

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When Michael J. Fox was not available to take up the role of Marty, Eric Stolz was brought in. However, his performance wasn’t satisfactory. Thankfully, Michael became available at this point. To make up for all the setbacks, three million dollars was added to the budget.

Highlander (1986)

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Sean Connery’s pay for Highlander was $500,000 for three days of work, and $500,000 for every additional day. Crazy, right? Because of a camera malfunction, Connery had to stay two days longer on set for a redo, making him another extra million dollars and adding to the production cost.

All the Money in the World (2017)

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Kevin Spacey’s sexual harassment scandal cost Ridley Scott lots of trouble. When the scandal broke, it was only a few weeks before the film’s planned release date. However, Ridley Scott decided to cut Spacey out and reshoot his scenes. The reshoots lasted eight days, and reportedly cost about $10 million.

The Horror of Party Beach (1964)

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This low-budget ‘60s horror flick hired members of a local motorcycle club to play bikers in the movie. Unfortunately, a biker got seriously injured. This caused a disastrous accident that put several cast members in the hospital, resulting in an expensive production delay.

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016)

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Still on movie reshoots, the box office winner wasn’t so great at the initial stages. The movie went through millions of dollars in extra work overseen by Tony Gilroy. Although the total cost of the reshoots is unknown, Gilroy is said to have made above $5 million for his work

Heaven’s Gate (1980)

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From unnecessarily costly setups to poor treatment of animals on set, the entirety of Heaven’s Gate can be described as an expensive mistake. Further lending credence to this sentiment is the fact that this movie only garnered about $3.5 in box office sales against a budget of $44 million.

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