There’s an interesting article over at Radar Online that takes a look at the skyrocketing budget for Spider-Man 3. It’s looking likely that it will become the most expensive movie to date, with rumours of a current production price tag over $350 million (and that doesn’t even include marketing). The current highest budget belongs to X-Men: The Last Stand, which topped out at $210 million. But does more money spent lead to more money earned? And more importantly, does it make for a better film?
If anything, an overinflated budget seems to make the movie an easy target for critics and moviegoers (ie. Waterworld, which cost $175 million back in 1995, became a laughing stock in the media). It seems like there may already be a Spider-Man 3 backlash brewing, with rumours of poor test screenings and Tobey Maguire saying it was just “okay”. Regardless, I’m pretty sure that Spider-Man 3 will make a TON of money and I don’t think they have anything to worry about (this despite the fact that Spider-Man 2 brought in $40 million less than the first). I also have a strong feeling that this will be my personal favourite of the series. What do you think? Is this massive spending out of character for Sam Raimi? Is Sony getting too greedy? Are you one of the naysayers rooting for Spider-Man 3 to fail?