List of most expensive non-English-language films

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This is a non-definitive list of most expensive non-English-language films, with budgets given in United States dollars. Only films with budgets exceeding US$30 million are listed here. Where the source gives the budget in the native currency, conversion is carried out using the exchange rates given by the The World Factbook.[1] French-language film are the most represented.

List of most expensive films
Rank Title Country Year Production Costs (est.)
1 Asterix 3  France 2008 $113,500,000[2]
2 The Flowers of War  China 2011 $94,000,000[3]
3 Red Cliff  China 2008 $80,000,000[3]
4 Asterix 4  France 2012 $77,600,000[2]
5 Dragon Blade  China 2015 $65,000,000[4]
6 Mesrine  France 2008 $60,000,000[5]
7 The Monkey King  China  Hong Kong 2014 $60,000,000[3]
8 Che  United States  France  Spain 2008 $58,000,000[6]
9 A Very Long Engagement  France 2004 $56,600,000[7]
10 Sur la piste du Marsupilami  France 2012 $52,000,000[8]
11 The Tale of Princess Kaguya  Japan 2011 $49,300,000[9]
12 Gone with the Bullets  China 2014 $48,800,000[10]
13 The Crossing  China 2014 $48,600,000[11]
14 Asterix 1  France 1999 $48,000,000
15 Asterix 2  France 2002 $47,000,000
16 Crimson Rivers II: Angels of the Apocalypse  France 2004 $46,430,000
17 The Extraordinary Adventures of Adèle Blanc-Sec  France 2010 $46,000,000
18 Pinocchio  Italy 2002 $45,000,000[12]
19 Curse of the Golden Flower  China 2006 $45,000,000[3]
20 Gantz & Gantz: Perfect Answer  Japan 2011 $45,000,000
21 Beauty and the Beast  France 2014 $45,000,000[13]
22 Pourquoi j'ai (pas) mangé mon père  France 2014 $44,000,000[14]
23 Supercondriaque  France 2014 $43,363,732[15]
24 Astérix : Le Domaine des dieux 3D  France 2014 $43,000,000[14]
25 Les Dalton  France 2004 $42,000,000
26 The Promise  China 2005 $40,000,000[3]
27 Apocalypto  United States 2006 $40,000,000
28 Kong - The Origin  China  South Korea TBA $40,000,000[16]
29 Nomad  United States  France  Russia  Kazakhstan 2007 $40,000,000
30 The Warlords  China  Hong Kong 2007 $40,000,000[3]
31 The Grandmaster  China  Hong Kong 2007 $38,600,000[17]
32 Treasured Island  France 2007 $38,500,000
33 The Tiger Brigades  France 2006 $38,000,000
34 Wolf Totem  China  France 2015 $38,000,000[18]
35 Empire of the Wolves  France 2005 $37,120,000
36 Le deuxième souffle  France 2007 $37,120,000
37 Largo Winch  France 2008 $37,000,000
38 The Inhabited Island  Russia 2008 $36,600,000
39 A Monster in Paris  France 2011 $36,000,000[19]
40 Arsène Lupin  France 2004 $35,600,000
41 Paris 36  France 2008 $35,560,000
42 Michel Vaillant  France 2003 $35,400,000
43 The Barber of Siberia  Russia  France  Italy  Czech Republic 1998 $35,000,000
44 The Legend of Zu  Hong Kong 2001 $35,000,000[3]
45 The Flying Swords of Dragon Gate  China  Hong Kong 2011 $35,000,000
46 The Tiger and the Snow  Italy 2005 $35,000,000
47 Hero  China 2002 $35,000,000[3]
48 The Stone Council  France 2006 $34,000,000
49 Nothing to Declare  France 2011 $34,000,000[19]
50 Ponyo  Japan 2011 $34,000,000[20]
51 Un plan parfait  France 2012 $33,650,000
52 Fanfan La Tulipe  France 2003 $33,600,000
53 Jappeloup  France 2013 $33,300,000[21]
54 Zhong Kui: Snow Girl and the Dark Crystal  China 2015 $33,000,000[22]
55 Iceman  Hong Kong  China 2014 $32,200,000[23]
56 D-War  South Korea 2007 $32,000,000
57 La Vérité si je mens ! 3  France 2012 $32,000,000[8]
58 Bon Voyage  France 2003 $31,000,000
59 Sky Fighters  France 2005 $31,000,000
60 Largo Winch 2  France 2011 $31,000,000[19]
61 The Passion of the Christ  United States 2004 $30,000,000
62 Wonderful Days  South Korea 2003 $30,000,000
63 Arn: The Knight Templar  Sweden  Denmark  Norway  Finland  Germany 2007 $30,000,000
64 Alatriste  Spain 2006 $30,000,000
65 Baarìa  Italy 2009 $30,000,000[24]
66 1911  China 2011 $30,000,000[25]
67 Baahubali  India 2015 $30,000,000[26]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ a b "Box Office History for Asterix Movies". The Numbers. Nash Information Services. Retrieved 21 September 2014. 
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