>>237138>Hollywood budgets are inflated tp accommodate money laundering, cocaine and sex victim hush money.
Some of them are, or at least used to be, but not so much these days.
Hollywood budgets for 90% of films are increasingly lean. Used to be you could get 5 million for an indy film by being in the right place at the right time, these days "indy films" are lucky to get 5 mil despite the fact evenything costs twice as much.
In terms of big budget films, the money there is in hiring the techs that make it all possible. Not only do those guy charge like wounded bulls (low 6 figures) but they're only doing it because they want to make movies, they could easily drive a few hours to San Fransisco and be making ten times as much. For even basic stuff like an action film you need 20 of them, at say $200k each that's 4 million just to pay their contracts, they still need equipment, software, a place to work, supervisors, and "perks". Scale that up to a Marvel movie which is 90% animation and you'll need a hundred of them, that's 10% of the budget to people who don't even get listed on the credit.
The basic cost for set builders for a movie that's entirely shot on a sound stage is a million dollars. That doesn't actually buy you anything, that's just what it costs to have guys holding hammers and saws standing by during production in case something breaks.
Hell even catering is a kick in the nuts when you realize that 90 days of shooting, for a cast and crew of 150, at $10 a day, which is a small production eating cheap shit standing up, is $135,000. The stars want private trailers of course, and they all want 60 footers with bidets of course, so there's another $100k a piece. Portaloos for 90 days and a truck to pump them daily is another 100k or so.
And that's before you get to the nickle and dime stuff, like how much do you think the average period drama spends on sewing thread? There's a thousand. Shoe polish, another 500. Servicing the vehicles, a couple of thousand.
And then, because you've spent so much money, you now have to insure ALL of it.
Making a blockbuster on less than $150mil is basically impossible.