This summer has been pretty brutal for huge-budget movies. Lone Ranger, Pacific Rim, R.I.P.D., After Earth and White House Down all fizzled in the United States, while several other movies underperformed. Steven Spielberg has predicted an "implosion" of the movie business — could it be coming sooner than you expect?
As recently as 2000, it was considered unusual for a film to have a budget over $100 million, and only seven movies that year had such big budgets. Now, it's considered typical for films to have budgets of $130 million and up (or roughly $100 million in 2000 dollars.) Movies with reported budgets of $130 million and up include not just Man of Steel-sized blockbusters but also The Croods, Jack the Giant Slayer, G.I. Joe: Retaliation, After Earth, Turbo, and several others.