S/VFX Shots Race


The skyrocketing number of special effects shots in the Star Wars movies has become a shorthand for the way movies in general have become more SFX-heavy. But while the Star Wars films may have started the SFX arms race, they didn’t win it. None of the three Star Wars prequels has as many special effects shots as King Kong. Also, the visually stunning first Matrix movie only has less SFX shots as The Empire Strikes Back.

It’s important to note, of course, that number of S/VFX shots is not the same as complexity of effects. It’s also possible that different movie directors define the term “special effects shot” differently. But still, the raw number of special effects shots in a movie is often used as a proxy for how effects-heavy it is, and how fancy it looks. So here’s a ranking of SFX shots per movie, starting with the stunning amount of VFX Shots in the Bollywood Action Comedy film, Son of Sardaar.

Year Name Film S/VFX Shots Houses Prod. Budget Worldwide Gross
2017 King Arthur: Legend of the Sword 1000+ Framestore (430), Method Studios (430), Moving Picture Company (MPC), Nvizible, One Of Us, ScanlineVFX,
Vitality Visual Effects
$175,000,000 $137,900,000
2017 Alien: Covenant 2300 Framestore (295), Animal Logic, Atomic Fiction, Luma Pictures, Moving Picture Company (MPC) (700 shots, 500 artists), Peerless, Rising Sun Pictures (144) $97,000,000 $220,100,000
2017 Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 2300 Weta, Framestore, Method (500 vfx shots), Trixter, Scanline, Animal Logic (150), Lola, Cantina Creative, Luma (200), Technicolor and an InHouse team $200,000,000 $847,900,000
2010 The Social Network 1000 Lola Visual Effects, Savage Visual Effects, Outback Post, Eden FX, OllinVFX, A52 and
Hydraulx
$40,000,000 $224,900,000
2017 The Fate of the Furious 2600 Digital Domain (775), Double Negative (443), Exceptional Minds, Factory VFX, Lola Visual Effects, RISE Visual Effects Studios (50), Rodeo FX (300), Solid FX, Trixter Film $250,000,000 $1,060,000,000
2016 A Cure for Wellness 777 Double Negative (377) $40,000,000 $26,500,000
2016 Hidden Figures 328 Crafty Apes $25,000,000 $228,400,000
2016 Hacksaw Ridge 705 Animal Logic $40,000,000 $175,300,000
2016 Silence 700 ILM (50 artists) $40,000,000 $16,000,000
2016 A Monsters Call 180 MPC (180, 200 artists), Glassworks $47,000,000 $198,000,000
2016 Allied 776 Atomic Fiction, UPP, Raynault & Lola $85,000,000 $119,500,000
2016 Rogue One 1697 ILM $200,000,000 $1,056,000,000
2017 The Great Wall 1750 ILM (1087, 250 artists), BaseFX (452), Hybride (86), Animal Logic (59), Ghost (32) $150,000,000 $332,000,000
2017 T2 Trainspotting 350 Union VFX $18,000,000 $40,400,000
2017 Ghost in the Shell 1000 MPC (600 artists), Lola, Atomic Fiction, Framestore (7 shots, 40 artists, 10 weeks) $110,000,000 $163,900,000
2016 The Magnificent Seven 900 Zero VFX (80 people) $108,000,000 $160,400,000
2016 Passengers 1400 Moving Picture Company (MPC) (1150 shots), Digital Domain, Instinctual VFX, The Senate Visual Effects $110,000,000 $57,400.000
2016 Arrival 700 Alchemy 24, Folks, Framestore (33 artists, 9 shots, 10 weeks), Hybride Technologies (245, 90 employees), MELS, Oblique FX, Raynault VFX, Rodeo FX (60) $47,000,000 $145,900,000
2016 Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them 1500 Double Negative, Cinesite (98 shots), Image Engine Design, Framestore (800 shots), Moving Picture Company (MPC), Method Studios, Rodeo FX (144 artists, 126 shots) $180,000,000 $772,500.000
2016 Doctor Strange 1450+ Industrial Light & Magic (ILM) (100 people, 288 shots), Framestore (365 shots), Luma Pictures, LolaVFX, Method Studios (140 people, 300 shots), Rise VFX (44 artists, 88 shots), Crafty Apes (16 artists, 120 shots) $165,000,000 $657,200,000
2016 Rogue One 1600+ Industrial Light & Magic (ILM), Hybride, Atomic Fiction, Scanline VFX, GhostVFX, Whiskytree $200,000,000 $263,200,000 Still on Theatres
2017 Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets 2734+ Double Negative (1300), MPC (200), Scanline, RodeoFX $170,000,000 $?? Not released yet
2016 Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children 1500+ Double Negative (1300), MPC (200), Scanline, RodeoFX $110,000,000 $245,200,00
2016 Star Trek Beyond 1450 Double Negative, Atomic Fiction (450, 100 artists), RodeoFX $185,000,000 $341,900,000
2016 Warcraft 1000 Industrial Light & Magic (ILM), RodeoFX, BaseFX, Hybride $160,000,000 $433,500,000
2016 The Legend of Tarzan 1200 Framestore (700), MPC, Rodeo (200, 65 artists), Lola, Method, Rising Sun and One Of Us $180,000,000 $356,700,000
2016 Independence Day: Resurgence 1750 Weta (230, 400 people), MPC, Scanline (300), ImageEngine, Cinesite, Luxx Studios, Uncharted Territory and Digital Domain. $165,000,000 $389,700,000
2016 Mechanic: Resurrection 1134 Worldwide FX (100 artists) $40,000,000 $109,400,000
2016 Suicide Squad 650+ Moving Picture Company (MPC) (350), Sony Imageworks (300) $175,000,000 $745,000,000
2016 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows 1300 Industrial Light & Magic (ILM), BaseFX, Virtuos and WhiskeyTree. 550 artists in total $135,000,000 $245,000,000
2016 Deadpool 1200 Weta Digital (284 shots, 57 artists), Digital Domain (240 shots), Image Engine Design, Rodeo FX (230 shots, 90 people), Atomic Fiction (247 shots, 130 people), Blur Studio (37 shots), Luma Pictures $58,000,000 $781,575,627
2016 Pride & Prejudice & Zombie 200 Cinesite $28,000,000 $16,374,328
2015 Bridge of Spies 200 Pixomondo, Double Negative $40,000,000 $165,478,348
2016 Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice 1500 Weta Digital, Moving Picture Company (MPC) (450), Double Negative, ScanlineVFX (350 shots, 200 artists) $250,000,000 $872,662,631
2016 The Jungle Book 1200 MPC (1200 shots, 800 artists) $175,000,000 $934,577,614
2016 X-Men: Apocalypse 1200+ MPC (996), Digital Domain, Cinesite (30), Hydraulx, Rising Sun Pictures $178,000,000 $529,129,059
2016 Warcraft 2000 Industrial Light & Magic (ILM), Rodeo FX, Hybride Technologies, El Ranchito $160,000,000 $422,095,150
2016 Alice Through the Looking Glass 2000 Sony Pictures Imageworks (1700), Double Negative (300) $170,000,000 $260,344,919
2016 Central Intelligence 589 Factory VFX, Rodeo FX, Weta Digital $50,000,000 $124,747,074
2016 Captain America: Civil War 3000 Industrial Light & Magic (ILM) (637 shots, 220 people), RiseFX (300 shots, 120 artists), Luma Pictures (200 shots), Double Negative, Animal Logic , Image Engine, Lola Post, Method Studios, Trixter, Prime Focus, RiseFX, Crafty Apes, $250,000,000 $990,976,153
2016 Gods of Egypt 2550 Iloura, Rising Sun Pictures, Cinesite, Raynault, Rodeo FX, UPP, Tippett and Comen VFX $140,000,000 $138,669,740
2016 Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny 500 Lola VFX (65 shots, 15 people), Pixomondo Toronto (335 shots, 65 people) and Zoic Studios Vancouver (150 shots, 65 people) $??? $31,000,000
2015 The Man from U.N.C.L.E. 500+ BlueBolt (224 vfx shots, 8 months, 30 people), Cinesite, Rise VFX (212 vfx shots, 15 months, 65 people) $75,000,000 $109,645,109
2015 The Revenant 630 Industrial Light & Magic (ILM), MPC, Cinesite (135) and Gradient FX $135,000,000 $232,197,600
2015 Star Wars: The Force Awakens 2100 Industrial Light & Magic (ILM), BaseFX & Hybride (1300 vfx shots, 920 artists), Kelvin Optical (800 shots, 80 artists) $200,000,000 $1,948,345,219
2015 Southpaw 500 Zero VFX (6 months, 50 people) $30,000,000 $90,903,415
2015 The Last Witch Hunter 1023 Rodeo FX (400), Luma Pictures (90), Method Studios (36), Cinesite (60), Image Engine (137). The remaining 400 shots were split between Lola, Synaptic and Big Sky $90,000,000 $84,910,596
2015 Spectre 1500 ILM (opening sequence and helicopter fight and Spectre base), DNEG (all the London stuff at the end), MPC (the Alpine and torture room sequences), Cinesite (334 shots, all the Rome and Tangier bits), Peerless (a lot of other odds and sods.) $250,000,000 $542,100,000
2015 Goosebumps 900 MPC (700 shots), Sony Pictures Animation and Vitality Visual Effects $58,000,000 $55,366,046
2015 Everest 900 RVX (400 shots, 50 people), Framestore (200 shots), Evolution FX, Important Looking Pirates, Milk Visual Effects, One Of Us and Union Visual Effects $55,000,000 $168,233,106
2015 The Martian 1100 MPC (425 shots), Framestore (338 shots), Industrial Light & Magic (ILM), Milk Visual Effects, Prime Focus World, The Senate Visual Effects and Territory. 700 artists in total. $108,000,000 $595,745,402
2015 The Walk 672 Atomic Fiction (250), RodeoFX (100) and UPP. 500 artists in total. $35,000,000 $43,233,547
2015 Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation 1000 Double Negative, Lola Visual Effects and Territory $150,000,000 $438,563,000
2014 The Monkey King 1800 Crafty Apes, Macrograph, CafeFX. 3 months of work (crazy) $82,000,000 $181,900,000
2015 Zhongkui: Snow Girl and the Dark Crystal 1200+ Macrograph, Pixomondo, W2 Studios $130,000,000 $64,470,000
2015 Terminator: Genisys 1200 Double Negative (900 shots, 500 crew), MPC (250 shots), Industrial Light & Magic, Lola VFX, One of Us, and Method Studios $155,000,000 $353,090,000
2015 Pixels 632+ Digital Domain (361 shots, 160 people), Sony Pictures Imageworks (246), Trixter (25), Atomic Fiction, Pixel Playground, Lola VFX, Shade VFX $88,000,000 $173,882,000
2008 Hancock 525 Sony Imageworks $150,000,000 $624,386,746
2006 Casino Royale 580 Peerless Camera Co (430), Double Negative (50), Cinesite (30), MPC (20), Baseblack (20), Fuzzy Goat (20) $150,000,000 $599,045,960
2004 The Chronicles of Riddick 800 Double Negative, Rhythm & Hues and Hammerhead $105,000,000 $115,772,733
2007 I Am Legend 800 Sony Imageworks (800) $150,000,000 $585,349,010
2009 Angels & Demons 917 Double Negative (359), CIS Vancouver (240), MPC (201) shots, The Senate (196) and in-house unit (161) $150,000,000 $485,930,816
2006 Silent Hill 619 BUF Compagnie (197), and C.O.R.E. Digital Pictures (227), Mr. X (68), Intelligent Creatures (6), Invisible Pictures (17), Frantic Films (47), Mokko (45) $50,000,000 $97,607,453
2014 San Andreas 1300 Method Studios (247), Cinesite (160), Hydraulx, Atomic Fiction, ScanlineVFX, Image Engine, Soho VFX $110,000,000 $460,985,432
2014 Into the Storm 600 Cinesite, Digital Domain, Gentle Giant Studios, Hydraulx (150), Method Studios (180 shots in 4 months), Rhythm & Hues Studios $50,000,000 $160,602,194
2006 Final Destination 3 340 Meteor Studios (144), Digital Dimension (100), Soho VFX (35) $25,000,000 $117,719,158
2005 Doom 350 Double Negative (200), Framestore (130) $60,000,000 $55,987,321
2007 28 Weeks Later 404 Rising Sun Pictures and Animal Logic in Australia, Lip Sync, The Senate, The Mill, Rushes, Framestore CFC, DNA, Tim Walton and Chocolate Lab in London $15,000,000 $64,238,440
2004 I, Robot 800+ Digital Domain (500 shots in 14 months, including about 460 shots featuring CG robots), Weta Digital (300) $120,000,000 $347,234,916
2008 Max Payne 264 Spin (107), Soho (30) and Mr. X (12) $35,000,000 $85,416,905
2013 White House Down 1400+ Uncharted Territory (1000 shots in 12 months), Baseblack, Prime Focus World (326 shots, 174 artists), Hybride Technologies, Scanline VFX (9), Image Engine (100) and Method Studios (185 shots, 65 artists, 8 months) $150,000,000 $205,366,737
2013 White House Down 1400+ Uncharted Territory (1000 shots in 12 months), Baseblack, Prime Focus World (326 shots, 174 artists), Hybride Technologies, Scanline VFX (9), Image Engine (100) and Method Studios (185 shots, 65 artists, 8 months) $150,000,000 $205,366,737
2012 Dark Shadows 340+ MPC (340), BUF Compagnie, The Senate and Method Studios $150,000,000 $245,527,149
2008 Asterix at the Olympic Games 1400 Duboi (530), BUF Compagnie (515) and Mikros Image (315) $113,500,000 $132,900,000
2007 The Golden Compass 1500 Rhythm & Hues & Rhythm & Hues India (755), Cinesite (475), Framestore (322), Digital Domain (150), Rainmaker UK (114), Peerless Camera (74), Tippett Studio (28), Digital Back Lot (13), Matte World Digital (7) $180,000,000 $372,234,864
2008 10,000 BC 320 Double Negative (170), MPC (150) $105,000,000 $269,784,201
2005 The Brothers Grimm 800 Peerless Camera $88,000,000 $105,316,267
2005 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory 800 MPC, Cinesite (160), Framestore (70), Digital Domain $150,000,000 $474,968,763
2009 Stardust 830 Double Negative (350), LipSync Post, Cinesite, The Senate, Baseblack, Machine and Rushes $88,500,000 $135,560,026
2009 Gamer 1000 yU+co (568 shots), LookFX (381 shots), Furious FX (209 shots), Therapy (120 shots), Sub/Par (the in-house staff, which did 107 shots), Duran Duboi (61 shots), Celluloid (24 shots), Gradient (4 shots) and Luma Pictures (4 shots) $50,000,000 $40,828,540
2008 Mutant Chronicles 1645 Men-From-Mars (1454 shots, 30 people, 6 months). Dinamo Prods., Baseblack and Lipsync Post $25,000,000 $2,131,057
2006 Crank: High Voltage 440 Luma Pictures, Duran Duboi, LOOK Effects, Furious FX, Celluloid $20,000,000 $34,560,577
2006 Poseidon 140 Industrial Light & Magic (ILM), MPC, Lola VFX, Hydraulx $160,000,000 $181,674,817
2006 Underworld: Evolution 553 Luma Pictures (195), Ntropic (79), Furious FX (78), Company 3 (42), CafeFX (23), Krypton (15), Framestore (12) $45,000,000 $111,340,801
2006 Mission: Impossible III 550 Industrial Light & Magic (ILM), Lola VFX $150,000,000 $397,850,012
2011 Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol 700 Industrial Light & Magic (ILM), Fuel VFX, Base VFX, Pixomondo $145,000,000 $694,713,380
2015 Ted 2 1600+ Iloura (1000, 9 months), Tippett Studio (600) $68,000,000 $153,489,224
2015 Mad Max: Fury Road 2000+ Iloura (1500), Hybrid Enterprises and Method Studios $150,000,000 $367,104,128
2015 Cinderella 823 MPC (800), Rodeo (23) $95,000,000 $538,541,000
2011 Spy Kids: All the Time in the World 1114 Hybride (1114) $27,000,000 $85,600,000
2015 Avengers: Age of Ultron 3000+ Industrial Light & Magic (ILM) (810 shots – 425 artists), Double Negative, Luma Pictures, Method Studios, Animal Logic, Lola Visual Effects $279,900,000 $1,388,522,000
2015 Baahubali: The Beginning 4500+ 600 artists and 17 visual effects studios $18,000,000 $89,000,000
2014 Into the Woods 300 MPC $50,000,000 $204,302,372
2014 Kingsman: The Secret Service 220 Nvizible: 220 shots, 110 of which were legs. 30 artists. $81,000,000 $401,071,116
2014 American Sniper 200 MPC $58,800,000 $541,761,848
2015 Chappie 1300 Image Engine (1300 shots (about a 1000 of those being Chappie)) $49,000,000 $84,600,000
2014 Interstellar 700 Double Negative (600+ were in Imax 5.6K, 450 people) $165,000,000 $671,600,000
2014 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 1000+ ILM (1000 shots, 450 people), Image Engine (a good portion of the snow chase sequence), Base FX (some of the young turtles and youthful rat work), Tippet (the flashback sequence with the young turtles and Splinter), Atomic Fiction (CG environment work). $125,000,000 $477,204,754
2014 Dracula Untold 700+ Framestore, Level256, Milk VFX, Windmill Lane VFX and Method LA (250 people) $17,000,000 $215,000,000
2014 Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb 886+ Digital Domain (340), MPC (250), Method Studios (209), Cinesite (87) $127,000,000 $360,224,307
2014 Paddington 756 Framestore (350 – 25 artists) $50,000,000 $42,600,000
2014 Godzilla 960 MPC (350), Double Negative, ScanlineVFX, Weta Digital $160,000,000 $507,463,953
2014 Exodus: Gods and Kings 1800 Double Negative (1300 shots, 2000 artists and producers), MPC (500 shots, team of 787 all sites), One of Us, Peerless $140,000,000 $268,031,828
2014 Transformers: Age of Extinction 600+ Industrial Light & Magic (ILM) (600 shots, 1,5 years, 550 artists), Atomic Fictio, Method Studios $210,000,000 $1,091,405,097
2014 Guardians of the Galaxy 2750 MPC (857), Framestore (633), Industrial Light & Magic (ILM), Sony Pictures Imageworks (SPI) (88), Luma, Method Studios, … $170,000,000 $772,349,244
2014 Kick 1000 Prime Focus $16,000,000 $56,000,000
2010 The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader 1400 MPC (700), Framestore (60), Cinesite, The Senate and The Mill $155,000,000 $415,686,217
2012 The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2 450+ Tippet Studio (380), Method Studios, Rodeo (50) $120,000,000 $829,685,377
2011 The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1 1275 Tippet Studio (150), Method Studios (62), Soho, Spin $110,000,000 $712,171,856
2013 The Hunger Games: Catching Fire 840+ Double Negative (400), Method Studios (155), Weta Digital (85 shots, 200 artists, 4 months), Rodeo (100) $140,000,000 $864,565,663
2012 The Hunger Games 1200 Hybride (367), Rising Sun Pictures, Pixomondo, ILM, Rhythm & Hues, Whiskytree, Digiscope, Clearcut FX $780,000,000 $691,200,000
2001 Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone 600 MPC (95), Cinesite, Industrial Light & Magic (ILM) $125,000,000 $974,755,371
2007 Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix 1400 Double Negative (950), MPC, Framestore, Cinesite $150,000,000 $939,885,929
2011 Thor 1309 Digital Domain (350), Luma (310), Buf (288), Whiskytree and Fuel (55) $150,000,000 $449,300,000
1999 Wild Wild West 400 Industrial Light & Magic (ILM), Cinesite $170,000,000 $222,105,681
1995 Waterworld 400 Cinesite, Rhythm & Hues $172,000,000 $264,218,220
2011 Green Lantern 1315 Sony Pictures Imageworks (SPI) (1000), MPC, Rising Sun $200,000,000 $219,851,172
2009 2012 1315 Scanline, Digital Domain, Double Negative, Sony Pictures Imageworks, Pixomondo, Hydraulx $200,000,000 $769,679,473
2006 Superman Returns 1400 Sony Pictures Imageworks (SPI) (317), Framestore (313 shots, 70 artists, 8 months), Rhythm and Hues, Orphanage (200) $204,000,000 $391,081,192
2012 Battleship 1200 Industrial Light & Magic (ILM) (1000) $209,000,000 $303,025,485
2010 Alice in Wonderland 1700 Sony Pictures Imageworks (SPI), Cafe $200,000,000 $1,025,467,110
2012 Wrath of the Titans 844 Framestore (300), MPC (280), Nvizible (70), Method Studios (114) and The Senate (80) $150,000,000 $305,270,083
2012 Skyfall 1300 Double Negative, MPC (300 shots, 150 artists, 9 months), Cinesite (100 shots, 40 artists, 9 months), Framestore, BlueBolt (97 shots, 20 artists) $200,000,000 $1,108,600,000
2011 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 1200+ Double Negative (410), MPC (325), Framestore (90), Baseblack, Cinesite (400), Union (50), Rising Sun $250,000,000 $1,341,511,219
2010 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 600+ Double Negative (166), MPC (180), Framestore, Baseblack (300), Cinesite (46) and Rising Sun $250,000,000 $960,283,305
2005 Batman Begins 650 Double Negative (300), MPC $150,000,000 $374,200,000
2008 The Dark Knight 650 Double Negative, Framestore (226), BUF, Cinesite $185,000,000 $1,004,558,444
2012 The Dark Knight Rises 450 Double Negative $275,000,000 $1,084,439,099
2005 The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe 1617 Industrial Light & Magic (ILM), Sony Pictures Imageworks (SPI), Rhythm and Hues $180,000,000 $745,013,115
2008 The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian 1800 MPC (842), Framestore (514), Weta Digital (296), Scanline, Rising Sun $225,000,000 $419,665,568
1997 Titanic 516 Industrial Light & Magic (ILM), Digital Domain $200,000,000 $2,186,772,302
2009 Avatar 2500 Weta Digital, Industrial Light & Magic (ILM), Framestore $237,000,000 $2,787,965,087
2011 Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows 1000+ Framestore (500 shots, 100 artists, 1 year), MPC (400 shots, 150 artists, 1 year) $125,000,000 $545,448,418
2009 Sherlock Holmes 500+ Framestore (450 shots, 1 year), Double Negative $90,000,000 $524,028,679
2010 Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time 1000+ Cinesite (285 shots, 60 artists), MPC (300 shots, 100 artists), Framestore (220 shots, 60 artists) and Double Negative (200 shots, 100 artists) $200,000,000 $336,365,676
2011 Battle: Los Angeles 1000 Cinesite (110 shots, 34 artists, 10 months), Hydraulx, SPIN (200 shots, 50 artists, 3 months), The Embassy, Shade, Luma Pictures, Soho $70,000,000 $211,819,354
2011 Sucker Punch 1100 MPC (150 shots, 70 artists, 9 months), Animal Logic (200 shots), Prime Focus (180 shots, 1 year), Pixomondo (200 shots, 120 artists, 1 year) $82,000,000 $89,792,502
2011 X-Men: First Class 1100 Rhythm & Hues, Cinesite (150 shots), Luma Pictures (95 shots, 60 artists), Digital Domain, MPC (125 shots, 115 artists, 8 months) and Weta Digital $160,000,000 $353,624,124
2011 Transformers: Dark of the Moon 1000+ Industrial Light & Magic (ILM) (580 shots, 355 artists, 18 months), Digital Domain (350) $195,000,000 $1,123,794,079
2011 Rise of the Planet of the Apes 1000 Weta Digital (600 artists, 1,5 years), Soho, Atomic, Lola $93,000,000 $481,801,049
2011 Final Destination 5 150+ Prime Focus (130 shots, 70 artists, 9 months), Soho $40,000,000 $157,887,643
2012 John Carter 2000+ Double Negative (960 shots, 850 artists, 1,5 years), Cinesite (831 shots, 400 artists), MPC (180 shots, 160 artists, 9 months), Nvizible $250,000,000 $284,139,100
2012 The Avengers 2200 Industrial Light & Magic (ILM) (700 shots, 300 artists, 1 year), Weta Digital (400 shots, 500 artists, 1 year), Scanline, Hydraulx, Fuel (150 shots, 50 artists, 5 months), Luma (200 shots, 80 artists), Digital Domain $220,000,000 $1,518,594,910
2010 Robin Hood 1200 MPC (570), Prime Focus, Lola $150,000,000 $321,669,730
2012 Prometheus 1400 MPC (420), Weta Digital, Fuel (200) $130,000,000 $403,300,000
2012 The Amazing Spider-Man 1600 Sony Pictures Imageworks (671), Pixomondo, Method, Rodeo FX $230,000,000 $757,930,663
2012 The Amazing Spider-Man 2 1600 Sony Pictures Imageworks (SPI) (1000), MPC (300), Pixomondo (272 shots, 202 artists, 6 months) $200,000,000 $706,204,650
2012 The Expendables 2 1547 Worldwide FX (1186 shots, 277 splendid folks, artists, 24 weeks) $100,000,000 $311,900,000
2012 Dredd 750 Prime Focus (650 shots, 70 artists, 24 weeks), Baseblack (12 artists, 5 months) $45,000,000 $41,000,000
2012 Flight 1000+ Atomic Fiction (400 shots, 35 artists, 6 months) $31,000,000 $161,772,375
2009 Star Trek 1000+ Industrial Light & Magic (ILM), Digital Domain $150,000,000 $385,494,555
2013 Oblivion 804 Digital Domain (370), Pixomondo (434) $120,000,000 $286,168,572
2014 X-Men: Days of Future Past 1311 Digital Domain (450 shots, 242 artists, 8 months), Rising Sun (46 shots, 5,5 months), MPC, (372 shots, 250 artists) $200,000,000 $736,316,366
2009 Star Trek 1000+ Industrial Light & Magic (ILM), Digital Domain $150,000,000 $385,494,555
2013 Star Trek Into Darkness 1800+ Industrial Light & Magic (ILM) (1400 shots, “hundreds of people”, 2 years), Pixomondo (380 shots, 350 artists, 1 year) $185,000,000 $467,365,246
2013 World War Z 1000+ MPC (450 shots, 150 artists, 2 years), Cinesite (400), Industrial Light & Magic (ILM), Framestore, Lola $190,000,000 $540,007,876
2013 The Lone Ranger 1000+ Industrial Light & Magic (ILM) (422 shots, 170 artists, 8 months), MPC (550), Lola, Atomic Fiction $250,000,000 $260,502,115
2014 Pompeii 500 Mr. X, Scanline, Soho, Spin, Rocket $80,000,000 $101,819,748
2013 Non-Stop 500+ Prime Focus (474 shots, 5 months), Method Studios $50,000,000 $225,742,160
2013 47 Ronin 1200 Framestore (700 shots, 200 artists), Baseblack (315 shots, 30 artists, 21 months), MPC (250) $175,000,000 $150,962,475
2014 300: Rise of an Empire 1215+ Scanline (700), MPC (215 shots, 300 artists, 5 months), Cinesite (300) $110,000,000 $331,114,051
2014 Robocop 1080+ Framestore (600), Method Studios (280 shots, 127 artists, 3 months), Mr. X (200 shots, 82 artists) $130,000,000 $242,688,965
2013 Sharknado (TV Movie) 350 The Asylum (10 artists) $250,000 TV Movie
2014 Edge of Tomorrow 1200 Sony Pictures Imageworks (SPI) (430 shots, 14 months, 130 artists), Framestore, Nvizible (400 shots, 1 year, 20 artists), Cinesite (189 shots, 70 artists), Rodeo $178,000,000 $351,830,000
1983 Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi 900 Industrial Light & Magic (ILM) $32,500,000 $475,106,177
2007 Spider-Man 3 900 Sony Pictures Imageworks (SPI) (250 artists) $258,000,000 $890,871,626
2013 The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug 2000 Weta Digital $225,000,000 $960,366,855
2012 The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey 2135+ Weta Digital $315,000,000 $1,017,003,568
2002 Spy Kids II 1050 Cinesite, Hybride (650) $38,000,000 $119,723,358
2010 TRON: Legacy 1565 Digital Domain (880), Mr. X, Prime Focus (120) $170,000,000 $400,062,763
1977 Star Wars 360 Industrial Light & Magic (ILM) $11,000,000 $775,398,007
2005 King Kong 2400 Weta Digital $207,000,000 $550,500,000
2011 Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides 1200 Industrial Light & Magic (ILM), MPC (305 shots, 90 artists, 9 months), Cinesite (300), Bluebolt, Method Studios $250,000,000 $1,045,713,802
2006 Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest 1100 Industrial Light & Magic (ILM), Method Studios $225,000,000 $1,066,179,725
2007 Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s Ends 1400 Industrial Light & Magic (ILM) (750), Digital Domain (300), Method Studios $300,000,000 $963,420,425
2003 Lord of the Rings: Return of the King 1500 Weta Digital $94,000,000 $1,119,929,521
1999 The Matrix 412 Animal Logic $63,000,000 $463,517,383
1999 End of Days 450 Rhythm and Hues, Stan Winston Studios $80,000,000 $211,989,043
1997 Starship Troopers 500 Industrial Light & Magic (ILM), Stan Winston Studios $105,000,000 $121,214,377
2002 Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones 2200 Industrial Light & Magic (ILM) $15,000,000 $649,398,328
1996 The Frighteners 570 Weta Digital $26,000,000 $29,359,216
1980 Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back 605 Industrial Light & Magic (ILM) $33,000,000 $538,375,067
2002 The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers 800 Weta Digital $94,000,000 $926,047,111
2001 The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring 480 Weta Digital $93,000,000 $871,530,324
1999 Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace 1950 Industrial Light & Magic (ILM) $115,000,000 $1,027,044,677
2005 Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith 2200 Industrial Light & Magic (ILM) $113,000,000 $848,754,768
1996 Independence Day 430 Digiscope $75,000,000 $817,400,891
2003 The Matrix Revolutions 804 Sony Pictures Imageworks (SPI) $150,000,000 $427,343,298
2003 The Matrix Reloaded 1227 Sony Pictures Imageworks (SPI), Animal Logic $150,000,000 $742,128,461
2002 Minority Report 477 Industrial Light & Magic (ILM) $102,000,000 $358,372,926
1998 Godzilla 400 Sony Pictures Imageworks (SPI) $130,000,000 $379,014,294
2014 The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies 1836+ Weta Digital $250,000,000 $955,119,788
2013 Man of Steel 1500+ Weta Digital (607 shots, 1,4 years, 500 artists), Double Negative (400), MPC (450 shots, 1,5 years, 250 artists), Scanline $225,000,000 $668,045,518
2013 Oz the Great and Powerful 1500+ Sony Pictures Imageworks (SPI), Luma Pictures, Method Studios. The movie had 1800 shots in total. $215,000,000 $493,311,825
2011 Hugo 800 Pixomondo $170,000,000 $185,770,160
2009 Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen 800+ Industrial Light & Magic (ILM) $200,000,000 $836,303,693
2008 Iron Man 800+ Industrial Light & Magic (ILM) $140,000,000 $585,174,222
2010 Iron Man 2 1000+ Industrial Light & Magic (ILM), Double Negative (250 shots, 200 artists), Fuel (130) $200,000,000 $623,933,331
2010 Iron Man 3 2000+ Digital Domain (250), Weta Digital (422 shots, 40 artists, 4 months), Scanline (250 shots, 125 artists, 13 months), Method Studios (80 shots, 75 artists, 9 weeks), Cinesite (104 shots, 44 artists, 9 weeks), Fuel (70 shots, 30 artists, 5 months), Framestore (113 shots, 97 artists, 4,5 months), Luma Pictures $200,000,000 $1,215,439,994
2007 Transformers 630+ Industrial Light & Magic (ILM), Digital Domain $150,000,000 $709,709,780
2013 G.I. Joe: Retaliation 700+ Industrial Light & Magic (ILM) (180), Digital Domain (227), Method Studios (230 shots, 70 artists – 7 months) $130,000,000 $375,740,705
1993 Jurassic Park 50 Stan Winston Studio & Tippett Studio $63,000,000 $1,029,153,882
2015 Jurassic World 2000 Industrial Light & Magic (ILM) (1500), Image Engine, Hybride (180) $150,000,000 $1,465,838,000
2012 Life of Pi 690 Rhythm and Hues (446), MPC (110 shots, 220 artists, 2.5 years), Look (60 shots, 6 artists, 1 year). The movie had a total of 960 shots. $120,000,000 $609,016,565
2008 Quantum Solace 900+ Double Negative, Framestore, MPC $200,000,000 $586,090,727
2014 Noah 1000+ Industrial Light & Magic (ILM) (380 shots, 235 artists, 1 year), Look (300 shots) $125,000,000 $359,200,044
1991 Terminator 2: Judgment Day 54+ Industrial Light & Magic (ILM), Stan Winston Studio $102,000,000 $519,843,345
2012 Men in Black 3 1214+ Sony Pictures Imageworks (650) $215,000,000 $624,026,776
2014 Maleficent 1500+ MPC (850), Digital Domain (540 shots, 320 artists), Method Studios, The Senate $180,000,000 $668,994,000
2014 Divergent 381 Method Studios $85,000,000 $269,276,713
2009 Star Trek 1005+ Industrial Light & Magic (ILM) (797). Digital Domain $150,000,000 $385,494,555
2014 The Grand Budapest Hotel 340+ LOOK! Effects (12 artists – 10 months) $31,000,000 $166,728,513
2015 Tomorrowland 1300+ Industrial Light & Magic (ILM) (1200 shots, 200 artists), RodeoFx (50), Hybride (68) $190,000,000 $203,380,000
2013 Ender’s Game 941 Digital Domain (700). The movie had 1200 shots in total. $110,000,000 $125,537,191
2013 Elysium 1000+ Image Engine (700), Method Studios, MPC, Industrial Light & Magic (ILM). 178 vfx shots were cut out. $115,000,000 $286,140,700
2013 Pacific Rim 1566 Industrial Light & Magic (ILM) (785), Rodeo (200), Base FX, Hybride (318) and Ghost VFX $190,000,000 $411,002,944
2013 Now You See Me 600+ Rodeo (350 shots, 55 artists, 1 year), Modus Fx (227), Image Engine, Industrial Light & Magic (ILM) (2) $75,000,000 $351,723,989
2009 Terminator Salvation 1250+ Industrial Light & Magic (ILM) (366), Rodeo (17), Rising Sun Pictures $200,000,000 $371,353,001
2014 Sin City: A Dame to Kill For 2000 Prime Focus $65,000,000 $39,407,616
2015 Jupiter Ascending 2000 Double Negative, Framestore (500), Method Studios (320), Blue Bolt, Rodeo FX $176,000,000 $181,887,723
2014 Captain America: Winter Soldier 2500 Industrial Light & Magic (ILM) $170,000,000 $712,575,22
2011 Ra.One 3500 Prime Focus, Alien Sense $21,000,000 $40,000,000
2012 Son of Sardaar 3800 Pixion $5,000,000 $25,000,000
1998 Pleasantville 1700 Cinesite $42,000,000 $49,805,462

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