First off, District 9 was made for 30 million dollars. Some people have gone as far as to say the film was made for only 30 million dollars. Personally, I want to bitch slap anyone who attaches an adjective to that sum that makes it sound like 30 million dollars isn't a shitload of money.
Why? Because 30 million dollars is a shitload of money. Once again, if you disagree, the bitch slap queue forms to your left.
Movies cost too much to make these days. It's that simple. You want to know why you're paying ten dollars for a movie ticket? You want to know why so many creative decisions are made by Hollywood suits instead of writers and directors? You want to know why so many studio films are becoming even more bland, formulaic, pandering wastes of time than ever? It's because even a movie like Funny People costs $75 million to make these days.
I've taken ten movies, big event films, from the past thirty years - since the original Star Wars, which helped usher in the summer blockbuster, as it were - and used an inflation calculator to show what they would cost to make in 2008, the year District 9 went into production. These estimates were made using wikipedia...