It’s ‘Cost’ Almost $1 Trillion to Save Matt Damon In The Movies

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Photo Courtesy: Universal Pictures

HOLLYWOOD, Calif, Dec. 28, 2015 (Gephardt Daily) — It’s fictionally costing us nearly a trillion dollars to keep saving Matt Damon in the movies.

According to, one astute Quora user posed a hysterical hypothetical question to the internet community earlier this year: “How much money has been spent attempting to bring Matt Damon back from distant places?”

Quora user Kynan Eng decided to break the question down in terms of both actual, real-life movie budgets and the estimated costs of bringing the fictional characters played by Damon home.

Photo Courtesy: Universal Pictures
Photo Courtesy: Universal Pictures

Here’s what he came up with:

Actual Movie Budgets
Courage Under Fire: $46 million
Saving Private Ryan: $70 million
Titan A.E.: $75 million
Syriana: $50 million
Green Zone: $100 million
Elysium: $115 million
Interstellar: $165 million
The Martian: $108 million
TOTAL: $729 million

Fictional Costs
(Estimates are in 2015 currency)
Courage Under Fire (Gulf War, one helicopter rescue): $300,000
Saving Private Ryan (WW2 Europe search party): $100,000
Titan A.E. (Earth evacuation spaceship): $200 billion
Syriana (Middle East private security return flight): $50,000
Green Zone (US Army transport from Middle East): $50,000
Elysium (Space station security deployment and damages): $100,000
Interstellar (Interstellar spaceship): $500 billion
The Martian (Mars mission): $200 billion
TOTAL: Over $900 Billion


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