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Is there a way to find out what the official budget of a Movie or TV show is?

I'm aware that Box Office Mojo is a fairly reliable resource to find the estimated gross of a movie, but I haven't come across any similar type of database that discusses budgetary aspects.

Whist Box Office gross is a good indicator as to a films commercial success, I can't help but feeling like the metric is lacking without knowing their budgets.

I'm aware that it's common working practice to keep these details out of public scrutiny, but do the studio's have to declare this information at any point, and if so is this information publicly accessible or speculated upon with some reference anywhere?

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Most notable movies on wikipedia have their budgets listed,if you follow the source link you will most likely end up on "Box Office Mojo",but on occasion you can stumble upon a different more reliable source. –  Arremer Jan 20 at 16:58
    
Have you heard of The Numbers? –  Oliver_C Jan 21 at 20:28
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The Internet Movie Database lists the budget on the main page of a movie under the heading Box Office.

I haven't yet found a resource for television budgets. It seems accountability is less. The reasons I've found so far are

  • Many actors want their salaries secret.

  • Since tickets are not sold, "weekend profits" is less a marketing tool.

  • Advertisers do not always want to tell how much they pay (which is where primary budgeting is derived, with reruns, syndication and DVD/Bluray being secondary).

  • Budgets can change from episode to episode depending on things like locations, guest stars and contract renewals.

I've been looking, but do not expect to find a definitive Db.

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and for Television shows? –  John Smith Optional Jan 20 at 17:20
    
I added to my answer. I do not think there is a Db, unless it is a paid or hidden site for industry professionals, or something like IMDb Pro ($16/month), maybe. For a while I received Daily Variety (had to stop because it's so expensive) and I don't remember them covering TV budgets either. –  Meat Trademark Jan 20 at 17:48
    
Thanks! your reasons are all plausible. The search continues... –  John Smith Optional Jan 20 at 17:54
    
Good luck. I've tried on and off for years. Since I got hooked on X-Files back in '93 and found out it was shot on film. If you find one, please let us know. You can often find a budget for a particular show, but a Db eludes me. –  Meat Trademark Jan 20 at 17:56
    
I'm hoping this question may be the catalyst to finally finding out, if someone has anything it seems it would be widely appreciated, and pretty valuable... –  John Smith Optional Jan 20 at 18:01
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