We’ve Spent $900 Billion Saving Matt Damon? Just Let Him Die Next Time


matt damon the martianIn actor Matt Damon‘s most recent film, The Martian, NASA and the American government spent over a year trying to bring his marooned character back from the planet Mars. The thing is, many of Damon’s movies involve the United States (and sometimes other groups) cobbling together lots of resources to save his character’s sorry ass. This involves a lot of money.

How much money, exactly? Well these are movies, obviously, so they aren’t real. But if they were, BGR reports that the total cost of Damon’s rescues would amount to $900 billion dollars and change. That’s according to a Quora answer to the question, “How much money has been spent attempting to bring Matt Damon back from distant places?”

Kynan Eng writes:

This question can be answered in terms of movie budgets, or estimated fictional costs where Matt Damon has been sent on extended “business trips”. See detailed estimates below.

Movie Budgets
Courage under Fire: $46m
Saving Private Ryan: $70m
Titan AE: $75m
Syriana: $50m
Green Zone: $100m
Elysium: $115m
Interstellar: $165m
The Martian: $108m
TOTAL: $729m

Fictional Costs
My estimates, costs are in 2015 currency
Courage Under Fire (Gulf War 1 helicopter rescue): $300k
Saving Private Ryan (WW2 Europe search party): $100k
Titan AE (Earth evacuation spaceship): $200B
Syriana (Middle East private security return flight): $50k
Green Zone (US Army transport from Middle East): $50k
Elysium (Space station security deployment and damages): $100m
Interstellar (Interstellar spaceship): $500B
The Martian (Mars mission): $200B
TOTAL: $900B plus change


  • Movie marketing costs are not included
  • Only movies where Matt Damon acted are included
  • Making the Matt Damon movies has cost about 0.1% of the “real” cost to actually send him on all of these business trips
  • His movie gross takings so far are about $2.7B, which is about 40% of the cheapest proposed trip to Mars, as proposed by the Mars One team.

In other words, if all of the characters played by Damon in the films mentioned above were real people, who needed actual rescuing from the precarious situations depicted, then his rescuers would need almost one trillion dollars to save them all.

Next time Damon needs to be saved at the movies, let’s just leave his ass wherever he’s gotten himself stuck.

[h/t BGR]
[Image via screengrab]

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