You’ve seen Matt Damon stranded in war or outer space way more times than you realize. Seriously, in flicks about the past, present, and future of our world, Damon’s characters get stuck, left, or just straight up in need of an extraction at a near constant. Quora user Kynan Eng decided enough was enough and asked, “How much money has been spent attempting to bring Matt Damon back from distant places?”

Well, the total Damon rescue movie budgets total $729 million, but if those rescues were real, it’d actually be $900 billion. Yes, it would cost us a fictional $900 billion to keep Matt Damon safe. Here is Eng’s rundown of actual 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

And here’s the rundown for the actual Matt Damon rescue missions


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 A.E. (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: $900 billion, plus change

And here he is knowing we’ll rescue him again.