How much did the Olympic opening ceremony cost?

No one is really saying offically what Beijing spent, but a most estimates put it at about $100 million in some of the media. That means:

That’s about $476,000 per minute and almost $8,000 per second and more than twice the cost of the 2004 Athens opening ceremony

One thing is for sure, London is going to have a hell of a task trying to top this one…

UPDATE: Roger Ebert is quoting the other figure, $300 million. Now that would be a bit crazy.

UPDATE:  For info on the 2010 Vancouver Olympics costs

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