150 million plus 180 million equals less than the movie made.
But why use math when people aren't bright enough to figure it out?
Go ahead and pursue the math a little further - what was their percentage of net profit against outlay, here?
Making films is a risky business - as the old saw has it, getting into movie financing is a likely way to make a small fortune...out of a large one. People invest in movies because there's a shot at making a lot
of money, a big return on their investment. They're not inclined to invest in sequels to a film that cost an enormous amount to produce and promote and which returned a small profit - what if the next one winds up costing a little more and making a little less.
Welcome to Hollywood math 101.