The Trillion Dollar Question

Right.. so, Matt Damon has been a lot of different places. Sometimes, he’s in places that real humans haven’t been, or it’s just sci-fi. Here’s an updated list for how much money the Human race has spent on Matt Damon, to bring him back to the USA.

If we really look into it, Matt Damon, in any of his acting roles, has been a lot of places, in a lot of different portrayed times. Almost every movie has some sort of “go rescue Matt’s character” scene. I saw a few years old posts about the costs and wanted to update it to 2021’s valuations, as best as possible.

Keep in mind that these values are estimates based on unfinished information, or is based on estimated due to science fiction.


Courage Under Fire

Saving Private Ryan

Titan AE


Green Zone



The Martian


Matt’s character requires rescuing during a mission in the Gulf War.

The US Army sends a team of soldiers to return Matt’s character home.

A spaceship to evacuate Earth in the year 3028 somehow grabs Matt.

Matt requires rescuing from the Middle East over Oil and Politics.

Another Middle East rescue job, only it’s in 2003 this time, instead of 2005?

Dystopian future where Earth citizens are poor and rich people live on Halo.

Earth is dying so they sent Matt to a different planet far far away. He cray-cray.

Matt tripped over some Lego’s on Mars and was left behind. Call an Uber!

Value (inflation adjusted)



Around $1 Trillion



At least $500 Billion

Est. $1 Trillion

Est. $25 Billion

So there we have it, just a few select movies where Matt was rescued in some way, and the valuation of how much it cost. Where applicable, all the values are 2021 adjusted for inflation, using Bank of Canada’s online Calculator, found here. Estimates for values of mission costs are based on as much fact as possible, using values for today’s’ associated costs, with a small 10% increase.

Jeff Wilton

Jeff is the founder and owner of Everyday Science Stuff. ESS is a one man operation, with the core belief that all education should be served without crippling debt tuition, without revenue generating ads and without any restrictions of any kind such as paywalls, forced login and account creations, geographical restrictions, and so on.

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