This page contains financial information as I encounter it within the trade or popular press.
According to The New York Times, 2010 movie Despicable Me cost $70M to produce by Illumination Entertainment. Despicable Me was released by Universal. It was actually created by Mac Guff Ligne.
The same article said that efforts such as Toy Story 3 and Shrek 4 cost twice as much to create.
The same article stated that the French studios have experience with low budgets. The owner of the studio said that in North America there would be three people doing the same types of jobs that one person in France does.
It also stated that the UK also has credits.The credits in France came into play for *any* production. Studios get a reimbursement of up to 4M Euro for costs incurred in France. In the past, credits were only available for films that had content that was distinctly French. Now it applies to anything. It was meant to attract foreign film creators to France. It matches similar credits that exist elsewhere.