The movie industry is a fascinating place. Making a movie can either take weeks or years! Research for a film can sometimes stretch for long periods long before filming, or even script writing even begins. The biggest headache of all? Getting the most out of your budget! Movie budgets can start with less than 50 thousand dollars, and stretch to a billion dollars too! But where does all this money go and what are these movie execs getting in return? Running a movie budget is no easy job. You have a vast crew that you are responsible for. Make-up artists, catering, assistants, sound operators, set designers, screenwriters, coffee pushers, actors, producers, and directors are all under the same payroll! Let’s no mention accountants, lawyers, and the list just goes on and on! So, if you want to make production profitable, you need to be smart, the goal is making a huge revenue with a small budget.
We compiled a list of the all-time biggest success stories of the low budget film industry. How much did these movies cost to make, what was their profit, and what was the percentage margin on that profit? The results will astound you!
Ghost World (59% Profit)
Ghost World was a small budget film and one of the young Scarlett Johannsen’s first films. It’s a story about two girls who have nothing much exciting to do after graduating high school.
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So, they end up responding to a man’s newspaper ad for a date, not knowing what they got themselves into! It’s a good start for Scarlett considering the movie cost five and a half million dollars to make but made $8,761,609 in revenue.
Donnie Darko (67% Profit)
Donnie Darko is definitely a “Darko” film. Jake Gyllenhaal plays a boy who after a bizarre accident starts to hallucinate a man in a rabbit suit who tells him to commit a series of crimes.
Photo By: Pandora Cinema, Flower Films (II), Adam Fields Productions
This movie has many “easter eggs” in it, so you should watch it more than once! It cost $4,500,000 to make, and it profited $7,510,877. We’re going up slowly!
Moon (114% Profit)
Starring Sam Rockwell, Kevin Spacy, and Dominique McElligott, Moon is about a fictional astronaut named Sam Bell who works alongside an AI computer named “Gerty” to find and bring back a resource from space that can help diminish the energy crisis on earth.
Photo By: Liberty Films UK, Xingu Films, Limelight Fund
The movie goes into astrophysical detail with the engines of the vehicles not being heard on the moon because in real life there would be no sound on the moon. The movie cost exactly 5 million to make, and brought back almost 11 million back to earth with it!
Submarine (141% Profit)
Submarine stars Craig Roberts, Sally Hawkins, and Paddy Considine. The movie is about a 15-year-old boy named Oliver Tate.
Photo By: The Weinstein Company, Warp Films, Film4
Tate wants to lose his virginity before his next birthday, and break up his mother and her boyfriend who has come back into Oliver’s life. The movie cost less than two million dollars and made more than four. Good job little guy!
American Psycho (328% Profit)
Christian Bale is purely terrifying in this comedic horror movie about a New York executive named Patrick Bateman who hides his true violent, hedonistic personality at work, and goes on horrible murder campaigns in between.
Photo By: Am Psycho Productions, Edward R. Pressman Film, Lions Gate Films
The Budget for American Psycho was 8 million dollars, yet the movie saw a grand profit of more than 34 million dollars. As you’ll find out soon, the world seems to love horror movies!
Dogma (339% Profit)
Dogma is a hilarious low budget movie starring Matt Damon, Ben Affleck, Chris Rock, and “Jay and Silent Bob’s” Kevin Smith, and Jason Mewes.
Photo By: View Askew Productions, STK
The movie plot is too inappropriate, and I may not be allowed to write about here. But I will tell you this, it’s very funny, and you will love it! Want proof? Dogma made almost 44 million dollars, and only cost 10!
Beginners (347% Profit)
The Beginners starring Ewan McGregor, Christopher Plummer, and Mélanie Laurent, is about a young man who is astounded by the announcement of his elderly father who tells him that he has terminal cancer, and Is dating a young male lover.
Photo By: Olympus Pictures, Parts and Labor, Northwood Productions (II)
The plotline only cost 3.2 million to make happen, but the movie brought home more than 14 million! The film is both funny and very depressing, so get ready to laugh and cry in a 1-hour 45min sitting.
Son of Rambo (463% Profit)
Remember Will Poulter from “We are the Millers” and his recent showing in the miniseries “Black Mirror.” Well, he actually starred as a child in the 2007 action, adventure, comedy film Son of Rambow.
Photo By: Hammer & Tongs, Celluloid Dreams, Good Film Productions
The film is about two boys from different places embarking on an adventure with a video camera they have. Because it involved young cast, the movie was very cheap to make. Only two million dollars to be exact. Considering it brought back more than 11 million dollars I would imagine these children were pretty happy at the end of the day.
Nightcrawler (492% Profit)
The 2014 movie starred by Jake Gyllenhaal who plays Louis Bloom. Bloom is a con man desperate for work, who fights his way into the world of L.A.
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crime journalism and craves the idea of being the star of his own story. Nightcrawler did not get the best review, but it did not stop it from making more than 50 million dollars on an 8-million-dollar budget!
Shaun of the Dead (507% Profit)
Shaun of the Dead is a British parody classic that makes fun of the trending topic of the early millennium; the genre of the zombie apocalypse.
Photo By: StudioCanal, Working Title Films, WT2 Productions
Simon Pegg and Nick Frost play these two kinds of loser-ish type of working joe’s whose boring life gets disrupted by a zombie take over of England. The movie kicked total butt, and on a small budget of 5 million dollars, the movie went to town making over 30 million all in all!
Snatch (736% Profit)
For a power staff of actors like Jason Statham, Brad Pitt, and Benicio Del Toro, Snatch had a pretty low budget of $10,000,000.
Photo By: Columbia Pictures, SKA Films
The movie has a great plot about involving Russian gangsters, jewelers, amateur robbers, who fight to the teeth to track down a priceless diamond. The movie ended up making way more than it cost at $83,593,107.
No Escape (757% Profit)
Directed by John Erick Dowdle, “No Escape” stars Lake Bell, Pierce Brosnan, and Owen Wilson. Wilson takes his shot at an action thriller about a family living over sea’s and struggling to escape a coup in Southeast Asia.
Photo By: Bold Films, Brothers Dowdle Productions, Living Films
Despite not having a high rating, the film made more than 42 million dollars on a low budget of just 5 million. That’s enough to by even the camera assistants a house!
Brick (843% Profit)
Brick is the perfect example of what Hollywood can achieve with the right actors and a good enough plot line with little funds in their disposal.
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The film starred by Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Lukas Haas, and Emilie de Ravin cost a mere $450,000 and made more than $4,000,000. That’s no easy task, and it means this production knew they could make something happen, and chose to put money on the side for the greater good!
28 Days Later (937% Profit)
As we keep going farther down the line, you will start to notice a trend in the horror genre. Horror has been a prosperous and relatively easy to write about genre for hundreds of years when even folk stories from the early Gothic era had captured whole societies.
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The biggest money maker of the early millennium though is zombie movies! 28 Days Later, took the simple genre the extra mile and featured in it some good acting and an engaging storyline beyond the gore. The film made 82 million dollars, on an 8-million-dollar budget.
Buried (970% Profit)
Buried had all the things you need to make a low cost, yet high yield film. It’s based on a well-known true story, it needs a small cast count, and not too much-set space. The budget was less than two million dollars.
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That means even star actor Ryan Reynolds would need to wait to get paid until after its release. Reynolds plays a subcontracted U.S. truck driver working in Iraq, who has nothing but his phone after getting kidnapped and buried alive in a coffin by terrorists. The movie did really well considering the budget and brought in $21,270,290.
The Big Sick (979% Profit)
The Big Sick does something really interesting by bringing two demographics into the mix with a multicultural (Indian & American) movie cast and storyline.
Photo By: Apatow Productions, FilmNation Entertainment, Story Ink
That means it’s not just Americans who are going to want to watch it. The romance drama comedy cost 5 million to make and brought home the bacon with more than 53 million by the time it left theatres!
Bronson (1076% Profit)
Bronson makes it clear that anything is possible with the help of a good idea. The movie had close to nothing to work with at a budget of $250,000. Yet maybe it didn’t need so much money since the plot line was so great! Bronson stars Tom Hardy, Kelly Adams, and Luing Andrews.
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It tells a story of a young man who gets a seven-year sentence in prison but ends up spending decades in solitary confinement that forces him to develop an alter ego. Imagine buying a home for 250 thousand and just a year later selling it for more than 2 million. That’s basically what happened here. Only with a movie.
The Gift (1080% Profit)
Jason Bateman, Rebecca Hall, and Joel Edgerton take us back to the world of simple thrillers with a story about a young married couple whose lives get thrown into the deep end by a mysterious box being delivered to their door by an old acquaintance.
Photo By: Blumhouse Productions, Ahimsa Films, Blue-Tongue Films
What’s inside will shake the couple to their core, and bring about a horrifying 20-year secret. The Gift indeed was a gift to the cast, considering it made $58,978,477 on a $5,000,000 budget!
The Terminator (1119% Profit)
Terminator speaks for itself here! It would not be Arnold Schwarzenegger’s first movie, but it would for sure be the movie that made him an international household name.
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According to the movie’s cinematographer, Adam Greenberg, most of the action scenes of the film were done with handheld cameras as they were the only way in his opinion to capture the energy in the scenes! The Terminator made $78,019,031, and that’s not including the sequels!
Little Miss Sunshine (1158% Profit)
If you want to know if a family-friendly comedy is good or not, just sit with the person you get along with least to watch it. Cost was $8 million and revenue to date is $100 million.
Photo By: Fox Searchlight Pictures, Big Beach Films, Bona Fide Productions
I sat with my dad at the movie theatre to watch Little Miss Sunshine. We get along like most father and son do when the son is a teenager, but leaving the theatre with my dad that day, I had felt me and my father had a closer relationship than when we had when we came in!
A Nightmare on Elm Street (1317% Profit)
Nightmare on Elm Street is a Halloween masterpiece of a movie about a slain janitor who developed a monstrous spirit whose sole mission is to haunt the children of the people who were responsible for his death.
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The budget may have been small at a bit less than two million, but the production was dedicated to making this story come to life. An excellent example of this is the story of cinematographer Jacques Aitkin wore an eyepatch on set so as to not distract himself one bit from the horror! A Nightmare on Elm Street is now considered a classic household name and grossed $25,504,513.
Garden State (1341% Profit)
For some reason, New Jersey is called the Garden State, and actor Zach Braff for some reason wanted to write about it.
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Actually, not just write about it, he also directed and acted in a movie that showcases New Jersey in all her faults in his movie about a troubled young adult who returns to the depressing state for his mother’s funeral. The movie only cost him $2,500,000, but it was worth the time as he ended up bringing home the biscuit with a 36-million-dollar profit!
Don’t Breathe (1490% Profit)
A title is worth a thousand words, and the title “Don’t Breathe” is a perfect one considering not being able to breath would give anyone the goosebumps.
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Directed by Fede Alvarez, Don’t Breathe tells a story about a group of thieves who break into the wrong blind man’s home with the hopes of making a fortune. This old man may not see, but that doesn’t mean he can’t hear you breathe, and who said he would be a welcoming host!
Blue Valentine (1557% Profit)
“you give me a million, and I’ll make you sixteen!” I wonder if that is good enough of a pitch in the movie industry to get a low budget movie investment?
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Director Derek Cianfrance probably knew that if he kept it simple by putting together great actors, with an easy to follow romance storyline, he would make that money back and more!
The Inbetweeners Movie (1561% Profit)
Not much to say about it. Directed by Ben Palmer, and starred by James Buckley, Blake Harrison, and Joe Thomas, The Inbetweeners follows a not so original storyline about a couple of 18-year-old British hooligans who go on vacation to Malia.
Photo By: Film4, Young Films, Bwark Productions
For some odd reason, this stale storyline cost 5 million to fruit. It gets odder when you learn the movie fruited 88 million!
Bowling for Columbine (1841% Profit)
Michael Moore is known to dig deep into American politics. In Bowling for Columbine, Moore sets out to explore the possible relation between armed violence and what he sees as the abuse of the Right to Bear Arms.
Photo By: United Artists, Alliance Atlantis Communications, Salter Street Films International. Source: criterionconfessions.com
This movie would come on the heels of the tragic Columbine high school shooting. Michal Moore spent a 3 million dollars (probably mostly on lawyers,) yet the movie grossed more than 58 million dollars!
Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels (2000% Profit)
Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels is a hilarious classic of a British crime comedy! It follows a series of events in which thugs from all walks of life, end up fighting one another for all types of dumb thuggish reasons.
Photo By: Summit Entertainment, The Steve Tisch Company, SKA Films
The movie stars some great cast with the likes of Jason Flemyng, Dexter Fletcher, Nick Moran, and director/writer Guy Ritchie. Two Smoking Barrels made quite the hefty profit spending only $1,350,000 compared to the $28,356,188 it brought in!
My Left Foot (2350% Profit)
My Left Foot tells the (true story) of renowned artist Christy Brown. Brown suffered from the common disease called Cerebral Palsy, and needed to learn how to pursue his passion for art with the only working limb in his body, his left foot!
Source: Photo Credit: Ferndale Films, Granada Television, Raidió Teilifís Éireann (RTÉ)
The movie only cost $600,000 to make considering the great story was already there to make, and it ended up grossing $14,700,000.
Pulp Fiction (2562% Profit)
Quintin Tarantino’s masterpiece, “Pulp Fiction” had a budget of $8,000,000. That’s one for him, and then some for his great cast with the likes of John Travolta, Uma Thurman, Samuel L. Jackson. The cinematography and action scenes in this film were not too expensive.
Photo By: Miramax, A Band Apart, Jersey Films
This is a no spoiler film, and I don’t want to give out any details other than the fact that you will love it, and enjoy every second! Pulp Fiction quickly joined the rank of an American classic and made a profit of $212,928,762 to date.
Lost in Translation (2827% Profit)
Bill Murray and Scarlett Johansson switch the immigrant stereotype upside down when they play two Americans living in Japan who cross paths in Tokyo and form a bond with one another in a city where they don’t understand the language and have a problem fitting in with the culture.
Photo By: Focus Features, Tohokushinsha Film Corporation (TFC), American Zoetrope
Bill Murry doesn’t ask for much during filming, he knows the money will come. The movie had a measly price tag of $4,000,000 compared to the profit. The equation is simple, Bill Murray + Scarlett Johansson, divided by Japan = $117,085,297
The Purge (2942% Profit)
The Purge may not have the best acting involved in it or even any great screenplay. But it is an excellent metaphor for American society.
Photo By: Universal Pictures, Platinum Dunes, Blumhouse Productions
It tells a story about a fictional America where in order to keep the crime rate reduced, and lower unemployment, America instituted a holiday, where once a year, for 12 hours, all crime including murder is legal! This movie only cost 3 million dollars, but it must have ignited the fantasy of many Americans, as it made $91,266,581 since 2013.
Juno (3206% Profit)
Ellen Page and Michael Cera really did their best to make this movie work, and their best paid off! Juno needed to happen when it did in 2007, as it was showcasing right before the 2008 election the much needed to talk about issue of teenage pregnancies.
Photo By: Fox Searchlight Pictures, Mandate Pictures, Mr. Mudd
Juno didn’t take a political stance, it took a feminist stance, with an emphasis on choice, it caught the hearts and minds of America and to this day grossed $231,450,102 on a $7,000,000 budget.
Swingers (3209% Profit)
Swingers is the opposite of Juno. This film was rated #58 on Bravo’s “100 Funniest Movies”. The film was honored on the 2007 Spike TV Guys’ Choice Awards.
Photo By: Doug Liman Productions, Independent Pictures (II), The Alfred Shay Company Inc.
The movie stars Vince Vaughn, Heather Graham, and Jon Favreau, and is about two me trying to fit in the scene of neo-lounging, it’s the stereotype (bro trying to get another bro a girl) movie. Swingers cost an insanely low $200,000, and it brought in $6,618,578.
Annabelle (3852% Profit)
Some call it a horror film, I call it a Christian propaganda film. A sequel to the movie “The Conjuring,” the movie follows a semi-true story of a couple who travel the world to investigate and solve hauntings.
Photo By: New Line Cinema, RatPac-Dune Entertainment, Atomic Monster
The only thing that ever saves anyone in the conjuring trilogy’s is “the holy spirit.” If you want your kids to fear their home, not trust their parents, and to entrust nothing but god for their safety, then this is the movie for you! Despite my criticism, and the movies low rating, it may have been blessed as it spent $6,500,000, and made $256,862,920 to this date!
Moonlight (4250% Profit)
Moonlight won the Academy Award for Best Picture in 2017, and for a good reason! The movie tells the story of a young gay African American boy who grows up to live a life of struggle and fear.
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The movie shines a light on what it’s like to grow up in the hard-black neighborhoods of America and showcases the struggle of homosexuality in the African American community. Moonlight’s budget was only $1,500,000, yet it grossed $65,245,512 in just three years!
Get Out (5007% Profit)
Get out is a chilling thriller about a young mixed-race couple of a black man and a white girl who are driving out of town to meet the girlfriend’s family.
Photo By: Universal Pictures, Blumhouse Productions, QC Entertainment
The couple soon realizes that they have found themselves in a town that engages in which craft against none white visitors. Despite its divisive spirit, the movie won critical acclaim and made a profit of $255,367,951 in just two years and on a budget of only $5,000,000.
Split (5479% Profit)
Split Is a gut-wrenching thriller written by the iconic M. Night Shyamalan about a man who suffers a multiple personality disorder and goes on a kidnapping spree of three girls. The film is starred by James McAvoy, Anya Taylor-Joy, and Haley Lu Richardson.
Photo By: Universal Pictures, Blinding Edge Pictures, Blumhouse Productions
The movie was supposed to feature Joaquin Phoenix as the lunatic, but since no agreement was reached on the contract, the part went to James McAvoy. Luckily for James, it was worth the wait for payday considering the movie made $278,964,806 on a mere $5,000,000 budget!
Pi (6780% Profit)
“Personal note, when I was a little kid, my mother told me never to stare into the sun, so when I was six, I did.”
Photo By: Harvest Filmworks, Truth and Soul Pictures, Plantain Films
Pi is a low budget black and white movie about a young mathematician who had lost his mind trying to find an equation for everything. The movie cost just $68,000 to make and profited $4,678,513.
Star Wars (7051% Profit)
There is not much I would give up in my life for anything I don’t have. But If I had to give up my whole life just to be able to go back in time and watch the first Star Wars in theatres for the first time, I would!
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Star Wars is one of the more expensive productions on our list, but not compared to its current revenue count of $786,598,007.
The Full Monty (7364% Profit)
British comedy film “The Full Monty” is not for kids! The movie starts with a factory worker in Great Britain who loses his factory job and has the idea in his unemployment line to start a male shake joint.
Photo By: Redwave Films, Channel Four Films, Twentieth Century Fox
The $3,500,000 has been hailed as a classic by many, and throughout the years since its release has grossed more than 250 million dollars.
My Big Fat Greek Wedding (7398% Profit)
“You don’t eat meat! That’s okay I’ll make lamb.” My Big Fat Greek Wedding is a very cute family friendly romance comedy about a Greek American woman who is marrying a none Greek man.
Photo By: Gold Circle Films, Home Box Office (HBO), MPH Entertainment Productions
The woman struggles to get her family to accept her fiancée into the family. MBFGW cost $5,000,000 to make, but it has since grossed $374,890,034 and counting. Talk about a Big Fat Greek paycheck!
The Evil Dead (7740% Profit)
The Evil Dead came out in 1981, and even if today it looks like a poorly done gore fest, it was actually horrifying for its time!
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The movie stars Bruce Campbell, Ellen Sandweiss, and Richard DeManincor. The movie only cost $375,000 and since 81 has grossed almost 30 million dollars.
Saw (8557% Profit)
Saw really broke boundaries in the world of gore-fest horror films. The Saw trilogy focuses on a notorious serial killer who plays a sick game with his victims where they must go through gruesome ordeals, and make limb taking choices in order to leave his game alive.
Photo By: Evolution Entertainment, Saw Productions Inc., Twisted Pictures
The first Saw movie was smartly mostly located in one set stage, and only cost $1,200,000, yet 15 years later its total revenue stands at around $103,880,027.
Friday the 13th (10764% Profit)
The 1980’s classic, “Friday the 13th” is a Halloween horror thriller directed by the legendary Sean S. Cunningham, and written by Victor Miller about an unknown murderer who savages a group of counselors during their attempt to re-open a summer camp where a child had drowned years earlier.
Photo By: Paramount Pictures, Warner Bros., Georgetown Productions Inc.
At the time of its filming, the movie cost $550,000 and has since profited $59,754,601.
The Hills Have Eyes (10770% Profit
Noticing the trend so far on horror flicks? The 1977 horror film has since been re-made, but no other version would see success like that of the original.
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The movie about a family stranded out in the desert being terrorized by violent savages cost only $230,000 to make and has since grossed $25,000,000.
Open Water (11004% Profit)
Open Water is a true story about two divers who are accidentally left by their host boat in the middle of the ocean, in shark-infested waters. Here’s a fun goof, when Susan asks where the boat is, the two actors are actually in the shadow of the camera boat in front of them.
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The movie cost a good $500,000 and made an even better $55,518,641 ever since!
Napoleon Dynamite (11431% Profit)
Napoleon Dynamite is quite the fun fest of a comedy movie! It follows the life an awkward midwestern teenager by the name of Napoleon, who on one side struggles to fit in, but also does not really care what others think of him so much.
Photo By: Fox Searchlight Pictures, Paramount Pictures, MTV Films
He meets his new best friend Pedro, and the two go out on a mission to get Pedro elected class president. The movie was billed at $400,000 and has since pulled in a revenue of $46,122,713.
Catfish (12562% Profit)
Catfish the documentary follows an authentic, real-life story about a man who was lied to about his online girlfriends’ true identity. He then attempts to track her down and see who exactly she is, and why in the world she would be lying to him about who she is.
Photo By: Supermarché, Hit The Ground Running Films
The movie has since spawned an MTV show that’s still going strong. It cost the small cast only $30,000 to produce, and at the end of the day, the movie alone made them more than 3 million dollars.
Clerks (14323% Profit)
Clerks is a funny black and white comedy, that is just as black and white in its screenplay as it is on the screen.
Photo By: View Askew Productions, Miramax
The movie stars Brian O’Halloran, Jeff Anderson, and Marilyn Ghigliotti poking fun at the world of the New Jersey drug store world. The hilarious yet straightforward comedy cost $27,000 to make, yet it has since yielded $3,894,240.
American Graffiti (17918% Profit)
American Graffiti is a 1973 movie about a couple of high school boys who planned to have a great time after graduation and go out on the town on a graffiti run.
Photo By: Universal Pictures, Lucasfilm, The Coppola Company
They learn lessons about life that will last their future, and try at least to enjoy their last times together as a crew. The movie made $777,000 and ended up profiting $140,000,000.
Rocky (22400% Profit)
Rocky is the flag movie and cultural expression of what it means to be from Philadelphia.
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Written and starred by original Philadelphian Sylvester Stallone who plays Rocky a boxer who against all the odds beats every opponent put in front of him. The movie cost $1,000,000, and since its release in 1976 has made $225,000,000.
Halloween (23233% Profit)
The 1978 Halloween horror focuses on the life of a mental hospital patient Michael Myers who escaped from his bed and went on a Halloween murder spree in his home town of Haddonfield, Illinois.
Photo By: Compass International Pictures, Falcon International Productions
The movie is a household name, and I was even allowed to watch it at the age of 10 since I had already played video games with better graphics. I still had nightmares though! Halloween cost only $300,000, yet it’s still killing the game with a total of a$70,000,000 revenue.
Night of the Living Dead (26292% Profit)
Night of the Living Dead (1968) is one of the first of its kind zombie movies in existence, and way ahead of its time when it came to how scary it was.
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Night of the living dead cost $114,000 and since 68 has for sure made its investment back at $30,087,064.
Super-Size Me (34106% Profit)
Super-Size Me is a documentary about a middle-aged New Yorker who wants to take a whole month of eating only McDonalds and the results of his test were so horrifying that health classes across the US were required to show the movie in school. So that children can understand what eating fast food can do to your body.
Photo By: The Con, Kathbur Pictures, Studio On Hudson
Even I remember watching it in seventh grade. Super-Size Me was a $65,000 project and has since made $22,233,808.
The Blair Witch Project (41283% Profit)
The movie Blair Witch Project was directed and written by Daniel Myrick, and Eduardo Sanchez and released in 1999.
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It follows the story of three film students who vanish after traveling to Maryland to film a documentary on the local legend of the Blair Witches, but all that was left is their camera. Blair Witch Project cost $600,000 and in the 20 years since its release has made $248,300,000.
Paranormal Activity (43052% Profit)
Paranormal Activity was a really well done, simple, to the point, and extremely terrifying horror ghost flick. Written and directed by Oren Peli, and starred by Katie Featherston, Micah Sloat, and Mark Fredrichs.
Photo By: Solana Films, Blumhouse Productions
The movie takes you on a terrifying journey from the lenses of a home video camera of a family who had just moved into a seemingly suburban home. The movie is today known to be one of the scariest movies in history. It cost Oren $450,000 to get this thing on the big screen, he has since made close to 200 million dollars in profit on this movie alone!
Mad Max (49775% Profit)
Mad Max released in 1979 as an Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi film about an Australian police officer who sets out on a quest to fight off and stop a violent motorcycle gang from creating havoc.
Photo By: Kennedy Miller Productions, Crossroads, Mad Max Films
It’s at the bottom (or more so top) of our list because of the fact that its return on investment is just out of this world. $200,000 spent, $99,750,000 made since 1979!