We are now in a golden age of TV and cinema and there are more ways of watching movies than just paying a visit to the cinema. We are in a time where the average "blockbuster" costs well in to the hundreds of millions of dollars to make - the most recent example being Captain America: Civil War which cost around $250 million. And it doesn't stop there, marketing new movies includes launching viral campaigns and creating traditional TV adverts which all cost thousands if not millions of dollars.
This is becoming more and more like the norm, but there are still some movies that have used modest budgets to create fantastic films (and some that aren't so great) that have smashed the box office. Here is a list of 15 movies that have been made on “low” budgets but that have made loads of money…
13 Dirty Dancing (1987) Budget $6 million – Grossed $167,000,000
12 Night of the Living Dead (1968) Budget $114,000 – Grossed $30,000,000
11 The Gallows (2015) Budget $100,000 – Grossed $43,000,000
10 Napoleon Dynamite (2004) Budget $400,000 - Grossed $44,500,000
9 Insidious (2011) Budget $1,500,000 – Grossed $34,500,000
8 God’s Not Dead (2014) Budget $2,000,000 – Grossed $62,600,000
7 Eraserhead (1977) Budget $20,000 – Grossed $7,000,000
6 Lost in Translation (2003) Budget $4,000,000 – Grossed $119,700,000
5 Mad Max (1981) Budget $350,000 – Grossed $100,000,000
4 Halloween (1978) Budget $300,000 – Grossed $70,000,000
3 Friday the 13th (1980) Budget $550,000 – Grossed $60,000,000
2 Paranormal Activity (2009) Budget $15,000 – Grossed $193,000,000
1 The Blair Witch Project (1999) Budget $60,000 – Grossed $248,000,000
Christ almighty this film is scary! Three students set out to make a documentary about the fabled Blair Witch and get way more than they bargained for. What makes this film so terrifying is the super-effective use of the found-footage style of shooting the movie and all from a handheld camera. The acting is superb and the frights are brilliant! The millions of movie-goers who attended a screening of The Blair Witch Project certainly got their money’s worth! It made an astronomical amount of money from only a small investment. It was also notable for being marketed almost purely via the internet. Smashing!
So what do you make of the list? Do you have any more examples of small budget movies that have made, like, bazillions at the box office? If so then let me know! Also, please like and share :)
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