These days it’s quite normal for a movie’s cost to run into the hundred millions and make close to a billion at the Box Office, however, this list of movies had far more modest budgets but still went on to be huge blockbusters.
20. The Conjuring – $20 million
The conjuring was released in 2013 and follows a family haunted by a restless spirit. The movie had a budget of $20 million and made $318 million at the box office.
19. Slumdog Millionaire – $15 million
Danny Boyle directs the film about a teenager from the slums who went on to become a contestant on the Indian version of Who Wants To Be A Millionaire. He is arrested on suspicion of cheating, but during the interrogation, he reveals the life events that led him to the answers. The movies budget was $15 million and made $377 million at the Box Office.
18. The Kings Speech – $15 million
Telling the story of King George VI, The Kings speech shows the struggles the King faced with his speech when he took the throne. The film’s budget was $15 million and it made $414 million at the Box Office.
17. Little Miss Sunshine – $8 million
Determined to their young daughter to a beauty pageant, a dysfunctional family travel across the country in their VW bus. The films budget was $8 million and it made $100 million at the box office.
16. Juno – Budget $7.5 million
Starring Ellen Page, Juno is a brilliantly funny movie about a teenage girl who finds out that she is pregnant. The film had a relatively small budget of $7.5 million but went on to make an amazing $231 million at the Box Office.
15. My Big Fat Greek Wedding – $5 million
When a Greek woman falls in love with a non Greek man, she struggles to get her family to accept him. The movies budget was just $5 million but it made $368 million at the Box Office.
14. Lost in Translation – $4 million
An aging movie star and a neglected house wife cross paths during their trips to Tokyo. The movie had a budget of $4 million and went on to make $120 million at the Box Office.
13. The Full Monty – $3.5 Million
The british film is about 6 men who lost their steel mill jobs. After seeing women throw money at men performing naked in a club, they attempt to create their own show. The film had a budget of $3.5 Million and made $257 million at the Box Office.
12. The Purge – $3 million
Set in the future a law that makes all crimes, even murder, legal for 12 hours every year in an attempt to stop all crime the rest of the time. A wealthy family is held hostage for helping a man who was the target of a groups “purge”. The movies budget was $3 million and it went on to make $90 million at the Box Office.
11. Saw – $1.2 Million
A horror film following two men trapped in a room by a psycho are forced to do horrific things to escape. The movie’s budget was just $1.2 million and made $103 million at the box office.
10. Rocky – $995k
The film follows a down and out boxer who gets to flight against the heavyweight world champion. The movie’s budget was $995k and made $225 million at the box office.
9. American Graffiti – $777k
In 1973. this coming of age movie was filmed over 28 days and with a budget of $777k. It then went on to make $140 million at the box office.
8. Open Water – Budget $500k
Based on a true story of two scuba divers that were accidentally left behind in Shark infested waters when a tour boat left without them. The Movie had a budget of $500k and made $52 million at the Box Office.
7. Friday the 13th – $500k
While attempting to reopen a summer camp, a group of camp counsellors are stalked and murdered in the site where a child drowned years before. The movie had a budget of $500k and made $59 million at the Box Office.
6. Napoleon Dynamite – $400k
This indie film with unknown actors was made with a budget of $400k and was a huge hit make $46 million at the box office.
5. Mad Max – $300k
For over 20 years, Mad Max was record holder for the highest profit to cost ever. The movie’s budget was $300k and took $99.75 million at the box office.
4. Night of the Living Dead – $114k
A group of people hide from bloodthirsty zombies the film had a budget of $114k in 1968 and went on to make $42 million dollars.
3. The Blair Witch Project – $60k
This hand held camera movie about a haunted woods had a very small budget of just $60k. The movie went viral with people that it was real. The Blair Witch Project took $248 million at the box office.
2. Halloween – Budget $35k
Halloween is about a 6 year old boy named Michael Myers who murders his family on Halloween night. He’s arrested and sent to a mental hospital where he spends the next 15 years until he escapes to finish his work and kill the sister that survived. With a tiny budget of just $32,000, the movie went on to make $47 million at the box office.
1. Paranormal Activity – $15k
Filmed at the director’s own home, this handheld camera movie about a haunted house had a budget of just $15k and was such a massive hit that it made $193 million at the box office.