Low budget movies that made a ton of money at the box office
Movies are a tricky business. It is hard to predict a movie’s commercial viability based on budget or production values. We have too many instances of big-budget movies dying too early at the box office to say budget could be an indicator of success. We also have several instances where a low-budget movie filled with newbie actors cracked the box office wide open. Though such movies are few and far between, they tell a story worth watching.
Here are some of the low budget movies that made a lot of money.
There are few people in the world who have not heard of Rocky and Rambo. Apart from being an inspirational movie, the story of making this movie itself is quite moving. Made at a total budget of $1 million, the producers of the movie had to mortgage their house, and spend their personal savings to produce the film. Sylvester Stallone even sold his dog to make ends meet while waiting to make this movie. It grossed $225 million worldwide over the years, making it one of the best bangs for the buck. It also made a lot of money with the franchise.
Blair Witch Project
Horror movie Blair Witch Project was produced at a cost of $60,000. They shot the movie in just 8 days armed with a partly written script that was improvised on the set. The beauty of the movies is that people cannot figure out if it was a documentary or a horror movie. Innovative marketing and a slow buzz resulted in the movie becoming one of the best horror movies of the generation.
My Big Fat Greek Wedding
My Big Fat Greek Wedding is another example of a small budget movie that went to rake in the big bucks. Produced at a cost of $5 million, the movie with no big-name cast earned $369 million in revenue. Though it had only a $1 million marketing budget, the buzz created by the movie helped it stay in the top 10 for 17 weeks straight.
Jaws is another example of a low-budget movie that found unexpected success. Created at a modest cost of $8 million, this thriller brought in $470 million in revenue and created a profitable franchise. People remember the movie even today, thanks to the fear rising background score that follows us throughout the movie.