Top 10 Low Budget Movies That Became Blockbusters

Hollywood has been producing thousands of movies each year from which many became successful and many flops. Many time we believe that if the film is having big casting it will surely successful but no it is not so. There are many movies in a list which are really successful although it is having big stars. There are other important factors like clever marketing, word-to-mouth publicity, awards attention etc. These movies manage to impress film critics and win the hearts of millions of moviegoers without relying on opulent production values. Here is the list of Top 10 Low Budget Movies That Became Blockbusters.

1. Paranormal Activity (2007)

Paranormal Activity (2007)

Paranormal Activity is an American supernatural horror film starring Katie Featherston and Micah Sloat as the young couple. It is the most profitable film ever made, based on return on investment. It turns around the couple who have recently moved into a new house and are haunted by a supernatural presence. This movie was shot in just 7 days in director Oren Peli’s own house and eventually making a staggering $193.4 million at the box office.

2. Mad Max (1979)

Mad Max (1979)

Mad Max is an Australian dystopian action film starring Mel Gibson as “Mad” Max Rockatansky, Joanne Samuel, Hugh Keays-Byrne, Steve Bisley, Tim Burns, and Roger Ward. The film is about a self-destructing world, a vengeful Australian policeman sets out to stop a violent motorcycle gang. The film was having the budget of just $350,000 and earned more than US$100 million worldwide in gross revenue.  It held the Guinness record for a most profitable film from 1980-1999 — till, of course, ‘The Blair Witch Project’ came along.

3. Napoleon Dynamite (2003)

Napoleon Dynamite (2003)

Napoleon Dynamite is an American comedy film starring  Jon Heder in the role of the title character, for which he was paid $1,000 only. It is the story about an estranged boy who helps his friend running for class president elections in school and eventually ends up being the president himself. With a small budget of $ 400,000, the film shocked everyone by collecting a total worldwide gross revenue of $46,118,097.

4. Open Water (2004)

Open Water (2004)

Open Water is an American survival-psychological thriller film based on the true story of Tom and Eileen Lonergan, who in 1998 went out with a scuba diving group, Outer Edge Dive Company, on the Great Barrier Reef, and was accidentally left behind because the dive-boat crew failed to take an accurate headcount. It is starring Daniel and Ryan as two scuba divers accidentally stranded in shark infested waters after their tour boat has left. The film ultimately grossed $55 million worldwide over the cost of $120,000 in making with $8 million on distribution and marketing.

5. The Blair Witch Project (1999)

The Blair Witch Project (1999)

The Blair Witch Project is eighties horror movie that isn’t gory but is still terrifying. The film tells the fictional story of three student filmmakers (Heather Donahue, Michael C. Williams, and Joshua Leonard) who hike in the Black Hills near Burkittsville, Maryland, in 1994 to film a documentary about a local legend known as the Blair Witch. The three disappear, but their video and sound equipment is discovered a year later; the “recovered footage” is the film the viewer is watching.

6. Brick (2005)

Brick (2005)

Brick is an American neo-noir mystery film starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt. It is a story about Brendan Frye who is a typical school outsider who learns about the disappearance of his former girlfriend and sets out to find her at any cost. Quite innocent at first, his investigation soon gathers dangerous momentum. A refreshingly original thriller that steers clear of clichés and platitudes. The film had grossed $3.9 million worldwide over the budget of $500,000.

7. Friday the 13th (1980)

Friday the 13th (1980)

Friday the 13th is an American slasher film starring Betsy Palmer, Adrienne King, Harry Crosby, Laurie Bartram, Kevin Bacon, Jeannine Taylor, Mark Nelson and Robbi Morgan. It is a story about a group of camp counselors are stalked and murdered by an unknown assailant while trying to reopen a summer camp which, years before, was the site of a child’s drowning. The film had made $177.72 million over the budget of $550,000.

8. The Breakfast Club (1985)

The Breakfast Club (1985)

The Breakfast Club is an American coming-of-age comedy-drama film starring Emilio Estevez, Paul Gleason, Anthony Michael Hall, Judd Nelson, Molly Ringwald and Ally Sheedy. The film is about five high school students meet in Saturday detention and discover how they have a lot more in common than they thought. It received critical acclaim and earned $51.5 million on a $1 million budget.

9. American Graffiti (1973)

American Graffiti (1973)

American Graffiti is an American coming-of-age comedy film starring Richard Dreyfuss, Ron Howard, Paul Le Mat, Harrison Ford, Charles Martin Smith, Cindy Williams, Candy Clark, Mackenzie Phillips, Bo Hopkins, and Wolfman Jack. The film is about a couple of high school grads spend one final night cruising the strip with their buddies before they go off to college. The film has grossed $140 million dollars against a mere $777,000 budget.

10. Halloween (1978)

Halloween (1978)

Halloween is a genuinely scary, stylistic and tasteful, extremely well-crafted horror classic from young film director John Carpenter. On Halloween night in 1963, Michael Myers murders his sister. He escapes on October 30, 1978, from Smith’s Grove Sanitarium, and returns home to kill again. The next day, Halloween, Michael stalks teenager Laurie Strode. Michael’s psychiatrist, Dr. Sam Loomis, knowing Michael’s intentions, goes to Haddonfield to track and stop him.


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