10 Low Budget Movies That Made Lots of Money

Movies are shooting every day with great budgets, but there are amazing success stories with less money as well. We've collected ten of them.

Paranormal Activity

Paranormal Activity
Budget: $15 thousand
Box Office: $193 million

Paranormal Activity filmed with amateur cameras in director Oren Peli’s house only for $15 thousand. The movie made a huge success in the box office in spite of its low budget.


The Blair Witch Project

The Blair Witch Project
Budget: $60 thousand
Box Office: $45.2 million

The Blair Witch Project’s $60 thousand budget resulted in $45.2 million profits.


Super Size Me

Super Size Me
Budget: $65 thousand
Box Office: $29.5 million

This is a documentary movie. Morgan Spurlock made an experiment and he ate food only from McDonald’s for thirty days. The movie made $29.5 million with its $65 thousand budget.


Night of the Living Dead

Night of the Living Dead
Budget: $114 thousand
Box Office: $40 million

Night of the Living Dead shot in 1968 ended up with $40 million worldwide.


Open Water

Open Water
Budget: $130 thousand
Box Office: $54.7 million

Open Water was the Chris Kentis’s first film and shined in the Sundance Film Festival in 2004. The movie is based on a true story. A group that dives in the sea left two divers behind. Divers had to fight for survival in the middle of the ocean.


Halloween

Halloween
Budget: $325 thousand
Box Office: $70 million

An awesome thriller movie whose soundtracks made by John Carpenter. Halloween was really a massive box office success with the $325 thousand budget.


Mad Max

Mad Max<
Budget: $350 thousand
Box Office: $99.75 million

Mad Max’s low budget resulted in enormous box office profits. Worldwide it ended up with $99.75 million.


Napoleon Dynamite

Napoleon Dynamite
Budget: $400 thousand
Box Office: $46.1 million

Napoleon Dynamite ended up pulling in $46.1 million with its $400 thousand budget.


American Graffiti

American Graffiti
Budget: $750 thousand
Box Office: $140 million

It’s a George Lucas movie that shows America in the ’60s. The movie made $140 million at the box office and won five Academy Awards. After these successes, George Lucas directed Star Wars.


Rocky

Rocky
Budget: $1.1 million
Box Office: $225 million

The movie shot in 1976 and the script written by Sylvester Stallone. He was an unknown actor and so poor before this movie.