Very seldom do low budget movies become big hits as they are generally not as appealing as their high-budget counterparts. However, there are some films that defy the logic of a high budget and eventually end up becoming extremely successful with earnings that blow all expectations away. Take a look for yourself with these 25 low budget movies that were huge hits.
20. “Rocky” Budget: $1 million Revenue: $225 million
btousey.wordpress.com An American sports film, Rocky was written by Sylvester Stallone and directed by John G. Avildsen. Released in 1976, this film revolved around the rags-to-riches story of an uneducated debt collector named Rocky Balboa. The film became a sleeper hit, earning $225 million in global box office, receiving ten Academy Awards nominations and winning three.
15. “Night of the Living Dead” Budget: $114,000 Revenue: $42 million
Night of the Living Dead Movie Poster – Internet Movie Poster … www.impawards.com Night of the Living Dead is an American independent horror film that premiered on October 1, 1968. It was directed by George A. Romero and starred Duane Jones, Karl Hardman and Judith O’dea. The film grossed $12 million domestically and $30 million internationally, making it a huge financial success.
10. “The Blair Witch Project” Budget: $750,000 (depending on the source) Revenue: $248.6 million
en.wikipedia.org This 1999 American horror film was written, edited and directed by Daniel Myrick and Eduardo Sanchez and was produced by the Haxan Films production company. The story revolves around three student filmmakers; Heather Donahue, Joshua Leonard and Michael C. Williams, who get lost while on a hike in the Black Hills of Maryland in 1994. The film received an enormously positive reception and went on to gross over $248 million worldwide, making it one of the most successful independent films of all time.
5. “Open Water” Budget: $130,000 Revenue: $54.7 million
smh.com.au This 2003 psychological horror film is based on the true story of an American couple, Tom and Eileen Lonergan, who were accidentally left behind while on a scuba diving trip. Open Water cost about $130,000 to make and was bought by Lions Gate Entertainment for $2.5 million. The film went on to make a total of $55 million worldwide, $30 million of which came from the North American Box office.
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25 Low Budget Movies That Were Huge Hits