When it comes to making movies, one of the biggest obstacles is having enough money to bring a vision of movie magic to life. A lot of creative thinking, cutting corners and compromising comes into play, but these films found a way to keep cost low and cash in big at the box office!
Bill Murray and Scarlett Johansson brought the story of a washed up actor and a neglected young wife's unlikely friendship in Tokyo to life in this $4 million dollar movie. It proved to be a resounding success, making $120 million worldwide.
This $60K horror movie was groundbreaking for not only being one of the first films to ever go viral, but also smashing box office records with a staggering $248 million in earnings.
This funny and heartwarming story of teen pregnancy recouped the $7.5 million budget 30 times over with box office earnings of $231 million.
A $5 million dollar investment to make My Big Fat Greek Wedding turned into a global smash, raking in $368 million worldwide.
This Best Picture Oscar winning film went from a humble $15 million budget beginning to a $414 million box office success.
It cost a mere $550k to tell the story of camp counselors being stalked and killed while reopening a summer camp, but the real killing was when it hit theaters and earned $59.7 million. Eep!
This cross country family road trip to a beauty pageant cost $8 million to make and won big time at the box office, bringing in $100 million dollars.
This low budget $27k comedy brought out big laughs and a big return with over $3 million in sales at the box office.
With a $15 million dollar budget, the story of a young man recounting pivotal life events that lead to his success on the Indian version of Who Wants To Be A Millionaire, blew away the box office with $377 million in earnings.
George Lucas' major movie directorial debut cost $777k to make and went on to become a Hollywood classic, earning 5 Oscar nominations and over $140 million at the box office.
For twenty years, Mad Max held the Guinness World Record for highest profit-to-cost movie ever, with a $300k budget and bringing in $99.75 million at the box office.