Some directors think that the mantra to a box office success is to pump a lot of money in their money. However, there are some directors who think the literal opposite and make an extremely low-budget movie. This, in turn, does wonder for them as the movie becomes a huge box office success. Of course, not every time. Today, we’ll talk about some of the low-budget films that did really well at the box office. Check it out!
1. Mad Max (1979)
How would you feel if at $200,000 budget film touches $100 million at the box office? Crazy, right? The first film in the franchise starred Mel Gibson and the late Hugh Keays-Byrne, set up in a dystopian future at war. Even though the movie was banned in Sweden and other countries, nothing stopped the movie from becoming a worldwide success.
2. Napoleon Dynamite (2004)
Napoleon Dynamite, starring Jon Heder and Jon Gries is about an awkward who launches a campaign for class presidency along with his friend. Even though the plot doesn’t seem exciting, the movie ended up earning $46.1 million at the box office on a budget of $400,000. The movie is now considered one of the best films and is definitely a cult classic.
3. Halloween (1978)
Halloween was an era-defining movie, especially for all the slasher films. With a budget of $325,000, the movie ended up earning $47 million at the box office. The movie is a highly regarded horror film and is considered a classic now. It stars Jamie Lee Curtis and Nick Castle.
4. Saw (2004)
Almost everyone knows about the Saw franchise. But did you know that Saw had a mere budget of $1.2 million and ended up earning ten times? The movie earned $104 million at the box office and was the start of a wonderful franchise. Moreover, the movie was only shot for 18 days and still became a box office success.
5. Super Size Me
As obesity was rising in America, independent filmmaker Morgan Spurlock decided to document 30 days of his life living on McDonald’s food. The filmmaker played this stunt in 2003 with a budget of $65,000 and ended up earning a whopping $22.2 million at the box office. The film talked about the effects of fast food on a person, mentally and physically.
6. Insidious (2010)
When people think of Insidious, they automatically think it’s an expensive film simply because it’s so known. But that’s not the case. The movie had a bare minimum budget of $1.5 million but ended up earning almost $100 million, $99.8 million to exact. The movie enjoyed itself great reception from critics and audience alike and is now a classic movie for all the right reasons. Followin the success, three more movied were released and all of them witnessed a great box office success. Which is your favourite low-budget movie? Let us know in the comments below!