Low-budget movies are often films that debut on TV and rarely make it to theaters. Some amateur directors take part in low budget movies to launch their career and prove themselves. Many of the low-budget movies are horror films. This genre is popular for not spending. People who like horror films are more focused on what the movie will make them feel instead of expecting famous stars. So director have the chance to cut the budget on this area.
Sometimes these movies are featured on theaters like The Blair Witch Project. This movie was a MAJOR success. It’s budget was around $60000 but grossed almost $240 million worldwide. Another good example is El Mariachi, directed by Robert Rodriguez, on a $7000 budget. The film was so low cost that the director could not afford second takes. Still it was a success.
These movies are made on millions of dollars less than other contemporary films and have made more money. That is why making and producing films is a gamble. Here are the MOST PROFITABLE low-budget films.
This movie was first released on 2007 as part of the Screamfest Festival. It was an independent film and it was later acquired by Paramount Pictures that gave it a full release on theaters on 2009. The story follows a young couple who is haunted by a supernatural force. The budget used was of $15000 and after the massive release it grossed a grand total of $193.3 million. That made it the most profitable film ever made.
It had a $3 million budget. This is a sci-fi horror thriller released in 2013 and directed by James DeMonaco. It was so successful that they have announced a fourth film. The first movie had stars like Ethan Hawke and Lena Headey. The movie is set on 2014 and it is after an economic collapse. So the far right party of that time decides to pass an amendment in which, for 12 hours, all crime is legal. People liked the plot so much that the movie managed to gross over $89 million worldwide.
The 2003 psychological success is a movie based on a real life event. An American couple Tom and Eileen Lonergan were left behind, by accident, on a scuba diving trip. It describes their agony as they tried to survive in shark infested waters. Since the movie didn’t need that many locations the budget was of $130000 and it had a revenue of $54.7 million.
Night of the living dead
It’s a 1968 independent horror film. At the time it was a huge success. It grossed $12 million domestically and $30 million internationally. All of this was accomplished on a $114000 budget.
The first movie of this famous storyline was a BIG hit. It is a horror film that takes place just in one room. It is said to be the most profitable horror film since Scream in 1996. The story is about a mysterious being that tests people to see if they could save their lives. The film grossed over $100 million dollars on a $1.2 million budget and didn’t have famous stars on the cast.
Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels
This film is a British crime comedy thriller. It tells the story of a card sharp that loses a lot of money to a crime lord. So he had to pay his debt by robbing a gang. The movie was directed by Guy Ritchie and it brought him international acclaim. He was even nominated for a British Academy Film Award as outstanding British Film of the Year. The movie had a $1.35 million budget and earned $28.3 million