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Low Budget Movies That Struck Gold

There are a lot of things that go into converting a movie into a box office success, and one of them is, of course, money. Making a film without a lot of money is difficult, but so is pouring a lot of money into it. There are, however, films that did not receive large sums of money for filming and production but nevertheless earned well at the box office. Some cases are as follows:

1. Get Out

Movie Get Out made on a budget
Movie Get Out made on a budget of $4.5M.

Jordan Peele made his directorial debut in 2017 with the horror-thriller Get Out, which was shot on a shoestring budget of $4.5 million. Despite its low budget, the film was a big hit at the box office and among reviewers. It garnered a near-perfect critic score and generated so much hype that it was nominated for four Academy Awards. With a worldwide gross of $255 million, the critically acclaimed picture became one of the most successful films of 2017.

2. Buried

Low budget movie Buried
Ryan Reynolds in the movie Buried.

Buried was made on a $5,000 spending plan, according to the Today show, which is why it’s merely a movie about a man stuck in a casket seeking to escape. It just required one actor, one setting, and a couple of props. By the time the film was finally created with Ryan Reynolds involved, enough money had been gathered for a $2 million budget, which is still rather modest by Hollywood norms. With a total of $19.4 million dollars, the picture made nearly ten times its budget.

3. The Blair Witch Project

The Blair Witch Project made on a very tight budget
Cover Poster of The Blair Witch Project (1999).

The first film that springs to mind when you think of a classic horror film is The Blair Witch Project. A gang of novice filmmakers strive to track down a fabled witch in this documentary-style 1999 film, which was shot on a micro-budget of $60,000. The film was the first to adopt the marketing tactic of advertising a fictitious picture as a real story, grossing $248.6 million worldwide. The Blair Witch Project has cemented its place in the field of supernatural horror projects and the movie industry as a whole since its premiere.

4. Napoleon Dynamite

Low budget film Napoleon Dynamite
Poster of Blockbuster Napoleon Dynamite.

Napoleon Dynamite, starring Jon Heder and Jon Gries, is about an awkward youngster who, with the help of a pal, runs for class president. The film’s budget was only $400,000, thus the fact that it made $46.1 million in revenue is incredible. Napoleon Dynamite has become a classic movie in its own sense, spawning numerous amusing memes and still registering as a great success in recent times, thanks to its humor and relatability to real high school life.

5. Mad Max

Movie Poster of Mad Max (1979).

The first Mad Max film, released in 1979, was made on a strict budget. According to Vanity Fair, some production workers were paid with cases of beer rather than cash to keep expenses down. The film garnered poor reviews at its first release and was even banned in Sweden and numerous other countries. Despite being severely panned, the picture grossed more than $100 million worldwide on a budget of under $200,000.

 

Written by Alfeeya Pathan

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