Just because you spend a fortune, it does not mean that a film is going to be a blockbuster hit. On the flip side, a film with a very tiny budget can still do extraordinarily well, and in that case, it actually makes the filmmakers more money, since they do not have as much money to recover from the cost of making it. Giant budget films that don’t do well actually end up costing studios millions. Here are some of the lowest budget movies that ended up succeeding wildly and, in turn, made a ton of money.
This 2003 thriller cost only $200,00 to make, but ended up making over $50 million in theaters. Lions Gate paid about $2.5 million for screening rights, as well as $8 million on marketing, so it’s safe to say they were pleased with the result.
Lost In Translation
Lost In Translation ended up being a huge hit, but actually only cost $4 million to make. It was one of Scarlet Johansson’s earliest films. After its release, the film was nominated for 4 Academy Awards, winning the award for Best Original Screenplay. It also made about $120 million.