My Big Fat Greek Wedding
Nia Vadalos, who played Toula, was the star of My Big Fat Greek Wedding, but did you know she also wrote it? The film cost about $5 million to make, and unexpectedly blew up, becoming a sleeper hit and earning a staggering $250 million. Its success spawned a sequel as well as a TV series called My Big Fat Greek Life.
Nobody will argue if you say that Rocky is one of the biggest hits of all time. Did you know that it cost just $1 million to make the classic boxing film? It ended up grossing about $200 million and skyrocketed Sylvester Stallone to fame. The film’s success led 7 Academy Award nominations, winning 3 total, as well as seven sequel films.