Movie Budget and Financial Performance Records

Movies With Lowest Budget to Earn $1 Million at US Box Office

#

Release Date

Name

Production Budget

Domestic Gross

Worldwide Gross

1

2/26/1993

El Mariachi

$7,000

$2,040,920

$2,041,928

2

8/1/1991

Slacker

$23,000

$1,227,508

$1,227,508

3

6/30/1972

Deep Throat

$25,000

$45,000,000

$45,000,000

4

8/1/1997

In the Company of Men

$25,000

$2,883,661

$2,883,661

5

10/19/1994

Clerks

$27,000

$3,073,428

$3,894,240

6

8/9/1995

The Brothers McMullen

$50,000

$10,426,506

$10,426,506

7

3/16/2001

Gabriela

$50,000

$2,335,352

$2,335,352

8

5/7/2004

Super Size Me

$65,000

$11,529,368

$22,233,808

9

7/10/1998

Pi

$68,000

$3,221,152

$4,678,513

10

8/30/1972

The Last House on the Left

$87,000

$3,100,000

$3,100,000

11

1/1/1997

Eraserhead

$100,000

$7,000,000

$7,012,524

12

9/29/2006

Facing the Giants

$100,000

$10,178,331

$10,243,159

13

3/1/1987

Hollywood Shuffle

$100,000

$5,228,617

$5,228,617

14

10/9/1998

The Mighty

$100,000

$2,652,246

$6,121,582

15

9/17/1920

Over the Hill to the Poorhouse

$100,000

$3,000,000

$3,000,000

16

7/10/2015

The Gallows

$100,000

$22,764,410

$41,753,881

17

2/8/1915

The Birth of a Nation

$110,000

$10,000,000

$11,000,000

18

10/1/1968

Night of the Living Dead

$114,000

$12,087,064

$30,087,064

19

6/15/2012

Your Sister’s Sister

$120,000

$1,597,486

$3,090,593

20

11/16/1942

Cat People

$134,000

$4,000,000

$8,000,000

Most Profitable Movies, Based on Return on Investment

#

Release Date

Name

Approx. Profit

Production Budget

RoI

1

9/25/2009

Paranormal Activity

$89,362,022

$450,000

19,758%

2

7/10/2015

The Gallows

$6,942,871

$100,000

6,843%

3

1/6/2012

The Devil Inside

$37,316,634

$1,000,000

3,640%

4

2/5/1953

Peter Pan (1953)

$140,410,801

$4,000,000

3,410%

5

3/21/2014

God’s Not Dead

$36,387,141

$1,150,000

3,064%

6

6/16/1978

Grease

$186,897,772

$6,000,000

3,015%

7

5/25/1977

Star Wars Ep. IV: A New Hope

$325,175,847

$11,000,000

2,856%

8

10/20/2010

Paranormal Activity 2

$77,144,539

$3,000,000

2,471%

9

1/1/1946

It’s a Wonderful Life

$74,804,338

$3,180,000

2,252%

10

4/1/2011

Insidious

$35,082,749

$1,500,000

2,239%

11

1/20/2017

Split

$105,003,522

$5,000,000

2,000%

12

12/15/1974

Young Frankenstein

$58,354,192

$2,800,000

1,984%

13

10/06/2009

A Charlie Brown Christmas

$3,095,858

$150,000

1,964%

14

6/20/1975

Jaws

$224,979,853

$12,000,000

1,775%

15

10/23/1992

Reservoir Dogs

$22,452,279

$1,200,000

1,771%

16

2/24/2017

Get Out

$84,966,277

$5,000,000

1,599%

17

8/28/2015

War Room

$50,969,382

$3,000,000

1,599%

18

11/13/1991

Beauty and the Beast

$336,485,273

$20,000,000

1,582%

19

10/03/2014

Annabelle

$102,468,773

$6,500,000

1,476%

20

4/17/2015

Unfriended

$13,783,532

$1,000,000

1,278%