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%