We live in an era in which movies with enormous budgets, a glittery star cast and big names are instantly successful. So much so that the 100-crore club in Bollywood and the 100-million dollars club in Hollywood are becoming really crowded. However, there are some low-budget films that become raging successes despite being devoid of glitz. These films, with way better content than big-budgeted films, have time and again defied all logic associated with a high-budget film, and exceeded expectations.
We take a look here, at some extraordinary films from the past that have amassed fortunes, regardless of their modest budgets.
The character of Rocky Balboa has inspired innumerable people from all walks of life, especially boxing enthusiasts. Sylvester Stallone became a household name and achieved immense stardom with this iconic movie which received ten Academy Award nominations and won three. Written by Stallone himself, the film revolves around a small-time club fighter who climbs the ladder of fame and success. Made on a modest budget of just 1 million dollars, the film was a sleeper hit and went on to make more than 225 million.
Sex, Lies and Videotape
This film set a benchmark for the independent film movement in the 1990s. A winner of the prestigious Palme d’Or at the 1989 Cannes Film Festival, Sex, Lies and Videotape became prominent as one of the finest films ever made on exploration of sexuality. The film, made with a budget of 1.2 million dollars, grossed more than 24 million dollars at the box office.
Friday the 13th
This film topped the popularity charts for horror movie fans at the time of its release, and continues to do so even today. The film achieved immense success at the box office and became a cult classic, leading to a series of sequels. It was made on a budget of 5.5 million but it raked in a lot of profits, as it grossed over 39.7 million dollars at the box office.
Undoubtedly one of the best among the lot of horror films, Halloween garnered a lot of fame worldwide. It revolves around the protagonist Michael, who murders his sister at the age of six and escapes from the mental asylum he was confined in for 15 years. Cold, gruesome but nothing short of awesome, this film made a whopping 70 million dollars. The film was made with a humble 3 million dollars and marked Jamie Lee Curtis’s debut.
This movie set a Guinness World Record for being the most profitable film. Mad Max became a raging success, with Mel Gibson acquiring a huge fan base, post release.The dystopian action thriller spawned a series of sequels. This film earned 100 million worldwide as opposed to its budget of a mere 4 million, making it one of the most popular films in history.
Low-budget films may not always be instant successes. But there are those with great plots and unconventional characters that acquire huge profits and amaze the audience. And no, they don’t have the money initially, but eventually they earn it; in fact, a lot of it.