Very seldom do low budget movies become big hits as they are generally not as appealing as their high-budget counterparts. However, there are some films that defy the logic of a high budget and eventually end up becoming extremely successful with earnings that blow all expectations away. Take a look for yourself with these 25 low budget movies that were huge hits.
“Night of the Living Dead” Budget: $114,000 Revenue: $42 million
Night of the Living Dead is an American independent horror film that premiered on October 1, 1968. It was directed by George A. Romero and starred Duane Jones, Karl Hardman and Judith O’dea. The film grossed $12 million domestically and $30 million internationally, making it a huge financial success.
“Eraserhead” Budget: $20,000 (estimated) Revenue: $7 million
This surrealist body horror film was written and directed by David Lynch and was released in 1977. Shot in black-and-white, Eraserhead was Lynch’s first feature-length film after a series of short works and tells the story of Henry Spencer (Nance), who is left to care for his deformed child in a desolate industrial landscape. Eraserhead eventually gained positive reviews with praises for its use of surrealist imagery, sexual undercurrents and intricate sound design.
“The Last House on the Left” Budget: $87,000 Revenue: $3.1 million
An American exploitation horror film that was released in 1972, The Last House on the Left was written, edited and directed by Wes Craven. Produced by Sean S. Cunningham, it was inspired by The Virgin Spring, a Swedish film that was released in 1960 and directed by Ingmar Bergman.
“PI” Budget: $68,000 Revenue: $3.22 million
A 1998 American surrealist psychological thriller, Pi was written and directed by Darren Aronofsky and served as his directorial debut. Pi centers around Maximillian “Max” Cohen (played by Sean Gullette), a number theorist who believes everything in nature can be understood through numbers.
“Super Size Me” Budget: $65,000 Revenue: $29.5 million
Super Size Me is a 2004 American documentary directed by and starring independent filmmaker Morgan Spurlock. The film documents the startling transformation of the main character as he restricts himself to a McDonalds-only diet for 30 days. This in turn, causes drastic effect to his emotional, physical and psychological health.