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.
“The Full Monty” Budget: $3.5 million Revenue: $257.8 million
Released in 1997, Full Monty is a British comedy drama starring Robery Carlyle. The plot revolves around six unemployed men who decide to form a malestriptease in order to earn money. The film received near universal acclaim and went on to be nominated for the Academy Award for Best Picture.
“The Purge” Budget: $3 million Revenue: $89 million
The Purge is a science fiction horror thriller that was released in 2013. Written and directed by James DeMonaco, the film starred Ethan Hawke, Lena Headey and Max Burkholder. It surpassed its $3 million budget and grossed over $89 million internationally.
“Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels” Budget: $1.35 million Revenue: $28.3 million
This 1998 British crime comedy thriller by Guy Ritchie tells the story of a young card sharp who lost hundreds of thousands of euros to a crime lord and had to pay his debts by robbing a small-time gang.
Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels brought Guy Ritchie international acclaim and was nominated for a British Academy Film Award for the outstanding British Film of the Year.
“Sex, Lies, and Videotape” Budget: $1.2 million Revenue: $24.7 million
Released in 1989, this American independent drama film by Steven Soderbergh tackled sexuality and relationships. It won the Palme d’Or Award at the Cannes Film Festival of 1989 and was added to the US Library of Congress’ National Film Registry because of its cultural, historical and aesthetic significance.
“Saw” Budget: $1.2 million Revenue: $103 million
A gruesome independent horror film, Saw enjoyed spectacular success, grossing over $100 million and becoming (at that time) one of the most profitable horror films since 1996’s Scream.