The financial success of a film is not always linked to its budget. Though cash can always help enhance production value, a solid idea and a great cast and crew can create a change in a cinematic piece’s final result. This is evidenced by this ranking of the top 5 best low-budget films.
1. Little Miss Sunshine (Budget: $8 Million): Little Miss Sunshine is a 2006 dramedy road movie that became one of the most successful film acquisitions in history when Fox Searchlight Pictures bought the rights to it after it opened at the Sundance Film Festival. The film cost $8 million to produce, and it grossed $101 million at the box office.
2. The Blair Witch Project (Budget: Under $800,000): The Blair Witch Project is a terrible experience for the spectator, but a joy for the filmmakers who created it. The independent horror film from 1999 was shot on a shoestring budget and grossed a lot of money. After a budget of less than $800,000, the film grossed $248.6 million worldwide.
3. Super-Size Me (Budget: $65,000): Morgan Spurlock, an independent documentary filmmaker, chose to record a controversial experiment in 2004. The film was made for $65,000 and grossed $22.2 million at the box office. The documentary made a great impression at the time, and it sparked a lot of questions regarding Spurlock’s calorie intake.
4. Monty Python And The Holy Grail (Budget: $380,000): Monty Python and the Holy Grail is a British satire of King Arthur’s search for the Holy Grail, released in 1975. After the comedy group’s first feature, And Now for Something Completely Different, failed to do so, the film cost roughly $380,000 and was backed by numerous backers.
5. Eraserhead (Budget: $10,000): Eraserhead, David Lynch’s feature debut, is a groundbreaking experimental horror film from 1977. After only 25 people attended its premiere at the Filmex Film Festival in Los Angeles, the film became a commercial triumph, collecting over $7 million at the box office.