Special Report

Movies That Made the Most Money With the Fewest Dollars

Source: Courtesy of Universal Pictures

75. The Sting (1973)
> Avg return for every dollar in production budget: $29.00
> Worldwide profit: $154.1 million — #691 out of 3,469
> Production budget: $5.5 million — #3,040 out of 3,469
> Worldwide gross: $159.6 million — #976 out of 3,469
> Domestic gross: $159.6 million — #334 out of 3,469

Source: Courtesy of Lionsgate

74. Sinister (2012)
> Avg return for every dollar in production budget: $29.20
> Worldwide profit: $84.7 million — #1,151 out of 3,469
> Production budget: $3.0 million — #3,220 out of 3,469
> Worldwide gross: $87.7 million — #1,546 out of 3,469
> Domestic gross: $48.1 million — #1,525 out of 3,469

Source: Courtesy of Focus Features

73. Lost in Translation (2003)
> Avg return for every dollar in production budget: $29.30
> Worldwide profit: $113.1 million — #917 out of 3,469
> Production budget: $4.0 million — #3,149 out of 3,469
> Worldwide gross: $117.1 million — #1,254 out of 3,469
> Domestic gross: $44.6 million — #1,623 out of 3,469

Source: Courtesy of Warner Bros.

72. Lights Out (2016)
> Avg return for every dollar in production budget: $29.80
> Worldwide profit: $143.8 million — #737 out of 3,469
> Production budget: $5.0 million — #3,052 out of 3,469
> Worldwide gross: $148.8 million — #1,050 out of 3,469
> Domestic gross: $67.3 million — #1,089 out of 3,469

Source: Courtesy of Universal Pictures

71. The Purge (2013)
> Avg return for every dollar in production budget: $30.40
> Worldwide profit: $88.3 million — #1,119 out of 3,469
> Production budget: $3.0 million — #3,220 out of 3,469
> Worldwide gross: $91.3 million — #1,513 out of 3,469
> Domestic gross: $64.5 million — #1,145 out of 3,469

Source: Courtesy of Lions Gate Films

70. Saw II (2005)
> Avg return for every dollar in production budget: $30.60
> Worldwide profit: $147.9 million — #717 out of 3,469
> Production budget: $5.0 million — #3,052 out of 3,469
> Worldwide gross: $152.9 million — #1,016 out of 3,469
> Domestic gross: $87.0 million — #814 out of 3,469

Source: Courtesy of The Criterion Collection

69. Sex, Lies, and Videotape (1989)
> Avg return for every dollar in production budget: $30.60
> Worldwide profit: $35.5 million — #1,806 out of 3,469
> Production budget: $1.2 million — #3,371 out of 3,469
> Worldwide gross: $36.7 million — #2,410 out of 3,469
> Domestic gross: $24.7 million — #2,314 out of 3,469

Source: Courtesy of Twentieth Century Fox

68. Young Frankenstein (1974)
> Avg return for every dollar in production budget: $30.80
> Worldwide profit: $83.5 million — #1,154 out of 3,469
> Production budget: $2.8 million — #3,261 out of 3,469
> Worldwide gross: $86.3 million — #1,568 out of 3,469
> Domestic gross: $86.3 million — #817 out of 3,469

Source: Courtesy of Buena Vista Pictures

67. Pretty Woman (1990)
> Avg return for every dollar in production budget: $30.90
> Worldwide profit: $418.6 million — #192 out of 3,469
> Production budget: $14.0 million — #2,527 out of 3,469
> Worldwide gross: $432.6 million — #261 out of 3,469
> Domestic gross: $178.4 million — #263 out of 3,469

Source: Courtesy of Universal Pictures

66. Split (2016)
> Avg return for every dollar in production budget: $31.00
> Worldwide profit: $269.8 million — #364 out of 3,469
> Production budget: $9.0 million — #2,830 out of 3,469
> Worldwide gross: $278.8 million — #508 out of 3,469
> Domestic gross: $138.1 million — #426 out of 3,469