Special Report

Movies That Made the Most Money With the Fewest Dollars

Source: Courtesy of United Film Distribution Company

55. Dawn of the Dead (1978)
> Avg return for every dollar in production budget: $36.70
> Worldwide profit: $53.5 million — #1,520 out of 3,469
> Production budget: $1.5 million — #3,342 out of 3,469
> Worldwide gross: $55.0 million — #2,028 out of 3,469
> Domestic gross: $5100,000 — #3,094 out of 3,469

Source: Courtesy of Walt Disney Productions

54. Pinocchio (1940)
> Avg return for every dollar in production budget: $36.80
> Worldwide profit: $82.0 million — #1,167 out of 3,469
> Production budget: $2.3 million — #3,285 out of 3,469
> Worldwide gross: $84.3 million — #1,588 out of 3,469
> Domestic gross: $84.3 million — #839 out of 3,469

Source: Courtesy of United Artists

53. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1975)
> Avg return for every dollar in production budget: $37.10
> Worldwide profit: $158.9 million — #667 out of 3,469
> Production budget: $4.4 million — #3,144 out of 3,469
> Worldwide gross: $163.3 million — #944 out of 3,469
> Domestic gross: $109.0 million — #615 out of 3,469

Source: Courtesy of Paramount Pictures

52. Crocodile Dundee (1986)
> Avg return for every dollar in production budget: $37.30
> Worldwide profit: $319.4 million — #284 out of 3,469
> Production budget: $8.8 million — #2,856 out of 3,469
> Worldwide gross: $328.2 million — #414 out of 3,469
> Domestic gross: $174.8 million — #280 out of 3,469

Source: Courtesy of Paramount Pictures

51. The Godfather (1972)
> Avg return for every dollar in production budget: $38.40
> Worldwide profit: $261.5 million — #380 out of 3,469
> Production budget: $7.0 million — #2,932 out of 3,469
> Worldwide gross: $268.5 million — #531 out of 3,469
> Domestic gross: $135.0 million — #440 out of 3,469

Source: Courtesy of Lionsgate

50. The Last Exorcism (2010)
> Avg return for every dollar in production budget: $39.00
> Worldwide profit: $68.4 million — #1,334 out of 3,469
> Production budget: $1.8 million — #3,326 out of 3,469
> Worldwide gross: $70.2 million — #1,782 out of 3,469
> Domestic gross: $41.0 million — #1,720 out of 3,469

Source: Courtesy of Universal Pictures

49. Jaws (1975)
> Avg return for every dollar in production budget: $39.20
> Worldwide profit: $458.7 million — #167 out of 3,469
> Production budget: $12.0 million — #2,614 out of 3,469
> Worldwide gross: $470.7 million — #229 out of 3,469
> Domestic gross: $260.0 million — #117 out of 3,469

Source: Courtesy of United Artists

48. From Russia With Love (1963)
> Avg return for every dollar in production budget: $39.50
> Worldwide profit: $76.9 million — #1,221 out of 3,469
> Production budget: $2.0 million — #3,291 out of 3,469
> Worldwide gross: $78.9 million — #1,663 out of 3,469
> Domestic gross: $24.8 million — #2,310 out of 3,469

Source: Courtesy of Warner Bros.

47. Annabelle (2014)
> Avg return for every dollar in production budget: $39.50
> Worldwide profit: $250.4 million — #407 out of 3,469
> Production budget: $6.5 million — #2,973 out of 3,469
> Worldwide gross: $256.9 million — #564 out of 3,469
> Domestic gross: $84.3 million — #840 out of 3,469

Source: Courtesy of Zeitgeist Films

46. Following (1998)
> Avg return for every dollar in production budget: $40.10
> Worldwide profit: $234,495 — #2,836 out of 3,469
> Production budget: $6,000 — #3,469 out of 3,469
> Worldwide gross: $240,495 — #3,450 out of 3,469
> Domestic gross: $48,482 — #3,435 out of 3,469

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