Special Report

Movies That Made the Most Money With the Fewest Dollars

Source: Courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics

45. Das Leben der Anderen (2006)
> Avg return for every dollar in production budget: $40.60
> Worldwide profit: $79.2 million — #1,193 out of 3,469
> Production budget: $2.0 million — #3,291 out of 3,469
> Worldwide gross: $81.2 million — #1,635 out of 3,469
> Domestic gross: $11.3 million — #2,829 out of 3,469

Source: Courtesy of Paramount Pictures

44. Paranormal Activity 3 (2011)
> Avg return for every dollar in production budget: $41.40
> Worldwide profit: $202.0 million — #515 out of 3,469
> Production budget: $5.0 million — #3,052 out of 3,469
> Worldwide gross: $207.0 million — #733 out of 3,469
> Domestic gross: $104.0 million — #655 out of 3,469

Source: Courtesy of United Artists

43. Goldfinger (1964)
> Avg return for every dollar in production budget: $41.60
> Worldwide profit: $121.9 million — #871 out of 3,469
> Production budget: $3.0 million — #3,220 out of 3,469
> Worldwide gross: $124.9 million — #1,197 out of 3,469
> Domestic gross: $51.1 million — #1,452 out of 3,469

Source: Courtesy of Warner Bros.

42. Chernobyl Diaries (2012)
> Avg return for every dollar in production budget: $42.40
> Worldwide profit: $41.4 million — #1,705 out of 3,469
> Production budget: $1.0 million — #3,389 out of 3,469
> Worldwide gross: $42.4 million — #2,267 out of 3,469
> Domestic gross: $18.1 million — #2,540 out of 3,469

Source: Courtesy of A24

41. Moonlight (2016)
> Avg return for every dollar in production budget: $43.40
> Worldwide profit: $63.7 million — #1,394 out of 3,469
> Production budget: $1.5 million — #3,342 out of 3,469
> Worldwide gross: $65.2 million — #1,849 out of 3,469
> Domestic gross: $27.9 million — #2,179 out of 3,469

Source: Courtesy of The Weinstein Company

40. Les Intouchables (2011)
> Avg return for every dollar in production budget: $44.90
> Worldwide profit: $474.1 million — #162 out of 3,469
> Production budget: $10.8 million — #2,706 out of 3,469
> Worldwide gross: $484.9 million — #221 out of 3,469
> Domestic gross: $13.2 million — #2,750 out of 3,469

Source: Courtesy of Warner Bros.

39. Blazing Saddles (1974)
> Avg return for every dollar in production budget: $46.00
> Worldwide profit: $116.9 million — #896 out of 3,469
> Production budget: $2.6 million — #3,268 out of 3,469
> Worldwide gross: $119.5 million — #1,235 out of 3,469
> Domestic gross: $119.5 million — #539 out of 3,469

Source: Courtesy of Universal Pictures

38. National Lampoon’s Animal House (1978)
> Avg return for every dollar in production budget: $47.20
> Worldwide profit: $138.6 million — #770 out of 3,469
> Production budget: $3.0 million — #3,220 out of 3,469
> Worldwide gross: $141.6 million — #1,078 out of 3,469
> Domestic gross: $141.6 million — #407 out of 3,469

Source: Courtesy of Universal Pictures

37. Get Out (2017)
> Avg return for every dollar in production budget: $50.50
> Worldwide profit: $247.5 million — #413 out of 3,469
> Production budget: $5.0 million — #3,052 out of 3,469
> Worldwide gross: $252.5 million — #573 out of 3,469
> Domestic gross: $176.0 million — #275 out of 3,469

Source: Courtesy of Gramercy Pictures

36. Four Weddings and a Funeral (1994)
> Avg return for every dollar in production budget: $54.00
> Worldwide profit: $238.4 million — #429 out of 3,469
> Production budget: $4.5 million — #3,128 out of 3,469
> Worldwide gross: $242.9 million — #605 out of 3,469
> Domestic gross: $52.7 million — #1,408 out of 3,469

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