Special Report

Movies That Made the Most Money With the Fewest Dollars

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35. God’s Not Dead (2014)
> Avg return for every dollar in production budget: $55.50
> Worldwide profit: $62.6 million — #1,407 out of 3,469
> Production budget: $1.2 million — #3,382 out of 3,469
> Worldwide gross: $63.8 million — #1,871 out of 3,469
> Domestic gross: $60.8 million — #1,211 out of 3,469

Source: Courtesy of Paramount Pictures

34. Paranormal Activity 2 (2010)
> Avg return for every dollar in production budget: $59.20
> Worldwide profit: $174.5 million — #599 out of 3,469
> Production budget: $3.0 million — #3,220 out of 3,469
> Worldwide gross: $177.5 million — #857 out of 3,469
> Domestic gross: $84.8 million — #835 out of 3,469

Source: Courtesy of United Artists

33. Dr. No (1962)
> Avg return for every dollar in production budget: $59.60
> Worldwide profit: $58.6 million — #1,456 out of 3,469
> Production budget: $1.0 million — #3,389 out of 3,469
> Worldwide gross: $59.6 million — #1,941 out of 3,469
> Domestic gross: $16.1 million — #2,636 out of 3,469

Source: Courtesy of Miramax

32. Chasing Amy (1997)
> Avg return for every dollar in production budget: $60.60
> Worldwide profit: $14.9 million — #2,329 out of 3,469
> Production budget: $250,000 — #3,451 out of 3,469
> Worldwide gross: $15.2 million — #2,964 out of 3,469
> Domestic gross: $12.0 million — #2,809 out of 3,469

Source: Courtesy of Universal Pictures

31. Unfriended (2014)
> Avg return for every dollar in production budget: $64.40
> Worldwide profit: $63.4 million — #1,395 out of 3,469
> Production budget: $1.0 million — #3,389 out of 3,469
> Worldwide gross: $64.4 million — #1,860 out of 3,469
> Domestic gross: $32.8 million — #2,004 out of 3,469

Source: Courtesy of Paramount Pictures

30. Grease (1978)
> Avg return for every dollar in production budget: $64.60
> Worldwide profit: $381.5 million — #221 out of 3,469
> Production budget: $6.0 million — #2,993 out of 3,469
> Worldwide gross: $387.5 million — #304 out of 3,469
> Domestic gross: $181.8 million — #251 out of 3,469

Source: Courtesy of FilmDistrict

29. Insidious (2010)
> Avg return for every dollar in production budget: $66.60
> Worldwide profit: $98.4 million — #1,044 out of 3,469
> Production budget: $1.5 million — #3,342 out of 3,469
> Worldwide gross: $99.9 million — #1,407 out of 3,469
> Domestic gross: $54.0 million — #1,373 out of 3,469

Source: Courtesy of Live Film & Mediaworks Inc.

28. Pi (1998)
> Avg return for every dollar in production budget: $68.80
> Worldwide profit: $4.6 million — #2,659 out of 3,469
> Production budget: $68,000 — #3,465 out of 3,469
> Worldwide gross: $4.7 million — #3,289 out of 3,469
> Domestic gross: $3221152.0 million — #3,191 out of 3,469

Source: Courtesy of Twentieth Century Fox

27. Star Wars Ep. IV: A New Hope (1977)
> Avg return for every dollar in production budget: $70.50
> Worldwide profit: $764.4 million — #63 out of 3,469
> Production budget: $11.0 million — #2,678 out of 3,469
> Worldwide gross: $775.4 million — #96 out of 3,469
> Domestic gross: $461.0 million — #19 out of 3,469

Source: Courtesy of Fox Searchlight Pictures

26. The Full Monty (1997)
> Avg return for every dollar in production budget: $74.60
> Worldwide profit: $257.7 million — #387 out of 3,469
> Production budget: $3.5 million — #3,189 out of 3,469
> Worldwide gross: $261.2 million — #553 out of 3,469
> Domestic gross: $46.0 million — #1,581 out of 3,469

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