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Poll: Micro-Budget Movies That Paid Off Big

Micro-budgeted movies are made with a production budget of less than $400,000 US Dollars. These shoestring budgeted movies are often made by aspiring writers, directors and actors. Some are early projects by big budget blockbuster directors and actors before they became stars. Regardless, these micro budget films struck a chord with the moviegoers, showcased incredible talent and became huge box office smashes or found post-box office success as rental, video sales or streaming hits.

Which wildly successful micro budgeted movie* made for initially less than $250,000 is your favorite? * based on initial completed film budgets and uses just one type of movie income stream (box office) for comparison.

Vote in the companion poll: Low Budget Movies That Paid Off Big

Discuss the topic here.

Results of 999 votes:

  1. 1.

    The Blair Witch Project (1999)

     
    Director: Daniel Myrick, Eduardo Sánchez Budget:$22,500 Box Office: 248,639,099 Profit %: 1,104,962%
  2. 2.

    Clerks (1994)

     
    Director: Kevin Smith Budget: $27,000 (post-acquisition budget of $230,000 after studio ordered post-production) Box Office: $3,151,130 Profit %: 11,571%
  3. 3.

    Paranormal Activity (2007)

     
    Director: Oren Peli Budget: $15,000 (post-acquisition budget of $450,000 after studio ordered post-production) Box Office: $193,355,800 Profit %: 1,288,938%

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