The movies industry has been growing exponentially. In 2019, a revenue of £1.95 billion, a 17% increase on the previous year’s £1.84 billion, was generated in the UK. In the same year, the US recorded $35.3 billion in revenue. Those two statistics affirm that the movie industry is a big business. In this article, find out the most profitable movies of all time.
1. Paranormal Activity (897x)
The Blair Witch Project was not an expensive investment, costing just $15,000, with the post-production fee raising the figure to just $215,000. The American parody comedy film grossed $193 million at the worldwide box office, making a whopping 897x its budget. It remains the most profitable movie of all time.
2. The Blair Witch Project (496x)
This 1999 American supernatural horror film is the second most profitable movie of all time. The Blair Witch Project cost just $60,000 to shoot and even though it’s post-production costs rose to $500,000, the movie ended up grossing $248 million at the worldwide box office. That’s an impressive 496x its budget.
3. My Big Fat Greek Wedding
Distributed by IFC Films, an independent movie distributor, My Big Fat Greek Wedding returned 73x its investment, grossing $368 million at the worldwide box office. The production cost was just $5 million. The sleeper hit holds the record for the highest-grossing romantic comedy movie of all time.
The above are three of the most profitable movies of all time. Other worthy mentions include Jaws (52x), The Exorcist (37x), and Home Alone (26x). For the record, the figures are based on the investment amount vs the total grossing amount at the worldwide box office.