Low Budgets, High Returns by DixonD

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Quiz Description

Name these movies with small budgets, but (relatively) large box office earnings.

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1 VenguswamyK 389 98 15
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1 CauleyS 389 98 15
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3 randalleng 377 97 15
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4 FriedewaldR 376 96 15
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5 DimitriCRob 362 94 15
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5 KroegerJ 362 94 15
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7 SorensonG 360 92 15
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8 letouj 359 91 15
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9 AdamKing 356 90 15
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10 Neil 354 89 15
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11 ProczkoC 353 88 00
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12 Tablesaw 348 87 15
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13 twarner50 347 85 15
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14 gregariouschinchilla 346 83 15
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14 PlotkinD 346 83 15
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14 UllspergerA 346 83 15
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17 LackC 342 81 15
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20 MoyseyC 332 78 15
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21 BradburnA 323 76 00
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22 DRobe772 322 75 15
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23 WangS 321 74 15
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24 AlexanderD 319 73 15
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25 quarterrican 318 72 15
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26 DoyleE 317 71 15
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31 Ethan 300 65 15
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Questions:

Budget: $50k
Box office: $250M
Although it won the first Independent Spirit John Cassavetes Award, it was also nominated for Worst Picture at the Golden Raspberry Awards.

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The Blair Witch Project

Budget: $400k
Box office: $46M
This cult comedy featured ligers, "Canned Heat" by Jamiroquai, and a wannabe cage fighter.

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Napoleon Dynamite

Budget: $150k
Box office: $20M
Written and directed by John Carney, this film starred members of the band The Swell Season, and won the Oscar for Best Song for "Falling Slowly".

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Once

Budget: $1.2M
Box office: $104M
The directorial debut of James Wan, this horror film begins with a photographer and an oncologist each chained by the ankle to separate pipes in a room. Between them lies a dead man (pictured).

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Saw

Budget: $65k
Box office: $22M
Six weeks after this film debuted, McDonald's changed their menu.

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Super Size Me

Budget: $500k
Box office: $54M
Loosely based on the true ordeal of Tom and Eileen Lonergan near the Great Barrier Reef, this 2003 film ends with a fisherman cutting open a shark's stomach and finding a diving camera.

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Open Water

Budget: $375k
Box office: $29M
Five students from Michigan State University spend their vacation in an isolated cabin in Tennessee, but only Ash Williams (pictured) makes it out alive.

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The Evil Dead

Budget: $777k
Box office: $140M
Set in Modesto, California in 1962, this Best-Picture-nominated film featured a young Suzanne Somers as the mysterious blonde in the white Thunderbird.

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American Graffiti

Budget: $5M
Box office: $368M
This sleeper hit released in 2002 began as a one-woman play based on the author's marriage to fellow actor Ian Gomez (changed to WASP "Ian Miller" in the film version).

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My Big Fat Greek Wedding

Budget: $7k
Box office: $545k
The attached infographic summarizes the nine timelines in this film's notoriously intricate plot.

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Primer

Budget: $7k
Box office: $2M
This film debut by Robert Rodriguez is about a war between criminals Azul and Moco that is interrupted by a nameless musician and his guitar case.

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El Mariachi

Budget: $114k
Box office: $30M
This film, one of the few films of its time to feature an African-American in a leading role, went into the public domain due to a mistake by the distributor. It is the most-downloaded film on the Internet Archive (2M+).

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Night of the Living Dead