Posted Tuesday 01 Mar 2022
Film data sleuth Stephen Follows looked at the most profitable movies budgeted between $3 million and $10 million, and all released between 2000-2016, and found some interesting patterns.
Follows says this budget range makes up an important part of the independent film landscape - "high enough to support hiring well-known actors and actresses, or to spend more on the 'polish' of the film through (for example) acquiring rights to well-known music, building more elaborate sets, or filming in remote locations. However, the budgets are also low enough that every penny has to be spent wisely for the investment to show up on the screen".
The group of films that broke out at this budget level include some of the best indie films of the century so far, several of which earned Academy Award-winning glory.