Top 10 Most Profitable Movies of All Time

10. Ghost (1990)

Return on investment: 1446%
Budget: $35 million (inflation-adjusted)
Gross Revenue: $506 million

Most Profitable Movies of All Time Ghost (1990)

What follows is a list of the 10 most profitable movies of all time, based on worldwide box office receipts. These movies made back their money over and over again, and while there are some acknowledged blockbusters here, there are also those that came out of nowhere and surprised everyone with their performance at the box office.

9. Home Alone (1990)

Return on investment: 1590%
Budget $30 million (inflation-adjusted)
Gross revenue $477 million

Home Alone (1990) Most Profitable Movies of All Time

8. The Passion of the Christ (2004)

Return on investment: 1749%
Budget: $35 million (inflation-adjusted)
Gross Revenue: $612 million

The Passion of the Christ (2004) Most Profitable Movies of All Time

7. American Beauty (1999)

Return on investment: 1780%
Budget $20 million (inflation-adjusted)
Gross revenue $356 million

6. Star Wars (1977)

Return on investment: 1938%
Budget $40 million (inflation-adjusted)
Gross Revenue: $775 million

5. Grease (1978)

Return on investment: 1975%
Budget $20 million (inflation-adjusted)
Gross revenue $394 million

4. Pretty Woman (1990)

Return on investment: 2013%
Budget $23 million (inflation-adjusted)
Gross revenue $463 million

3. Slumdog Millionaire (2008)

Return on investment: 2520%
Budget $15 million (inflation-adjusted)
Gross revenue $378 million

2. E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982)

Return on investment: 3172%
Budget: $25 million (inflation-adjusted)
Gross Revenue: $793 million

1. My Big Fat Greek Wedding (2002)

Return on investment: 6150%
Budget $6 million (inflation-adjusted)
Gross revenue $369 million



9 thoughts on “Top 10 Most Profitable Movies of All Time

  1. Why is The Blair Witch Project ALWAYS left of these lists?

    “This film was in the Guinness Book Of World Records for “Top Budget:Box Office Ratio” (for a mainstream feature film). The film cost $22,000 to make and made back $240.5 million, a ratio of $1 spent for every $10,931 made.”

  2. Paranormal Activity 655,505.52%
    Mad Max Filmways 24,837.50%
    Super Size Me 22,614.90%
    The Blair Witch Project 20,591.67%
    Night of the Living Dead 13,057.89%
    Rocky 11,150.00%
    Halloween 10,669.23%
    American Graffiti 8,909.01%
    Clerks 7,111.56%
    Once 6,232.39%
    The Stewardesses 6,150.00%
    Napoleon Dynamite 5,667.62%
    Open Water 5,411.70%
    Friday the 13th 5,332.24%
    Gone with the Wind 4,906.73%
    The Birth of a Nation 4,900.00%
    The Big Parade 4,389.80%
    Saw 4,195.68%
    Primer ThinkFilm 3,941.76%
    The Evil Dead 3,820.00%

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