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Most Profitable Movies

This chart is based on Return On Investment (ROI)

 
Released
Movie
Profit $
Film Budget $
ROI
1 2009   Paranormal Activity
90 Million
450K
19,900%
2 2012   The Devil Inside
37 Million
1 Million
3,600%
3 1953   Peter Pan
140 Million
4 Million
3,400%
4 1978   Grease
187 Million
6 Million
3,015%
5 2010   Paranormal Activity 2
77 Million
3 Million
2,470%
6 2011   Insidious
32 Million
1.5 Million
2,050%
7 1975   Jaws
220 Million
1.2 Million
1,730%
8 1992   Reservoir Dogs
21 Million
1.2 Million
1,620%
9 2010   The King’s Speech
188 Million
15 Million
1,153%
10 1991   Beauty and the Beast
246 Million
20 Million
1,130%
11 2008   Slumdog Millionaire
159 Million
14 Million
1,035%
12 2010   Black Swan
143 Million
13 Million
1,001%
13 2009   The Hangover
371 Million
35 Million
960%
14 2010   The Last Exorcism
19 Million
1.8 Million
955%
15 2009   The Hangover
363 Million
35 Million
935%
16 2013   The Purge
31 Million
3 Million
933%
17 2012   Chernobyl Diaries
10 Million
1 Million
900%
18 2012   Paranormal Activity 4
50 Million
5 Million
900%
19 2007   Superbad
166 Million
17.5 Million
850%
20 2012   Sinister
28 Million
3 Million
830%

The numbers above, have been rounded up and were originally sourced from www.the-numbers.com as of 17th February 2014. These estimates are based on U.S. and International box office earnings and domestic video sales, extrapolated to calculate worldwide income to the studio, after deducting retail costs. Expense estimates are based on the U.S. theatrical distribution pattern of files.

Interesting notes; 10 of the top 20 most profitable movies are within the horror genre. 15 of the top 20 were released within the past seven years.