Jaws, Home Alone and Others Flops? More Like Cult Classics

Today we will tell you something about the situation that happens quite often in the world of Hollywood. A movie that looks unobtrusive arrives at theaters, and most people expect it to run in them without any increased interest.

But often similar films score financially (and often critically) and the studio adds millions of dollars to its pockets thanks to them. Below you will find 5 high-quality and for some maybe even cult films that managed to succeed unexpectedly in the film world.

Baby Driver (2017)

Baby DriverBaby Driver was created for 34 million, but managed to raise almost $ 227 million for the box office. A significant critical and financial success was present for this action comedy directed by Edgar Wright. The main character is the driver Baby (Ansel Elgort), who works for dangerous criminals and can always get them to safety in time. But his life changes when he meets a young waitress Deborah (Lily James) and decides to leave the world of crime for her. He also received rave reviews and three Oscar nominations. We should also see a sequel in the future (again directed by Wright).


Paranormal Activity (2007)

Paranormal Activity is a horror film from the Blumhouse studio. This film comes from the pen of Oren Peli, who was able to make it for an incredible $ 15,000 (!). And how did this film turn out? The film managed to scare away hordes of spectators in cinemas and earned 194 million for the box office. Critical responses were mostly positive and spectators flocked to the cinemas. A clever, but at the same time cheap, marketing campaign certainly played its part. The film launched a whole series of films that were already of variable quality, although they still performed above average financially.


Few words about the campaign.

The movie was released to only a small number of cities, after the goose-bump inducing trailer, a call to action appeared prompting fans to “DEMAND” the movie play in their city.


Through a partnership, Paramount created a petition system. If a city reached a certain number of people demanding the movie, it would play in that city.

Good Will Hunting (1997)

The drama was directed by Gus van Santa. The script itself was taken care of by (well-known actors) Matt Damon and Ben Affleck. The movie unexpectedly became a hit. The story of the genius mathematician Will (played by Robin Williams) and his inner demons fell in love with the critical community and the audience. The budget was only $ 10 million, but the film managed to earn an incredible $ 226 million in revenue. In addition, the film received nine Oscar nominations, of which it also turned two statuettes (for Best Supporting Actor and Best Original Screenplay).


Home Alone (1990)

We don’t have to introduce the film Alone at Home to anyone. Today, this film is one of the absolute classics, without which we can not imagine the Christmas holidays, perhaps no one. Chris Columbus’ film about the baby Kevin McCallister (Macaulay Culkin), whose parents forget about his home and he has to defend the house from a pair of thieves (Joe Pesci and Daniel Stern), was shot for only $ 18 million. But he celebrated box office success and poured an incredible $ 476.7 million into the coffers. The film became the most lucrative film of the 1990s and won the Guinness World Record as the highest-grossing live-action comedy ever domestically. The film held this record for an incredible 27 years.


Jaws (1975)

You must have seen the horror thriller Jaws by Steven Spielberg, nowadays it’s a real classic. However, this was not always the case. At first glance, it was an inconspicuous film, the success of which was predicted by only a small number of people. The adaptation of the novel of the same name by Peter Benchley broke into cinemas in 1975 and was an unprecedented success. The story of a bloody shark, followed by three tough hunters, really scared the audience. In addition, the jaws held the title of the most financially successful film until 1977 (deposed by the first Star Wars). The film received rave reviews and a staggering 472 million against a budget of 9 million. He also received three out of four Oscar nominations.


You don’t always need a big budget and you don’t always need everyone to believe in you or your product, sometimes you just have to believe in yourself and the result will come.


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