11 Most Profitable Movies Of All Time
9. Home Alone
“Kevin!” Home Alone was expected to be a success. The fact that it became seasonal, box office gold didn’t really surprise anyone. Anything written by John Hughes comes with more charm than real life possibly muster–a perfect escape from reality without a complete departure from it. However, it was one of the few Hughes influenced films that geared toward the entire family. The Home Alone cast was solid, the story was great, the comedy–timeless. Why it’s so entertaining to see other human beings suffering, we’ll likely never know, but it’s big money in movies, TV and now, on YouTube. 20th Century Fox expected the film to be a moderate success, and offered it a $15 million budget (then…approximately $30 million now). Then, the unexpected happened. People fell in love with Macaulay Culkin. It went on to gross $477 million (adjusted).
8. The Passion of The Christ
There’s big money in religion. There’s something a little disturbing, and ironic about that, isn’t there? Jesus, a man who cared so little for money that he didn’t even have a residence he called home, is the subject of the eighth most profitable film of all-time. In fairness to Mel Gibson, and his $35 million (adjusted) production, it was exceptionally well done. Choosing to shoot elsewhere, and translate the script to Aramaic was a bonus. Mel did what he’s so adept at doing, and highlighted the violence associated with the death of Jesus. It was sheer brutality, and even resulted in injuries to the actor playing Jesus, Jim Caviezel. The film was box office gold. $612 million worldwide. A 1,749 percent profit. So, when is Mel making the sequel?