16 Most Profitable Movies Based on Return on Investment

Pay attention to this article, since it will bring you to the list of the most profitable movies based on return investment. Insider Monkey has recently published an interesting article about this topic. Speaking of budgets, they are sometimes very hard to estimate, as often studios try to mislead the media by giving unrealistically high or morbidly low figures. Let’s take Avatar as an example. Some sources assert that James Cameron’s unique Na’vi world cost $237 million dollars to produce, while others think the number is as high as $500 million. Obviously, we cannot know for sure how much green was spent on Avatar, but according to our sources, Fox contributed the $237 million while approximately $200 million came from Cameron’s own production company.

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Now without a further ado let’s see what Insider Monkey has investigated for us. We have picked three of the most profitable movies based on return investment.

The first movie is Beauty and the Beast (1991).  A beautiful girl falls in love with a beast, discovering that he is not the vicious creature he appears to be: a tale as old as time indeed! This feature film with its amazing script and even more amazing music (which by the way earned it three nominations for Best Original Song at the Oscars) turned out to be popular among children and adults alike. Although the live action version of this film was all the hype ever since the breathtaking Emma Watson was announced to play Belle and did turn out to be an immense hit, it did not present Disney with as many returns as the classic version did. The second film is Split (2016).  The genius who came up with the masterpiece that is The Sixth Sense, M. Night Shyamalan returned in 2016 with yet another psychological thriller. Technically, the film earned the big bucks in 2017 as it was released in the US in January 2017, but since it had been screened in film festivals in the year 2016, and is officially a 2016 movie, we have considered it to be the most profitable movie of 2016. The third film should be Peter Pan (1953). At number 4 on the list of most profitable movies based on return on investment, we have the animated feature that is a cinematic depiction of J. M. Barrie’s famous tale of Peter Pan, the boy who we all envy as the one who would never grow up. The adventures of Peter, Wendy and Captain Hook have since had other versions made, but this one by Disney will forever remain close to our hearts.

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