Indie (Low Budget) Films

An 2016 investigative report from Film Industry Analyst Stephen Follows and Founder of The Numbers Bruce Nash took a look at successful breakout indie hits and genre trends.


They began with a list of over 3,000 films from The Numbers’ financial database, investigating full financial details, including North American (i.e. “domestic”) and international box office, video sales and rentals, TV and ancillary revenue. They narrowed their focus to study feature films released between 2000 and 2015, budgeted between $500k and $3 million, which generated at least $10 million in Producer’s Net Profit, using a standard distribution model where the distributor charges a 30% fee.  The results of the study concluded the most productive and financially independent movie genres for investor ROI were movies produced from the following genres –

The average minimum return per film listed was $10m in Producer’s net profits.  That means a producer that invested $500k enjoyed a 40% return on $10m dollars ($4m dollars)

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