Paranormal Activity is the most profitable movie ever made. It was made at a budget of just $15,000, but earned $193.4 million at the box office. That is 12893 times return on investment.
The film received mostly positive reviews upon release.Written and directed by Oren Peli, this classic found footage horror film tops the list.The film has grossed $107,918,810 domestically and $85,436,990 in foreign markets.
Paramount/DreamWorks acquired the U.S. rights for $350,000.
The film opened on September 25, 2009 to twelve theaters and took $36,146 on its opening day and As it extended to 160 theaters on the October 9–11 weekend, the film earned $2,659,296. Throughout the few days of October 16, 2009, Paranormal Activity extended to 600 more theaters, earning $19,617,650 .
"I couldn’t be happier with our team’s great work. Adam Goodman believed in this movie and championed it from the first day he saw it. He recognized it was a great story with commercial potential, and made sure it had a home in our schedule and the release it deserved," added Paramount chairman Brad Grey.