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Biggest Indie Films of All Time

Indie films are notoriously risky investments, but when the stars align, they pay out big. These are the three biggest indie films of all time.

The Passion of the Christ (2004)

Production budget: $30 million
Worldwide gross: $611.9 million
Mel Gibson's pet project targeted churchgoers and became the only indie in the 100 top-grossing U.S. films.

My Big Fat Greek Wedding (2002)

Production budget: $5 million
Worldwide gross: $368.7 million
Nia Vardalos's one-woman play wowed Rita Wilson, who wooed her husband, Tom Hanks, to turn it into a movie.

The Blair Witch Project (1999)

Production budget: $60,000
Worldwide gross: $248.6 million
The shaky-cam horror flick pioneered Internet movie marketing with intriguing Web footage a year before release.

A version of this article appeared in the December/January 2009 issue of Fast Company magazine.

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