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Low-Budget Underdog Films That Spawned Huge Franchises

Updated September 17, 2021 641 votes 99 voters 3.1k views12 items

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Some big blockbuster franchises feel like they've been around for eons, manufactured and perfected for the big screen. While that's true with some franchises like the Marvel Cinematic Universe or Star Wars, others were a product of very lucky low-budget blockbusters that managed to not only make a ton of money but also earn a massive fanbase. Sure, this may lead to some unquestionably bad studio-sanctioned sequels, but these films were produced on such a low budget, they were lucky to even make it to cinemas. 

Here are huge blockbuster franchises that were started by low-budget underdog films. 

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