"Paranormal Activity" Becomes Most Profitable Movie Ever

Thursday, Oct 29, 2009  |  Updated 8:15 PM EDT
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"Paranormal Activity" Becomes Most Profitable Movie Ever

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(L-R) Actor Micah Sloat, actress Katie Featherston and writer/director Oren Peli from the film 'Paranormal Activity' pose for a portrait at the Miners Club during the 2008 Slamdance Film Festival on January 18, 2008 in Park City, Utah.

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"Paranormal Activity" has just surpassed "The Blair Witch Project" to become the most profitable movie ever.

The box office hit was made for less than $15,000 and as of Wednesday has grossed a whopping $65.1 million, TheWrap.com reported.

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The movie's box office success has reaped a staggering 414,233 percent return on its initial investment.

"Paranormal" has gradually expanded from 12 to 33 to 160 to 760 to this weekend's 1,945 theaters – a move that some criticized – but one that Executive VP of Distribution for Paramount, Don Harris, credits as a key to the horror film's success.

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"Everybody else thought we should be going faster than we were," he told TheWrap. "But I thought we were doing a pretty good job of seeding the ground as we went. I don't know that we would have done a lot more last weekend if we would have added a bunch of runs then."

The studio has reportedly spent less than $10 million to market the movie.

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