The production company Blumhouse Productions is no stranger to box-office success.
Its latest movie, “Ma,” starring Octavia Spencer in her first lead role, opened over the weekend with $18 million. It was made for $5 million, so it’s already greatly surpassed its production budget.
That’s what Blumhouse does best: make low-budget movies, particularly in the horror genre, that score a substantial profit. It’s the studio behind Jordan Peele’s breakout, “Get Out,” and last year’s “Halloween,” and it launched the “Paranormal Activity” and “Purge” franchises.
But it’s also found success outside of horror with films that have caught the attention of the Oscars. It produced Damien Chazelle’s “Whiplash” in 2014, which won J.K. Simmons a supporting-actor Oscar and was nominated for best picture. It also made Spike Lee’s “BlacKkKlansman,” which won Lee his first competitive Oscar this year for screenwriting and was also nominated for best picture.
The company signed a first-look deal with Universal to distribute its movies in 2014, and its founder, Jason Blum, is one of the hottest producers in Hollywood. In an interview with Business Insider in April, Blum said that the goal of Blumhouse was “to be independent so we can tell stories we want to tell without asking permission.”
He added, “the more independent we are, the more that decision making has allowed us to flourish.”
To understand just how much it’s flourished, below are 10 Blumhouse movies that prove that its low-budget horror strategy is working at the box office.