Small budget, big box-office bling
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"El Mariachi"( Columbia Pictures )
Worldwide gross: $2,040,920
Robert Rodriguez's revenge epic was bought by Columbia, and they spent more tranferring the film to 35mm and doing promotion than the film cost to make. A rumor also says that Rodriguez made some of his original film funds by participating in experimental clinical trials! Luckily it worked out, and the film's success led to a Mariachi triligy that included "Desperado" (1995) and "Once Upon a Time in Mexico" (2003).