Small budget, big box-office bling
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"Napoleon Dynamite"( Aaron Ruell / Fox Searchlight Pictures )
Worldwide Gross: $46,140,956
Jared Hess was used to pinching pennies after making his first film, a short, for just $500. Peluca garnished enough praise at the Slamdance Film Festival to get producers and financing for Napoleon Dynamite. Hess, who wrote the script about an awkward Idaho teen with his wife Jerusha, made the most of his 22 days of shooting and took Napoleon all the way to Sundance.