In February 2020, Universal Pictures’ The Invisible Man arrived in cinemas. The horror movie – inspired by the H.G. Wells book of the same name – told the story of a young woman, being stalked by her controlling and seemingly invisible ex-husband.

A good film? You bet it was!

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When it made its debut, The Invisible Man opened to rave reviews from critics and quickly found its audience, getting off to a fantastic start at the box office. However, the movie opened at a point in time when many countries were facing, or about to face, the oncoming battle with COVID-19, and with cinemas forced to close this brought an abrupt end to the film’s theatrical run. 

In fact, for many people, The Invisible Man may have been the last movie they saw at the cinema before the closures. It was certainly one of the last ‘big’ releases before projectors were switched off.

So, in light of its shortened and disrupted theatrical run, how did The Invisible Man fair financially? Did the film do well, despite its limited release?

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How much money did The Invisible  Man make at the box office?

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After completing its theatrical run, The Invisible Man made a total of $126,474,588. According to The Numbers, this breaks down as follows: 

  • $64,914,050 – Domestic 
  • $61,560,538 – International 

Total: $126,474,588

For a horror movie that had a short run, this is a good chunk of change. But it’s even better when you take into account its budget.

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How much did The Invisible Man cost to make?

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The Invisible Man was produced on a minimal budget of $7 million. Compared to many high priced, crowd pleasers, the film’s modest budget paid off, reaping big rewards for all involved.

Regardless of the COVID-chaos, taking $126 million at the box office was good, but doing it on a budget of $7 million was even better.

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Was Universal Studios pleased with the outcome?

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Putting aside additional marketing costs for a moment, in layman’s terms, The Invisible Man made 18 times its budget, which is good going for any movie. And when compared to Universal’s previous ‘classic monster’ movie, The Mummy (2017), it’s even better.

The Tom Cruise-starring The Mummy, which arrived in cinemas during summer 2017, cost just shy of $200 million to produce. It went on to take around $410 million at the worldwide box office.

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While this seems good, this means the movie only made (roughly) twice its budget. Had it made 18 times its budget, like The Invisible Man did, then The Mummy would have been looking at around $3.6 billion (rather than $410 million).

The Invisible Man proved that studios can make high quality movies on small budgets, and see a strong return on investment. More importantly, before the COVID crisis impacted theatres, audiences got to enjoy a damn good movie!

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