I stopped reading this article on why Quentin Tarantino’s Kill Bill will never be a cult film when Stephen Dowling of the BBC News Online entertainment staff stated that Reservoir Dogs and Pulp fiction were not box office successes.
Reservoir Dogs had a production budget of around $400,000, and earned $2,832,029 worldwide – over seven times the cost to make the movie.
Pulp Fiction had a production budget of $8,000,000 (that’s eight million dollars) and grossed $212,900,000 worldwide (that’s two hundred and twelve million dollars).
Over half of Pulp Fiction’s gross was earned in the US.
Both of these movies have since grossed even more money from sales of video and DVD.
Reservoir Dogs remained on show at the Glasgow Film Theatre for over a year beyond it’s UK release date.
If these two films “did not do so well at the box office”, I’d be interested to read Dowling’s definition of a successful movie.