‘My Big Fat Greek Wedding’ & Other Little Movies That Became Huge Phenomena

Every now and then, along comes a low-budget film that — if we’re really being honest — no one expected to be a hit at the box office. The people making the movie were likely just hoping to break even, and hey, maybe take home a few dollars at the end of the day. Then, seemingly out of nowhere, it blows up in the best possible way, making major bank and becoming a pop-culture phenomenon. Fifteen years ago, it happened when Tom Hanks turned Nia Vardalos’ small family play into My Big Fat Greek Wedding, and there are many more examples over the years. 

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