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Ranking Oscar Best Picture nominees as investments

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Which film made back the most money?By Brent LangTheWrapInvesting in prestige movies brought a strong return-on-investment this year -- especially for those who bankrolled the nine Best Picture Academy Award nominees.When it came to the biggest bang for the buck in 2013, size mattered: "Gravity," one of the most expensive nominees at $100 million, made that back more than six times over with $700.9 million worldwide -- the highest return on investment (ROI). (That flips the script from last year, when "Beasts of the Southern Wild," the lowest-budgeted nominee at $1.5 million, grossed $22 million -- more than 10 times its budget.) Of course, finding out what films actually make money is nearly impossible. Theater owners get a cut of ticket sales and production budgets do not include marketing and distribution costs, but box office grosses can give a sense of which films have the best shot of turning a profit.This year, nearly all the contenders have doubled their production budgets; four have earned north of $100 million. But they've made just shy of $800 million domestically overall, while 20122 s nominees -- a group that includes "Zero Dark Thirty," "Lincoln," and "Life of Pi" -- pulled in more than $1 billion stateside.So what other films proved to be big ROI* winners? Here's the breakdown. Bing: More about 2014 Academy AwardsMore on TheWrap: Steve Pond Explains It All: How the Oscars Voting Process Actually WorksWant more Movies? Be sure to like MSN Movies on Facebook and follow MSN Movies Twitter.(Warner Bros./Fox Searchlight Pictures/20th Century Fox/Columbia Pictures)
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