$28 million in the early 80s isn't low budget and $125 million in 2009 wasn't low budget either. $125 million still isn't low budget - $80m is about the cutoff for "mid budget" movies.
I edited my above post because the way I write, it takes me time to crunch the numbers and get all of the references posted and do my edits.
I agree that 1982 Blade Runner was not a low budget special effects science fiction film. In fact for the genre it was above average in cost for its time. The final version of my comment says that. So, we agree there.
However, with Prometheus, I did not explain myself completely about the genre which is my fault.
I meant low budget in the context of big special effects science-fiction or adventure films. John Carter was an example of the genre. Other movies of this type from 2012 which cost $200 million or more included; Men in Black 3, The Dark Knight Rises, The Avengers, Skyfall, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, The Amazing Spider-Man and Battleship.
Films between $150 to $200 million include; Snow White and the Huntsman and Wrath of the Titans. Hugo is not a big adventure film but it cost like one. Same with Dark Shadows.
I could see where are you had the impression that I was comparing Prometheus with every movie that came out that year. That was not my intention.
- I was not comparing the cost of Prometheus to straight dramas like Lincoln or a comedy like Magic Mike which of course are cheaper to make than big special effects sci-fi or adventure.