Top 17 Highest Grossing Horror Movies Of All Time



As I mentioned yesterday…

It” (2017) is about to become the biggest horror box office success ever, as its current box office of stands at… $666.6 million. Nice number. Just $6 mln away from beating M. Night Shyamalan’s “The Sixth Sense” (1999) with $672 mln…

…and then something clicked in my mind. Wait, was “Sixth Sense” a horror? Wow! Okay. Mojo knows better. So, given this curiousity and the upcoming Halloween, I decided to examine some other highest grossing horror movies…

  • The Exorcist” (1973) casted out $400,214,478 with dark magic and that means 3rd place.


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  • A solid death grip guaranteed 4th place  Spielberg’s “Jaws” (1975) and impressive $470,653,000.
  • On 5th place we see again that M. Night Shyamalan was still showing some signs of life in 2002… with $408,247,917.
  • On 6th place “Hannibal” (2001) is chewing his $350,100,280 with a glass of Chianti (1991 “Silence of the Lambs” had $275,726,716 and that means 11th place).
  • The Conjuring” and “The Conjuring 2” were indeed good at conjuring an impressive amount of cash out of the horror-loving public – $318,000,141 and $311,270,008 respectively, so that would count as 7th and 8th.
  • Then, things get rough. Various sources cite “Se7en”, “Ghostbusters”, “Shutter Island”, “Van Helsing”, “Sex in the City” come on, guys, these aren’t really horrors. Even “Hannibal” is hard for me to consider a horror movie (but it had Anthony Hopkins whose smile is already scary by itself). But Bill Murray?

This is a true horror film. Just look at their faces. Holy shit. That’s Bill-motherfuckin-ghostbuster-Murray! (This was a quote. I didn’t invent it. Jim Jarmusch and RZA did.)

  • Bill Murray is not scary.
  • Obviously I would love to skip all these “Resident Evil” remakes and prefer to do a Halloween costume for a hamster plus I love “Event Horizon” but…tumblr_nc0hmrFAU11tuzl74o1_500
  • …but “Resident Evil: The Final Chapter” (2017) grossed $312,242,626 and “Resident Evil: Afterlife” (2010) – $300,228,084. Now I’m curious, how many years will pass till they reboot the franchise? 2? Whatever. 9th and 10th places are theirs. Resident Evil: Retribution” (2012) had $240,004,424, by the way, which guarantees 17th place.
  • Lets move on. “Annabelle: Creation” (2017) is the only horror sequel more successful than the original with astonishing $291,100,361, that is 11th place. The first film, “Annabelle, has the privelege of being the only horror movie on the list with a sweet name and $256,873,813. That counts as 13th place (don’t ask me where is the 12th, because it means you weren’t reading carefully and I’ll cancel you from the subscription lists).tenor.gif
  • Ah, almost forgot. In the old times, when Harrison Ford wasn’t only rebooting all kind of franchises (sorry, old joke) and Robert Zemeckis was an interesting director to follow, there was a film called “What Lies Beneath” (2000). It had  $291,420,351. I didn’t watch it because my parents didn’t allow me to look at Michelle Pfeiffer…

    …at the age of 11, so if anyone thinks it is a horror… that would be 10½th place.

  • The Village” is supposed to come 14th with an impressive $256,697,520 but since it’s not nice to have 3 M. Night Shyamalan movies on the list lets move on. But it was a scary film. I watched it when I was 15 years old on a big screen. So not sure how scary it would be now. But it made a long-lasting impression.P_XViOz6Fo49-I8SqW50GuystPc
  • Get Out” was creepy, but it wasn’t really a horror. A good tense thriller? Yes. As Jay said, “…Peele isn’t exactly trying to horrify you; he’s trying to unsettle you. And he’s doing that exceedingly well.” I love the film and it was a nice debut, so lets just mention it had $252,434,250 which is a lot for a film like that.ezgif-2-e893f6dbbf
  • The American remake of the classic Japanese horror “Ringu” grossed $249,348,933 in 2002 and could have taken 15th place… but that was a remake. By the way, guess which movie was the first on the list of the scariest eyes in horror?
  • I would like to admit that I deliberately skipped “Prometheus” with its impressive $403,354,469 (potential 3rd place) and “Alien: Covenant” with $238,862,031 (potential 18th place – yes, they call it a box office flop now) because I don’t think they were horror movies although some may consider them such. The 1979 “Alien” was a horror movie. The rest was just tense science fiction.
  • To end things on a positive, hm, note… “Blair Witch Project” takes 16th place with $248,639,099.
  • And the winner is… “Paranormal Activity” with its $15,000 budget and $193 mln box office.  But it’s not in the top since we weren’t discussing most profitable horror movies which is what really matters, not the box office.

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Almost forgot. Since it’s Halloween, I must admit that I’ve always been rather indifferent to this holiday (and it’s not celebrated so much here in Europe), but seeing  many fellow bloggers dedicating the whole month to horror movies, trashy costumes, DIY-s, beautiful Halloween cupcakes and soul cakes (soul cake…beautiful name) makes me love a little bit more.


27 thoughts on “Top 17 Highest Grossing Horror Movies Of All Time

  1. Great post. I really enjoy Halloween. It is celebrated in the UK, but, I guess not on the scale as it is celebrated in the US.
    Sometimes, it is difficult to regard certain serial killer films as “horror” – “American Psycho” is one example, and I will not regard it as “horror”, but “Halloween” – I would. Strange, but I will consider “Seven” horror, it was creepy enough.
    On the topic of serial killer films, I also think it is worth mentioning “The Silence of the Lambs”. With the healthy 272,7 millions, it is up there with the rest (and it is the Academy’s most beloved horror) – that is if you really think it can be horror hehe

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    • Thanks for stopping by again! Yes, but I mentioned The Silence of the Lambs 🤗 It was creepy. I agree with you, that with many films it depends on the audience. My grandma will surely call all of them horror movies, but younger generations aren’t scared that easily. I think the main difference is that films like Halloween were intended from the very beginning to be a horror movie, while Seven or American Psycho etc – no, but they acquired many of traditional horror aspects… just like Get Out.

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      • Sorry, I should read more carefully. Yes, there is a difference, I guess, between some overt, evident violent or ghost horror and some subtle, psychological horror. In recent years, it is the latter which is gaining in mass popularity.

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      • This ongoing change makes me really happy as I clearly prefer the latter… Horror movies that are shot just for the sake of scaring the audience often feel secondary, at least, I feel this way (with some exceptions). What about you?

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      • Completely agree. I love subtle, barely perceivable horror. Actually it is sometimes even more effective, because it is something unknown but also close to you at the same time, if that makes any sense.

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      • The Stepford Wives is a good example. I’d love to mention lesser known movies like Resolution & Spring (both by the same directors, who will release their next movie, “Endless” soon), in case you haven’t seen them. Very subtke and original.


      • I haven’t heard of Spring or Resolution. They look super interesting, thanks for recommending. As for lesser known films, I guess I really enjoyed Premonition (2007). Ok, this is not a horror, it is more of a thriller-mystery, but the atmosphere there is kind of frightening, and Sandra Bullock does a great job. I think this is an underrated gem, actually.

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      • Thanks, that sounds very interesting! I will try to watch it. And it’s better that it’s not a pure horror 😊 You can read about both movies on my blog too, I made a reviews for them on Ryan from themissingreel covered them too 😊


  2. Seriously cool post! As you know I love horror (no, duh 😂😂), and it’s amazing but I have seen every single film in this post (really…where did I find the time lol). I agree with you on What lies beneath. That was a very good film, and also cool to see Harrison play the bad guy for once. Loved the look of this post, all the pictures and GIFs included were just terrific and really funny. And of course thanks for including a link to my post: appreciate it. Happy Halloween 🎃🎃

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    • Thanks for kind words, Michel! 😊 Happy halloween to you too! Is it celebrated a lot in Netherlands?
      I love GIFs, watching at them makes feel strange and happy at the same because you can rewatch a short scene from a movie 100 times in barely few minutes. The only problem with them is that they consume so much traffic….damn! But I tried to make it less serious as normally all other posts look so damn serious 🤣 So you think What Lies Beneath can be considered as a horror film?


      • It is celebrated in Holland, but not as much as in The States unfortunately. Still, it is growing here.
        Haha, yeah Gifs are awesome. Some of them are just incredibly brilliant. And yeah, it’s a lot of fun to see a post that does it in a different way: very cool.
        I definitely would say What Lies Beneath could be considered horror. Thriller is also a term that comes to mind, but it also really has some horror elements in it 😀

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  3. I’m not great with straight up slasher horror but I love when it blurs the lines and surprises me. That’s true of any movie though, that’s what makes a good movie great.

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  4. Slightly surprised Hannibal (2001) is one of the highest grossing. I guess was an anticipated sequel and has an iconic villain, but it’s not exactly a pleasant subject matter! The box office for Ghostbusters makes better sense for its crowd-pleasing aspects. I enjoyed Get Out and the strong showing should allow the director to make another film.

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    • Yes, the original film which is clearly superior is also an example of a thriller-horror that was largely appreciated by both public and critics which doesn’t happen so often, plus as you rightfully noted it had some iconic performances.

      Get Out had an incredible success, taking in consideration that it was a debut and the movie combined so many styles. Peele could have a lot of artistic freedom in his next projects and I am quite curious about it as I absolutely loved “Get Out” too.

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