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Blumhouse are a horror movie giant. From The Purge to Insidious and Paranormal Activity, Blumhouse are the biggest producer of scares and cash in horror Hollywood. Their simple approach — make a scary film for peanuts and sell it like the rent is due — has made many creatively low-budget horrors and enormous pots of cash. Check out the most successful Blumhouse horror movies.

The Purge Franchise

Franchise Profit: $275,000,000

1. The Purge

  • Released: 2013
  • Budget: $3M
  • Box Office: $89M
  • Profit: $86M (2,867%)

2. The Purge: Anarchy

  • Released: 2014
  • Budget: $9M
  • Box Office: $112M
  • Profit: $103M (1,144%)

3. The Purge: Election Year

  • Released: 2016
  • Budget: $10M
  • Box Office: $96M
  • Profit: $86M (860%)

The Insidious Franchise

Franchise Profit: $355,500,000

4. Insidious

  • Released: 2011
  • Budget: $1.5M
  • Box Office: $97M
  • Profit: $95.5M (6,366%)

5. Insidious: Chapter 2

  • Released: 2013
  • Budget: $5M
  • Box Office: $162M
  • Profit: $157M (3,140%)

6. Insidious: Chapter 3

  • Released: 2015
  • Budget: $10M
  • Box Office: $113M
  • Profit: $103M (1,030%)
  • Insidious 4 released October 20, 2017

The Sinister Franchise

Franchise Profit: $118,000,000

7. Sinister

  • Released: 2012
  • Budget: $3M
  • Box Office: $78M
  • Profit: $75M (2,500%)

8. Sinister 2

  • Released: 2015
  • Budget: $10M
  • Box Office: $53M
  • Profit: $43M (430%)

Paranormal Activity Franchise

Franchise Profit: $860,985,000

In the way that Nightmare on Elm Street generated New Line Cinema so much cash it became affectionately known as 'The House That Freddy Built', Paranormal Activity evolved Blumhouse to a moderate filmmaker to a giant horror powerhouse. With over a million percent profit, the first Paranormal Activity has the highest profit percentage of all Blumhouse movies, and kickstarted a franchise worth nearly a billion dollars.

9. Paranormal Activity

  • Released: 2009
  • Budget: $15,000
  • Box Office: $193M
  • Profit: $192,985,000 (1,286,566%)

10. Paranormal Activity 2

  • Released: 2010
  • Budget: $3M
  • Box Office: $177M
  • Profit: $174M (5,800%)

11. Paranormal Activity 3

  • Released: 2011
  • Budget: $5M
  • Box Office: $207M
  • Profit: $202M (4,040%)

12. Paranormal Activity 4

  • Released: 2012
  • Budget: $5M
  • Box Office: $143M
  • Profit: $138M (2,760%)

13. Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones

  • Released: 2014
  • Budget: $5M
  • Box Office: $91M
  • Profit: $86M (1,720%)

14. Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension

  • Released: 2015
  • Budget: $10M
  • Box Office: $78M
  • Profit: $68M (680%)

Non-Franchise Horror Movies

15. The Visit

  • Released: 2015
  • Budget: $5M
  • Box Office: $99M
  • Profit: $94M (1,880%)

16. The Gift

  • Released: 2015
  • Budget: $5M
  • Box Office: $59M
  • Profit: $54M (1080%)

17. The Lazarus Effect

  • Released: 2015
  • Budget: $3.3M
  • Box Office: $38.4M
  • Profit: $35.1M (1063%)

18. Dark Skies

  • Released: 2013
  • Budget: $3.5M
  • Box Office: $26M
  • Profit: $22.5M (643%)

19. Unfriended

  • Released: 2015
  • Budget: $1M
  • Box Office: $64M
  • Profit: $63M (6,300%)

20. Ouija

  • Released: 2014
  • Budget: $5M
  • Box Office: $104M
  • Profit: $99M (1,980%)
  • Ouija 2: Origin of Evil released October 21, 2016

21. Oculus

  • Released: 2014
  • Budget: $5M
  • Box Office: $44M
  • Profit: $39M (780%)

22. The Gallows

  • Released: 2015
  • Budget: $100,000
  • Box Office: $43M
  • Profit: $42.9M (42900%)

Poll

What's your favorite Blumhouse horror movie?

Not everything Blumhouse touches turns to gold. Excellent horror thriller 13 Sins made a $3M loss and slapdash alien fodder Area 51 failed to recoup more than one percent of its expenses. Still, with huge franchises like Insidious, Paranormal Activity and The Purge as well as a triple Oscar winner (Whiplash, a particularly profitable foray into non-horror filmmaking), Blumhouse is THE force to be reckoned with in Hollywood horror.

Making so much cash alongside critical acclaim has freed Blumhouse up to be more experimental, expanding into their multi-platform Blumhouse Tilt and creating fantastic low-budget, low-publicity horrors like the straight-to-Netflix Hush, easily one of the best horrors of 2016.

Low budget, high standards: Hush wowed us on Netflix in 2016
Low budget, high standards: Hush wowed us on Netflix in 2016

Blumhouse's most successful movies in summary:

  • Highest Profit %: Paranormal Activity (1,286,566%)
  • Highest Profit: Paranormal Activity 3 ($202M)
  • Most Successful Franchise: Paranormal Activity Franchise ($860,985,000)
  • Most Successful Non-Franchise Horror (Profit): Ouija ($99M)
  • Most Successful Non-Franchise Horror (Profit %): The Gallows (42,900%)

What's your favorite Blumhouse horror movie?

Would you rank any of the Blumhouse horror movies alongside the greatest horror movies of the 21st Century?

A note on the math: I haven't adjusted any figures for inflation because the time span is only the last seven years (the last five years for the majority of movies on this list). Final figures have been slightly rounded up for ease of reading.

Source: Wiki, Variety