Profit wise, you don't typically expect any horror movies to make any top 10 lists. Unless it's something wildly populer like Scream, or in this list's case, it involves Brad Freakin' Pitt. But believe it or not, there are quite a few screamers out there that have hit the 100 million dollar mark! One blew them all away with $202 million, so we'll save that one for last. It even blew away my all time favorite movie, probably from all genres, but at least it came in second.
There are only 14 movies, according to imdb.com, that have ever made this much in the United States. I didn't want to go into what they made overseas (which is, in some cases, WAY more), or their budget. But rest assured, if they made this much over here, it's pretty much a given that worldwide, they made at least that much or more, considering we're just one country. And that means they most likely made more money than they spent making the movie.
No movies from 2014 made this list, and none from this year either, yet. The closest so far has been Annabelle, pulling in $84.3M last year. Will 2015 see another addition to the list? Well, we have another Ring installment coming apparently, Rings, so that might MAYBE have a chance, and there's really no doubt in my mind that the final installment of Paranormal Activity will blow past the mark, bring the list to 15.
Oh, hey-here's the trailer for that!
And don't forget The Green Inferno...that may have a shot at making this list too!
Going through this list, one thing I noticed is that I've seen them all except for a couple. See how many of them you have seen!
Please turn off all cell phones and keep your feet off the seats in front of you!
One last note--according to this site, they thought the top grossing horror movies were a bit different, and they're probably right. My list doesn't have The Exorcist, The Sixth Sense or Jaws on it, so in retrospect, I probably should have dug deeper before publishing this. I guess one website's idea of a horror movie is a little different than another's!
14. Sleepy Hollow
13. Scream 2
12. Jaws 2
10. Paranormal Activity 3
9. Interview with the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles
8. Paranormal Activity
One of the only movies that I went and watched in theatres, and had to turn on the lights when i came home around midnight, made an impressive $108M. Wasn't the budget about $5 for this one?
7. The Grudge
6. The Ring
5. The Conjuring
4. The Blair Witch Project
The shaky-footage industry got it's start with this one, and a good start it was-$141M...again with a budget of like 4 cents.
The 80's were a GREAT time for horror movies, just not that many money-making ones. This classic, however, outshined them all and pulled in $148M.
2. What Lies Beneath
My favorite! Not too shabby, with $155M
And number 1 is....
1. World War Z
A whopping $202M domestically!
With Ghostbusters, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, another Purge, another Conjuring, another Friday the 13th, Patient Zero, The Forest, Leatherface, The Blob remake, Army of Darkness 2, C.U.J.O., Godzilla, I Know Once Again What You Did Last Summer, among others...2016 is going to ROCK!