ByJancy Richardson, writer at Creators.co
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The highest grossing 'horror movie' of 2015, according to statistics site Numbers.com, made 150 million dollars. It's also not really what most of us would class as a horror movie at all. Sure, it has its roots in horror, building on the glorious all-American tradition of pulp fiction, horror anthology shows and childhood scares, but is it really a horror movie?

You decide.

Yup, we're talking about the Goosebumps movie, a PG-rated adaptation of a series of books that I adored as a kid. Still, there are horror themes and everyone loves Goosebumps, so we'll let that one slide.

Check out the 2nd-10th biggest grossing horror movies of 2015.

2. Insidious Chapter 3

Box Office Haul: $52,218,558

Rating: PG-13

Notes: Sequel

3. Poltergeist

Box Office Haul: $47,425,125

Rating: PG-13

Notes: Reboot

4. Unfriended

Box Office Haul: $32,482,090

Rating: R

5. Crimson Peak

Box Office Haul: $31,090,320

Rating: R

6. Sinister 2

Box Office Haul: $27,740,955

Rating: R

Notes: Sequel

7. The Woman in Black 2: Angel of Death

Box Office Haul: $26,501,323

Rating: PG-13

Notes: Sequel

8. The Lazarus Effect

Box Office Haul: $25,801,570

Rating: PG-13

9. The Gallows

Box Office Haul: $22,764,410

Rating: R

10. Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension

Box Office Haul: $18,297,124

Rating: R

Notes: Sequel

If we look at the 11th - 20th highest grossing horror movies of 2015, we see a few more interesting, indie-ish results.

11. It Follows

Box Office Haul: $14,674,077

Rating: R

12. The Green Inferno

Box Office Haul: $7,192,291

Rating: R

13. The Vatican Tapes

Box Office Haul: $1,784,763

Rating: PG-13

14. Goodnight Mommy

Box Office Haul: $1,178,196

Rating: R

Notes: Austrian

15. A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night

Box Office Haul: $385,325

Rating: Not Rated

Notes: Iranian

16. The Babadook

Box Office Haul: $208,700

Rating: Not Rated

Notes: Australian



17. Spring

Box Office Haul: $49,970

Rating: Not Rated

18. The Pyramid

Box Office Haul: $49,928

Rating: R

19. The Nightmare

Box Office Haul: $28,281

Rating: Not Rated

Notes: Documentary

20. The Human Centipede 3 (Final Sequence)

Box Office Haul: $14,562

Rating: Not Rated

Notes: Sequel

So... what did we learn from this flood of data about the 20 highest grossing horror movies of 2015?

  • 25% were sequels
  • Around 50% were R-Rated
  • Only 3 were foreign films
  • There is a wide gap between box office takings even within the top 20; number 1 made $80 million and number 15 made under $400,000
  • Critical and box office results often differ
  • 2015 had a bunch of awesome movies that didn't make tons of cash

It's interesting to examine your own horror movie preferences against the ones that performed well at the box office. For example, in my own personal list of the 15 best horror movies of 2015, there are only four movies from the box office top 20: Unfriended, It Follows, Goodnight Mommy and The Green Inferno.

Which horror movie do you think should have earned the most money in 2015?

Source: Numbers, Youtube

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