So just how much money did horror films make at the box office this summer? The answer in short: a killing! This summer was a smashing success for horror flicks. Audiences got five new wide release horror flicks, which is more than usual considering that the summer season is usually reserved for big-budget fare. The combined budgets for all five films tallied around $81.9 million, while they grossed a combined $670 million worldwide (and counting). That's a huge profit! Let's take a closer look and analyze the box office of this summer's horror releases.
5. Don't Breathe
- Release Date: August 26, 2016
- Budget: $10 million
- Current Domestic Box Office: $26 million
- Current Worldwide Box Office: $28 million
The figures for the Fede Alvarez's sophomore run are still really fresh. This past weekend the film took first place at the box office in its opening run, and it almost doubled expectations! The final weekend in August has always been a goldmine for horror films at the box office (i.e. Rob Zombie's Halloween, The Final Destination), and this effort from the producers of Evil Dead continued the streak. With strong word of mouth, final box office figures are expected to end around $60 million.
4. The Shallows
- Release Date: June 24, 2016
- Budget: $17 million
- Current Domestic Box Office: $54 million
- Current Worldwide Box Office: $93 million
We haven't had a shark movie in quite some time, so this flick really filled an appetite (pun intended). This was a major vehicle for star Blake Lively, and her performance was praised. The director, Jaume Collet-Serra, has had some success in the genre before with Orphan and House of Wax. The film did so well above expectations that another shark film titled, 47 Meters Down, starring Mandy Moore, was pulled out of its original direct-to-video summer release and will be given the full theatrical treatment next spring!
3. Lights Out
- Release Date: July 22, 2016
- Budget: $4.9 million
- Current Domestic Box Office: $65 million
- Current Worldwide Box Office: $125 million
This flick had a lot of things going for it. For starters, it had producer James Wan attached to it. And it was based off a pretty unique viral video. Late July can typically be a hard sell for horror flicks (i.e. Deliver Us From Evil), but this proved no problems for the original ghost flick. Warner Bros. has already given the green light to a sequel.
2. The Purge: Election Year
- Release Date: July 1, 2016
- Budget: $10 million
- Current Domestic Box Office: $79 million
- Current Worldwide Box Office: $105 million
Relevantly subtitled, Election Year, the third installment of The Purge franchise has become the highest-grossing Purge movie yet! This franchise shows no stop of slowing down — and I'm OK with that. The forth sequel has not been announced just yet, but you can probably expect that in the months to come.
1. The Conjuring 2
- Release Date: June 10, 2016
- Budget: $40 million
- Current Domestic Box Office: $102 million
- Current Worldwide Box Office: $319 million
The king of horror, James Wan, did not disappoint with his latest outing. With the sequel slightly outgrossing its predecessor, The Conjuring franchise is expected to cross the $1 billion mark with its next installment, officially making it the highest-grossing horror franchise. The success of the original film inspired the Annabelle franchise, while the sequel will spawn a new series of films titled The Nun. The canon of this franchise only seems to be expanding, and Wan has expressed extreme interest in returning for a third. Considering the amount of dough these flicks bring in, you can bet your ass on many more to come.
Well horror fans, we had a great summer — better than usual! We got some great sequels and amazing original films. So now it's time to put away the boat shoes and get out those pumpkins, because the best time of year is vastly approaching and horror fans have a lot to look forward to this fall with Blair Witch, Ouija 2 and Rings!
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What was your favorite horror movie this summer?
*Note that all box office figures were drawn directly from Box Office Mojo