List of highest-grossing horror films

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The following page lists high-grossing films of no particular genre, some high-grossing film franchises at the box office and the biggest opening weekends for a bunch of films. The figures have not been adjusted for inflation.

Highest-grossing horror films[edit]

film currently playing indicates films playing in the week commencing 23 September 2022 in theaters around the world.
Rank Film Worldwide gross Year Franchise or basis Ref
1 Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness film currently playing $955,775,804 2022 Doctor Strange [1]
2 It $700,381,759 2017 It [2]
3 The Sixth Sense $672,806,292 1999 [3]
4 War of the Worlds $603,873,119 2005 The War of the Worlds [4]
5 I Am Legend $585,349,010 2007 I Am Legend [5]
6 World War Z $540,007,876 2013 World War Z [6]
7 The Meg $530,243,742 2018 The Meg [7]
8 It Chapter Two $473,093,228 2019 It [8]
9 Jaws $470,653,000 1975 Jaws [9]
10 The Exorcist $441,306,145 1973 The Exorcist [10]
11 The Mummy Returns $433,013,274 2001 The Mummy [11]
12 The Mummy $415,933,406 1999 The Mummy [12]
13 The Mummy $409,231,607 2017 The Mummy [13]
14 Signs $408,247,917 2002 [14]
15 Prometheus $403,354,469 2012 Alien [15]
16 The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor $401,128,639 2008 The Mummy [16]
17 The Nun $365,550,119 2018 The Conjuring Universe [17]
18 Hannibal $351,692,268 2001 Hannibal Lecter [18]
19 A Quiet Place $340,939,361 2018 A Quiet Place [19]
20 The Conjuring 2 $320,392,818 2016 The Conjuring Universe [17]
20 The Conjuring $319,494,638 2013 The Conjuring Universe [17]
21 Resident Evil: The Final Chapter $312,242,626 2017 Resident Evil [20]
22 Annabelle: Creation $306,515,884 2017 The Conjuring Universe [17]
23 Van Helsing $300,257,475 2004 Dracula [21]
24 Resident Evil: Afterlife $300,228,084 2010 Resident Evil [22]
25 A Quiet Place Part II $296,324,169 2021 A Quiet Place [23]
26 Shutter Island $294,804,195 2010 Shutter Island [24]
27 Split $278,454,358 2017 Unbreakable [25]
28 Scary Movie $278,019,771 2000 Scary Movie [26]
29 The Silence of the Lambs $272,742,922 1991 Hannibal Lecter [27]
30 Annabelle $257,047,661 2014 The Conjuring Universe [17]
31 The Village $256,697,520 2004 [28]
32 Halloween $255,498,536 2018 Halloween [29]
33 Get Out $255,407,663 2017 [30]
34 Us $254,732,150 2019 [31]
35 The Blair Witch Project $248,639,099 1999 Blair Witch [32]
36 The Ring $248,218,486 2002 The Ring [33]
37 Unbreakable $248,118,121 2000 Unbreakable [34]
38 Glass $246,985,576 2019 Unbreakable [35]
39 Dark Shadows $245,527,149 2012 Dark Shadows [36]
40 Alien: Covenant $240,891,763 2017 Alien [37]
41 Resident Evil: Retribution $240,004,424 2012 Resident Evil [38]
42 Constantine $230,884,728 2005 Hellblazer [39]
43 Annabelle Comes Home $228,552,591 2019 The Conjuring Universe [40]
44 Interview with the Vampire $223,564,608 1994 The Vampire Chronicles [41]
45 Bram Stoker's Dracula $215,862,692 1992 Dracula [42]
46 Jaws 2 $208,900,376 1978 Jaws [43]
47 The Others $207,765,056 2001 [44]
48 Sleepy Hollow $207,068,340 1999 Sleepy Hollow [45]
49 Paranormal Activity 3 $207,039,844 2011 Paranormal Activity [46]
50 The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It $200,271,845 2021 The Conjuring Universe [47]

Highest-grossing horror film franchises and film series[edit]

film currently playing indicates that at least one film in the series is playing in the week commencing 23 September 2022.
Highest-grossing horror film franchises and film series (The films in each franchise can be viewed by selecting "show")
Rank Series Total worldwide box office No. of films Average of films Highest-grossing film

Highest-grossing horror films by year[edit]

film currently playing indicates films playing in the week commencing 23 September 2022 in theaters around the world.
Year Film Worldwide gross Ref
1931 Frankenstein $12,001,420 [80]
1932 Doctor X $594,000 [81]
1933 Mystery of the Wax Museum $1,100,000 [81]
1934 The Black Cat $236,000 [82]
1935 Bride of Frankenstein $2,000,000
1953 House of Wax $23,750,000 [83]
1968 Rosemary's Baby $33,396,740
1973 The Exorcist $441,306,145
1974 Young Frankenstein $86,273,333
1975 Jaws $470,653,000 [9]
1976 The Omen $60,922,980 [84]
1977 Exorcist II: The Heretic $30,749,142
1978 Jaws 2 $208,900,376 [85]
1979 Alien $203,626,500 [86]
1980 Friday the 13th $59,800,000
1981 An American Werewolf In London $61,973,249 [87]
1982 Poltergeist $121,706,019 [88]
1983 Jaws 3-D $87,987,055 [89]
1984 Gremlins $212,000,000
1985 Day of the Dead $34,004,262 [90]
1986 Aliens $183,300,764 [91]
1987 Predator $98,268,458 [92]
1988 A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master $49,369,899 [93]
1989 Pet Sematary $57,469,467 [93]
1990 Misery $61,276,872 [94]
1991 The Silence of the Lambs $272,742,922 [95]
1992 Bram Stoker's Dracula $215,862,692 [42]
1993 Hocus Pocus $39,514,713 [96]
1994 Interview with the Vampire $223,664,608 [41]
1995 Species $113,354,449 [a]
1996 Scream $173,046,663 [97]
1997 Scream 2 $172,363,301 [98]
1998 Halloween: H20 $75,041,738 [99]
1999 The Sixth Sense $672,806,292 [3]
2000 Scary Movie $278,019,771 [26]
2001 The Mummy Returns $433,013,274 [11]
2002 Signs $408,247,917 [14]
2003 Scary Movie 3 $220,673,217 [100]
2004 The Grudge $187,281,115 [101]
2005 War of the Worlds $591,745,540 [4]
2006 Scary Movie 4 $178,262,620 [102]
2007 I Am Legend $585,349,010 [5]
2008 The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor $401,128,639 [11]
2009 Paranormal Activity $194,183,034 [103]
2010 Shutter Island $294,804,195 [24]
2011 Paranormal Activity 3 $207,039,844 [46]
2012 Prometheus $403,354,469 [15]
2013 World War Z $540,007,876 [6]
2014 Annabelle $256,862,920 [17]
2015 Goosebumps $150,170,815 [104]
2016 The Conjuring 2 $320,392,818 [17]
2017 It $700,381,748 [2]
2018 The Meg $530,243,742 [7]
2019 It Chapter Two $473,093,228 [8]
2020 The Invisible Man $138,996,774 [105]
2021 A Quiet Place: Part II $296,667,589 [23]
2022 Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness film currently playing $955,775,804 [1]

Timeline of highest-grossing horror film[edit]

Title Established Record-setting gross Ref
The Sixth Sense 1999 $672,806,292 [3]
It 2017 $700,381,748 [8]
Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness film currently playing 2022 $955,775,804 [1]

By tickets sold[edit]

The flowing is a list of horror films which sold more the 1 million tickets

Film Year Known ticket sales (est.) Territories with known ticket sales data[b] Notes
Jaws 1975 242,800,000 Worldwide [106]
The Exorcist 1973 214,900,000 Worldwide [106]Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi]] 1983 118,207,387 USA, Canada, Europe, South Korea [c]
The Sixth Sense 1999 103,747,446 Worldwide [111]

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ See Godzilla vs. Destoroyah § Box office
  2. ^ Box office territories for which the film's ticket sales data are currently known
  3. ^ Star Wars: Return of the Jedi
    • United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Spain – 104,787,854[107]
    • France, Germany, Italy – 12,207,226[108]
    • Other European territories (1997–2017) – 1,030,424[109]
    • South Korea – 181,883[110]

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