The Highest Grossing Horror Movies And Franchises To Date

June 3, 2015

Written by Kelli Marchman McNeely

Kelli Marchman McNeely is the owner of She is an Executive Producer of "13 Slays Till Christmas" which is out on Digital and DVD and now streaming on Tubi. She has several other films in the works. Kelli is an animal lover and a true horror addict since the age of 9 when she saw Friday the 13th. Email:

In the past few years horror has moved from the shadows into main stream media (it’s about time). Movie sales, box office profits and low production costs, compared to other categories, have quickly made horror one of the most profitable genres out there. Have you ever wondered which horror movies made a huge killing ? Here are the top 10 highest grossing horror flicks to date.

10. Paranormal Activity 3 (2011)

Director: Henry Joost

Stars: Chloe Csengery, Jessica Tyler Brown

Budget: $5 Million – Gross: $104 Million


9. Interview With the Vampire (1994)

Director: Neil Jordon

Stars: Brad Pitt, Tom Cruise

Budget: $60 Million – Gross: $105 Million


8. Paranormal Activity (2007)

Director: Oren Peli

Stars: Kate Featherston, Micah Sloat

Budget: $15,000 – Gross: $108 Million


7. The Grudge (2004)

Director: Takashi Shimizu

Stars: Sarah Michelle Geller, Bill Pullman

Budget: $10 million – Gross: $110 Million


6. The Ring (2002)

Director: Gore Verbinski

Stars: Naomi Watts, Martin Henderson

Budget: $48 million – Gross: $129 Million


5. The Conjuring (2013)

Director: James Wan

Stars: Patrick Wilson, Vera Farmiga

Budget: $20 Million – Gross: $137 Million


4. The Blair Witch Project (1999)

Director: Eduardo Sanchez and Daniel Myrick

Stars: Heather Donahue, Michael Williams, Joshua Lepnard

Budget: $60,000 – Gross: $141 Million


3. Gremlins (1984)

Director: Joe Dante

Stars: Zach Galligan, Pheobe Cates

Budget: $11 Million – Gross: $148 Million


2. What Lies Beneath (2000)

Director: Robert Zemeckis

Stars: Harrison Ford, Michelle Pfeiffer

Budget: $100 Million – Gross: $155 Million


1. World War Z

Director: Marc Forster

Stars: Brad Pitt, Mirelle Enos

Budget: $190 Million – Gross: $202 Million


There are a lot of horror franchises out there, so I’ve whittled it down to the top 5 for you, but the highest grossing horror franchise might surprise you.

5. The Nightmare On Elm Street franchise : $450 Million

4. The Friday The 13th franchise : $465 Million

3. The Scream franchise : $605 Million

2. The Exorcist franchise : $661 Million

1. The Saw franchise : $873 Million




Sources: IMDb , Bing


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