Highest Grossing Horror Movies

Top 10 Highest Grossing Horror Movies

It’s a well-known fact that horror movies are a favorite form of entertainment for many. Often, they can be seen as nothing more than fun and games to get the heart racing or scare someone silly. But what might not be so obvious is how much these films have grossed over the years in theaters alone. In this article, we will take a look at ten of the highest grossing horror movies from all time, discussing what makes them stand out from their peers and why people love them so much. 

1) It (2017) – $327,481,748

Stephen King’s IT was a massive success upon release in 2017, and for good reason. The movie follows seven children terrorized by an evil clown entity that awakens every three decades to prey on the townsfolk of Derry, Maine. Since its opening, it has grossed more than $327 million domestically, making it the most successful horror movie of all time.

2) The Sixth Sense (1999) – $293,501,675

M. Night Shyamalan’s breakout hit The Sixth Sense follows a troubled young boy who is haunted by spirits that manifest themselves as apparitions he can see and hear. It was a critical darling upon release, winning Academy Awards for Best Supporting Actor and Best Original Screenplay. But it also performed very well at the box office, grossing more than $293 million worldwide.

3) I Am Legend (2007) – $585,349,010

“I Am Legend” (2007) stars Will Smith as Robert Neville, the last human survivor in New York City after a virus created to cure cancer turns lethal. The virus transforms humans into aggressive creatures called “Darkseekers.” Neville, who is immune, works on finding a cure while surviving against the nocturnal threats, with only his dog for company. The film explores themes of loneliness, survival, and hope as Neville strives to find other survivors and a cure for the virus that has decimated humanity.

4) World War Z (2013) – $540,007,876

“World War Z” is a fast-paced, apocalyptic horror film starring Brad Pitt as Gerry Lane, a former United Nations investigator. The plot follows Lane as he traverses the globe in a race against time to stop a zombie pandemic that is toppling armies and governments, threatening to destroy humanity itself. The film is notable for its intense action sequences, large-scale set pieces, and innovative portrayal of zombies as fast-moving and swarm-like, diverging from traditional zombie lore.

5) It: Chapter Two (2019) – $473,093,228

“It Chapter Two” picks up twenty-seven years after the first film’s events, with the now-adult members of the Losers’ Club returning to Derry. They’ve come back to fulfill their promise as children to face and defeat the sinister entity Pennywise should it ever return. As they confront their past traumas and fears, they realize that Pennywise is stronger and more evil than ever, leading to a final confrontation where they must overcome their deepest fears to destroy him.

6) The Exorcist (1973)- $441,306,145

“The Exorcist” revolves around a young girl, Regan, who begins displaying strange behaviors, leading her mother to seek medical help. When all scientific explanations fail, they turn to a troubled priest who believes a demonic entity possesses Regan. He and another experienced exorcist conduct a dangerous and intense battle to save Regan through an exorcism, facing physical and spiritual peril. The film delves into themes of faith, the power of evil, and the strength required to confront it.

7) Prometheus (2012) – $403,354,469

“Prometheus” is a science fiction thriller exploring humanity’s origins and a prequel to the Alien franchise. A team of explorers and scientists aboard the spaceship Prometheus embark on a voyage to a distant moon following ancient star maps. They seek to uncover the secrets of an alien race they believe to be humanity’s precursors. The mission descends into chaos when they encounter unforeseen threats that challenge their understanding of life, faith, and the universe’s very nature, leading to a harrowing fight for survival.

9) Hannibal (2001) – $351,692,268

“Hannibal” continues the story of the brilliant but dangerous Dr. Hannibal Lecter, now on the run in Europe. Clarice Starling, the FBI agent who once sought his help, is now determined to bring him to justice. Meanwhile, a disfigured victim of Lecter’s seeks revenge. The film weaves a cat-and-mouse tale, drawing Clarice into a complex web of intrigue and danger as she confronts her demons and Lecter’s manipulative games.

8) The Nun (2018) – $365,550,119

In “The Nun,” an investigation unfolds at a Romanian abbey after a nun’s suicide. The Vatican dispatches Father Burke and Sister Irene to uncover the truth. They discover the abbey’s dark secret, an encounter with Valak, a powerful demon manifesting as a nun. Their faith and souls are tested as they face this evil, revealing the abbey’s unholy history and personal fears. Their mission becomes a struggle for survival against the demonic presence, tying into the more prominent “Conjuring” universe.

10) A Quiet Place (2018) – $340,952,971

“A Quiet Place” is set in a post-apocalyptic world where Earth is inhabited by extraterrestrial creatures with an acute sense of hearing, hunting humans by sound. The Abbott family must live in silence to avoid attracting these predators. When the family faces a series of survival challenges, they must find new ways to communicate and protect each other, understanding that even the slightest whisper or footstep could bring deadly consequences.

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