With Stephen King’s “It” pushing new box office records worldwide and taking the title of highest grossing horror film of all time, we wondered… which top-grossing horror movies was “It” up against?
According to Box Office Mojo (which tracks international box office data), here is the list of top gross horror films worldwide including foreign box office sales.
1. It (2017)
With $314,935,154 domestically and $315,600,000 foreign, totaling $630,535,154 worldwide (*so far!), Stephen King’s “It” is now standing at the highest grossing horror film of all time. It took in an incredible $123,403,419 opening weekend alone!
2. The Sixth Sense (1999)
With a domestic box office total of $293,506,292, and foreign markets bringing in another $379,300,000, The Sixth Sense grossed $672,806,292 worldwide. Very impressive!
3. The Exorcist (1973)
The Exorcist is a horror movie classic! With a domestic box office total of $232,906,145, and foreign markets bringing in another $208,400,000, it grossed $441,306,145 worldwide. It held the #1 spot on this list for quite a long time.
4. What Lies Beneath (2000)
What Lies Beneath might be a movie you haven’t heard of, but it brought in $291,420,351 worldwide! It stars Harrison Ford, Michelle Pfeiffer, and Katharine Towne. The wife of a university research scientist believes that her lakeside Vermont home is haunted by a ghost – or that she is losing her mind.
5. The Blair Witch Project (1999)
With it’s shaky camera and seemingly ‘raw’ footage, the Blair Witch Project did extremely well in box offices worldwide, grossing $248,639,099 total. Wow! Not bad, considering the film cost only $60,000 to make!
6. The Conjuring (2013)
$137,400,141 domestic, $318,000,141 worldwide, The Conjuring did well in the box office.
7. The Ring (2002)
One of my favourites, The Ring grossed $129,128,133 domestic, and $249,348,933 worldwide.
Remember the scene where she crawls out of the TV? Creepy!
8. The Grudge (2004)
Grossing $187,281,115 worldwide, The Grudge, starring Sarah Michelle Gellar, is #8 on our list. It was so popular that it spawned a couple sequels (The Grudge 2, and The Grudge 3). There’s talk of a reboot of the series in the works.
9. Paranormal Activity (2009)
Grossing $193,355,800 worldwide ($107.9k of that being domestic), Paranormal Activity kick-started a whole mega horror franchise with Paranormal Activity 2 (2010), Paranormal Activity 3 (2011), Paranormal Activity 4 (2012) and Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension (2015). It even has a spin-off movie called Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones (2014). If you like ‘jump scares’ then this is definitely the series for you!
10. Paranormal Activity 3 (2011)
Skipping the second movie in the series, Paranormal Activity’s 3rd movie did well, coming in just under the first movie that started the series. The 3rd movie grossed $207,039,844 worldwide! (half of it being domestic sales).
11. The Conjuring 2 (2016)
The Conjuring is back on our list as #11 with the second movie in the series, grossing $320,270,008 worldwide. About a third of which was domestic sales, this movie did really well in foreign markets.
12. Annabelle:Creation (2017)
It only came out in August of this year, and has done $101,933,294 domestically, $198,900,000 foreign, for a total of $300,833,294 worldwide. The movie made $35,006,404 in it’s opening weekend. The movie is a whole new re-write of the Annabelle story.
13. The Others (2001)
14. The Haunting (1999)
$91,411,151 domestic sales at the box office. $177,311,151 worldwide!
15. The Amityville Horror (1979)
A classic! Generated $86,432,000 domestically. Which, for it’s time, was a lot of money!
16. Paranormal Activity 2 (2010)
“Jump scares” reign supreme! $177,512,032 worldwide type of supreme.
17. Annabelle (2014)
That doll sure is creepy! But people loved it and it grossed over $84 million domestically.
18. Insidious Chapter 2 (2013)
Yes, there was a Chapter 2.
19. Poltergeist (1982)
A classic that started a whole craze in the horror genre
20. The Ring Two (2005)
The sequel to The Ring. I personally thought the first one was much better, and the box office numbers agree. It still made $76 million domestically though, which is impressive. $76 million domestic.
21. The Exorcism of Emily Rose (2005)
$75,072,454 domestic. $34 million opening weekend. Not too shabby!
22. 1408 (2007)
Put John Cusack and Samuel L. Jackson together, and you’re bound to get a hit movie! $71 million domestic, $131,998,242 worldwide.
23. Mama (2013)
Grossing $71 million domestically, Mama did very well.
24. Lights Out (2016)
Teresa Palmer’s acting in this movie is great.
25. The Final Destination (2009)
My absolute favourite series of horror movies, Final Destination is one to watch if you haven’t yet!
The story surrounds people who were supposed to have been killed at a certain event, but ‘cheat’ death and manage to change their circumstances so that they live. However, they soon find out that it isn’t possible to cheat death and that death will catch up to you… in very mysterious ways!
The great thing about this movie is the way people eventually reach their demise is usually really unique and you don’t see it coming. There is a group that start at the beginning of the movie, and they are killed in order, so you have an idea of who’s going next… but the movie still manages to surprise you!