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Box Office History for Horror

Ticket Sales and Market Share by Year

Note: Figures for 2016 are at an annualized rate.

Top-Grossing Movies 1995-2016, Adjusted for Ticket Price Inflation

RankMovieRelease
Date
DistributorMPAA
Rating
Total GrossInflation-Adjusted
Gross
1 I am Legend Dec 14, 2007 Warner Bros. PG-13 $256,393,010 $311,582,688
2 Hannibal Feb 9, 2001 MGM R $165,092,266 $245,888,297
3 The Blair Witch Project Jul 14, 1999 Artisan R $140,539,099 $233,217,434
4 Scream Dec 20, 1996 Miramax R $103,046,663 $192,019,703
5 The Ring Oct 18, 2002 Dreamworks SKG PG-13 $129,094,024 $187,209,874
6 Scream 2 Dec 12, 1997 Miramax R $101,363,301 $185,543,575
7 Sleepy Hollow Nov 19, 1999 Paramount Pictures R $101,068,340 $166,932,377
8 The Haunting Jul 23, 1999 Dreamworks SKG PG-13 $91,188,905 $151,323,314
9 The Grudge Oct 22, 2004 Sony Pictures PG-13 $110,359,362 $149,811,494
10 The Others Aug 10, 2001 Miramax PG-13 $96,522,687 $143,760,820
11 The Conjuring Jul 19, 2013 Warner Bros. R $137,400,141 $142,470,254
12 Scream 3 Feb 4, 2000 Miramax R $89,138,076 $139,412,609
13 I Know What You Did Last Summer Oct 17, 1997 Sony Pictures R $72,250,091 $132,623,213
14 Paranormal Activity Sep 25, 2009 Paramount Pictures R $107,918,810 $121,297,179
15 Anaconda Apr 11, 1997 Sony Pictures PG-13 $65,598,907 $120,479,031
16 Freddy vs. Jason Aug 15, 2003 New Line R $82,622,655 $115,507,287
17 Hollow Man Aug 4, 2000 Sony Pictures R $73,209,340 $114,499,944
18 Saw II Oct 28, 2005 Lionsgate R $87,025,093 $114,449,221
19 The Texas Chainsaw Massacre Oct 17, 2003 New Line R $80,571,655 $112,635,835
20 Paranormal Activity 3 Oct 21, 2011 Paramount Pictures R $104,028,807 $110,587,910
21 AVP: Alien Vs. Predator Aug 13, 2004 20th Century Fox PG-13 $80,281,096 $108,980,612
22 Saw III Oct 27, 2006 Lionsgate R $80,238,724 $103,269,068
23 The Ring Two Mar 18, 2005 Dreamworks SKG PG-13 $75,941,727 $99,873,439
24 Halloween: H2O Aug 5, 1998 Miramax R $55,041,738 $98,934,295
25 The Exorcism of Emily Rose Sep 9, 2005 Sony Pictures PG-13 $75,072,454 $98,730,230
Complete List

Year by Year Market Share

YearMovies in
Release
Market
Share
GrossTickets SoldInflation-
Adjusted
Gross
Top-Grossing MovieGross that Year
1995 15 2.79% $148,103,633 34,046,807 $269,650,711 Tales from the Crypt: Demon Knight $21,089,146
1996 9 1.95% $112,915,551 25,546,499 $202,328,272 Scream $39,129,829
1997 11 6.41% $407,801,247 88,845,581 $703,657,002 Scream 2 $85,520,969
1998 16 4.71% $318,584,830 67,928,527 $537,993,934 Halloween: H2O $55,041,738
1999 15 6.50% $477,204,556 93,937,896 $743,988,136 The Blair Witch Project $140,539,099
2000 13 6.98% $537,602,346 99,740,689 $789,946,257 The Exorcist $204,632,868
2001 15 4.72% $391,327,885 69,139,195 $547,582,424 Hannibal $165,092,266
2002 11 3.25% $297,788,051 51,254,391 $405,934,777 The Ring $127,230,430
2003 15 4.89% $449,979,627 74,623,478 $591,017,946 Freddy vs. Jason $82,622,655
2004 20 5.01% $464,969,445 74,874,297 $593,004,432 The Grudge $110,359,362
2005 30 6.66% $587,908,674 91,717,406 $726,401,856 Saw II $87,014,325
2006 30 6.02% $553,237,666 84,463,750 $668,952,900 Saw III $80,238,724
2007 30 7.10% $693,523,435 100,802,813 $798,358,279 I am Legend $206,129,574
2008 25 3.00% $293,647,307 40,897,945 $323,911,724 Saw V $56,746,769
2009 24 5.49% $584,639,025 77,951,862 $617,378,747 Paranormal Activity $107,854,596
2010 23 4.99% $523,770,867 66,384,135 $525,762,349 Paranormal Activity 2 $84,660,648
2011 27 3.97% $404,257,325 50,978,217 $403,747,479 Paranormal Activity 3 $104,007,828
2012 32 2.61% $287,117,980 36,070,083 $285,675,057 Paranormal Activity 4 $53,900,335
2013 29 4.14% $451,923,871 55,587,177 $440,250,442 The Conjuring $137,400,141
2014 28 2.49% $258,214,459 31,605,181 $250,313,034 Annabelle $84,273,813
2015 24 3.44% $389,271,770 46,176,947 $365,721,420 Goosebumps $79,370,088
2016 14 2.81% $182,002,639 21,589,867 $170,991,747 The Purge: Election Year $76,955,885