As 2014 comes to a close for horror fans, so too does the box office. The results are in, and the top grossing horror movies for 2014 yielded some not-so-surprising results. As horror fans, we didn’t have a lot to choose from at the cinema, but we certainly did at home.
The Video-on-Demand market allows us to spend less money on what we like and maybe take a few chances on movies we know nothing about. For instance the highly acclaimed “The Babadook” was released in the U.S. in only 3 theaters, but was simultaneously released on VOD the same day.
According to boxofficemojo.com “The Babadook” only grossed $618,103 theatrically in the U.S. It would seem that most people–this reporter included–watched it On Demand. As we head into 2015, you can be sure that film makers will be weighing their options and VOD might be considered a very viable market.
Even though “The Babadook” was at the top of many “best of” lists, the box office crowned “Annabelle” as its number one grossing horror movie of 2014. As a companion to 2013’s “The Conjuring”, audiences were excited to dish out cash to see the possessed doll in hopes the movie would capture the same creep factor of its predecessor. It didn’t. In fact, “Annabelle” barely made it to any “best of” lists this year, and it ranked 35 in overall box office, just under the comedy “Tammy”.
However, that didn’t stop it from raking in $37,134,255 on its opening weekend. With its production budget of $6,500,000, that still nets quite a profit. And it seems the industry is closing the gap between the movie theater and the couch; “Annabelle” was released theatrically on October 3rd, and available for digital download at Amazon.com on Dec. 16th; just 2 months later!
We here at iHorror are anxious to get 2015 started. Our own Patti Pauley has put together a list of 10 horror movies to watch for 2015. The question is; will the best horror movies be playing at the theater or streaming from our television sets? Let iHorror know what you think.
The top-grossing 2014 horror films are:
1) Annabelle—-$84,273,813 $6,500,000 (estimated budget)
2) The Purge: Anarchy—-$71,962,800 $9,000,000 (estimated budget)
3) Dracula Untold—-$55,991,880 $70,000,000 (estimated budget)
4) Ouija—-$50,856,010 $5,000,000 (estimated budget)
5) Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones—-$32,462,372 $5,000,000 (estimated budget)
6) Deliver Us From Evil—-$30,577,122 $30,000,000 (estimated budget)
7) Oculus—-$27,695,246 $5,000,000 (estimated budget)
8) As Above/So Below—-$21,321,100 (No Budget Given)
Box office grosses courtesy of boxofficemojo.com
Movie budgets are courtesy of IMDb.com