The Box Office charts are not always a sign of quality, but they still have to say something about the movie. It must have at least some appeal to wider audiences, getting people to watch these movies. I’ve checked for the Top 12 highest grossing Box Office movies of all time, by domestic box office.
#12 – The Conjuring (2013)
It was branded one of the scariest movies of all time, scaring people all over the world. The Conjuring, directed by James Wan, follows Ed and Lorraine Warren, two paranormal investigators helping a haunted family. It brought the haunted house movies back to the big screen and made $137,400,141!
#11 – Split (2016)
Even though it’s new it is not the newest movie on this list. Also it is not the only M. Night. Shyamalan movie on this list. Split is about Kevin, played by James McAvoy, who has 23 different personalities. He kidnaps three girls to feed his new, 24th personality that will emerge soon. It was the comeback for Shyamalan and made him a stunning $138,136,855.
#10 – The Blair Witch Project (1999)
The movie that gave birth to the found footage craze that’s still going on today and for a long time the most profitable movie of all time. In The Blair Witch Project, three film students take a trip to the woods to document their search for the titular Blair Witch. They might have gone lost, but their found tapes earned them $140,539,099.
#9 – Gremlins (1984)
The only horror comedy in the Top 12. With great practical effects, Joe Dante brought the Gremlins to life. These little monsters tear a whole small town apart… And we get to watch it. The most fun you’ll ever have seeing people killed by fluffy small pets. It really deserved the $153,083,102 it made.
#8 – Get Out (2017)
Get Out is still in some theaters, to it might even climb up the list. Jordan Peele directed this Horror movie about a young African-American who’s visiting his Caucasian girlfriends family for the first time. And things go wrong. So far Jordan Peeles directorial debut made $173,013,555, but who knows where it will end.
#7 – World War Z (2013)
More action than horror, this is the Blockbuster adaptation of Max Brooks critically acclaimed novel of the same name. Brad Pitt plays Gerry Lane, an ex-UN employee who tries his best to get back to his family when the Zombie apocalypse starts. It’s the highest grossing Zombie movie of all time, making $202,359,711 in the box office.
#6 – Signs (2002)
The second Shyamalan on this list, but not the last. Mel Gibson and Joaquin Phoenix are a normal family living on a farm, when crop circles, Signs, appear. Will Aliens attack? I’m not sure, but I am sure that this confirmed Shyamalan as a household name in horror, earning him $227,966,634.
#5 – The Exorcist (1973)
The oldest movie on this list. And arguably the best. The Exorcist by WIlliam Friedkin shocked people then and still shocks people with the possession and following exorcism of sweet teenage girl Regan. While we’re never sure if the Demon is gone, we can surely say that it made $232,906,145.
#4 – War of the Worlds (2005)
Of course, when it comes to big blockbuster movies we have to see Steven Spielberg on the list. When earth is invaded by aliens, only Tom Cruise and his family can stop the invasion. While more action than horror, it sure has enough horrific elements to count and it’s on rank 4 because it earned $234,280,354 in the box office.
#3 – I am Legend (2007)
Fourth time’s the charme. The story of Robert Neville (played by Will Smith), who is the last man alive in a world full of vampire-like beings, was adapted 3 times before. But only one of them made it into the Top 12, by grossing $256,393,010.
#2 – Jaws (1975)
The mother of all Blockbusters, the original Blockbuster. Jaws is about this great white shark attacking the waters of Amity Island. Only Brody, Quint and Hooper can safe the town by killing this shark. For some time it was the highest grossing movie of all time. And to this day it’s the second highest grossing horror movie of all time, making $260,000,000.
#1 – The Sixth Sense (1999)
Here we are, the highest grossing movie of all time. Shyamalan seems to be the king of the horror-box-office. In The Sixth Sense he scares, shocks and surprises people, all in the span of under two hours. Bruce Willis, playing a child psychologist named Dr. Malcolm Crowe, tries to help out a boy who can see dead people. I can’t tell you if he can really see them, but I can tell you this movie made $293,506,292.
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