Top 35 Highest-Grossing R-Rated Horror Films

by IMDb-Editors | last updated - 2 months ago

It broke box office records last week, becoming the highest-grossing R-rated horror film to date. What 1973 horror classic slipped to second place? Check out the full list to find out. Looking for a darker horror film? How many have you seen? (updated 9/26/2017)

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Bobby Campo in The Final Destination (2009)

35. The Final Destination (2009)

Domestic Gross: $66,477,700

Opening Weekend: $27,408,309

IMDb Rating: 5.2

Plot: After a young man's premonition of a deadly race-car crash helps saves the lives of his peers, Death sets out to collect those who evaded their fate.

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Arnold Schwarzenegger and Gabriel Byrne in End of Days (1999)

34. End of Days (1999)

Domestic Gross: $66,889,043

Opening Weekend: $20,523,595

IMDb Rating: 5.7

Plot: With the millennium approaching, a series of disturbing signs suggests that Satan has returned to Earth and is walking the streets of New York City in search of a woman to bear his child.

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Wesley Snipes in Blade (1998)

33. Blade (1998)

Domestic Gross: $70,087,718

Opening Weekend: $17,073,856

IMDb Rating: 7.1

Plot: A half-mortal, half-immortal is out to avenge his mother's death and rid the world of vampires.

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Jennifer Love Hewitt and Freddie Prinze Jr. in I Know What You Did Last Summer (1997)

32. I Know What You Did Last Summer (1997)

Domestic Gross: $72,586,134

Opening Weekend: $15,818,645

IMDb Rating: 5.6

Plot: After an accident on a winding road, four teens make the fatal mistake of dumping their victim's body into the sea. But exactly one year later, the dead man returns from his watery grave looking for more than an apology.

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Elisabeth Shue in Hollow Man (2000)

31. Hollow Man (2000)

Domestic Gross: $73,209,340

Opening Weekend: $26,414,386

IMDb Rating: 5.7

Plot: Scientist Sebastian Caine develops a serum that induces complete invisibility. His irreversible transformation results in unimaginable power that suffocates his sense of morality and leads to a deadly conclusion.

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Stellan Skarsgård in Deep Blue Sea (1999)

30. Deep Blue Sea (1999)

Domestic Gross: $73,648,142

Opening Weekend: $19,107,643

IMDb Rating: 5.8

Plot: Searching for a cure to Alzheimer's disease, a group of scientists on an isolated research facility become the prey, as a trio of intelligent sharks fight back.

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Carmen Ejogo, Amy Seimetz, and Benjamin Rigby in Alien: Covenant (2017)

29. Alien: Covenant (2017)

Domestic Gross: $74,262,031

Opening Weekend: $36,160,621

IMDb Rating: 6.5

Plot: The crew of a colony ship, bound for a remote planet, discover an uncharted paradise with a threat beyond their imagination.

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Jesse Eisenberg in Zombieland (2009)

28. Zombieland (2009)

Domestic Gross: $75,590,286

Opening Weekend: $24,733,155

IMDb Rating: 7.7

Plot: A shy college student trying to reach his family in Ohio, a gun-toting tough guy trying to find the last Twinkie, and a pair of sisters trying to get to an amusement park join forces to travel across a zombie-infested America.

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Keanu Reeves, Djimon Hounsou, and Shia LaBeouf in Constantine (2005)

27. Constantine (2005)

Domestic Gross: $75,976,178

Opening Weekend: $29,769,098

IMDb Rating: 6.9

Plot: Supernatural detective John Constantine helps a policewoman prove her sister's death was not a suicide, but something more.

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Tobin Bell in Saw III (2006)

26. Saw III (2006)

Domestic Gross: $80,238,724

Opening Weekend: $33,610,391

IMDb Rating: 6.2

Plot: Dr. Lynn Denlon becomes a pawn in the Jigsaw Killer's latest gory game.

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Andrew Bryniarski in The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2003)

25. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2003)

Domestic Gross: $80,571,655

Opening Weekend: $28,094,014

IMDb Rating: 6.2

Plot: After picking up a traumatized young hitchhiker, five friends find themselves hunted by a deformed chainsaw-wielding killer and his family of murderous psychopaths.

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John Hurt in Alien (1979)

24. Alien (1979)

Domestic Gross: $80,931,801

Opening Weekend: $3,527,881

IMDb Rating: 8.5

Plot: In deep space, the crew of the commercial starship Nostromo is awakened from their cryo-sleep capsules halfway through their journey home to investigate a distress call from an alien vessel. Terror ensues.

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Ron Perlman, Wesley Snipes, and Danny John-Jules in Blade II (2002)

23. Blade II (2002)

Domestic Gross: $82,348,319

Opening Weekend: $32,528,016

IMDb Rating: 6.7

Plot: Blade forms an uneasy alliance with the vampire council in order to combat the Reapers, mutated vampires who are feeding on both humans and other vampires.

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Sadie Frost in Bram Stoker's Dracula (1992)

22. Bram Stoker's Dracula (1992)

Domestic Gross: $82,522,790

Opening Weekend: $30,521,679

IMDb Rating: 7.5

Plot: Centuries-old vampire Count Dracula heads to London in search of a woman who looks like his long-dead wife and vampire hunter Dr. Van Helsing sets out to drive the vampire away.

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Robert Englund in Freddy vs. Jason (2003)

21. Freddy vs. Jason (2003)

Domestic Gross: $82,622,655

Opening Weekend: $36,428,066

IMDb Rating: 5.8

Plot: Freddy Krueger and Jason Voorhees return to terrorize the teenage population. Except this time, they're out to get each other, too.

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Annabelle (2014)

20. Annabelle (2014)

Domestic Gross: $84,273,813

Opening Weekend: $37,134,255

IMDb Rating: 5.4

Plot: A couple begins to experience terrifying supernatural occurrences involving a vintage doll shortly after their home is invaded by satanic cultists.

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Paranormal Activity 2 (2010)

19. Paranormal Activity 2 (2010)

Domestic Gross: $84,752,907

Opening Weekend: $40,678,424

IMDb Rating: 5.7

Plot: After experiencing what they think are a series of break-ins, a family sets up security cameras around their home, only to realize that the events unfolding before them are more sinister than they seem.

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Sigourney Weaver in Aliens (1986)

18. Aliens (1986)

Domestic Gross: $85,160,248

Opening Weekend: $10,052,042

IMDb Rating: 8.4

Plot: After floating in space for 57 years, Lt. Ripley's shuttle is found by a deep space salvage team. Upon arriving at LV-426, the marines find only one survivor, a nine year old girl named Newt. But even these battle-hardened marines are no match for the aliens that have invaded the colony.

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James Brolin and Margot Kidder in The Amityville Horror (1979)

17. The Amityville Horror (1979)

Domestic Gross: $86,432,000

Opening Weekend: $7,843,467

IMDb Rating: 6.2

Plot: A family is terrorized by supernatural forces when they move into a new house in Amityville, New York which was the scene of a recent mass killing and the home of an 18th-century satanist.

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Saw II (2005)

16. Saw II (2005)

Domestic Gross: $87,039,965

Opening Weekend: $31,725,652

IMDb Rating: 6.6

Plot: A detective and his team must rescue eight people trapped in a factory by the twisted serial killer known as Jigsaw.

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Neve Campbell and David Arquette in Scream 3 (2000)

15. Scream 3 (2000)

Domestic Gross: $89,143,175

Opening Weekend: $34,713,342

IMDb Rating: 5.5

Plot: While Sidney and her friends visit the Hollywood set of Stab 3, the third film based on the Woodsboro murders, a new Ghostface terrorizes them once again.

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Stephen Lang in Don't Breathe (2016)

14. Don't Breathe (2016)

Domestic Gross: $89,217,875

Opening Weekend: $26,411,706

IMDb Rating: 7.2

Plot: Hoping to walk away with a massive fortune, a trio of thieves break into the house of a blind man who isn't as helpless as he seems.

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Johnny Depp, Ian McDiarmid, Michael Gambon, and Richard Griffiths in Sleepy Hollow (1999)

13. Sleepy Hollow (1999)

Domestic Gross: $101,071,502

Opening Weekend: $30,060,467

IMDb Rating: 7.4

Plot: Ichabod Crane is sent to Sleepy Hollow to investigate a series of murders, with the culprit being the legendary apparition, the Headless Horseman.

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Lulu Wilson in Annabelle: Creation (2017)

12. Annabelle: Creation (2017)

Domestic Gross: $101,104,430

Opening Weekend: $35,006,404

IMDb Rating: 6.8

Plot: 12 years after the tragic death of their little girl, a dollmaker and his wife welcome a nun and several girls from a shuttered orphanage into their home, where they soon become the target of the dollmaker's possessed creation, Annabelle.

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Courteney Cox in Scream 2 (1997)

11. Scream 2 (1997)

Domestic Gross: $101,363,301

Opening Weekend: $32,926,342

IMDb Rating: 6.1

Plot: Two years after the first series of murders, a new psychopath dons the Ghostface costume and a new string of killings begins.

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Bonnie Aarons and Vera Farmiga in The Conjuring 2 (2016)

10. The Conjuring 2 (2016)

Domestic Gross: $102,470,008

Opening Weekend: $40,406,314

IMDb Rating: 7.4

Plot: Ed and Lorraine Warren travel to North London to help a single mother raising four children alone in a house plagued by a supernatural spirit.

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Scream (1996)

9. Scream (1996)

Domestic Gross: $103,046,663

Opening Weekend: $6,354,586

IMDb Rating: 7.2

Plot: A year after the murder of her mother, a teenage girl is terrorized by a new killer, who targets the girl and her friends by using horror films as part of a deadly game.

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Jessica Tyler Brown in Paranormal Activity 3 (2011)

8. Paranormal Activity 3 (2011)

Domestic Gross: $104,028,807

Opening Weekend: $52,568,183

IMDb Rating: 5.8

Plot: In 1988, young sisters Katie and Kristi befriend an invisible entity who resides in their home.

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Brad Pitt, Tom Cruise, and Kirsten Dunst in Interview with the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles (1994)

7. Interview with the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles (1994)

Domestic Gross: $105,264,608

Opening Weekend: $36,389,705

IMDb Rating: 7.6

Plot: Louis, a 200-year-old vampire, tells his epic life story of love, betrayal, loneliness, and hunger.

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Paranormal Activity (2007)

6. Paranormal Activity (2007)

Domestic Gross: $107,918,810

Opening Weekend: $77,873

IMDb Rating: 6.3

Plot: After moving into a suburban home, a couple becomes increasingly disturbed by a nightly demonic presence.

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Lili Taylor in The Conjuring (2013)

5. The Conjuring (2013)

Domestic Gross: $137,400,141

Opening Weekend: $41,855,326

IMDb Rating: 7.5

Plot: Paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren work to help a family terrorized by a dark presence in their farmhouse.

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Heather Donahue in The Blair Witch Project (1999)

4. The Blair Witch Project (1999)

Domestic Gross: $140,539,099

Opening Weekend: $1,512,054

IMDb Rating: 6.4

Plot: Three film students vanish after traveling into a Maryland forest to film a documentary on the local Blair Witch legend, leaving only their footage behind.

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Daniel Kaluuya in Get Out (2017)

3. Get Out (2017)

Domestic Gross: $175,484,140

Opening Weekend: $33,377,060

IMDb Rating: 7.8

Plot: Chris and his girlfriend, Rose travel upstate to meet her parents. At first, Chris reads the family's overly accommodating behavior as nervous attempts to deal with their daughter's interracial relationship, but as the weekend progresses, a series of increasingly disturbing discoveries lead him to a truth that he never could have imagined.

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Linda Blair in The Exorcist (1973)

2. The Exorcist (1973)

Domestic Gross: $232,906,145

IMDb Rating: 8.0 Plot: When a girl is possessed by a mysterious entity, her mother seeks the help of two priests to save her daughter.

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Bill Skarsgård in It (2017)

1. It (2017)

Domestic Gross: $266,096,375

Opening Weekend: $123,403,419

IMDb Rating: 8.0

Plot: A group of bullied kids band together when a shape-shifting demon, taking the appearance of a clown, begins hunting children.