26 Most Successful Horror Film Franchises

by IMDb-Editors | last updated - 11 months ago

We crunched the numbers: Here's a countdown of the 26 highest-earning horror movie franchises according to unadjusted domestic box office gross.

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Amanda Bearse, Roddy McDowall, Chris Sarandon, and William Ragsdale in Fright Night (1985)

26. Fright Night $46.2 million

Number of films: 3

First film: Fright Night (1985) $24.9 million

Highest-grossing film: Fright Night (1985) $24.9 million

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Simon Bamford, Doug Bradley, and Grace Kirby in Hellraiser (1987)

25. Hellraiser $48.5 million

Number of films: 4

First film: Hellraiser (1987) $14.6 million

Highest-grossing film: Hellraiser (1987) $14.6 million

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Ellen Sandweiss in The Evil Dead (1981)

24. Evil Dead $74.1 million

Number of films: 4

First film: The Evil Dead (1981) $2.4 million

Highest-grossing film: Evil Dead (2013) $54.2 million

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Ethan Hawke in Sinister (2012)

23. Sinister $75.8 million

Number of films: 2

First film: Sinister (2012) $48.1 million

Highest-grossing film: Sinister (2012) $48.1 million

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22. Psycho $102.7 million

Number of films: 4

First film: Psycho (1960) $32.0 million

Highest-grossing film: Psycho II (1983) $34.7 million

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Alex Vincent in Child's Play (1988)

21. Child's Play $126.1 million

Number of films: 5

First film: Child's Play (1988) $33.2 million

Highest-grossing film: Child's Play (1988) $33.2 million

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Harvey Stephens stars as Damien

20. The Omen $162.5 million

Number of films: 4

First film: The Omen (1976) $60.9 million

Highest-grossing film: The Omen (1976) $60.9 million

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

19. Amityville $170.5 million

Number of films: 4

First film: The Amityville Horror (1979) $86.4 million

Highest-grossing film: The Amityville Horror (1979) $86.4 million

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Heather O'Rourke in Poltergeist (1982)

18. Poltergeist $179.7 million

Number of films: 4

First film: Poltergeist (1982) $76.6 million

Highest-grossing film: Poltergeist (1982) $76.6 million

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Lin Shaye, Rose Byrne, Patrick Wilson, and Leigh Whannell in Insidious (2010)

17. Insidious $189.8 million

Number of films: 3

First film: Insidious (2010) $54.0 million

Highest-grossing film: Insidious: Chapter 2 (2013) $83.6 million

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Gunnar Hansen in The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974)

16. Texas Chainsaw Massacre $199.3 million

Number of films: 8

First film: The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974) $30.9 million

Highest-grossing film: The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2003) $80.6 million

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Wesley Snipes in Blade (1998)

15. Blade $204.8 million

Number of films: 3

First film: Blade (1998) $70.1 million

Highest-grossing film: Blade II (2002) $82.3 million

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14. The Purge $215.5 million

Number of films: 3

First film: The Purge (2013) $64.5 million

Highest-grossing film: The Purge: Election Year (2016) $79.0 million

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Kate Beckinsale and Scott Speedman in Underworld (2003)

13. Underworld $222.4 million

Number of films: 4

First film: Underworld (2003) $52.0 million

Highest-grossing film: Underworld Awakening (2012) $62.3 million

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12. Resident Evil $244.4 million

Number of films: 5

First film: Resident Evil (2002) $40.1 million

Highest-grossing film: Resident Evil: Afterlife (2010) $60.1 million

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Devon Sawa, Ali Larter, and Kerr Smith in Final Destination (2000)

11. Final Destination $263.5 million

Number of films: 5

First film: Final Destination (2000) $53.3 million

Highest-grossing film: The Final Destination (2009) $66.5 million

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Linda Blair, Max von Sydow, and Jason Miller in The Exorcist (1973)

10. The Exorcist $331.6 million

Number of films: 6

First film: The Exorcist (1973) $193.0 million

Highest-grossing film: The Exorcist (1973) $193.0 million

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Jamie Lee Curtis, Nick Castle, Claudia Myers, Claudia Myers, and Claudia Myers in Halloween (1978)

9. Halloween $308.5 million

Number of films: 10

First film: Halloween (1978) $47.0 million

Highest-grossing film: Halloween (2007) $58.2 million

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Vera Farmiga and Kyla Deaver in The Conjuring (2013)

8. The Conjuring $324.1 million

Number of films: 3

First film: The Conjuring (2013) $137.4 million

Highest-grossing film: The Conjuring (2013) $137.4 million

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Neve Campbell, Courteney Cox, and Jamie Kennedy in Scream (1996)

7. Scream $331.7 million

Number of films: 4

First film: Scream (1996) $103.0 million

Highest-grossing film: Scream (1996) $103.0 million

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Robert Englund and Heather Langenkamp in A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)

6. A Nightmare on Elm Street $370.5 million

Number of films: 9

First film: A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984) $25.5 million

Highest-grossing film: Freddy vs. Jason (2003) $82.6 million

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Adrienne King and Betsy Palmer in Friday the 13th (1980)

5. Friday the 13th $380.6 million

Number of films: 12

First film: Friday the 13th (1980) $39.8 million

Highest-grossing film: Freddy vs. Jason (2003) $82.6 million

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Katie Featherston and Micah Sloat in Paranormal Activity (2007)

4. Paranormal Activity $401.4 million

Number of films: 6

First film: Paranormal Activity (2007) $107.9 million

Highest-grossing film: Paranormal Activity (2007) $107.9 million

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Richard Dreyfuss, Roy Scheider, and Robert Shaw in Jaws (1975)

3. Jaws $408.0 million

Number of films: 5

First film: Jaws (1975) $260.0 million

Highest-grossing film: Jaws (1975) $260.0 million

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Danny Glover and Ned Bellamy in Saw (2004)

2. Saw $415.9 million

Number of films: 7

First film: Saw (2004) $45.7 million

Highest-grossing film: Saw II (2005) $87.0 million

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Sigourney Weaver, Ian Holm, John Hurt, and Tom Skerritt in Alien (1979)

1. Alien $515.9 million

Number of films: 7

First film: Alien (1979) $78.9 million

Highest-grossing film: Prometheus (2012) $126.5 million