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  • The Highest-Grossing Horror Movies Of All Time

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    JawsLow-budget horror movies have been killing it (no pun intended) at the box office over the past year.
    "The Conjuring," which cost $20 million to make, soared with a $42 million opening weekend. The most expensive film in the "Paranormal Activity" franchise has cost $5 million to make.
    One things clear, audiences have a hunger for horror.
    In honor of the holidays, we've compiled the highest-grossing horror movies at the box office. 
    Despite the newer crop of box-office hits, it's the older movies — "Jaws" and "The Exorcist" — that still reign supreme over time at theaters.

    Left off this list are horror comedies including "Ghostbusters," the "Scary Movie" franchise, and "Gremlins" and thrillers like "Se7en."

    The list has been compiled according to worldwide grosses.20. "The Final Destination": $186.2 million (2009)

    Estimated budget: $40 million
    (Source: Box Office Mojo)
    19. "The Grudge": $187.3 million (2004)
    Estimated budget: $10 million
    (Source: Box Office Mojo)
    18. "Jaws 2": $187.9 million (1978)
    Estimated budget: $20 million
    (Source: Box Office Mojo / IMDBpro)
    17. "Paranormal Activity": $193.4 million (2009)
    Estimated budget: $15,000
    (Source: Box Office Mojo)
    16. "Sleepy Hollow": $206 million (1999)
    Page 2 of 4 - Estimated budget: $100 million
    (Source: Box Office Mojo)
    15. "Paranormal Activity 3": $207 million (2011)
    Estimated budget: $5 million
    (Source: Box Office Mojo)
    14. "The Others": $209.9 million (2001)
    Estimated budget: $17 million
    (Source: Box Office Mojo)
    13. "Bram Stoker's Dracula": $215.9 million (1992)
    Estimated budget: $40 million 
    (Source: Box Office Mojo)
    12. "Interview with the Vampire": $223.7 million (1994)
    Estimated budget: $60 million
    (Source: Box Office Mojo)
    11. "The Blair Witch Project": $248.6 million (1999)
    Estimated budget: $60,000
    (Source: Box Office Mojo)
    10. "The Ring": $249.3 million (2002)
    Estimated budget: $48 million
    (Source: Box Office Mojo)
    9. "The Village": $256.7 million (2004)
    Estimated budget: $60 million
    (Source: Box Office Mojo)
    8. "Silence of the Lambs": $272.7 million (1991)
    Estimated budget: $19 million 
    (Source: Box Office Mojo)
    7. "What Lies Beneath": $291.4 million (2000)
    Estimated budget: $100 million
    (Source: Box Office Mojo)
    6. "Shutter Island": $294.8 million
    Estimated budget: $80 million
    Page 3 of 4 - (Source: Box Office Mojo)
    5. "Van Helsing": $300.3 million (2004)
    Estimated budget: $160 million 
    (Source: Box Office Mojo)
    4. "The Conjuring": $312 million (2013)
    Estimated budget: $20 million
    (Source: Box Office Mojo)
    3. "The Exorcist": $441.3 million (1973)
    Estimated budget: $10.5 million
    (Source: Box Office Mojo / IMDBpro)
    2. "Jaws": $470.7 million (1975)
    Estimated budget: $7 million 
    (Source: Box Office Mojo
    1. "The Sixth Sense": $672.8 million (1999)
    Estimated budget: $40 million
    (Source: Box Office Mojo)
    We've also compiled a quick list of the highest-grossing movies according to inflation.
    All of these numbers are for domestic figures, not worldwide grosses.
    What's notable here is how many movies differ on this list including the additions of "Psycho," "The Amityville Horror," and "Poltergeist." Those films don't have any overseas box office amounts recorded. The most recent films on the list are three from the '90s and, what may come as a surprise, a Harrison Ford DreamWorks' scare.
    1. "Jaws" (1975): $1 billion
    2. "The Exorcist (1973): $830.8 million
    3. "The Sixth Sense" (1999): $463.5 million
    4. "Psycho" (1960): $343.5 million
    5. "The Amityville Horror" (1979): $277 million
    6. "Jaws 2" (1978): $267.4 million 
    Page 4 of 4 - 7. "What Lies Beneath" (2000): $232.2 million 
    8. "The Blair Witch Project" (1999): $222.7 million
    9. "Poltergeist" (1982): $209.8 million
    10. "Interview with the Vampire" (1994): $202.3 million
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