Sometimes movies are so surprisingly successful it’s scary. Though many blockbusters these days are action movies or superhero movies, horror movies still get plenty of box-office love. And because so many horror movies can be made on shoestring budgets, the profit margin on a major hit can really make everyone involved scream with joy.
Definitions of the horror genre vary. Does there need to be gore? Can aliens can join in without it becoming sci-fi? We stuck to a broad, traditional approach that cuts across categories. Our list includes tons of scares, lots of twists, loads of screaming and, of course, plenty of carnage.
These are the most successful horror films of all time, ranked by net profit.