The Highest-grossing Horror Movies of All Time
Horror films date back to the early 1900s, with Hollywood producing iconic movies such as Frankenstein (1931), Dracula (1931), and The Mummy (1932). Over time, this genre has evolved, expanding into sub-genres like slasher films and supernatural horrors.
The numbers in this graphic represent worldwide box office revenues. To compare revenue from these different time periods, all figures have been converted to 2022 USD. We used the CPI Inflation Calculator, a free tool created by Ian Webster.
The table below provides both dollar figures (inflation adjusted and non-adjusted).
|Movie||Released||Global Box Office Revenue|
|Adjusted for inflation
|The Silence of the Lambs||1991||$275,726,716||$592,459,852|
|It: Chapter Two||2019||$467,561,586||$535,226,330|
|The Blair Witch Project||1999||$248,300,000||$436,173,130|
|Bram Stoker's Dracula||1992||$215,862,666||$450,274,187|
|Interview with the Vampire||1994||$223,564,608||$441,481,017|
|Resident Evil: Afterlife||2010||$295,874,190||$397,096,652|
After accounting for inflation, we can conclude that The Exorcist (1973) and Jaws (1975) are the two highest-grossing horror movies of all time. Furthermore, both of these movies are the first of their respective franchises.
The Jaws Franchise
The original Jaws was directed by Steven Spielberg, and featured a mechanical shark named “Bruce”.
Several sequels were released in the following years, each with declining critical reception.
|Jaws 2 (1978)||51|
|Jaws 3-D (1983)||27|
|Jaws: The Revenge (1987)||15|
The Exorcist Franchise
The original Exorcist film was also a massive success, even being called “the scariest movie ever” by LIFE magazine.
While the sequels failed to recreate the original’s success, a new trilogy was announced in July 2021, directed by David Gordon Green. The first of this series, The Exorcist: Believer, was released on Oct. 6, 2023.
As of Oct. 29, the film has grossed $109 million worldwide.
The Top Horror Movies of 2023
While no titles from 2023 made it into the top 15 list, many of them have still been successful.
As of Oct. 29, The Nun II is the best performing horror flick of 2023, with $263 million in global box office revenue (current USD). Further behind is Insidious: The Red Door ($186M) and Scream VI ($169M).
How Much Do Americans Trust the Media?
Media trust among Americans has reached its lowest point since Trump won the 2016 presidential election.
How Much Do Americans Trust the Media?
Media trust among Americans has reached its lowest point in six years.
Gallup began its survey on media trust in 1972, repeating it in 1974 and 1976. After a long period, the public opinion firm restarted the polls in 1997 and has asked Americans about their confidence level in the mass media—newspapers, TV, and radio—almost every year since then.
The above graphic illustrates Gallup’s latest poll results, conducted in September 2023.
Americans’ Trust in Mass Media, 1972-2023
Americans’ confidence in the mass media has sharply declined over the last few decades.
|Trust in the mass media||% Great deal/Fair amount||% Not very much||% None at all|
In 2016, the number of respondents trusting media outlets fell below the tally of those who didn’t trust the media at all. This is the first time that has happened in the poll’s history.
That year was marked by sharp criticism of the media from then-presidential candidate Donald Trump.
In 2017, the use of the term ‘fake news’ rose by 365% on social media, and the term was named the word of the year by dictionary publisher Collins.
The Lack of Faith in Institutions and Social Media
Although there’s no single reason to explain the decline of trust in the traditional media, some studies point to potential drivers.
According to Michael Schudson, a sociologist and historian of the news media and a professor at the Columbia Journalism School, in the 1970s, faith in institutions like the White House or Congress began to decline, consequently impacting confidence in the media.
“That may have been a necessary corrective to a sense of complacency that had been creeping in—among the public and the news media—that allowed perhaps too much trust: we accepted President Eisenhower’s lies about the U-2 spy plane, President Kennedy’s lies about the ‘missile gap,’ President Johnson’s lies about the war in Vietnam, President Nixon’s lies about Watergate,”
Michael Schudson – Columbia Journalism School
More recently, the internet and social media have significantly changed how people consume media. The rise of platforms such as X/Twitter and Facebook have also disrupted the traditional media status quo.
Partisans’ Trust in Mass Media
Historically, Democrats have expressed more confidence in the media than Republicans.
Democrats’ trust, however, has fallen 12 points over the past year to 58%, compared with 11% among Republicans and 29% among independents.
According to Gallup, Republicans’ low confidence in the media has little room to worsen, but Democrat confidence could still deteriorate and bring the overall national reading down further.
The poll also shows that young Democrats have less confidence in the media than older Democrats, while Republicans are less varied in their views by age group.
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