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The Highest-Grossing Horror Movies of All Time



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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.

In celebration of Halloween this year, we’ve ranked the top 15 highest-grossing horror movies of all time, using data from The Numbers.

Data Overview

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).

MovieReleasedGlobal Box Office Revenue
(USD millions)
Adjusted for inflation
(USD millions)
The Exorcist1973$428,824,083$2,826,528,589
Jaws 21978$208,900,376$937,667,387
The Silence of the Lambs1991$275,726,716$592,459,852
It: Chapter Two2019$467,561,586$535,226,330
The Blair Witch Project1999$248,300,000$436,173,130
Bram Stoker's Dracula1992$215,862,666$450,274,187
Interview with the Vampire1994$223,564,608$441,481,017
The Nun2018$363,391,647$423,312,046
The Ring2002$248,218,486$403,794,263
The Conjuring2013$316,479,150$397,581,826
Resident Evil: Afterlife2010$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.

TitleMetacritic Score
Jaws (1975)87
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).

Where does this data come from?

Source: The Numbers

Data notes: Ranking was accessed on October 29, 2023. Please note that this data source is updated daily, and that the ranking will change over time. Lastly, amounts are inflation-adjusted to the date of release. Successful films continue earning some box office revenue as time goes on, so there are some slight limitations to this approach.

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The Largest Earthquakes in the New York Area (1970-2024)

The earthquake that shook buildings across New York in April 2024 was the third-largest quake in the Northeast U.S. over the past 50 years.



Map of earthquakes with a magnitude of 4.0 or greater recorded in the northeastern U.S. since 1970.

The Largest Earthquakes in the New York Area

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The 4.8 magnitude earthquake that shook buildings across New York on Friday, April 5th, 2024 was the third-largest quake in the U.S. Northeast area over the past 50 years.

In this map, we illustrate earthquakes with a magnitude of 4.0 or greater recorded in the Northeastern U.S. since 1970, according to the United States Geological Survey (USGS).

Shallow Quakes and Older Buildings

The earthquake that struck the U.S. Northeast in April 2024 was felt by millions of people from Washington, D.C., to north of Boston. It even caused a full ground stop at Newark Airport.

The quake, occurring just 5 km beneath the Earth’s surface, was considered shallow, which is what contributed to more intense shaking at the surface.

According to the USGS, rocks in the eastern U.S. are significantly older, denser, and harder than those on the western side, compressed by time. This makes them more efficient conduits for seismic energy. Additionally, buildings in the Northeast tend to be older and may not adhere to the latest earthquake codes.

Despite disrupting work and school life, the earthquake was considered minor, according to the Michigan Technological University magnitude scale:

MagnitudeEarthquake EffectsEstimated Number
Each Year
2.5 or lessUsually not felt, but can be
recorded by seismograph.
2.5 to 5.4Often felt, but only causes
minor damage.
5.5 to 6.0Slight damage to buildings
and other structures.
6.1 to 6.9May cause a lot of damage
in very populated areas.
7.0 to 7.9Major earthquake.
Serious damage.
8.0 or greaterGreat earthquake. Can totally
destroy communities near the
One every year
or two

The largest earthquake felt in the area over the past 50 years was a 5.3 magnitude quake that occurred in Au Sable Forks, New York, in 2002. It damaged houses and cracked roads in a remote corner of the Adirondack Mountains, but caused no injuries.

April 20, 20025.3Au Sable ForksNew York
October 7, 19835.1NewcombNew York
April 5, 20244.8Whitehouse StationNew Jersey
October 16, 20124.7Hollis CenterMaine
January 16, 19944.6Sinking SpringPennsylvania
January 19, 19824.5SanborntonNew Hampshire
September 25, 19984.5AdamsvillePennsylvania
June 9, 19754.2AltonaNew York
May 29, 19834.2PeruMaine
April 23, 19844.2ConestogaPennsylvania
January 16, 19944.2Sinking SpringPennsylvania
November 3, 19754Long LakeNew York
June 17, 19914WorcesterNew York

The largest earthquake in U.S. history, however, was the 1964 Good Friday quake in Alaska, measuring 9.2 magnitude and killing 131 people.

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