2017 has truly been a landmark year for horror films. Not only did good 'ole #IT absolutely slay at the box office this past month, but a bunch of other horror films smashed records as well. With two months still left of 2017, this has already been the best financial year for horror films in decades! So let's take a look at all the record smashing screams horror fans have had the pleasure of gazing over these past months.
Release Date: August 11, 2017
Budget: $15 million
Worldwide Box Office: $301 million
The creepy little girl who scared us to death in #TheConjuring and her own spin-off #Annabelle, came back to the big screen this past summer in a big way. Not only did the Annabelle prequel out gross its original by nearly $50 million, but it also propelled The Conjuring Universe past the pinnacle billion dollar mark - making it the first horror franchise in history to ever cross that magic number. Combined, the four films inspired by the Warren case files have grossed a whopping $1.1 billion. Sequels to The Conjuring and Annabelle, as well as a spin-off for The Nun are all in various stages of production. So expect more records to be conjured up at a theater near you.
Release Date: February 24, 2017
Budget: $4.5 million
Worldwide Box Office: $253 million
We have all experienced the nerves of meeting a significant others parents, but the anxiety was heightened in this year's #GetOut. Luckily for the creators behind the film, they need not worry. The film directed by Jordan Peele is the highest grossing debut ever for an African-American filmmaker. Not to mention, it is also the most profitable studio film of the year. Thankfully, Peele has plans to bring us another socially aware horror film, as he is tapped to partner with the same creative team yet again. *taps spoon on glass
'47 Meters Down'
Release Date: June 16, 2017
Budget: $5.5 million
Worldwide Box Office: $50 million
Now, while Get Out may have been the most profitable studio film of the year (snaps for Universal), the entertaining and thrilling Mandy Moore shark movie, #47MetersDown is the most profitable independent theatrical release thus far. The film, which was originally doomed for the direct-to-DVD graveyard, was swooped up last minute by Entertainment Studios who gave it theatrical release this past summer. For a film that was never intended for theaters, they did pretty alright. So well, in fact, that we are getting a sequel. So get your scuba gear ready for 48 Meters Down.
Release Date: January 20, 2017
Budget: $9 million
Worldwide Box Office: $278 million
The month of January is typically known as a dumping ground for studios to release their less than desirable creations. But this was not the case the M. Night Shyamalan thriller, #Split. Aside from solidifying Shyamalan's resurgence back into the mainstream, the film is the director's biggest genre hit since 2002's Signs. The $40 million dollar opening weekend cracked the top five for the month of January, and held onto the number one spot for three weeks. The Blumhouse produced project currently holds the record as the horror giant's top grossing release, surpassing #ParanormalActivity and Get Out.
Release Date: September 8, 2017
Budget: $35 million
Worldwide Box Office: $636 million
Following the unexpected $123 million opening weekend, which blew everyone out of the water, Pennywise snagged a number of massive records. The global cume has marked #IT as the highest grossing horror movie in history (not accounting for inflation). The opening weekend alone holds the number one records for an R-rated movie, September release, and horror movie ever. Period. Should It: Chapter Two, which drops in September 2019, perform in similar vein, the franchise will cross the billion dollar mark in no time at all. We all float down here.
At the time of this writing, the Lionsgate release of the Saw reboot #Jigsaw has yet to hit the big screen. As it currently stands, the seven films within the #Saw franchise have grossed a combined $873 million - ranking in about $125 million each on average. Should the crazy games of Jigsaw capture the attention of movie-going audiences yet again, the film's intake could potentially hurl the torture porn franchise into the billion dollar club. Making it the second horror franchise to do so, right behind the previously mentioned Conjuring saga.
Regardless, it's a good time to be a horror fan.
Which 2017 record breaker was your favorite? Slash us in the comments below!
(Source: Box Office Mojo)