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These are Hollywood’s most bankable horror franchises

A scene from the movie ‘Jaws.’A scene from the movie ‘Jaws.’
A scene from the movie ‘Jaws.’Photograph by Universal Pictures/Getty Images

With Fright Night just around the corner, now is the time to curl up (with a pillow to cover your eyes) and watch blood and guts explode on your screen.

To help you do that, here are the top-grossing horror franchises of all time, according to CNBC. Jaws is the best selling franchise (adjusted for inflation). Here are the others:

  1. Jaws (4 films): $1.52 billion
  2. The Exorcist (5 films): $1.09 billion
  3. Alien (7 films): $945.4 million
  4. Friday the 13th (12 films): $778.1 million
  5. Nightmare on Elm Street (9 films): $660.8 million
  6. Halloween (10 films): $627.6 million
  7. Scream (4): $551.5 million
  8. Saw (7 films): $513.5 million
  9. Paranormal Activity (5 films): $409.6 million
  10. Resident Evil (5): $298 million


The National Retail Federation reports that the average adult expects to spend $74 this Halloween. That amount is slighter lower than the average for 2014.

Total spending in 2015 will top $6.9 billion, the NRF says, and we’ll shell out $1.2 billion this year on adult costumes—and yes, that includes the sexy ones.