The Top Grossing Horror Films of 2016!?

The Top Grossing Horror Films of 2016!?

Wondering what were the 10 Highest Grossing Horror Films of 2016? This list provides the total for each film at the domestic US box office in its theatrical performance. Some of you may have underestimated number one film in the top spot. Enjoy our countdown and briefly, share what your thoughts were for each horror film in this list if you can.


Top Grossing Horror Movies of 2016!

  1. The Shallows (2016)

    • $55 million

    • The Shallows (2016) did pretty well making into the Top 10, but I did not expect it any higher on this list.

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    • The Shallows (2016)

      Directed by Jaume Collet-Serra


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      Official Synopsis: In the taut thriller The Shallows, when Nancy (Blake Lively) is surfing on a secluded beach, she finds herself on the feeding ground of a great white shark. Though she is stranded only 200 yards from shore, survival proves to be the ultimate test of wills, requiring all of Nancy's ingenuity, resourcefulness, and fortitude.
      Cast: Brett Cullen, Óscar Jaenada, Óscar Jaenada, Joseph Salas, Blake Lively, Sedona Legge, Angelo Jose, Lozano Corzo, Jose Manual, Trujillo Salas,…
      Genres: Horror, Thriller, Drama

  2. Boo! A Madea Halloween (2016)

    • $66 million

    • Boo! A Madea Halloween (2016) is one film I passed up on watching. To me, the Madea movies are far too overrated; that is my opinion.

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    • Boo! A Madea Halloween (2016)

      Directed by Tyler Perry


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      Official Synopsis: In BOO! A MADEA HALLOWEEN, Tyler Perry returns as Madea to set the neighborhood straight on Halloween night. While trying to keep an eye on a few misbehaving teens who are planning a wild Halloween night party she is spooked by ghosts, killers, poltergeists, zombies and spirits. Giving them all a piece of her mind and fists, Madea must maintain order and sanity as she spends this hilarious, haunted Halloween night fighting off goons and goblins.
      Cast: Todd Davis, Joey Nappo, Chris Mason, Bill Humphries, Aaron Beelner, Bella Thorne, Tyler Perry, John West Jr., Jason Vail, Ahmed…
      Genres: Horror, Drama, Comedy

  3. Lights Out (2016)

    • $67 million

    • David F. Sandberg‘s Lights Out (2016) film delivered the scares based on the original scary horror short film.

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    • Lights Out (2016)

      Directed by David F. Sandberg


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      Official Synopsis: A man called Paul is working after hours and is murdered by a supernatural entity in the shadow. When his son, the boy Martin, is frightened by the same creature, he sees his mother Sophie talking to an imaginary friend called Diana in the shadow of her room. Martin does not sleep anymore during the night. His older step sister Rebecca who lives alone is summoned by the social assistant. She brings Martin home and recalls her own experience with Diana years ago when she was young. Rebecca and her boyfriend Bret investigate the connection of Sophie with Diana and come up to a scary revelation about their past.
      Cast: Billy Burke, Maria Bello, Teresa Palmer, Alicia Vela-Bailey, Alexander DiPersia, Gabriel Bateman, Emily Alyn Lind, Maria Russell, Amiah Miller, Lotta…
      Genres: Horror, Thriller

  4. The Girl on the Train (2016)

    • $71 million

    • Based on the Novel by Paula Hawkins, The Girl on the Train (2016) is not an outright horror film but the subject matter and elements of this film bring it close enough to be included in this list.

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    • The Girl on the Train (2016)

      Directed by Tate Taylor


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      Official Synopsis: The Girl on the Train is the story of Rachel Watson's life post-divorce. Every day, she takes the train in to work in New York, and every day the train passes by her old house. The house she lived in with her husband, who still lives there, with his new wife and child. As she attempts to not focus on her pain, she starts watching a couple who live a few houses down -- Megan and Scott Hipwell. She creates a wonderful dream life for them in her head, about how they are a perfect happy family. And then one day, as the train passes, she sees something shocking, filling her with rage. The next day, she wakes up with a horrible hangover, various wounds and bruises, and no memory of the night before. She has only a feeling: something bad happened. Then come the TV reports: Megan Hipwell is missing. Rachel becomes invested in the case and trying to find out what happened to Megan, where she is, and what exactly she herself was up to that same night Megan went missing.
      Cast: Johnny Otto, Luke Evans, Emily Blunt, Haley Bennett, Doris McCarthy, Allison Janney, Marko Caka, Faith Logan, Edgar Ramírez, Rebecca Ferguson,…
      Genres: Thriller, Drama, Mystery, Crime

  5. 10 Cloverfield Lane (2016)

    • $72 million

    • This horror film 10 Cloverfield Lane (2016), was announced out of nowhere and took many horror fans by surprise. Thanks to a terrific marketing plan, the box office release was a success.

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    • 10 Cloverfield Lane (2016)

      Directed by Dan Trachtenberg


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      Official Synopsis: After a car accident, Michelle awakens to find herself in a mysterious bunker with two men named Howard and Emmett. Howard offers her a pair of crutches to help her remain mobile with her leg injury sustained from the car crash and tells her to "get good on those" before leaving the bunker. She has been given the information that there has been an alien attack and the outside world is poisoned. However, Howard and Emmett's intentions soon become questionable and Michelle is faced with a question: Is it better in here or out there?
      Cast: John Goodman, Douglas M. Griffin, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Bradley Cooper, Kayla Bechor, John Gallagher Jr., Sumalee Montano, Cindy Hogan, Jamie…
      Genres: Horror, Thriller, Drama, Sci-Fi, Action, Mystery

  6. The Purge: Election Year (2016)

    • $79 million

    • The Purge: Election Year (2016) continued down the right path and progressed "The Purge" story down the right path while making more money for the studios and producers, success.

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    • The Purge: Election Year (2016)

      Directed by James DeMonaco


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      Official Synopsis: It's been two years since Leo Barnes (Frank Grillo) stopped himself from a regrettable act of revenge on Purge Night. Now serving as head of security for Senator Charlie Roan (Elizabeth Mitchell), his mission is to protect her in a run for president and survive the annual ritual that targets the poor and innocent. But when a betrayal forces them onto the streets of D.C. on the one night when no help is available, they must stay alive until dawn...or both be sacrificed for their sins against the state.
      Cast: Frank Grillo, Edwin Hodge, Nick Principe, Jon Douglas Rainey, Ethan Phillips, John Franchi, Rosemary Howard, Morgan Strebler, Alysson Da Silva,…
      Genres: Horror, Thriller, Sci-Fi, Action

  7. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children (2016)

    • $83 million

    • Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children (2016) was helmed by Tim Burton and a great friendly film.

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    • Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children (2016)

      Directed by Tim Burton


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      Official Synopsis: When Jacob discovers clues to a mystery that spans different worlds and times, he finds a magical place known as Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children. But the mystery and danger deepen as he gets to know the residents and learns about their special powers... and their powerful enemies. Ultimately, Jacob discovers that only his own special "peculiarity" can save his new friends.
      Cast: Samuel L. Jackson, Terence Stamp, Francesca Bennett, Julie Eagleton, Kornelia Horvath, Patricia Winker, Allison Janney, Neil Broome, Brooke Jaye Taylor,…
      Genres: Thriller, Drama, Fantasy, Adventure, Family

  8. Don’t Breathe (2016)

    • $89 million

    • Director Fede Alvarez and actress Jane Levy return to the horror genre after the Evil Dead remake / Evil Dead (2013). What a thrilling and twisted story this was.

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    • Don't Breathe (2016)

      Directed by Fede Alvarez


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      Official Synopsis: Rocky, a young woman wanting to start a better life for her and her sister, agrees to take part in the robbery of a house owned by a wealthy blind man with her boyfriend Money and their friend Alex. But when the blind man turns out to be a more ruthless adversary than he seems, the group must find a way to escape his home before they become his latest victims.
      Cast: Dylan Minnette, Jane Levy, Stephen Lang, Michael Haase, Daniel Zovatto, Katia Bokor, Brak Little, Russell Norcross, Nickolai Stoilov, Dayna Clark,…
      Genres: Horror, Thriller, Crime

  9. The Conjuring 2 (2016)

    • $102 million

    • James Wan came back to the horror genre and pushed the genre further with a horrifying film in The Conjuring 2 (2016).

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    • The Conjuring 2: The Enfield Poltergeist (2016)

      Directed by James Wan


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      Official Synopsis: In 1977, paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren travel to London, England, where single mother Peggy Hodgson believes that something evil is in her home. When Peggy's youngest daughter starts showing signs of demonic possession, Ed and Lorraine attempt to help the besieged girl, only to find themselves targeted by the malicious spirits.
      Cast: Javier Botet, Patrick Wilson, Robin Atkin Downes, Jamie Soricelli, David Thewlis, Joseph Bishara, Jesse Michael Fullington, Steve Coulter, Vera Farmiga,…
      Genres: Horror, Thriller, Mystery

  10. Ghostbusters (2016)

    • $128 million

    • Paul Feig‘s Ghostbusters (2016) with its all-female cast had some of the harshest reviews from critics but still managed to top this list as the highest grossing horror film of 2016.

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    • Ghostbusters (2016)

      Directed by Paul Feig


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      Official Synopsis: Paranormal researcher Abby Yates and physicist Erin Gilbert are trying to prove that ghosts exist in modern society. When strange apparitions appear in Manhattan, Gilbert and Yates turn to engineer Jillian Holtzmann for help. Also joining the team is Patty Tolan, a lifelong New Yorker who knows the city inside and out. Armed with proton packs and plenty of attitude, the four women prepare for an epic battle as more than 1,000 mischievous ghouls descend on Times Square.
      Cast: Sigourney Weaver, Mark Falvo, Joseph Oliveira, Chris Hemsworth, Charles Dance, Ernie Hudson, Dan Aykroyd, Bill Murray, Pat Kiernan, Al Roker,…
      Genres: Sci-Fi, Action, Fantasy, Comedy