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‘Annabelle: Creation’ (Not ‘Get Out’) is the Most Profitable Horror Film of the Year

‘Annabelle: Creation’ (Not ‘Get Out’) is the Most Profitable Horror Film of the Year

With September officially here, so comes with it the talk of Halloween. This is the time of year all of the press come out of the woodwork and pretend to be huge horror fans, boasting about our beloved genre as if they live it day in and day out like we do. With New Line Cinema’s IT positioned to explode at the box office next weekend, Pennywise will soon be the toast of the town, with clowns dominating the conversation around water coolers through most of the month.

IT will most likely overshadow another huge horror event that’s been in the works for months now; two other horror films are battling out for the honor of “most profitable horror film of the year.” Many press outlets were quick to anoint Jordan Peele‘s Get Out as the champion and put a crown on the low-budget Universal/Blumhouse production. The film absolutely dominated the box office, pulling in $252,434,250  worldwide. It was a tremendous success for both Universal and us horror fans. It proves horror is not only profitable but it’s alive and well, and every studio should be working to make their own genre blockbuster.

Thankfully, New Line Cinema has been paying attention. While they’re poised to win the year with their expensive adaptation of Stephen King’s IT, they’ve also been incredibly active in crafting their low-budget Conjuring universe that was created by the great James Wan. We’ve been reporting for weeks now (to protest and objection) that David F. Sandberg‘s Annabelle: Creation was going to steal the crown from Get Out.

Well, the time has come to crown the new king as Annabelle: Creation has just surpassed Get Out with a worldwide gross of $253,375,598.

Even though Get Out‘s budget was only $5 million, Annabelle: Creation‘s was a mere $15 million. That $10 million may seem substantial in a single breath but when you’re talking about $250 million worldwide it’s microscopic. Also, Get Out did much better here in the States, while Creation was heavily international. This isn’t fine-tooth comb reporting as we don’t know the exact breakdown, but Creation is still in theaters here in the States, and could potentially pull in another $10 million. It’s also continuing to roll through the worldwide box office and will pull tens of millions more. New Line Cinema’s Conjuring spinoff has quietly become the most profitable horror film of the year.

As a horror fan, the only thing that really matters is that our genre is hot as ever. While the box office stories dominating the press this morning are about how awful this summer was for the studios, we’re talking about two phenomenal horror films making $250 million in the box office all the while New Line’s two-headed monster is only a week out. We’re putting the studios on notice: big or small budget, it doesn’t matter – if you make a good horror movie, the world is going to show up. It’s time for the studios to step up and start supporting our genre instead of treating it like it’s some sort of burden not worthy of their time and energy.



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  • Addam Lewis

    if Get Out cost a third as much to make as Annabelle: Creation and only made a fraction less then how was Annabelle: Creation “more profitable”? like it technically made a small amount more money, but it also cost the studio three times as much, meaning it overall had a smaller return?

    also “As a horror fan, the only thing that really matters is that our genre is hot as ever.” is a ludicrous statement to make… Get Out was much more than just a scary horror movie. this whole article just reads like someone going “WELL, ACTUALLY” and still managing to completely miss the importance of Get Out and of Get Out doing so well in the box office.

    • Agree

    • Biscoito18

      “”As a horror fan, the only thing that really matters is that our genre is hot as ever.” is a ludicrous statement to make… Get Out was much more than just a scary horror movie. ”

      I think that’s why he put “as a horror fan” at the beginning. And as a horror fan it’s good to see that both a social horror film and a possessed doll film are well accepted by the public. If you want one to stand out over another, it’s because you are more interested in using horror to make social comment than to praise the genre as a whole.

      • Addam Lewis

        Acting like I’m not a “true horror fan” because I think it’s important to acknowledge that Get Out is a landmark movie in horror history because of its social commentary is just petty. I think it’s amazing that horror is being used to make valuable social commentary on society, and that should be celebrated, rather than reduced or belittled, and I think it’s more important than a movie about a possessed doll. Movies about race have a long history of being belittled and rejected and that’s a big reason why Get Out’s success is so important.

        • Biscoito18

          Calm down. I did not say you’re not a true fan of horror. I said that he is right to say that looking at the situation just as a fan of horror, this is something positive.
          There’s nothing wrong with wanting more horror movies with social commentary.The problem is wanting only this style to stand out because you think it’s more important.
          Both films have provided what the public expected, and should be praised for it. And both are horror movies, so there’s no reason for a horror fan (in general) to be disappointed in that.

          • Addam Lewis

            I think we’re going to have to agree to disagree because to be honest, I do think a movie about social commentary is more important than just another sequel in a franchise, and I don’t see an issue with that. Besides, the main reason for my original comment wasn’t that I don’t want Annabelle to make a profit, I have no problem with that, but that I don’t think the author of the article acknowledged at all why Get Out is an important movie. I was criticising this piece of journalism, not the film itself.

          • Biscoito18

            I don’t care what you think is most important. What catches my attention is how you want to repress the writer of an article because you think it did not give the necessary importance to what you think is most important. He is speaking to everyone, not just you.
            There are people who do not care about social commentary in their films and the author is trying to be impartial and emphasize that this news is good for both sides. But as you are spoiled, you criticize him as if he had a duty to emphasize what you think is important.

          • Addam Lewis

            I’m not “repressing” anyone, I was just commenting what I think. If you don’t care what I think, then I don’t know why you’re bothering to talk to me about it.

          • Biscoito18

            I thought about not responding but sometimes I get tired seeing so many people looking for reasons to criticize someone’s work.

            Correction: I don’t know if you’re spoiled, but you sure are acting like one, for me.

          • Addam Lewis

            The comment section’s free, I just said what I honestly think. The writer’s a big boy, I’m sure he can handle someone not agreeing with him.

          • Biscoito18

            I agree, but just because he’s a big boy, we don’t have to act like a little kid.

        • Mike tantatelli

          It wasn’t social commentary. It was a persons opinion that all white people wish they were black. Opinion, not commentary. Big difference.

          • WondrousPoop

            It’s honestly hilarious you think that’s the message of the movie. You’re precious.

  • Creepshow

    Actually it’s pretty disheartening when a spin-off sequel/prequel beats out original work.

    • Elizabeth

      At least it wasn’t a crappy reboot. I’m happy people are seeing horror movies, even if they aren’t all the good ones. It takes time to grow into being a horror fan. I thought Critters was the height of cinema in middle school.

      • Creepshow

        It kinda was a reboot. They needed a better prequel to try to right the ship. : )

        • Elizabeth

          A reboot of a prequel to a spinoff from a series? I think they’re trying to give me a headache.

          • Creepshow

            Nobody likes headaches, or paying for them. I look at it as I avoided two headaches, by not exposing myself to these films.

          • Elizabeth

            The first one was pretty awful. I only watched it because a friend bought it on Vudu (we share an account). That’s probably what will happen with the latest one.

          • Saturn

            The first Annabelle movie was horrendous, happily the new one is vastly superior in all ways.
            I’d recommend giving it a theatre viewing if you get the chance.

          • Saturn

            Well wait until we get the sequel to prequel, and it’s chair spin-off movie franchise which will be a secret Venom prequel in the same universe as Blair Witch.

          • Elizabeth

            I’m surprised we haven’t already seen a speculative announcement.

      • Mike tantatelli

        Critters was good, still is imo. Lol

  • Jay Bennett

    Everyone on the site might differ on their opinions of Get Out, but we can all admit it exceeds the creativity of Annabelle by miles (and things actually happen in Get Out), however both made money so alls fine.

    • Cure4Humanity

      Yeah, me personally, I was very underwhelmed by Get Out. That being said, it was creative and I give them serious credit for going somewhere different with the film.

      • Jay Bennett

        I thought it was fine, not the best of 2017 so far as many call it, but an enjoyable watch that I probably wont see again for a while at least.

  • Mark

    errm sorry to burst your bubble bloody-disgusting but you clearly can not do maths…..creation cost $10 million more to produce so when you look at the worldwide gross of both movies Get Out actually made more money since it cost $10 million less

    That’s like saying then a movie that cost $10 million and then another that cost $100 million and the one that cost $100 million made only $2 million more at the worldwide boxoffice so that’s the WINNER or the one who made more money when clearly it did not

    • Elizabeth

      I think they’re going by what had the highest box office draw rather than net profit. It just wasn’t stated very well.

  • David Pollison

    I’m sure they spent a heck of a lot more on advertising on Annabelle.

  • WondrousPoop

    So many things to say but I don’t have all day so I’ll simply ask: why not just celebrate both horror successes without your weirdly obsessive agenda involved?

  • Necro

    I just hope this trend continues forward! I hope 2018 is even better than this year!

  • Disappointed but not surprised. Jigsaw will probably break box office records too and be shite.

    • WondrousPoop

      Be Shit? Yes? Break records? No.

      • It seems to be a trend lately though that horror is doing well in the box office because casual fans eat up the marketing and rush out for a cheap scare. Annabelle is a perfect example… the first movie was fucking terrible but look how well this one did! I can see Jigsaw getting hyped up a lot after the hiatus and people rushing out to see it after seeing all the “Halloween means Saw HURRR” shite on TV

        • WondrousPoop

          Jigsaw is tracking incredibly low right now. It’s gonna come and go just as Blair Witch did.

          • Ahh I didn’t know that. Honestly I don’t expect much from it so I wouldn’t be surprised

          • WondrousPoop

            Looking like another Blair Witch situation.

          • Jay Bennett

            The reason the saw series initially died was because people got bored of it and looked in the direction of something different (at the time was found footage), I’m hoping thats the case for jigsaw since current found footage is not good at all and its been a while since a gore-fest has his mainstream theatres, so at least for opening week it might make a lot. The quality will depend on whether it goes on in later weeks.

          • Saw was great fun and exciting, but when it became all about how disturbing the traps were it lost the plot. I stuck with it because I was genuinely interested in the story and how it would come together, but otherwise I lost interest after 3. I’ll check Jigsaw out, but judging by the footage so far it really doesn’t look like they’ve learned much.

          • Jay Bennett

            I’m a pretty big Saw fan but I’ll admit it lost it after 3, however they still made enjoyable watches, good or bad. From the trailer Jigsaw looks a little self-aware of the stories madness, I’m expecting the movie to be average at a push making back its budget, putting a coffin in the series for good…. or at least another 8 years.

          • Saturn

            Yeah, I have a feeling that Jigsaw may flop.
            It could do okay in it’s first week and then just plummet.

  • Necro

    I know it’s a good year when the any other time ‘gradual’ fans that I know all of a sudden act like they’re hardcore fans and that they’ve always been!

  • Francesco Falciani

    it won’t hit the 100M mark but wow great result

    • Angela M Campany

      ‘IT’ (on Friday) maybe a partial reason why too, based on what Box Office Guru said on it’s final take projections , but i’m pulling for her too ! Nice accolade either way .

  • Biscoito18

    Why be disappointed with this? Regardless of who profited the most, it’s a great incentive for the industry in relation to both horror styles.

    • Angela M Campany

      Amen !! I will die a ‘ Horror’ fan even when i can’t hear the dialogue on my TV no longer . HA !

    • Josh_the_Jawa

      Very true, but Hollywood will probably just use this as further proof that sequels are more desirable than original IP. However, seeing as awful box office was for a summer of mostly sequels, maybe that will convonce Hollywood to take a step back on these questionable cinematic universes (looking at you Dark Universe and Hasbroverse).

  • Angela M Campany

    Happy for Annabelle she was my Horror queen in 2017 ! Loved everything about it. Now bring on ‘IT ‘. That too should be huge ,domestic & WW . #Support’IT’Please

    • Saturn

      IT?
      What’s that one about?

      • Angela M Campany

        Ha.

      • The Drucifer

        Confusing pronouns…

  • zombie79

    Wait… what about “Split”? $276M on a budget of $10M? It’s highly likely that “Annabelle: Creation” will pass that as well in the next month, but it’s still the champ right now. Honestly though, I agree with those who say the box office comparisons don’t matter – it’s the quality of the movies and all 3 were great. We should celebrate all of them and their relative successes. Good horror is getting rewarded! 🙂

    • Angela M Campany

      Good to see people supporting the genre we hold near and dear !

  • Josh_the_Jawa

    Still haven’t seen it, but I am really looking forward to the Crooked Man film. I’ve always been fascinated with the fold lore surrounding him. And given the popularity of Slenderman its easy to see that people do have an interest in that sort of concept.

    • Will Ft. Daft Punk

      Is the film a sequel to the made for TV Crooked Man that aired last year?

      • Josh_the_Jawa

        Nope. The Crooked Man is creature from Old English (and German) folklore. He’s been in some made for TV stuff yeah, but he’s also been in the Conjuring 2 (hence the spin-off movie), as well as the Hellboy comics, and the game The Wolf Among Us based off the Fables comics.

        • Will Ft. Daft Punk

          Got it. I thought you were talking about the Sci Fi that came out last October. Yes, I remember the character from the 2nd Conjuring now. I hadn’t heard there was another spin off in the works.

          • Josh_the_Jawa

            No worries. I do recommend looking up some history on the Crooked Man. Pretty neat stuff.

          • Saturn

            There are 3 that we know of : The Nun, The Crooked Man, The Chair.

  • Anthony DeRouen

    Annabelle Creation had great production value, but I was shocked at how thin the plot was and how very little character development it had. For me the gold standard for modern horror is Sinister. As a fledgling filmmaker that is what I’m aspiring to create.

    • Brian McNatt

      High five, fellow surprisingly rare Sinister fan!

      • Saturn

        Bloody Sinister fans, you let one or two in and then they take over….
        Build a wall is what I say!

        😉

        Sinister was good.

    • Biscoito18

      Sinister is great!

    • Sinister was/is a fantastic and unique horror movie and one of my favourites, it’s a shame that they missed the trick by giving it a sub-par sequel

  • thegunshow

    “It” will devastate this.

    • Gabreya Bradley

      And “It” did!

  • Mayday

    Well that sucks. Get Out was a genuinely good film. Annabelle: Creation was regurgitated cookie-cutter PG-13 garbage that will keep telling studios to spend money on the same bland shit instead of giving more unique movies a chance. General movie audiences ruin it for true horror fans.

    • WondrousPoop

      People supported both. That’s a win. Relax your crack sweetems.

    • Cure4Humanity

      For true horror fans? If you thought Get Out was true horror then you just don’t know wtf you’re talking about.

      • They didn’t actually say that Get Out was true horror

        • Cure4Humanity

          It’s pretty well implied if he’s indicating “true horror fans” are the ones who would like Get Out.

          • Mayday

            Get Out was true horror – it was throwback film to those like Rosemary’s Baby. And, if nothing else, it was different than the Xerox copies we keep getting like Annabelle. If you can’t reconcile Get Out as being horror then you’re the one who doesn’t know WTF you’re talking about.

          • Cure4Humanity

            I never said it wasn’t “horror”, my point is that he’s acting like people that didn’t enjoy the film aren’t horror fans. But thanks for the white knighting you pretentious twat. Maybe have some semblance of idea what the conversation persists to before opening your mouth.

        • Delaren Siverson

          He compared the two and said annabelle has surpassed get out as the number one horror movie of the year. So, yeah, he did call get out a horror movie

    • KSE1977

      Both movies were entertaining, not sure why one doing well somehow overshadows how well the other one did. Really no point in comparing the two movies. Scary dolls will generally win out. This was also a substantially better movie than the first Annabell.

    • Necro

      ‘Annabelle: Creation’ was rated R!

  • RedNeoCon

    1. Get Out was a terrible film.

    2. IT’s box office will be total shit.

    • WondrousPoop

      1. Nah.

      2. Nah. $70 million domestic opening weekend expected.

      Enjoy your weekend.

      • James

        Exactly

    • boxcar182

      I thought Get Out was dumb too. But I think IT will be huge.

    • Cure4Humanity

      I didn’t care that much for Get Out…but you’re delusional if you think It’s box office numbers will be shit.

      • RedNeoCon

        It’s box office will bomb. Reasons?

        1. It’s Labor Day week, people are traveling.
        2. NFL/College football are in full swing this weekend.
        3. Hurricane Harvey leftovers.
        4. Hurricane Irma to destroy Florida.
        5. Gasoline prices are high AF, driving will be minimal. ($2.90 here)
        6. September (along with January) is the dead zone month for film releases as everything this month tanks.
        7. Bad Stephen King word of mouth from the Dark Tower.

        If this film came out the first weekend in October, I’d give it praise, but the odds are stacked against it. Somewhere between $20-29 mil at the most.

    • Well aren’t you just a bundle of joy

    • Necro

      Opinions vary!

  • Ocelot006 .

    None of this math adds up.

  • J Jett

    i’ve read many comments on this article here regarding sequels vs. more original films.
    if you are wanting to watch a VERY original and completely refreshing horror/comedy i highly recommend DAVE MADE A MAZE.

    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt4457344/?ref_=nv_sr_4

    i’m not even kidding it’s one of THE most original and 100% creative movies i’ve ever seen. i won’t spoil anything but as the film goes on (the protagonists are working their way through i maze, duh. LOL) the rooms/traps/situations they encounter got more and more creative and amazing. there’s heads cut off, people impaled, etc. but it’s not shown in a way you may expect. (sorry to sound mysterious! LOL). my point is give this film a shot if you want an amazing and refreshing and a genuinely good horror/comedy.

    • Saturn

      I’ll second that – I watched Dave last week and absolutely loved it.
      I did fear that it would run out of steam half way through but the movie kept doing enough “different” things in it to keep my attention until the end.
      It’s going to become a cult favourite.
      I’d highly recommend it.

      Oh, and J, “High Five”.

      • J Jett

        Saturn, exactly!! the deeper we/they get into the maze it gets more and more creative!

    • I read about this a while ago and loved the trailer, it reminds me of a dark comedy version of Michel Gondry’s The Science of Sleep. Definitely going to check it out soon!

    • Jay Bennett

      Checking this out tonight.

  • WondrousPoop

    You aren’t bright.

  • Alanmac

    Something made more money than Get Out? Uh oh! That’s probably racist somehow. We’ll have to wait for Amy Schumer or Samantha Bee to tell us.

  • Jay Bennett

    I know almost everything thinkable has been said in this comment section, but its cool how such a large audience saw a horror in a month that wasnt october. Big win for horror.

  • The chicken man

    81 comments as of this post. That must mean much love for both films!
    Right?
    Lol.

  • Michael Blackney

    I loved both of these movies but I liked Annabelle Creation just that little tiny bit more. I am happy both made plenty of money and feel they both deserved it. It’s a good time to be a horror fan. 🙂

  • I loved both but like someone said I also loved Annabelle Creation a bit more.
    Get Out is amazing, one of the best movies of the year, but it could be have a stronger final act.

    • Necro

      Yeah Pedro my only little gripe with ‘Get Out’ is the final act.

      • I wanted more thrilling and intense scenes during the final act, like a big and crazy chase.

        • Necro

          I wanted him to gut that bitch! Stomp her face to a pulp or something brutally violent like that! She deserved it for being the ‘bait’ for them.

          • Yes, the final act could be gruesome!

  • Charles Schmeltz

    2017 is be remember as the year horror finally returned to the mainstream. While Hollywood as a whole suffered a historically drop in revenue and attendance, horror saw some of its best successes and critical reception in over a decade. Back to back commercial hits and gems. Just a few examples include…

    Split- $276 Million WW
    Resident Evil 6: !!!$312 MILLION WW!!!
    Get Out- $252 Million WW
    Annabelle Creation- $253 Million WW and counting
    Alien: Covenant- $233 Million WW

    While Resident Evil received a typically mixed reception, and Alien Covenant’s inflated budget keeps it from being an actual hit, most horror outing this year saw amazing returns and has brought respect and class back to horror.

    • Necro

      Yes Sir! Fuckin right I love seeing that! The fact that I’ll have a random idiot/moron approach me and say stupid shit like “Oh come on man Horror sucks!” or they’ll comment on my shirt (for which I have 64 different shirts all with a different Horror movie/character on them) “Seriously? Hellraiser was stupid, in fact all that shit is stupid!” To be able to throw statistics and/or anything financial at them is glorious to me! I can’t change their opinion, but at the same time numbers never lie either!

    • Gabreya Bradley

      Now you can add “IT” to the list. 🙂

  • blackie_chan

    Get Out is not horror

    • WondrousPoop

      Why?

      • blackie_chan

        because it’s a social thriller

  • Michael Edgar

    This feels like an unwarranted attack on a movie that is far more powerful than a big-budget doll prequel. The mention of “Get Out” seems arbitrary, like do you have a problem with “Get Out”, and it’s success? Sure seems like it

    • Delaren Siverson

      I totally agree. Not even remotely warranted.

  • Justin Anthony

    Get Out was terrible…

    • Delaren Siverson

      99% of movie critics disagree. Ijs.

      • Justin Anthony

        I can’t argue with that. But… same with Don’t Breathe I thought Get Out was completely Un-original and I fgured the movie out within 5 minutes. I fell asleep twice watching it b4 I could finally make it through the bore fest.

  • Shellraiser

    How is Get Out not a Horror film? Its about a cult of people that sacrifices others for their gain. That’s kind of Horror 101 right?

  • Delaren Siverson

    Get out wasn’t a horror movie.

    • WondrousPoop

      Why?

      • Delaren Siverson

        When I think horror, I think Jason or Freddy Krueger. I think exorcist or leatherface. 2 me get out was more suspense thriller then horror. Also, horror usually inpiles possessed beings, violent, gory murders, evil, satanic things, hot, dumb teens in dumb situations, lol, stuff like that.

        • Necro

          There are a lot of sub-genres in Horror. I do however see your point about suspense/thrillers. Sometimes films sit right on that debatable/opinionated very thin line of Suspense/Thriller or Horror. Some examples: ‘Don’t Breathe’, ‘Seven’, ‘Suspect Zero’, ‘Kiss the Girls’, ‘The Bone Collector’, and the most popular ‘The Silence of the Lambs’ etc. I can see where you’re coming from about ‘Get Out’, I personally think it’s a Horror film, but I can see.

          • Delaren Siverson

            I, too ,c ur point. It just never entered my mind that. it was a horror piece, but i guess it can be viewed as such, just not the same caliber horror as i mentioned.

          • Necro

            No doubt!

  • JackJonston24

    And this is why the world is wrong,the fact that a fresh,well made movie is trumped by an unoriginal,regurgited piece of shit full of cliches and bad everything from writing to acting .

  • Glitchiee Glitch

    the only true horror is how predictable and absolutely stupid “get out” was
    aaaaaaaand here we go with the (youre a racist) comments lol

  • BreeBennett

    I’m happy both are successful and horror is getting a lot of praise. But I liked Annabelle 2 more, I was surprised how good it was.

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