How Big Was ‘The Conjuring’? It’s Now the Third Highest Grossing Supernatural Horror EVER.

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New Line Cinema and Warner Bros. Pictures took a gamble, rolled the dice, and tossed out a horror movie mid-summer. Typically, the house wins on that bet, but not this summer.

James Wan’s The Conjuring (read our review) was a massive hit — and not just hit, but a hugely, successful, monstrous hit.

Wan, who has said he’s retired from horror (for now), is exiting on top. Beyond The Conjuring, Wan (and his writing partner Leigh Whannell) are responsible for both the Saw and Insidious franchises. Not too shabby.

But looking at The Conjuring‘s box office breakdown, you have to wonder/hope that Warners and New Line re-release the Amityville Horror-inspired haunter for the Halloween season. Why? Well, it’s only $3M from topping the 1999 The Blair Witch Project as the fourth highest grossing supernatural horror movie of all-time (domestically)!

To put its $137M in perspective, the 2002 The Ring was highly considered one of the biggest horror films in the past decade – and that “only” took in $129M domestically. How does Paranormal Activity stand up next to Conjuring? PA made $107M, which is huge considering any horror film topping $100M is a big deal.

BUT $137M? WOW. While biting at the ankles of Blair Witch, Conjuring is currently behind What Lies Beneath ($155M), The Exorcist ($232M) and The Sixth Sense ($293M), not taking inflation into account.

It gets a bit more insane when you look at the international numbers, which put The Conjuring on the cusp on $300M. When comparing to the aforementioned films, The Conjuring is now the third highest grossing supernatural horror film ever, only behind The Exorcist and The Sixth Sense.

While I think people understand that Wan’s film was a success, I don’t think people truly understand just how enormous it was. The big lesson is that horror can work in the summer. The bigger lesson is that – take it from Jason Voorhees – horror lives, and won’t ever die.

  • anthonyd1

    This movie deserved all of this success. Horror movies will never die and there will always be an audience for horror. It will always be my favorite genre. This is such exciting news especially for horror films these days

  • ThunderDragoon

    Couldn’t have said it better, anthonyd1.

  • RubenVeritas

    Such a shame when it was such generic horse shit. I am still stunned how people continue to praise this film so much.

  • Ultrazilla

    I’m a little perplexed by its success as well, as I didn’t think it was fantastic…but I did think it was a solid effort. I wouldn’t call it “generic horse shit”, but I enjoyed everything up until the Exorcist rip off ending.

  • horrorking95

    I suppose that this means that there will be at least 7 more sequels. I did really like The Conjuring though, it’s very well executed. However, You’re Next is my favourite of the year so far.

  • Vadicta

    Jason actually is kind of dead :P

  • TwoNinetyNine

    The movie had a ton of hype and was just a tad above mediocre. I guess that’s enough to please mainstream movie watchers. However, I think if hardcore horror collectors and fans were polled on how much they valued the movie, you would see much different statistics. Box office statistics alone make it the third most grossing, but that doesn’t mean that all of those people adored the movie. They just shelled out $20 to see it.

  • woodchuck

    I just got done watching this movie and while it did have a couple good scares it just came off as jesus freak propaganda to me. What it doesn’t say is how much the Warrens probably profited from scamming fools all those years. Also, the trailer said “It’s not a haunting” but that’s all it was, another ghost story. I thought it was supposed to be demonic but all they did was cast out some old witch’s ghost.

  • EnzFab

    But wouldn’t POLTERGEIST if adjusted for inflation top this one? The movie grossed over $76 million domestically back in 1982.

    Although I liked this film, I do think it is over-rated as everything in it, has been done before, and IMO, has been done much better. I saw this film once and once was enough for me.