The 22 Most Successful Blumhouse movies Tell Us A Lot About What Horror Fans Like To Watch

Blumhouse are a horror movie giant. From The Purge to Insidious and Paranormal Activity, Blumhouse are the biggest producer of scares and cash in horror Hollywood. Their simple approach — make a scary film for peanuts and sell it like the rent is due — has made many creatively low-budget horrors and enormous pots of cash. Check out the most successful Blumhouse horror movies.

The Purge Franchise


Franchise Profit: $275,000,000

1. The Purge

  • Released: 2013
  • Budget: $3M
  • Box Office: $89M
  • Profit: $86M (2,867%)

2. The Purge: Anarchy

  • Released: 2014
  • Budget: $9M
  • Box Office: $112M
  • Profit: $103M (1,144%)

3. The Purge: Election Year

  • Released: 2016
  • Budget: $10M
  • Box Office: $96M
  • Profit: $86M (860%)

The Insidious Franchise


Franchise Profit: $355,500,000

4. Insidious

  • Released: 2011
  • Budget: $1.5M
  • Box Office: $97M
  • Profit: $95.5M (6,366%)

5. Insidious: Chapter 2

  • Released: 2013
  • Budget: $5M
  • Box Office: $162M
  • Profit: $157M (3,140%)

6. Insidious: Chapter 3

  • Released: 2015
  • Budget: $10M
  • Box Office: $113M
  • Profit: $103M (1,030%)
  • Insidious 4 released October 20, 2017

The Sinister Franchise


Franchise Profit: $118,000,000

7. Sinister

  • Released: 2012
  • Budget: $3M
  • Box Office: $78M
  • Profit: $75M (2,500%)

8. Sinister 2

  • Released: 2015
  • Budget: $10M
  • Box Office: $53M
  • Profit: $43M (430%)

Paranormal Activity Franchise


Franchise Profit: $860,985,000

In the way that Nightmare on Elm Street generated New Line Cinema so much cash it became affectionately known as ‘The House That Freddy Built’, Paranormal Activity evolved Blumhouse to a moderate filmmaker to a giant horror powerhouse. With over a million percent profit, the first Paranormal Activity has the highest profit percentage of all Blumhouse movies, and kickstarted a franchise worth nearly a billion dollars.

9. Paranormal Activity

  • Released: 2009
  • Budget: $15,000
  • Box Office: $193M
  • Profit: $192,985,000 (1,286,566%)

10. Paranormal Activity 2

  • Released: 2010
  • Budget: $3M
  • Box Office: $177M
  • Profit: $174M (5,800%)

11. Paranormal Activity 3

  • Released: 2011
  • Budget: $5M
  • Box Office: $207M
  • Profit: $202M (4,040%)

12. Paranormal Activity 4

  • Released: 2012
  • Budget: $5M
  • Box Office: $143M
  • Profit: $138M (2,760%)

13. Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones

  • Released: 2014
  • Budget: $5M
  • Box Office: $91M
  • Profit: $86M (1,720%)

14. Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension

  • Released: 2015
  • Budget: $10M
  • Box Office: $78M
  • Profit: $68M (680%)

Non-Franchise Horror Movies


15. The Visit

  • Released: 2015
  • Budget: $5M
  • Box Office: $99M
  • Profit: $94M (1,880%)

16. The Gift

  • Released: 2015
  • Budget: $5M
  • Box Office: $59M
  • Profit: $54M (1080%)

17. The Lazarus Effect

  • Released: 2015
  • Budget: $3.3M
  • Box Office: $38.4M
  • Profit: $35.1M (1063%)

18. Dark Skies

  • Released: 2013
  • Budget: $3.5M
  • Box Office: $26M
  • Profit: $22.5M (643%)

19. Unfriended

  • Released: 2015
  • Budget: $1M
  • Box Office: $64M
  • Profit: $63M (6,300%)

20. Ouija

  • Released: 2014
  • Budget: $5M
  • Box Office: $104M
  • Profit: $99M (1,980%)
  • Ouija 2: Origin of Evil released October 21, 2016

21. Oculus

  • Released: 2014
  • Budget: $5M
  • Box Office: $44M
  • Profit: $39M (780%)

22. The Gallows

  • Released: 2015
  • Budget: $100,000
  • Box Office: $43M
  • Profit: $42.9M (42900%)

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Blumhouse’s most successful movies in summary:

  • Highest Profit %: Paranormal Activity (1,286,566%)
  • Highest Profit: Paranormal Activity 3 ($202M)
  • Most Successful Franchise: Paranormal Activity Franchise ($860,985,000)
  • Most Successful Non-Franchise Horror (Profit): Ouija ($99M)
  • Most Successful Non-Franchise Horror (Profit %): The Gallows (42,900%)

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A note on the math: I haven’t adjusted any figures for inflation because the time span is only the last seven years (the last five years for the majority of movies on this list). Final figures have been slightly rounded up for ease of reading.

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