Top 5 Grossing Horror Comedies

Scare You Until You Laugh

The combination of horror and comedy can be highly entertaining when done correctly. As many producers have discovered, this genre can also be extremely profitable. The below list contains the highest grossing horror comedies since 1980. They might not be the best, but audiences shelled out their hard-earned money to see them in movie theaters.

This list is through June 2013.

1. Ghostbusters

Ghostbusters was released in theaters on June 8, 1984 to a $13.5 million opener.   The movie, penned by two of its stars, Dan Aykroyd and Harold Ramis, went on to earn over $238 million.  According to the Internet Movie Database, Rick Moranis worked on the script but wasn’t credited.  Ghostbusters was nominated for two Academy Awards:  Best Visual Effects and Best Original Song, “Ghostbusters” by Ray Parker Jr.   The film also spawned a sequel and an animated TV series.

2. Scary Movie

Scary Movie opened in theaters on July 7, 2007 to an impressive $42 million.  The movie, which spoofed horror films such as Scream and I Know What You Did Last Summer, earned over $157 million during its theater run.  Although best recognized as a Wayans Brothers movie, there were actually six writers on the film.  In addition to Shawn and Marlon Wayans, Buddy Johnson, Phil Beauman, Jason Friedberg and Aaron Seltzer helped pen the parody.  The spoof won the Teen Choice Award for Movie of the Summer. 

3. Gremlins

Gremlins was released on the same day as Ghostbusters in the summer of 1984 to a slightly smaller audience, bringing in a solid $12.5 million.  Mogwai fever soon took hold and the movie went on to earn over $153 million.  Gremlins was written by Chris Columbus and Steven Spielberg executive produced.  Howie Mandel provided the voice for the adorable hero, Gizmo.

4. Ghostbusters II

The cast of the 1984 hit returned for Ghostbusters II which entered theaters on June 16, 1989.  The popularity of the original helped the second installment earn over $29 million its opening weekend.  Overall, the follow-up film grossed more than $112 million.  A third Ghostbusters movie is slated for 2012, but is not being written by Ramis and Aykroyd, as the first two had been.  However, the entire cast is rumored to return. 

5. Scary Movie 3

The success of the original Scary Movie led to four follow-ups, including Scary Movie 3 which opened on October 24, 2003.   It quickly took in more than $48 million and continued climbing to $110 million during its run.  The film was nominated for the Teen Choice Award for Movie Your Parents Didn’t Want You to See, losing out to another sequel, American Wedding

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sabrebIade 6 years ago from Pennsylvania

I agree with the list, but I'd have to add "Evil Dead".

I know it probably didn't make anywhere near the money Ghostbusters did though.


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Megavitamin 6 years ago Author

"Evil Dead" is 47th on the list. Here's the complete one: http://boxofficemojo.com/genres/chart/?id=horrorco...

Thanks for stopping by :0)


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Lgali 6 years ago

nice collection thanks


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Megavitamin 6 years ago Author

Thanks for checking in, Lgali!

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