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9 Christmas Horror Movies That Scared Up Box Office, From 'Gremlins' to 'Black Christmas' (Photos)

Dec 1, 2021

Top-grossing holiday shock-fests that have inspired ho-ho-horror — before this month’s ”Black Christmas“ remake

A look at top-grossing holiday shock-fests that have inspired ho-ho-horror — including last year’s “Black Christmas” remake.

9. “Silent Night” (2012) 

Opening: $9,779

Cumulative: $14,567

Malcolm McDowell, Jaime King and Donal Logue star in the film about a murderous Santa who picks off people one by one.

8. “Better Watch Out” (2016) 

Opening: $12,569 

Cumulative: $20,369

Olivia DeJonge plays a babysitter who must protect a 12-year-old boy after a home invasion while his parents are out at a holiday party.

7. “Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale” (2010) 

Opening: $9,281

Cumulative: $236,347

The film follows a group of people living near the Korvatunturi mountain who discover the secret behind Santa Claus.

6. “Anna and the Apocalypse” (2018)

Opening: $52,588 
Cumulative: $545,597

In this comedic musical with grossout touches, a teenager and her friends ward off the zombie apocalypse when it comes at Christmas-time.


5. “Silent Night, Deadly Night” (1984) 

Opening: $1.4 million 
Cumulative: $2.5 million

In the slasher film, a young boy loses his parents and years later becomes a spree killer in a Santa costume.

4. “Black Christmas” (2019) 

Opening: $4.2 million
Cumulative: $10.4 million 

A second remake of a 1974 Canadian film, starring Imogen Poots, Aleyse Shannon, Lily Donoghue and Brittany O’Grady, this slasher film about sorority sisters fighting off a stalker takes a stab at feminist themes.

3. “Black Christmas” (2006) 

Opening: $3.7 million 
Cumulative: $16.3 million

Michelle Trachtenberg, Lacey Chabert and Katie Cassidy star in the slasher film about sorority girls getting murdered one by one (a remake of a 1974 Canadian film).

2. “Krampus” (2015) 

Opening: $16.3 million 
Cumulative: $42.7 million

A boy in a dysfunctional family turns his back on Christmas — and accidentally unleashes a demon force as a result.

1. “Gremlins” (1984) 

Opening: $12.5 million 
Cumulative: $148.2 million

The movie follows a young boy who breaks rules and unleashes a horde of mischievous monsters.

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