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

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

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

| November 27, 2020 @ 12:18 PM

Last Updated: November 27, 2020 @ 12:34 PM

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

Anna and the Apocalypse

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.

Black Christmas 2019

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).

Allison Tolman, Adam Scott and Toni Colette in

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.

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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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