'Twilight' Success Lifts Vampire Genre Among Horror Movies

In Battle of Vampires vs. Zombies, Don't Put Money on the Living Dead

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LOS ANGELES (AdAge.com) -- It's official: Vampires are more powerful than aliens and zombies -- at least when it comes to the box office. This summer's "Twilight: Eclipse" solidified bloodsuckers' place in movie and box-office history as the second-highest-grossing horror genre, based on estimates of the top five horror-genre films compiled for Ad Age by Hollywood.com.

Of course, there are all sorts of caveats. These gross grosses are not adjusted for inflation, and our choices are subjective -- Are the "Twilight" films horror movies or romances? (Both, we say.) And where are the werewolves? (We checked, and other than the shared screen time in the "Twilight" franchise, their highest-grossing entrant was 1994's "Wolf" with Jack Nicholson, with $65 million.)

But with no less than seven major horror releases out this fall, audiences can't seem to get enough. They're getting younger, too -- Joel Cohen, CEO of MovieTickets.com, said 63% of online ticket buyers for "Paranormal Activity 2" were between the ages of 18 and 29, and that horror fans account for more than 50% of ticket sales in the days leading up to a major release.

So just how did all the other serial killers, creatures and zombies stack up? Check out Ad Age and Hollywood.com's horror chart below for more truly gross grosses.

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Box office in millions (not adjusted for inflation). *Active release.

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