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Highest Grossing Horror Movie Franchises

Horror films have been a part of our psyche and a Hollywood money-spinner for almost a century, starting with “Dracula” and “Frankenstein” — both released in 1931.

Whether it’s the thrill, the chill or the ample blood spill that draws audiences to the macabre movie experience, few can deny moviegoers’ morbid fascination with fear. Whatever it is, there is no doubt that these bone-chilling behemoths have made big money once they hit the box office.

Over the past four decades, we have witnessed the terrifying yet timeless roles of Jigsaw, Jason and Freddy, mixed with a rising trend in psychological thrillers. Another box office shot of adrenaline, “Paranormal Activity 3” — the third candid-and-creepy-camera movie about a demonic force— made $54 million at the box office during its opening weekend Oct. 21-23, setting a record as the biggest fall horror debut of all time.

Click ahead to see the top 10 highest grossing horror film franchises of all time, according to BoxOfficeMojo.com and WorldwideBoxoffice.com. All data is current as of October 2011.

By Kirsten Chang
Posted 24 October 2011