Traditionally, horror movies have been good investments for movie studios. Many are made with modest budgets, meaning that while expectations are low, the returns can often be high indeed.
For example, the original 1980 "Friday the 13th was made on a budget of $550,000, according to the horror movie fan publication Bloody Disgusting. According to the box office revenue tracking site Box Office Mojo, its domestic box office take was $40 million.
Recently, CNBC took a look at the numbers to find out which horror movies — some surprising, others not so much — have had the highest domestic box office takes, after adjusting for inflation based on Bureau of Labor Statistics calculations. All underlying box office data comes from Box Office Mojo.