By: Brooke Douglas

Scene from the movie Nosferatu

Vampires have been a part of cinema since Nosferatu was released in 1922 and countless movies have been made about these blood suckers ever since. Whether they are horror films meant to scare you, dramas to show a human side of vampires or movies that use vampires as a metaphor for our own lives, audiences have been coming out in large numbers to see these films.

But what are the highest grossing vampire movies ever made? Well, it would actually be a really easy list since all five of the Twilight films hold this record with a combined US domestic grossing of over $1.36 billion dollars! Which is a whopping 47 percent of what EVERY vampire themed movie has made since 1978 combined!

So let’s take the Twilight series out of the equation and look at the top grossing vampire movies ever released. Remember all of these figures are only for the US theatrical market and not worldwide.

 

#5 Blade II – New Line – 2002 – $82,348,319

Blade II Wesley Snipes

Blade II came out four years after the original and it seems audiences still had a hunger for Wesley Snipes in this comic book adaptation of a half human-half vampire slayer that seeks revenge on vamps everywhere. Making over 12 Million dollars more than the first film, Blade II definitely made more money, but was no where near as good as the first film. It was one of the first North American films directed by the now famous Guillermo del Toro, who must likely got the job based on his own vampire inspired movie Cronos.

 

#4 Bram Stokers Dracula – Columbia – 1992 – $82,522,790

Scene From Vampire Movie Bram Stokers Dracula

The myth of Vampires really exploded in europe thanks to Bram Stokers classic novel Dracula. In 1992 director Francis Ford Coppola’s retelling of this tale, made (in my opinion) the greatest vampire movie ever made. From it’s victorian period piece costumes, to it’s stunning visual story telling and featuring a plethora of stars, Dracula kept audiences appetite for vampires strong for years to come. Although it is the story of Dracula, it’s really a story about lost and eternal love and the pain and hardship that goes with giving your heart to another.

#3 Interview With The Vampire – Warner Bros. – 1994 – $105,264,608

Bradd Pitt In Interview With The Vampire

Based on the 1976 Anne Rice series of cult famed vampire novels, Interview With The Vampire starring Brad Pitt, Tom Cruise, Christian Slater and a young Kirsten Dunst, entertained audiences to a tune of $105 million dollars.

The success of Interview With The Vampire spawned a sequel, Queen of The Damned a decade later, but the movie flopped in comparison and was not met well with critics and audiences alike. The saga is far from over as Universal Pictures have acquired the rights to all ten of Anne Rice’s Vampire Chronicle novels. So expect a reboot of Interview With The Vampire and more of Anne Rice’s work in the near future.

 

#2 Van Helsing – Universal – 2004 – $120,177,084

Van Helsing Kate Beckinsale Hugh Jackman

Released in 2004, Van Helsing is based on a vampire hunter character from Bram Stokers Dracula. The movie stars Hugh Jackman who had already made a name for himself with the X-Men series at the time and Kate Beckinsale who was just coming of the heels of the first Underworld movie.

Van Helsing not only has Dracula in the movie, but also many other fictional movie monsters including Frankenstein, Werewolves and even Dr. Jekyll.

#1 Hotel Transylvania – Sony – 2012 – $148,313,048

Vampire Movie Hotel Transylvania

While the other Vampire movies are dramatic, action packed or scary, the number one grossing vampire flick is actually an animated comedy.

Hotel Transylvania features the voices of some very funny celebrities including Andy Sandler, Andy Samberg, David Spade, Kevin James, and the list just keeps on going. The movie revolves around Dracula owning a hotel catered to the monsters of the world, but when a human accidently comes to visit, all hell breaks loose. If you’re a fan of vampires and love to laugh, this movie is right up your alley. It did so well that it inspired a sequel to be released in the fall of 2015.
So there you have it. The top five grossing vampire movies in the United States, with the exception of the Twilight series of course. If you are a Twilight fan and have yet to see some of these films, what are you waiting for? Rush out and watch them tonight……….If you dare.

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