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How do you find the top-grossing horror movies for each year?

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The-Numbers.com and BoxOfficeMojo.com both provide box office gross records for the horror movie genre, organized by year. The top-grossing horror movie for 2013 is "The Conjuring" with a $137.4 million box office gross. Its sequel "Annabelle" is the top-grossing horror film for 2014 with $84.2 million.

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From 2009 to 2012 the "Paranormal Activity" horror series holds the number one ranking for box office gross, according to The Numbers. Prior to 2009, top-grossing horror movies include remakes of Japanese horror films "The Ring" and "The Grudge," sequels within the "Saw" series and the zombie horror film "I am Legend." The top-grossing horror movies of all time include "The Sixth Sense" at $293.5, the 1973 classic "The Exorcist" at $232.9 million and the low-budget phenomenon "The Blair Witch Project" at $140.5 million.

BoxOfficeMojo.com offers a genre index that categorizes horror films by sub-genres such as period-piece and supernatural horror, slasher films and remakes. While "The Conjuring" is the overall top-grossing horror movie for 2013, "Texas Chainsaw 3D" is the top-grossing slasher film in 2013 with a $34.3 million box office total. Other top-grossing films fitting the slasher film and remake categories are "Halloween" in 2007, "Friday the 13th" in 2009 and "A Nightmare on Elm Street" in 2010.

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