Halloween was the first slasher horror movie that took the world by storm and helped kickstart the entire genre. However, in some interesting trivia, Halloween was supposed to be a sequel to Black Christmas, which was actually the first proper slasher movie. Instead, John Carpenter changed things up and made Michael Myers a serial killer who terrorized a babysitter on Halloween.
Over the years, the franchise then complicated things with an entire series of movies focusing on Jamie Lloyd before reverting to the original mythos, rebooting itself, resetting the action, rebooting itself again with Rob Zombie, and finally ignoring everything and creating a new sequel to the original movie four decades later. Here is a look at the Halloween movies, ranked according to their total gross.
11 HALLOWEEN 5: THE REVENGE OF MICHAEL MYERS (11.6M)
The lowest-grossing movie in the Halloween franchise was the middle movie in the series of films. This film introduced the young girl Jamie Lloyd and a cult who wanted to use Michael Myers for their own goals. This was a time where fans of the franchise began to rebel, and the $11.6 million gross for this movie showed that fans were turning away.
Michael was saved after the last movie by a hermit, who nurses him back to health. To repay him, Michael kills him and then heads back to Haddonfield to find Jamie and try to kill her again. The movie ended with a cliffhanger where a Man in Black saves Michael and leaves Jamie knowing her story is far from over.
10 HALLOWEEN III: SEASON OF THE WITCH ($14.4M)
After the first two Halloween movies with Michael Myers rampaging over Haddonfield and killing everyone in his path. John Carpenter wanted to do something different. Carpenter's idea was to make Halloween an anthology movie with different horror tales each year under its name.
Halloween III: Season of the Witch had a company use children's Halloween masks to take control of the kids who wear them to resurrect ancient spirits. As a regular horror movie, it was fine, but fans wanted Michael Myers and rejected the idea. Carpenter left the franchise after this movie.
9 HALLOWEEN: THE CURSE OF MICHAEL MYERS ($15.1M)
The final film in the Jamie Lloyd Halloween series proved fans didn't care about the franchise without Jamie Lee Curtis in the role of Laurie Strode. No one cared about Jamie Lloyd. In this movie, the entire cult that wanted to use Michael Myers arrived as well, a horrible twist.
This movie ultimately moved the franchise into the supernatural with the cult using the Curse of Thorn, which makes Michael Myers immortal with the drive to kill. Donald Pleasance returning was not even enough to save the movie, one of the worst critically rated films in the entire Halloween franchise.
8 HALLOWEEN 4: THE RETURN OF MICHAEL MYERS ($17.7)
Fans wanted to see Michael Myers back after the third movie moved away from his story. As a result, he returned in Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers with the title of the film proudly proclaiming the masked serial killer was returning to kill more victims.
It barely made more than the previous movie. Having John Carpenter leave the franchise as the producer caused things to change and overcomplicate the story. The film has Laurie Strode dead and brought in her daughter Jamie Lloyd, who Michael targeted next.
7 HALLOWEEN II ($25.5M)
The first Halloween movie saw Michael Myers shot and fall from a second-story window ledge. However, when Laurie and Dr. Loomis looked out at the ground, he was gone. That set up Halloween II to be the follow-up and the film that John Carpenter expected to be the final story for Michael Myers.
The film picked up immediately after the events of the first movie with Michael still on the run. Michael was still relentlessly stalking Laurie Strode while Dr. Loomis was still on his tail, trying to stop him. The movie was not as well-received as the first and made $22 million less at the box office.
6 HALLOWEEN: RESURRECTION ($30.3M)
Halloween: Resurrection came out in 2002 and picked up the story with Laurie Strode killing someone she believed to be Michael Myers, but who turned out to be a paramedic. She ended up at a sanitarium, and when Michael Myers showed up there, he finally succeeded in killing her. That death alone turned many fans against the franchise.
The rest of the movie was an interesting tale of a group of youngsters creating an internet reality show from Michael Myers' old house. This meant that when Michael showed up and started killing them, there were interesting camera angles used thanks to the cameras set up around the house. This ended up as the final movie in the original series.
5 HALLOWEEN II (2009) ($33.3)
Fans seemed split when it came to Rob Zombie's Halloween movies. Loyalists hated them, and another sector of fans appreciated his changes to the source material. Thanks to the era in which they hit theaters, both of Zombie's movies grossed decent money. However, when adjusted for inflation, this movie ranked eighth.
However, it did make $33.3 million and followed Laurie Strode (Scout Taylor-Compton in the Zombie movies) as she suffered from mental duress. The film showed her connection to Michael Myers much more than the first Zombie movie did while Dr. Loomis is now just pimping out his books about Myers.
4 HALLOWEEN ($47M)
The film that started it all made an impressive $47 million in 1976. When adjusted for inflation, the original Halloween sits on top of this list with $180 million. However, based on actual dollars, it sits in fourth.
The first movie did not deal with Laurie Strode and Michael Myers as relatives. Instead, she was a babysitter who fought to stay alive and protect the kids in her care when the emotionless Michael Myers shows up with a large knife and an unstoppable desire to kill.
3 HALLOWEEN: H20 ($55M)
Released in 1998, Halloween: H20 did what the fans wanted after three movies with Jamie Lloyd as the final girl. They wanted to see Jamie Lee Curtis back as Laurie Strode, and they got their wish. The movie franchise rebooted the story, completely ignoring the last three movies, and had Laurie still alive and Michael after her.
The movie took place 20 years after the events of the second movie. Laurie Strode faked her death and went into hiding in case Michael Myers ever returned. However, Michael is unstoppable and finds her as she is the headmistress at a boarding school, and he starts to kill again.
2 HALLOWEEN (2007) ($58M)
Instead of following up Halloween: Ressurection with a movie without Laurie Strode, the entire franchise rebooted. The 2007 remake of Halloween saw Rob Zombie take on the franchise and he brought his own flavor and take onto the classic slasher horror tale.
Zombie spent more time in reimagining Michael Myers and giving him a purpose before sending him out to torment and kill people on Halloween night. It was a massive departure as the original Michael Myers had no reason for killing. It was polarizing for many fans but still made $58 million on a $15 million budget.
1 HALLOWEEN (2018) ($159.3M)
The highest-grossing Halloween movie of all-time came in 2018. While many films are way below the classics when it comes to adjustments for inflation, Halloween was such a big moneymaker that it stays near the top compared to everything that came before. Only the original beats it after inflation.
The 2018 Halloween is a direct sequel to the first two movies in the series, ignoring everything that came after it, the second time the franchise has done this. Laurie Strode is estranged from her daughter because of her fear Michael Myers will return. When he comes back, mother and daughter have to work together to stop him.