As we have proven time and time again here at Vampires.com, vampires have taken over the world – there are books, movies, shows, video games, and on and on. All of that equals a whole lot of money.
Just this past week, the vampire parody Vampires Suck grossed $20 million! Then there’s the regular True Blood fans, all 5 million of them. In the world of books you’ve got Justin Cronin’s The Passage, Stephenie Meyer’s Breaking Dawn and Charlaine Harris’ Dead and Gone which are all on the best-seller lists.
But how exactly are vampires still going strong and still making money?
“By starting with one simple mythological creature that’s been part of our literary universe for centuries, you can create a story that has it all: romance, horror, action, special effects, sex, epic love, wish fulfillment, romantic leading men, delicious bad-boy villains, female badasses, damsels in distress, death, monsters and, ultimately, the perfectly flawed hero who would give it all up if it meant they wouldn’t have to spend eternity alone,” says Julie Plec, writer and exec producer of the CW series “The Vampire Diaries.” It doesn’t get more universal than that.”
That’s how it goes. Because they’re not specific to one genre, vampires can do anything and appeal to anyone – they can go from horror to comedy to romance. With so many ways to spin the story, you gain all sorts of viewers and with them comes their money. Lots and lots of money.
Let’s take a quick look at some of the numbers:
The three Twilight films made around $1.76 billion at the global boxoffice.
The first two Twilight films grossed around $160 million in home video sales.
Yea, that’s just the movies, imagine how much the books have made.
Now if you add up just New Moon, Underworld: Rise of the Lycans and Cirque du Freak: The Vampire’s Assistant you get $356.7 million domestic in 2009.
Now, TV shows are a little harder to add up since they are a long term investment, but sources estimate that Vampire Diaries will earn about $100 million-$125 million and True Blood will earn around $50 million-$75 million.
We sure do love vampires, huh?