Was Scary Movie Successful?

The 2000 horror-comedy film, “Scary Movie” was a box office success, grossing over $278 million worldwide. But was it truly successful in terms of critical acclaim and cultural impact? Let’s take a closer look.

Box Office Success

Despite its low budget of only $19 million, “Scary Movie” became a massive commercial success. It opened at number one in the US box office, earning $42.3 million in its opening weekend alone. The film went on to gross over $157 million domestically and an additional $121 million internationally.

Critical Reception

While “Scary Movie” was a hit with audiences, critics had mixed opinions about the film. The movie currently holds a 53% rating on Rotten Tomatoes with some reviewers criticizing the film’s reliance on crude humor and pop culture references.

However, others praised its self-awareness and parody of horror movie tropes. Roger Ebert gave the film three out of four stars, stating that it “does have some very funny moments” and that it was “better than I expected.”

Cultural Impact

Regardless of its critical reception, “Scary Movie” had a significant cultural impact. It spawned four sequels, with each one grossing less than its predecessor but still managing to make a profit.

The movie also paved the way for other parody films such as “Not Another Teen Movie” and “Epic Movie.” The film’s iconic opening scene featuring Carmen Electra inspired countless parodies and homages in other movies and TV shows.


In conclusion, while “Scary Movie” may not have been universally acclaimed by critics, its immense financial success and cultural impact cannot be denied. It remains a beloved cult classic for many fans of horror movies and comedy alike.