You may think I’m joking, but let me explain how I achieved this feat. There’s a good chance that I’m the only guy that’s ever did this.
I bought a series of U.S. film charts on Amazon that are viewed with the Kindle app. They were all made by this Leonidas Fragias guy, but I already had pretty much every horror sequel ever made beforehand. Although many of them were released direct to video or DVD, so they didn’t chart at all. My obsession started many years ago. Likely around 2009 - as a few boxes’ worth, but I’m not sure.
Prior to 1982, film rankings were also only available in Variety on a week by week basis. But to view archives of the pages stored on their site, you need to pay $60 a month, and you only get 50 searches. But I think after 1982, the sources are the weekend rankings and NOT the weekly rankings.
Anyway, the initial box office samples in the 1920s were not really a proper chart. It was just a bunch of movies’ names and their estimated gross for that week. But this dude compiled top ten charts similar to how you would author the modern ones, so there really wasn’t many number one horrors between 1925 and 1969 at all, but I bought them all on DVD regardless. And, I’ve got every horror film recognized as a number one from Variety up to 1981 and then from all of the records kept by the studios after 1982 up to 2019. I’m now aiming to get every top ten horror film from each decade, apart from ‘lost films’ from the silent era that aren’t available anywhere.
I really doubt anybody else has even did this, and it has been an expensive… journey, so to speak. I really struggle to enjoy modern horror movies, though. I may not even resume my collection in the 2020s, as I know movies have changed for the worse, so maybe I’ll just stop here now that I have so many boxes, with so many films. :smack: