Today is Friday 13th April, so today is the perfect time to rank the Friday the 13th movies according to Rotten Tomatoes and Box Office Mojo!

Below are two lists; one looks at the critical reception of the Friday the 13th franchise, whilst the other looks at the box office results. But do you agree with the results?

Here are Rotten Tomatoes rankings for all 12 Friday the 13th films:

  • 1) Friday the 13th (1980) 59%
  • 2) Friday the 13th Part VI – Jason Lives (1986) 52%
  • 3) Freddy vs. Jason (2003) 41%
  • 4) Friday the 13th Part 2 (1981) 34%
  • 5) Friday the 13th Part VII – The New Blood (1988) 30%
  • 6) Friday 13th (2009) 25%
  • -) Friday the 13th – The Final Chapter (1984) 25%
  • 7) Jason Goes to Hell –The Final Friday (1993) 24%
  • 8) Jason X (2002) 19%
  • 9) Friday the 13th Part V – A New Beginning (1985) 16%
  • 10) Friday the 13th Part 3 (1982) 12%
  • 11) Friday the 13th Part VIII – Jason Takes Manhattan (1989) 8%

So, according to Rotten Tomatoes, the original Friday the 13th is the best ‘Friday’ movie, while Friday the 13th Part VIII – Jason Takes Manhattan is the worst. Do you agree with the rankings?

I’ll be honest, I’m surprised Friday the 13th Part 3 isn’t higher, simply because it was the first film to introduce Jason’s iconic hockey mask. Personally, I’d have liked to see Jason X appear a little higher, although I’m not surprised it only has a rating of 19%.

OK, so let’s move onto the financial success of the movies according to Box Office Mojo.

Now at this point I must point out that Box Office Mojo doesn’t have a record of the worldwide figures for older films – including most of the films in the ‘Friday’ series. So while this list counts the overall box office returns for the films, some of the totals are the domestic results only.

Here are financial results for all 12 Friday the 13th films:

  • 1) Freddy vs. Jason (2003) $114,908,8830
  • 2) Friday 13th (2009) $91,379,051
  • 3) Friday the 13th (1980) $39,754,601
  • 4) Friday the 13th Part 3 (1982) $36,690,067
  • 5) Friday the 13th – The Final Chapter (1984) $32,980,880
  • 6) Friday the 13th Part V – A New Beginning (1985) $21,930,418
  • 7) Friday the 13th Part 2 (1981) $21,722,776
  • 8) Friday the 13th Part VI – Jason Lives (1986) $19,472,057
  • 9) Friday the 13th Part VII – The New Blood (1988) $19,170,001
  • 10) Jason X (2002) $16,951,798
  • 11) Jason Goes to Hell –The Final Friday (1993) $15,935,068
  • 12) Friday the 13th Part VIII – Jason Takes Manhattan (1989) $14,343,976

As you can see, Friday the 13th Part VIII – Jason Takes Manhattan is at the bottom of the list again. This time around, Freddy Vs. Jason is at the top of the charts, which doesn’t surprise me at all as the movie combines two horror franchises – Friday the 13th and A Nightmare on Elm Street.

What’s perhaps most interesting about this list is the fact that the original movies (with a few exceptions) drop off in value in descending order. The law of diminishing returns was clearly in effect when the series was at its production peak (1980-1988).

So, will you be watching one of the Friday the 13th movies today? If so, which will you be going for?

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