What the balls happened to this genre? How is it that the original Blair Witch managed to remain the highest-grossing found footage film by such a huge margin, while the only other successful franchise is a Warholian anti-film about spooning dickheads?
This basically counts a GIF of this scene.
I wanted to find out. And so I went to The Numbers to actually see which found footage films did well, and which didn't. My first revelation was immediately surprising, as it turns out that while Blair Witch has been commonly credited with kicking off the found footage horror genre (if you ignore Cannibal Holocaust), it actually took eight years for another footage-y movie to reach a top-grossing spot. I know this because I took the time to chart it ...