New Line Cinema has confirmed with us that the summer-hit “The Conjuring” has just passed $100 million at the domestic box office. This is quite an achievement for the low-budget horror title, as it is only its third weekend in theatres. The news first came from Dan Fellman, President, Domestic Distribution, Warner Bros. Pictures. The film crossed the $100 million mark on Saturday, August 3, and has earned an estimated $108.6 million domestically to date, and still climbing.
“The Conjuring” is also off to a great start internationally, opening in just 13 markets thus far. The film opened in the UK this weekend, taking the #1 spot on Friday and Saturday, and it is also holding extremely well in other early release markets, particularly in Australia and Spain. The international total to date is an estimated $28.6 million, with many major markets yet to open, including France, Italy, Belgium, Holland and Mexico.
The terrifying supernatural horror thriller, from director James Wan, opened to rave reviews from critics, as well as audiences, a fact that was reflected in the film’s A- CinemaScore—an extremely rare mark for the genre. “The Conjuring” had an extraordinary $41.9 million opening weekend at the domestic box office, the largest opening ever for an original horror film.
In making the announcement, Fellman said, “James Wan has created a film that stays with moviegoers long after they leave the theatre, resulting in terrific word-of-mouth that should carry it through the rest of the summer. Surrounded by tentpole summer movies, ‘The Conjuring’ has become the must-see film of the season.”
Sue Kroll, President, Worldwide Marketing and International Distribution, Warner Bros. Pictures, added, “‘The Conjuring’ is performing beyond all expectations, breaking barriers as not just a great genre film, but a great film of any genre. The phenomenal results in the U.S. are also starting to be seen globally as ‘The Conjuring’ expands its reach, with tremendous worldwide potential. We congratulate James Wan, the remarkable cast and everyone involved in the film.”
New Line Cinema President and COO Toby Emmerich stated, “We’re excited that ‘The Conjuring’ continues to have such a big impact on fans and that they are sharing their enthusiasm with friends and family. James Wan made a fantastic movie and audiences clearly agree, as is evident in the film’s great CinemaScore, social media engagement and theatre attendance.”
Based on the true life story, “The Conjuring” tells the tale of how world renowned paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren were called upon to help a family terrorized by a dark presence in a secluded farmhouse. Forced to confront a powerful demonic entity, the Warrens find themselves caught in the most horrifying case of their lives.
From New Line Cinema comes a feature film drawn from the case files of married demonologists Ed and Lorraine Warren. “The Conjuring” stars Academy Award® nominee Vera Farmiga (“Up in the Air,” TV’s “Bates Motel”) and Patrick Wilson (“Insidious”) as the Warrens, and Ron Livingston (“The Odd Life of Timothy Green”) and Lili Taylor (TV’s “Hemlock Grove”) as Roger and Carolyn Perron, residents of the house. Joey King, Shanley Caswell, Hayley McFarland, Mackenzie Foy and newcomer Kyla Deaver play the Perrons’ five daughters, and Sterling Jerins is the Warrens’ little girl, Judy. Rounding out the cast are Marion Guyot, Steve Coulter, Shannon Kook, and John Brotherton.
James Wan (“Saw,” “Insidious”) directed the film from a screenplay by Chad Hayes & Carey W. Hayes (“The Reaping”). The film is produced by Tony DeRosa-Grund, Peter Safran and Rob Cowan, with Walter Hamada and Dave Neustadter serving as executive producers.
New Line Cinema presents a Safran Company / Evergreen Media Group Production of a James Wan Film, “The Conjuring.” The film is being distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.