Weekend Box Office: ‘The Nun’ Scares up $53M Franchise High
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The fall thrillers have started hitting the box office this weekend and “The Nun” is crushing “Peppermint” in its first week. Next weekend “The Nun” will have to battle some heavy hitters to stay at number-one and it seems unlikely that the film will repeat this week’s victory.
Warner Bros. Pictures’ “The Nun” should end the weekend with a $53M debut, the film opened across 3,876 locations and easily blew past “Peppermint”. “The Nun” was directed by Corin Hardy, the film features Demián Bichir, Taissa Farmiga, and Jonas Bloquet. To put “The Nun” in perspective, the original “The Conjuring” film opened back in 2013 with a $41M debut before going on to make over $319M worldwide. The studio followed-up the success of the film with “Annabelle” in 2014, an installment that made $37M on its opening weekend and grossed $257M worldwide. The next big release was “The Conjuring 2” in 2016, the film had a $40M opening and grossed over $320M at the global box office. In 2017 “Annabelle: Creation” hit theaters, opening with a $35M weekend before going on to make over $306M worldwide.
Now in its fourth-week, “Crazy Rich Asians” dropped to second-place this weekend after bringing in $13.6M across the country. The romantic-comedy, also from Warner Bros. Pictures, has made over $136M domestically for the studio. “Crazy Rich Asians” was directed by Jon Chu, the film stars Constance Wu, Henry Golding, Michelle Yeoh, and Awkwafina.
Action-thriller “Peppermint” debuted at number-three on the domestic charts, bringing in $13M across 2,980 locations. “Peppermint” was directed by Pierre Morel, the film features Jennifer Garner, John Gallagher Jr., and John Ortiz.
Warner Bros. Pictures also landed the fourth-place slot on this week’s Top Five. Shark thriller “The Meg” earned another $6M this week to raise the film’s five-week total to just over $131M. “The Meg” was directed by Jon Turteltaub, the film features Jason Statham, Li Bingbing, Ruby Rose, and Jessica McNamee. “Searching” edged out “Mission Impossible 6” to take the last spot on this week’s Top Five list, bringing in $4M across 2,009 locations.
This week’s films will batted a wide-array of new releases next weekend, most likely causing the Top Five to be shuffled once again. The new “Predator” reboot is releasing against the suspense-thriller “A Simple Favor” and the crime-drama “White Boy Rick,” and all three films offer high-profile casts and interesting stories.