‘The Nun’ hits $200M Worldwide as the Franchise Reaches $1.4B
No stopping the Conjuring
Horror thriller fans pushed New Line Cinema’s “The Nun” past the $200M mark at the global box office today, a terrific milestone for the film to hit after only being in theaters for only two weekends. The film is the latest installment to the “Conjuring” universe, which was already the highest-grossing horror franchise of all time.
With the latest totals, “The Conjuring” franchise has now made over $1.4B worldwide. 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 before grossing $257M worldwide. The next big release was “The Conjuring 2” in 2016, that film had a $40M opening weekend and grossed over $320M at the global box office. In 2017 the studio released “Annabelle: Creation,” which made $35M on its opening weekend before grossing over $306M worldwide.
Tom Molter, Head of International Distribution, Warner Bros. Pictures, stated, “‘The Nun’ continues to scare up audiences around the world, and records are being broken in every region—particularly in Latin America and Mexico, where the popularity of star Demian Bichir has drawn fans to the cinema in big numbers. We applaud the whole cast, as well as all of the filmmakers behind ‘The Nun,’ on this tremendous success.”
“The Nun” stars Oscar nominee Demian Bichir (“A Better Life”) as Father Burke, Taissa Farmiga (TV’s “American Horror Story”) as Sister Irene, and Jonas Bloquet (“Elle”) as local villager Frenchie. The cast also includes Charlotte Hope (TV’s “Game of Thrones”) as the abbey’s Sister Victoria, Ingrid Bisu (“Toni Erdmann”) as Sister Oana, and Bonnie Aarons, reprising her role from “The Conjuring 2” as the title character.
Jeff Goldstein, President of Domestic Distribution, Warner Bros. Pictures, said, “This is another great milestone for New Line Cinema’s horror-verse, which continues to set new standards for the genre. We congratulate them and everyone involved in creating another terrifying time at the movies, including director Corin Hardy, producers James Wan and Peter Safran, and the cast, led by Demian Bichir and Taissa Farmiga.”
The film delves into the shocking origin of the demonic Nun Valak, who first made her evil presence known in “The Conjuring 2.” The film is produced by James Wan (“The Conjuring” films, upcoming “Aquaman”) and Peter Safran (“The Conjuring” franchise). The story picks up when a young nun at a cloistered abbey in Romania takes her own life and a priest with a haunted past and a novitiate on the threshold of her final vows are sent by the Vatican to investigate. Together they uncover the order’s unholy secret.
Hardy directed “The Nun” from a screenplay by Gary Dauberman (“IT,” the “Annabelle” films), story by James Wan & Dauberman. Richard Brener, Walter Hamada, Dave Neustadter, Dauberman, Michael Clear and Todd Williams served as executive producers.