With the pre-Halloween box office starting to heat up, New Line Cinema’s horror thriller “The Nun” hit another milestone this week. The film just surpassed the $300M mark at the global box office and the official announcement was made by Ron Sanders, Warner Bros.’ President of Worldwide Theatrical Distribution and Home Entertainment.
Through Tuesday, the film has taken in an estimated $102.4M domestically and has been number-one at the international box office for three consecutive weekends. Internationally, the film has grossed an estimated $199.7M.
The horror thriller is also generating large numbers in Latin America and Mexico as well as the U.S. Hispanic markets, where the popularity of star Demian Bichir is a major draw. In addition, “The Nun” just opened at the top of the box office in a number of markets, including France, Italy, Russia and Korea. It currently ranks as the highest-grossing horror film of all time in twelve markets, including Indonesia, Brazil, Romania and UAE; the biggest-grossing film in the “Conjuring” universe in more than 30 markets; and the highest-grossing Warner Bros. Pictures release for the year in 26 markets, including Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Indonesia, Romania, Poland and Sweden.
The combined gross for the “Conjuring” universe—the top-grossing horror franchise in cinema history—now stands at more than $1.5 billion.
In making the announcement, Sanders said, “This success further demonstrates the extraordinary scope and appeal of James Wan’s “Conjuring” universe. We again want to congratulate director Corin Hardy and the cast, led by Demian Bichir and Taissa Farmiga, and all the talented people who worked on the film who love to scare audiences and do it so well.”
The film was directed by Corin Hardy (“The Hallow”) and explores another dark corner of “The Conjuring” universe. 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. “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.
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.