With another solid week at the international box office, Warner Bros. Pictures‘ “The Nun” has hit another milestone for the Conjuring franchise. Now that the film has passed the $330M mark at the global box office, the film is now the highest grossing film in “The Conjuring” universe.
It wasn’t an easy record to break but “The Nun” is officially the top film thanks to a great showing in France and Russia. The first film in the franchise, “The Conjuring,” released back in 2013 and made over $319M globally, which helped spark the “Annabelle” spinoff in 2014 which made over $257M worldwide. The next release was “The Conjuring 2” in 2016, the film made $320M worldwide and was the previous record holder for the franchise. “Annabelle: Creation” was the most recent release before “The Nun,” the follow-up to the original spinoff made over $306M in 2017.
Warner Bros. Pictures has an “Untitled Conjuring Universe Film” planned for 2019 but we will have to see if its the highly-anticipated “The Conjuring 3” or a new “Annabelle” spinoff. It wouldn’t be impossible for the studio to rush a sequel to “The Nun” for that launch-date, but it’s the most unlikely candidate at this point. Fans should expect an installment to the “Annabelle” story line next, but nothing has been officially confirmed at this point.
“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.
Joining Hardy behind the scenes are director of photography Maxime Alexandre (“The Voices,” “Annabelle: Creation”), production designer Jennifer Spence (“Annabelle: Creation,” “Lights Out,” the “Insidious” films), editors Michel Aller (“Lights Out,” “Paranormal Activity: Ghost Dimension”) and Ken Blackwell (“Ouija,” “Friday the 13th”), and costume designer Sharon Gilham (TV’s “Black Mirror”). The music is by Abel Korzeniowski (“Nocturnal Animals”).