It took many moons, but it finally happened, folks. Genre has retaken the box office!
The latest addition to the Conjuring cinematic universe, The Nun (a Warner production) will make an unholy $53.5 million at the domestic box office from 3,876 theaters, reports Variety. This is the best performance of any Conjuring movie, including the first one, which made $41.8 million during its weekend debut.
“We knew heading into the weekend that anticipation for The Nun was extremely high across multiple demos, but these results surpassed all our expectations,” Jeff Goldstein, Warner Bros. head of domestic distibution, told Variety. “We anticipate strong word of mouth to carry the film well into the fall, and expect more than a few Nuns showing up on doorsteps and at parties this Halloween!”
Written by Gary Dauberman (It: Chapter One) and directed by Corin Hardy (The Hallow), The Nun stars Demián Bichir (Alien: Covenant) and Taissa Farmiga (younger sister of Vera) as a priest and nun who investigate a haunted abbey in Romania.
Crazy Rich Asians (another Warner project) has been knocked down to second place, after weeks of dominating the box office above genre fare like The Meg and Mission: Impossible - Fallout. Speaking of, The Meg is still staying afloat, expected to make $6.1 million, while the sixth Mission: Impossible movie will nab a cool million or so (according to Box Office Mojo, it already made $985,000 in Friday sales).
Lastly, Disney's Christopher Robin is lagging behind with only $772,000 in Friday sales. It might not even break $1 million this weekend, meaning that its domestic total could plateau somewhere around $91 million.