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The Nun Scares Up a Franchise Best Opening to Take First

The Nun shows again that people don’t hate sequels. It set a franchise best for The Conjuring series of films with an estimated $53.5 million, beating the first film’s $41.8 million. That’s the second largest opening in September ever. It’s also the second highest opening ever for an R-rated horror film.

The film played to an audience that was 51% mae and 44% were 25 years or older. It’s the first film in that universe that hasn’t played to a majority female audience.

The film had success overseas as well with an estimated $77.5 million from 60 markets for a $131 million global debut. With a budget of just $22 million, the studio and creators must be happy with this one already.

Warner Bros. continues its streak of hits marking the fifth week the studio has held the top spot. It has found success with The Meg and Crazy Rich Asians as well. It also held the #2 spot for the weekend. That’s the fourth straight week for that, an achievement that hasn’t happened in over 25 years.

In second place was Crazy Rich Asians which was the champ for the previous three weekends. The film brought in an estimated $13.6 million to bring its domestic total to $136.2 million. It also added $5.6 million in 23 markets to brings its overseas total to $28.5 million. The film opens in the UK this coming weekend, Mexico on September 21, and Japan on September 28.

Peppermint debuted in third place with an estimated $13.3 million on a $25 million budget. The film also opened in 17 markets overseas grossing an estimated $1.4 million. It continues a rollout that goes well into January 2019.

In fourth place was The Meg which earned an estimated $6 million to bring its domestic total to $131.6 million. It also brought in an estimated $11.3 million from 67 territories to bring its international total to $360.4 million and a global total of $492 million.

Searching rounded out the top five with an estimated $4.5 million domestically and $7.5 million internationally. The film has earned $14.3 million domestically, $17.7 million at the foreign box office for a total of $32 million worldwide after three weeks.

In comic film news….

Ant-Man and the Wasp came in at #21 at the weekend box office with an estimated $608,000 to bring its domestic total to $214.8 million.

Avengers: Infinity War is still bringing in the dollars. That movie was #41 and added $19,000 to its domestic total which now stands at $678.8 million.

We’ll be back in an hour for a deeper dive into 2018’s comic adaptations.