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The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard Takes First Place at the Weekend Box Office

The Hitman's Wife's Bodyguard

It’s a new champ at the weekend box office as The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard took first place. The film earned an estimated $11.7 million over the weekend bringing its domestic total to $17 million. Internationally, the film earned $80,497 delivering a worldwide total of $17.1 million.

A Quiet Place Part II dropped to second place with an estimated $9.4 million. Its domestic total now stands at $125.3 million after 3 weeks. Internationally, the film grossed $6.4 million over the week to bring that total to $96.7 million. Worldwide, the film has earned just under $222 million.

In third place was Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway which grossed $6.1 million to bring its domestic total to $20.3 million. Over the week, the film added $12.6 million to its international gross to bring that to $70.5 million. Worldwide, the film has earned $90.8 million.

The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It came in fourth place adding an estimated $5.2 million to its domestic total. The film has brought in $53.6 million domestically. Internationally, the film added $21.2 million over the week to bring that total to $89.2 million. Worldwide, the film has earned $142.8 million.

Rounding out the top five was Cruella which earned an estimated $5.1 million making it a close race for fourth. Domestically, the film has grossed $64.7 million. The film got its international push where it earned $65.3 million over the week to bring that total to $95.2 million Worldwide, the film has grossed $159.9 million.

Initial numbers have 24 films earned $46,351,626 from 29,267 theaters. That’s a decrease from last weekend’s 43 films which earned $56,973,395 from 28,606 theaters. The average earning was $1,583.75 this past weekend, a decrease from the previous weekend’s $1,991.66.

It’s a Close Race for First Between A Quiet Place Part II and In the Heights

A Quiet Place Part II

The final numbers aren’t out so things might change but it was a pretty solid (relatively) weekend at the box office with three films over $10 million and a close race for first

A Quiet Place Part II takes the top spot with an estimated $12 million. That brings the domestic total to just under $109 million after three weeks. Internationally, the film brought in $40.3 million over the week to raise that total to $90.3 million Worldwide, the film stands at $199.2 million.

In second place was In the Heights which debuted as well on HBO Max. The film earned an estimated $11.5 million. No international totals have been released so far.

In third place was another debut, Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway which earned an estimated $10.4 million domestically. Internationally, the film has grossed $57.9 million. Worldwide, the total is $68.3 million.

The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It dropped all the way from first place to fourth. The film earned an estimated $10 million to bring its domestic total to $43.8 million. Internationally, the film over doubled its previous weekend over the week adding earning $34.9 million. Internationally, the film’s total is $68 million. That brings the worldwide gross to $111.8 million.

Rounding out the top five was Cruella which take a dive from last weekend’s third place. The film added $6.7 million to its domestic gross to bring that to $56 million. Internationally, the film earned $29.9 million over the week. Worldwide, the film has grossed $129.3 million.

Initial numbers have 43 films earned $56,973,395 from 28,606 theaters. That’s a decrease from last weekend’s 41 films which earned $66,072,955 from 27,913 theaters. Despite a decrease of around $9 million, the weekend was still one of the better ones of the year so far with four films earning over $10 million. The average earning was $1,991.66 this past weekend, a decrease from the previous weekend’s $2,429.78.

The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It Opens with $24 million

The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It

Are things getting back to normal? Three films all had over $10 million in estimated gross over the weekend indicated things might be returning to normal.

The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It debuted in first place with an estimated $24 million gross. Internationally, the film brought in an estimated $33.1 million. That domestic opening is on the low end of the “Conjuring Universe” but not the lowest seen from the franchise.

In second place was A Quiet Place Part II which brought in an estimated $19.5 million to bring its domestic total to $88.6 million after two weeks. Over the week, the film grossed $29.3 million at the international box office bringing that to an even $50 million. Worldwide, the film has grossed $138.6 million.

Cruella came in third adding $11.2 million to its total. Domestically, the film has grossed $43.7 million after two weeks. No international numbers were returned in our reporting last week but the film has grossed $43.4 million in those markets. Worldwide, the film has grossed $87.1 million.

Spirit Untamed debuted in fourth place with an estimated $6.2 million. The film also earned a little over $1 million at the international box office for a worldwide debut of $7.23 million.

Rounding out the top five was Raya and the Last Dragon which brought in an estimated $1.3 million. Domestically, the film has grossed $53.5 million. Last weekend the international earnings were listed at $77 million but they’re now just $65 million. Worldwide, the film has grossed $118.6 million.

Initial numbers have 41 films earned $66,072,955 from 27,913 theaters. That’s a pretty big decrease from last weekend’s 45 films which earned $80,796,617 from 27,972 theaters. Despite a decrease of nearly $14 million, the weekend was still one of the better ones of the year so far. The average earning was $2,429.78 this past weekend, a slight decrease from the previous weekend’s $2,888.48.

The Conjuring prequel comic will usher in the new ‘DC Horror’ label

The Conjuring: The Lover

With The Conjuring having its feet firmly planted in its own universe, it’s only natural comics got the opportunity to flesh out the franchise’s particular brand of terror. DC Comics has answered the call to do so with the launch of a new imprint called ‘DC Horror,’ which will premiere with a prequel comic to the latest entry in The Conjuring franchise subtitled The Devil Made Me Do It.

The series, titled The Conjuring: The Lover, will run for five issues and will set up the events that lead into The Devil Made Me Do It. It’s co-written by the film’s screenwriter David Leslie Johnson-McGoldrick and author Rex Ogle (Death of Wolverine: Life After Logan), with art by Garry Brown (Babyteeth) and colors by Chris Sotomayor.

The story follows Jessica, a college freshman, returning to campus after winter break, that’s dealing with the anxieties of mounting schoolwork and grades, a sexual encounter with a guy she’s now regretting, and the odd feeling she’s being watched by something.

The idea shares some elements with that of The Exorcism of Emily Rose movie, in which the titular character starts manifesting “possession” symptoms while in college, throwing every single aspect of her life into disarray. In a sense, it’s fitting that the story echoes that of the aforementioned movie given its basis on real events, something it shares with The Devil Made Me Do It.

The Conjuring: The Lover

The third entry in The Conjuring series is based on the first legal case in American history to have a defendant claim innocence due to demonic possession at the time of the crime. The Exorcism of Emily Rose, on the other hand, is also based on the true story of Annaliese Michel, who underwent 67 exorcism rites in a year, which eventually led to her death. The cause of death was attributed to malnutrition. Her parents and the priest that conducted the exorcism were convicted of negligent homicide in the case.

How much of this case actually inspired (or not) The Conjuring: The Lover remains to be seen, but the premise promises a story worthy of the name that graces its cover. Additionally, The Lover will feature short back-up stories written by some of horror comics most popular creators, including Scott Snyder, Juan Ferreyra, Che Grayson, and Denys Cowan. These stories will focus on the haunted objects that resided in Lorraine and Ed Warren’s infamous artifact room (which is where they kept the Annabelle doll).

It bears mentioning that this new horror imprint might be riding on the shoulders of Joe Hill’s own recent horror imprint, Hill House Comics, which was headlined by Hill’s own Basketful of Heads comic, illustrated by Leomacs. The series that were published as part of the imprint received mostly universal praise and felt as if they belonged in the same habitat as DC’s classic House of Mystery comics.

The Conjuring: The Lover

DC editor-in-chief Marie Javins seems to be aware of this connection. In a statement she released on the new horror imprint, Javins said that “DC has always been the home of great horror comics and characters. DC Horror continues this tradition with new frightening tales from both well-known and new storytellers that will keep fans spooked and entertained.”

With The Conjuring possessing a well-established horror universe and DC recognizing the weight horror carries within its company’s history, it looks like this year is shaping up to be a good one for both veteran and emerging horror fans. The potential behind the new imprint for pulling in new readers, especially in the wake of Hill House’s success, seems to lean favorably towards success.

One thing’s for sure, if this move inspires other publishers to invest in their own horror imprints, they’ll be able to say ‘DC made me do it.’

The Conjuring: The Lover arrives in comic book stores and on participating digital platforms the same day as the U.S. release of The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It—Tuesday, June 1, 2021, with issue #2 available on July 6, 2021.

Warner Bros. Shakes Things Up with Dueling Releases on HBO Max and Theaters for 2021

Warner Bros.

It was going to eventually happen but COVID has sped things up as Warner Bros. is making an earthshaking move when it comes to movie distribution. The studio will send 17 films to HBO Max for 31 days, to be released the same day as theaters.

Wonder Woman 1984‘s HBO Max and theater release on Christmas day was just the tip of the iceberg as more are to come.

The studio’s 2021 slate includes The Suicide Squad, The Matrix 4, Dune, Godzilla vs. Kong, and Space Jam: A New Legacy. Other films include Little Things, Judas and the Black Messiah, Tom & Jerry, Mortal Kombat, Those Who Wish Me Dead, The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It, In The Heights, Reminiscence, Malignant, The Many Saints of Newark, King Richard, and Cry Macho.

The decision will cause an uproar from theater owners who not only lose in this model but are struggling, and will struggle, to stay open due to the pandemic. The decision, according to reports, was not shared with exhibitors and was kept secret at Warner Bros. The studio will likely need to renegotiate with theater chains and offer up something so to as not completely lose their support.

But, something needed to be done. With a still unknown future and COVID vaccination likely to take most of 2021 the release schedule would be shaky and risky to rely just on theaters. Further delays would hurt the entire industry further creating a backlog of productions and likely cutting numerous projects as held up films would take up future release dates creating a ripple effect.

Ann Sarnoff, chair and CEO, WarnerMedia Studios and Networks Group said:

We’re living in unprecedented times which call for creative solutions, including this new initiative for the Warner Bros. Pictures Group. No one wants films back on the big screen more than we do. We know new content is the lifeblood of theatrical exhibition, but we have to balance this with the reality that most theaters in the U.S. will likely operate at reduced capacity throughout 2021. With this unique one-year plan, we can support our partners in exhibition with a steady pipeline of world-class films, while also giving moviegoers who may not have access to theaters or aren’t quite ready to go back to the movies the chance to see our amazing 2021 films. We see it as a win-win for film lovers and exhibitors, and we’re extremely grateful to our filmmaking partners for working with us on this innovative response to these circumstances.

WarnerMedia CEO Jason Kilar added:

After considering all available options and the projected state of moviegoing throughout 2021, we came to the conclusion that this was the best way for WarnerMedia’s motion picture business to navigate the next 12 months. More importantly, we are planning to bring consumers 17 remarkable movies throughout the year, giving them the choice and the power to decide how they want to enjoy these films. Our content is extremely valuable, unless it’s sitting on a shelf not being seen by anyone. We believe this approach serves our fans, supports exhibitors and filmmakers, and enhances the HBO Max experience, creating value for all.

Warner Bros. Pictures Group chairman Toby Emmerich also said:

This hybrid exhibition model enables us to best support our films, creative partners and moviegoing in general throughout 2021. We have a fantastic, wide-ranging slate of titles from talented and visionary filmmakers next year, and we’re excited to be able get these movies in front of audiences around the world. And, as always, we’ll support all of our releases with innovative and robust marketing campaigns for their theatrical debuts, while highlighting this unique opportunity to see our films domestically via HBO Max as well.

The films will roll at internationally as planned and the decision is focused on the US audience.

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