News // 'THE NUN' OPENS TO BIG NUMBERS, DESPITE POOR REVIEWS

The opening weekend for The Nun was the highest opening weekend for the The Conjuring franchise.



Warner Bros. earned another number one weekend with The Nun (#1) exceeding expectations and opening with $53.5 million. It is the second largest September opening in history and the largest for the The Conjuring franchise. Warner Bros.'s hit from last year, IT, still holds the top spot for both September release and R-rated horror film.


This is the fifth straight weekend in a row for Warner Bros. to top the box office after Crazy Rich Asians (#2) came in first for three weeks straight, and The Meg (#4) opened in first place prior to that. Crazy Rich Asians earned another $13.6 million, which allowed it to total at $136 million, so far. It is on the path to become Warner Bros.' largest film of the year.


Outside of The Nun, the other major release was Jennifer Garner's action flick, Peppermint (#3). The film earned $13.26 million ,along with a B+ CinemaScore, which could mean its run will be a little stilted as the weeks carry on.


The Meg continued to roll in decent numbers, with its overall total sitting at just over $131 million. As for other repeat, 'good' weekends, Tom Cruise's Mission: Impossible - Fallout (#6) brought in $3.8 million, bringing its worldwide total to over $725 million. The film is now Cruise's highest grossing worldwide release of his career.


Christian family film, God Bless the Broken Road (#11), opened well below expectations with just $1.5 million. That wasn't enough to break into the Top Ten and should keep it from it making the cut throughout its run.


Leaving the Top Ten this weekend are box office bomb The Happytime Murders (#14) and somewhat disappointing action flick Mile 22 (#13).


Next weekend, Fox's The Predator will open to almost 4,000 locations. It'll be interesting to see how its casting controversy this week will effect audience's plans to see the film. That film's largest competitor will be Paul Feig's A Simple Favor, a dark comedy with Blake Lively and Anna Kendrick. White Boy Rick, starring Matthew McConaughey, will hit over 2,00 screens. And, Pure Flix's Unbroken: Path to Redemption will open to around 1,5000 locations.


TOP TEN:

(bold signifies a new release)


1. THE NUN - $53.5 million

2. CRAZY RICH ASIANS - $13.6 million

3. PEPPERMINT - $13.26 million

4. THE MEG - $6 million

5. SEARCHING - $4.5 million

6 MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE - FALLOUT - $3.8 million

7. CHRISTOPHER ROBIN - $3.1 million

8. OPERATION FINALE - $3 million

9. ALPHA - $2.5 million

10. BLACKKKLANSMAN - $1.5 million




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