The Conjuring series has become one of the most successful horror franchises of the past decade and it keeps getting bigger. The Nun is the fifth movie in the interconnected Conjuring universe and it has scored the biggest opening to date, comfortably taking the top slot on this weekend’s box office chart.
The movie scored an estimated $53.5 million in its first three days in the US. As Box Office Mojo points out, this is even higher than The Conjuring‘s $41.8 million take in 2014 and is the second highest September opening of all time. Like all the movies in the series–which also includes Annabelle and its prequel–The Nun was made on a modest budget, in this case, a reported $22 million. With an estimated worldwide weekend take of $131 million, we can expect plenty more movies in the series.
The week’s second highest new entry was the revenge thriller Peppermint, which marked Alias star Jennifer Garner’s return to the action genre. Despite largely negative reviews, it debuted with a respectable $13.3 million weekend gross and entered the chart at No.3. The hugely popular romcom Crazy Rich Asians dropped to No.2, after spending three weeks at the top and boasting a US total of $136.2 to date.
Mission Impossible: Fallout remains strong at No.6 in its seventh week of release; with a worldwide gross $726.6 million, the movie is now the most successful in the entire series. Elsewhere, the shark thriller The Meg slipped to No.4 and the acclaimed thriller Searching moved to No.5, with Disney’s Christopher Robin, Operation Finale, Alpha and BlacKkKlansman making up the rest of the Top 10.
You can see the full Top 10 list for the September 7-9 US box office below, as compiled by Box Office Mojo.
US/Canada Box Office For September 7-9:
- The Nun – $53.5 million
- Crazy Rich Asians – $13.6 million
- Peppermint– $13.2 million
- The Meg– $6.03 million
- Searching– $4.50 million
- Mission Impossible: Fallout – $3.80 million
- Disney’s Christopher Robin – $3.19 million
- Operation Finale – $3.04 million
- Alpha – $2.50 million
- BlacKkKlansman – $1.56 million