‘The Nun’ Scares Away the Competition at the Box Office

1. “The Nun” Warner Bros./New Line $53,500,000
2. “Crazy Rich Asians” Warner Bros. $13,600,000
3. “Peppermint” STX Entertainment $13,260,000
4. “The Meg” Universal $6,030,000
5. “Searching” ScreenGems $4,515,000
6. “Mission: Impossible – Fallout” Paramount $3,800,000
7. “Christopher Robin” Buena Vista $3,196,000
8. “Operation Finale” MGM $3,043,000
9. “Alpha” Studio 8 $2,505,000
10. “BlacKkKlansman” Focus Features $1,565,000


It was a good weekend at the box office for “The Nun.” The latest entry in “The Conjuring” franchise opened in first place, easily beating all other competitors. The horror movie took in $53M in US ticket sales, well above its second place rival. Worldwide, it also added $77M for a total opening of $131M on a budget of just $22M. Despite generally negative reviews, “The Nun” had the highest opening for any film in the franchise that includes both “Conjuring” movies, plus “Annabelle” and “Annabelle: Creation.” The universe is expected to expand even further with the planned “Crooked Man” film said to be on its way.

Check out Karen Peterson’s review of “The Nun” here.

It was bound to happen sooner or later, but in week #4, “Crazy Rich Asians” was finally unseated as the #1 film in the country. The romantic comedy has earned $136M in domestic gross, with $164M worldwide. It is currently sitting as the eleventh highest grossing romantic comedy of all time. But with just a few million to go, it will likely pass “As Good As It Gets” and “Knocked Up” this week to move into the ninth spot. After that, the movie will nip at the heels of “Runaway Bride,” “Sex and the City,” and “The Proposal.” That is not bad company to be in.

The other newcomer to this week’s top ten is Jennifer Garner’s action/revenge movie, “Peppermint.” With a $13M opening on a $25M budget, the “Death Wish”-esque film wasn’t a hit with audiences or with critics. Opening in a few overseas markets, “Peppermint” also added another $1.4M for a worldwide debut of about $14.4M.

Read Joey Magidson’s review of “Peppermint” here.

The Meg” continues circle the waters in fourth place. With another $6M, the shark movie moves past $130M in the US. An even bigger hit internationally, “The Meg” is at nearly $500M worldwide.

And in the fifth spot is “Searching,” which was down a bit, despite expanding to an additional 800 screens. The mystery/thriller currently sits at $14M in the US, with a worldwide take of $32M. It is the fourth highest grossing film out of this year’s Sundance Film Festival, and the seventh to earn more than $10M in domestic box office.

The rest of the top ten has been around for a few weeks. “Mission: Impossible – Fallout passed $725M worldwide. It also jumped the line of “Mission” movies, sliding into second place, and just $3M out of first place. Disney’s “Christopher Robin” is down to seventh place and still hasn’t crossed $100M. But it is the highest grossing Winnie the Pooh film, which is something. “Operation Finale” plummeted in week two, losing almost 50% of its first week, and a ways below its production budget with $14M in 10 days. “Alpha” has similarly dropped off, though with international numbers, it has $59M total and earned back its $50M budget already.

BlacKkKlansman” is still holding on at number ten. Spike Lee’s latest is his third highest grossing, behind “Inside Man” and “Malcolm X.” With a budget of $15M, “BlacKkKlansman” has earned $43M in the US, and $65M worldwide with France, the UK, and Australia embracing it the most.

This week’s new releases include “Lizzie,” “White Boy Rick,” “A Simple Favor,” and “The Predator.”

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