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The Nun conquers UK box office with £4 million debut

The Nun

Story by Jack Foley

HORROR title The Nun has shaken up the UK box office by delivering opening figures of £4 million, and dethroning Disney’s Christopher Robin from the top spot.

A spin-off from The Conjuring series, The Nun enjoyed a three-day weekend gross of £3.4m, which rose to £4m including previews.

Commenting on the figures, Josh Berger, President and Managing Director of Warner Bros. Entertainment UK, Eire and Spain said: “We’re thrilled that audiences in the UK & Ireland continue to enjoy being terrified by the Conjuring universe.

“We congratulate James Wan, the architect of this amazing franchise, director Corin Hardy; producer Peter Safran, screenwriter Gary Dauberman, and the talented cast and crew, all of whom have delivered the exhilarating scares that fans have been waiting for. These terrific results and enthusiastic word-of-mouth demonstrate that the appetite is only growing.”

When a young nun at a cloistered abbey in Romania takes her own life, a priest with a haunted past and a novitiate on the threshold of her final vows are sent by the Vatican to investigate. Together they uncover the order’s unholy secret.

Risking not only their lives but their faith and their very souls, they confront a malevolent force in the form of the same demonic nun that first terrorized audiences in The Conjuring 2, as the abbey becomes a horrific battleground between the living and the damned.

The Nun marks the second feature by UK director Corin Hardy, whose debut The Hallow impressed on the genre festival circuit and saw Hardy nominated for a BIFA award for best newcomer in 2015.

Elsewhere at the UK box office, Disney’s Christopher Robin took £880,000 on its fourth week of release to gross £12.4m to date and keep hold of second spot.

While fellow Disney title Incredibles 2 fell just 21% on its ninth week to garner £610,000 and a total of £54.4m. It held onto fifth spot.

Disney and Marvel’s Ant-Man & The Wasp took £353,000 to bring its UK gross to £17.4m.

Rounding out the UK top five, meanwhile, were two Universal titles: The first, Spike Lee’s BlacKkKlansman, performed strongly with a three day gross of £788,154 on its third week of release. It has now grossed £4.5m so far, making it Lee’s second most successful film in the UK following Inside Man (£8.3m in 2006).

And Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again also showed good endurance with a three-day gross of £724,357 to bring its UK figure to £62.3m to date.