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The Nun lands Conjuring series best $53.5 million in US

The Nun

Story by Jack Foley

HORROR film The Nun, which marks the latest instalment in The Conjuring series, has landed a series best $53.5 million US opening to easily lay claim to the top spot.

2013’s original franchise entry The Conjuring held the previous record, with $41.8 million.

But The Nun‘s figure was also the second best September debut behind fellow horror title It.

Overseas, the news was just as good given that The Nun generated a further $77.5 million for a global start of $131 million – despite less than enthusiastic reviews.

Directed by Corin Hardy and starring Demian Bichir and Taissa Farmiga, the film follows a priest with a haunted past and a novitiate on the threshold of her final vows as they are sent by the Vatican to investigate why a nun at a cloistered abbey in Romania took her own life. They must subsequently confront a malevolent force in the form of a demonic nun.

Commenting on the figures, Jeff Goldstein, Warner Bros. head of domestic distibution, said: “We knew heading into the weekend that anticipation for The Nun was extremely high across multiple demos, but these results surpassed all our expectations.

“We anticipate strong word of mouth to carry the film well into the fall, and expect more than a few Nuns showing up on doorsteps and at parties this Halloween!”

In what proved to be another excellent weekend in general for Warner Bros, the studio also held onto the No.2 spot given that its successful Crazy Rich Asians landed another impressive $13.5 million in its fourth weekend – a decline of just 13%.

Jon M. Chu’s romantic comedy has now earned a whopping $136 million in the US alone.

In third place was Jennifer Garner’s R-rated action thriller Peppermint, with $13.2 million, which finds the actress playing a once-happy suburban wife and mother whose life is ruined when her husband and daughter are murdered by a powerful local drug cartel.

A decade later, Garner’s character seeks revenge against any and all involved in the crime, including the lawyers, cops and dirty judges who helped the killers go free.

Rounding out the top five were another Warner Bros. title, shark thriller The Meg, with $6.1 million (for a US haul of $131.6 million) and Sony’s Searching, which brought in $4.3 million, taking its US haul to $14 million.