With the exception of one switcheroo, we have the same Top 10 placements from Friday after the weekend box office totals have been tallied. James Wan’s The Conjuring 2 remains solidly on top with $40.4 million, nearly twice the total of the closest competitor. The bonafide horror hit is the best opening for a movie in this genre since Wan’s 2013 original film, which introduced Vera Farmiga and Patrick Wilson as the real-life-inspired Lorraine and Ed Warren. Positive reviews from critics and moviegoers alike helped boost the scary sequel into an easy first-place victory.
And while another newcomer, Duncan Jones’ Warcraft, has taken an unexpected second place, its domestic totals for the weekend are closer to original estimates than the $27 million that Friday’s numbers suggested was possible. Some have pointed to the fact that Warcraft earned less than the spectacular opening-weekend failure of John Carter, but Disney’s bomb had a budget of almost an additional $100 million more. Plus, that film didn’t have the huge benefit of China’s box office, where Warcraft has now pillaged over $150 million in less than a week:
It may have lost the domestic battle, but WARCRAFT bombarded China with $156M in 5 days–the largest opening for a foreign film of all-time.
— Exhibitor Relations (@ERCboxoffice) June 12, 2016
Elsewhere, Jon M. Chu’s Now You See Me 2 conjured up a third spot, making the debuts go three for three. That’s more than $6 million less than the magical franchise’s first installment three years ago. Other notable achievements include The Angry Birds Movie, which has flown past $300 million globally thanks to strong international ticket sales. Disney fills out the Top 10 with Alice Through the Looking Glass, Captain America: Civil War, and The Jungle Book. The latter two films are 2016’s first and third-biggest films of the year, with Disney’s Zootopia taking second in that category. Not a bad year for the Mouse House, who still has a lot of movies in the hopper.
Here’s a look at the Top 10 from this weekend’s box office (via Box Office Mojo):
|1.||The Conjuring 2||$40,350,000||$40.4|
|3.||Now You See Me 2||$23,025,000||$23.0|
|4.||Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows||$14,800,000||$61.0|
|6.||Me Before You||$9,210,000||$36.8|
|8.||Alice Through the Looking Glass||$5,544,821||$62.4|
|9.||Captain America: Civil War||$4,300,195||$396.9|
|10.||The Jungle Book||$2,721,250||$352.6|