Weekend Box Office: Horror Hit ‘The Conjuring 2’ Takes the Top Spot

     June 12, 2016

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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:


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 GlassCaptain 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):

Title Weekend Total
1. The Conjuring 2 $40,350,000   $40.4
2. Warcraft $24,356,000   $24.4
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
5. X-Men: Apocalypse $10,000,000   $136.4
6. Me Before You $9,210,000   $36.8
7. Angry Birds $6,700,000   $98.2
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

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