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

     June 12, 2016


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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