Box Office: ‘The Nun’ Opens to $53.5-M in US, Taking $131-M Globally

Box Office: ‘The Nun’ Opens to $53.5-M in US, Taking $131-M Globally
Continuing Warner Bros.’ , a unit of Time Warner (NYSE:TWX) winning streak and kicking off the Fall box office nicely, the supernatural horror pic The Nun opened to $53.5-M from 3,876 theaters to score the 2nd-biggest September debut of all time in North America.The R-rated spinoff also boasted the biggest opening of any title in the Conjuring franchise. The 5th installment, from New Line and the Safran Company, also delivered big numbers overseas, earning a divine $77.5-M from 60 markets for a global start of $131-M.

The Nun easily won the weekend ahead of fellow Warners film Crazy Rich Asians, which has topped the domestic chart for 3 weekends.running.

Crazy Rich Asians in its 4th frame, earned $13.6-M to come in # 2 and finish the weekend with a domestic total of $136.2-M through Sunday. Internationally, it grossed $5.6-M from 23 markets for a foreign take of $28.5-M and $164.7-M worldwide.

This is the 1st time in 25 years that a Hollywood studio has taken the 2 Top spots on the box-office chart for 4 straight weekends, between The MegCrazy Rich Asians and now The NunThe Meg placed #4 in its 5th frame with $6-M over the weekend for a domestic take of $131.6-M. Worldwide, the shark pic is set to pass the $500-M mark after finishing Sunday with $492-M in global tickets sales.

STXfilms’ Peppermint, the R-rated action-thriller starring Jennifer Garner and directed by Pierre Morel (Taken), came in # 3 with $13.3-M from 2,980 theaters. Audiences like Peppermint, giving it a B+ CinemaScore.

Screen Gems’ Searching, a missing-child thriller about a Korean-American family living in the Bay Area, held well in its 2nd weekend, rounding out the Top 5 with $4.5-M for a 10-day domestic box office of $14.3-M. The film impressed overseas, where it has grossed $7.5-Mfor an early foreign box office of $17.7-M, including $12.9-M from SKorea.

Paramount a unit of Viacom (NASDAQ:VIA) and Skydance’s Mission: Impossible — Fallout placed # 6 domestically as it cleared the $700-M mark globally and became the top-grossing title in the Tom Cruise action-pic franchise. Fallout finished Sunday with $726.6-M, including an impressive 10-day box office take of $37.7-M in China.

Elsewhere in North America

Freestyle’s new faith-based movie God Bless the Broken Road took in just $1.6-M from 1,235 cinemas to place outside the Top 10.

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