Reviews were terrible, but that didn’t stop people turning out for “The Conjuring” spin-off “The Nun” which easily took the top spot at the weekend box-office with a franchise-best $53.5 million opening over the three day weekend.
The story is even better worldwide, where “The Nun” launched simultaneously with the domestic release – something the franchise has never really done before. As a result, it pulled in an incredible $77.5 million just overseas – combined it took in a whopping $131 million worldwide debut for a film done on a tight $22 million budget.
It’s especially impressive considering that not only was the film savaged by critics, it nabbed a not so impressive C Cinemascore from audiences. The Jennifer Garner-led action film “Peppermint” also opened over the weekend to even worse reviews, but a decent $13 million in third place. The only other new wide opener was faith-based “God Bless the Broken Road” which bombed with just $1.6 million.
“Crazy Rich Asians” continues its strong reign in second place with a further $13.6 million and a domestic total of $136 million after four weeks. “Mission: Impossible – Fallout” is going from strength-to-strength with a worldwide total of $726 million so far and looks ready to soon surpass “Mission: Impossible II” domestically to become the biggest film in the franchise. The microbudget John Cho mystery thriller “Searching” held strong, falling just 25% and taking in a further $4.5 million.