James Wan’s horror sequel “The Conjuring 2” has dominated the domestic box office this weekend with the film pulling in an estimated $40.4 million – almost matching the $41.9 million opening of the first film in 2013 and the largest horror film debut since that title.
The film has also scored strong reviews, putting it on par with the first on review aggregate sites. Made for just $40 million before marketing expenses, the sequel also received an A- CinemaScore from audiences.
Not faring so well domestically is Legendary Pictures and Universal Pictures’ “Warcraft” which opened in second place to around $24.4 million. Costing around $160 million to make before marketing, the Duncan Jones-directed video game adaptation is being saved by a stellar overseas performance – especially in China where it has amassed $156 million in five days through Sunday. Its overseas total so far stands at a stong $261.7 million to date.
Lionsgate’s sequel “Now You See Me 2” pulled in $23 million for a third placing, it has now earned a global total of $45.8 million so far. “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows” so far has dropped to fourth place with $14.8 million its second weekend to take its total to $61 million.