Mon. Sep 25th, 2023

On a surprisingly busy September weekend, moviegoers flocked to The Nun 2 and propelled the latest Conjuring chapter to the top of the domestic box office with a solid $32.6 million haul, per Deadline. That opening lands in the middle of the pack for the James Wan horror franchise, below Annabelle: Creation ($35M) but above The Curse of La Llorona ($26M), The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It ($24M), and Annabelle Comes Home ($20M).

Globally, the horror pic scared up $85M. Audiences awarded The Nun 2 a C+, better than the C given to its predecessor, which grossed $363M worldwide after a $53M debut.

Also opening this week was the comedy My Big Fat Greek Wedding 3, which collected $10M from 3,650 screens. That’s below the $17M earned by My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 in 2016 and obviously much bigger than the $597K made by the original back in 2002. However, that film became a worldwide phenomenon, grossing an astonishing $375M. The sequel only accrued $92M. Weird how this franchise fizzled.

Last week’s champ, The Equalizer 3, dipped 65% for a $12.1M sophomore frame, bringing its domestic total to $61.9M. Globally, the threequel zipped past the $100M mark and might reach the $190M attained by its predecessors.

Summer champs Barbie and Oppenheimer continued to do big business. The former has now topped $1.4B at the global box office, while Christopher Nolan’s blockbuster surpassed $900M.

Domestic Box Office Results:

1.) The Nun 2 (NL) 3,728 theaters, Fri $13.1M Sat $11.8M Sun $7.7M Sun 3-day $32.6M/Wk 1

2.) Equalizer 3 (Sony) 3,965 theaters Fri $3.4M Sat $5.2M Sun $3.4M 3-day $12.1M (-65%), Total: $61.9M/Wk 2

3.) My Big Fat Greek Wedding 3 (Uni) 3,650 theaters Fri $3.7M Sat $3.7M Sun $2.56M 3-day $10M/Wk 1

4.) Jawan (Yash Raj) 813 theaters, Fri $1.7M Sat $2.4M Sun $2M 3-day $6.1M, Total $7.5M/Wk 1

5.) Barbie (WB) 3,281 (-305) theaters, Fri $1.4M Sat $2.5M Sun $1.9M 3-day $5.9M (-42%) Total $620.4M/Wk 8

6.) Blue Beetle 2,786 (-530) theaters, Fri $850K Sat $1.7M Sun $1.1M 3-day $3.77M (-47%), Total $63.7M/Wk 4

7.) Gran Turismo (Sony) 2,765 (-1,091) theaters, Fri $900K Sat $1.5M Sun $945K 3-day $3.37M (-61%), total $35.7M/Total Wk 3

8.) Oppenheimer (Uni) 2,091 (-452) theaters Fri $800K Sat $1.36M Sun $840K 3-day $3M (-48%)/Total $315.1M/Wk 8

9.) Teenage Mutanta Ninja Turtles…(Par) 2,500 (-455) theaters Fri $570M Sat $1.3M Sun $730K 3-day $2.6M (-44%) Total $111.3M/Wk 6

10.) Bottoms (MGM) 1,265 (+550) theaters, Fri $631K Sat $811K Sun $609K 3-day $2.05M (-33%) Total $7.6M/Wk 3

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By Dave Jenks

Dave Jenks is an American novelist and Veteran of the United States Marine Corps. Between those careers, he’s worked as a deckhand, commercial fisherman, divemaster, taxi driver, construction manager, and over the road truck driver, among many other things. He now lives on a sea island, in the South Carolina Lowcountry, with his wife and youngest daughter. They also have three grown children, five grand children, three dogs and a whole flock of parakeets. Stinnett grew up in Melbourne, Florida and has also lived in the Florida Keys, the Bahamas, and Cozumel, Mexico. His next dream is to one day visit and dive Cuba.