Warner Bros. Pictures is unstoppable at the box office, as the studio has now held the top spot at the domestic box office for the fifth consecutive weekend. The studio’s The Nun took over both the domestic and international box office this weekend with another impressive opening.
Directed by Corin Hardy, The Nun opened in 3,876 domestic theaters with $53.5 million (a record for The Conjuring Universe, topping the first film’s $41.8 million), an average of $13,803 per theater. Internationally, the film brought in $77.5 million, to put its worldwide sum at $131 million already. Made for just $22 million, the film received a C CinemaScore from audiences. The Nun stars Demian Bichir, Taissa Farmiga, Jonas Bloquet, Charlotte Hope, Ingrid Bisu, and Bonnie Aarons.
Opening in second place was STXfilms and Lakeshore Entertainment’s Peppermint, starring Jennifer Garner. Directed by Pierre Morel, the action film brought in $13.4 million from 2,980 theaters, an average of $4,504 per location. The movie debuted in 17 international territories as well, earning $1.4 million from 482 locations. Costing $25 million to make, Peppermint received a B+ CinemaScore. John Ortiz, John Gallagher Jr., and Juan Pablo Raba also star.
After reigning for three straight weekend, Warner Bros.’ Crazy Rich Asians dropped to third place but added another $13.1 million domestically. That puts the North American total for the film at $135.8 million after four weeks. Not bad for a film that cost $30 million to make! The Jon M. Chu-directed film stars Constance Wu, Henry Golding, Gemma Chan, Lisa Lu, and Awkwafina, with Ken Jeong and Michelle Yeoh; as well as Sonoya Mizuno, Chris Pang, Jimmy O. Yang, Ronny Chieng, Remy Hii, and Nico Santos.
Warner Bros.’ also claimed the fourth spot with The Meg, which added another $6 million its fifth weekend for a total of $131.6 million. Internationally, the film has grossed $360.4 million and is nearing the $500 million mark worldwide with $491.9 million. The Meg, which cost $130 million to make, was directed by Jon Turteltaub and stars Jason Statham, Li Bingbing, Winston Chao, Rainn Wilson, Ruby Rose, Page Kennedy, Jessica McNamee, Ólafur Darri Ólafsson, Robert Taylor, Sophia Cai, Masi Oka and Cliff Curtis.
Sony Pictures’ Searching rounded out the top five with $4.5 million and has grossed $14.3 million after three weeks domestically. Internationally, the thriller took in $7.5 million this weekend from eight markets for an overseas total of $17.7 million. Searching stars John Cho, Debra Messing, Joseph Lee, and Michele La.
Paramount Pictures’ Mission: Impossible – Fallout added $3.8 million and has now earned $212.1 million in North America after seven weeks. The sixth installment in the franchise grossed $38.6 million this weekend from 65 international markets, to take its overseas total to $514.5 million ($137.7 million in China) and worldwide total to $726.6 million. Written and directed by Christopher McQuarrie, the $178 million-budgeted film stars Tom Cruise, Henry Cavill, Ving Rhames, Simon Pegg, Rebecca Ferguson, Sean Harris, Angela Bassett, Vanessa Kirby, Wes Bentley, Frederick Schmidt with Michelle Monaghan and Alec Baldwin.