It was a horror-filled weekend at movie theaters, as newcomer The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It topped last weekend’s winner A Quiet Place Part II, despite the Conjuring sequel also being available to watch on HBO Max.
Directed by Michael Chaves (The Curse of La Llorona), the third Conjuring film opened with an estimated $24 million ($2.1 million from IMAX theaters) from 3,102 locations. The film received a B+ CinemaScore from audiences.
The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It also grossed $26.8 million internationally this weekend, for an overseas total of $33.1 million and worldwide sum of $57.1 million. The top international countries are the UK with $7.5 million, Mexico with $6.7 million, and Korea with $3.1 million.
Featuring the return of Vera Farmiga and Patrick Wilson as Lorraine and Ed Warren, The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It (Warner Bros. Pictures) also stars Ruairi O’Connor, Sarah Catherine Hook, and Julian Hilliard. The Conjuring Universe has now grossed a total of $1.860 billion worldwide to date.
Dropping a spot to second was Paramount Pictures’ A Quiet Place Part II, which added $19.5 million and has earned $88.6 million domestically after its first two weeks.
Internationally, the John Krasinski-directed sequel added $19.2 million from 16 markets and is up to $50 million total, for a global total of $138.6 million. The film’s top international markets are China with $29 million, Australia with $6.1 million, the UK with $5.1 million, and Russia with $4 million.
While a proper third movie is expected to be coming at some point, Paramount last week scheduled a spinoff movie for March 31, 2023. Based on an idea by Krasinski, the movie will be written and directed by Jeff Nichols.
Disney’s Cruella dropped one place to third with $11.2 million to bring its two-week North American total to $43.7 million. The live-action adaptation is also available to watch on Disney+ with Premier Access (an additional fee of $29.99).
The Craig Gillespie-directed film earned another $18.6 million from 36 international markets to bring its overseas total to $43.4 million and worldwide total to $86.1 million. The top international markets are the UK with $6.2 million, Mexico with $5.7 million, Australia with $2.6 million and Russia with $2.4 million.
It was reported on Friday that a Cruella sequel is in development with director Craig Gillespie, screenwriter Tony McNamara, and star Emma Stone returning.
Opening in fourth place was DreamWorks Animation’s Spirit Untamed (Universal Pictures), which brought in $6.2 million from 3,211 North American theaters. Receiving an A CinemaScore, the animated film also collected $1.3 million from overseas theaters.
Directed by Elaine Bogan, Spirit Untamed features the voices of Isabela Merced, Julianne Moore, Jake Gyllenhaal, Marsai Martin, Mckenna Grace, Walton Goggins, Andre Braugher, and Eiza González.
And the top five was rounded out by Disney’s Raya and the Last Dragon, which is now also available to watch on Disney+ with no additional charge. The film earned $1.3 million from theaters and has made $53.5 million domestically after 14 weeks.
Directed by Don Hall and Carlos López Estrada, Raya and the Last Dragon features the voices of Kelly Marie Tran, Awkwafina, Izaac Wang, Gemma Chan, Daniel Dae Kim, Benedict Wong, Jona Xiao, Sandra Oh, Thalia Tran, Lucille Soong, Alan Tudyk, and more.
At the international box office, Universal’s F9 continues to perform strong with another $13.4 million from just eight territories and a total of $255.9 million. The top overseas markets are China with $203.8 million, Korea with $17.7 million, and Russia/CIS with $15.9 million.
Directed by Justin Lin and opening domestically on June 25, F9 stars Vin Diesel, Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson, Chris “Ludacris” Bridges, John Cena, Nathalie Emmanuel, Jordana Brewster, Sung Kang, with Helen Mirren, Kurt Russell, and Charlize Theron.