Warner Bros.’ New Line Cinema has announced that the very popular The Conjuring Universe has passed the $2 billion mark at the global box office. The franchise comes from filmmaker James Wan and producer Peter Safran.
The Conjuring Universe was able to surpass the mark due to the success of The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It, which opened in theaters on June 4 and has taken in more than $196 million worldwide. The film will still be opening in such markets as Thailand, India and Japan.
“Our thanks to James, Peter, all the casts and crews and Walter, Richard, Dave and the team at New Line – you’ve delivered one of the scariest and most artfully crafted horror franchises in history,” said Toby Emmerich, Chairman, Warner Bros. Pictures Group.
“These phenomenal results showcase the support of audiences and genre fans from all over the world and we congratulate you on your incredible success.”
Since it launched A Nightmare on Elm Street, New Line Cinema has created an unparalleled legacy in horror and has remained at the forefront of the modern era of the genre. Globally, all seven films in The Conjuring Universe rank among the top 25 horror movies of all time, with four of the titles in the top eight.
The worldwide theatrical grosses for the previous Conjuring films stand as follows: The Nun at $366,172,824; The Conjuring 2 at $321,571,936; The Conjuring at $320,219,495; Annabelle: Creation at $306,776,383; Annabelle at $257,670,907; and Annabelle Comes Home at $231,402,409.
The latest installment, The Deveil Made Me Do It, reveals a chilling story of terror, murder and unknown evil that shocked even experienced real-life paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren.
One of the most sensational cases from their files, it starts with a fight for the soul of a young boy, then takes them beyond anything they’d ever seen before, to mark the first time in U.S. history that a murder suspect would claim demonic possession as a defense.
The film also stars Ruairi O’Connor (The Spanish Princess), Sarah Catherine Hook (Monsterland) and Julian Hilliard (Penny Dreadful: City of Angels, The Haunting of Hill House).
The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It was produced by James Wan and Peter Safran, who have collaborated on all the Conjuring Universe films. Chaves directed from a screenplay by David Leslie Johnson-McGoldrick (The Conjuring 2, Aquaman).
The story was by James Wan & David Leslie Johnson-McGoldrick, based on characters created by Chad Hayes & Carey W. Hayes. Serving as executive producers were Richard Brener, Dave Neustadter, Victoria Palmeri, Michael Clear, Judson Scott and Michelle Morrissey.
The behind-the-scenes creative team reunited Conjuring Universe contributors, including director of photography Michael Burgess, production designer Jennifer Spence, costume designer Leah Butler and composer Joseph Bishara, along with the director’s editor from The Curse of La Llorona, Peter Gvozdas, and editor Christian Wagner (“Furious 7”).
The film has been rated R for terror, violence and some disturbing images. The movie opened in theaters and IMAX nationwide on June 4 and was available on HBO Max for 31 days from theatrical release.