Horror movie The Nun was the top draw in North American movie theaters this weekend, extending a remarkable string of recent successes by Warner Bros., industry watchers said.
The latest scary feature in the popular Conjuring series, took in an estimated $53.5 million for the three-day weekend, box office tracker Exhibitor Relations said. British directorCorin Hardy had made his name with 2015 horror filmThe Hallow.The Nun starsDemian Bichir, Taissa Farmiga and Jonas Bloquet in a story about a young nun, an exorcist and a guide stumbling onto a dark secret deep in Dracula country: the Romania of 1952-—Transylvania, no less.
The horror film bumped another Warner product, Crazy Rich Asians, to second place after three strong weekends at the top. The glitzy rom-com, with its nearly all-Asian cast led byHenry Golding and Constance Wu, took in $13.6 million.
Taken together with another Warner film, The Meg, the studio has now claimed the top two spots on the North American box office for four consecutive weekends, a feat no movie studio had accomplished in 25 years, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
The Meg, starringJason Statham as a rescue diver confronting a huge, prehistoric shark, placed fourth this weekend, taking in $6 million, behind new vigilante action film Peppermint, which grossed $13.3 million. In fifth spot was Sony thriller Searching, starringJohn Cho as a man desperate to find his missing teenage daughter. It took in $4.5 million.
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