The latest The Conjuring flick sold its soul for a first place finish. Not a bad trade.
While the box office did cool a little bit compared to Memorial Day weekend, it was yet another great weekend. Both new wide releases placed in the top five, keeping the momentum alive. Even Cruella managed to pick up some steam, improving in its second week of release. All in all, it was another solid session, pointing to a hopeful rebound for theaters as the pandemics grip appears to weaken.
This Week in Box Office History
The box office was a down just a tick, 18%, compared to last weekend. The total take of 66 million dollars was still good enough earn it the title of second highest grossing weekend for 2021.
Looking at historical comparisons, the third titled film in The Conjuring franchise (there have been 5 spinoffs) stacks up decently: most of the main franchise and Annabelle spinoffs opened around 40 million, but The Devil Made Me Do It’s 24 million managed to out-earn Annabelle Comes Home and The Curse of La Llorona, both of which didn’t have a pandemic to contend with.
Top Film One Year Ago: Becky
Top Film Ten Years Ago: Super 8
Top Film 30 Years Ago: City Slickers
Top Three Films.
The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It unseated fellow horror film A Quiet Place 2, taking in 24 million dollars in its premier weekend. A Quiet Place 2 had to settle for a second place finish with 19 million dollars, bringing its two-week total to 88 million dollars.
Cruella hung in at third place, taking in 11 million dollars and expanding its theater count. The Disney origin story for one of its most iconic villains had a rough first weekend, but seems to have stabilized. It has taken in 44 million dollars total at home, and 43 million abroad.
Spirit Untamed missed the top three, nabbing 6 million dollars and trotting into fourth place. It’s a bit of a falloff for the stallion, as the the first film in the franchise, 2002’s Spirit Stallion of the Cimarron, pulled down 17 million dollars at its premier, and launched a successful batch of short films and TV series on Netflix.
Top Ten Films
- The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It (24.10)
- A Quiet Place Part II (19.26)
- Cruella (11.01)
- Spirit Untamed (6.10)
- Raya and the Last Dragon (1.28)
- Wrath of Man (1.26)
- Spiral (.89)
- Demon Slayer: Mugen Train (.57)
- Godzilla Vs Kong (.52)
- Dream Horse (.51)