Conjuring sequel scares up bounce back win for sequels
After a frustrating series of weeks for studios anticipating big business from sequels, one finally met expectations. The Conjuring 2 is the follow-up to the surprise 2013 hit, which debuted to $41 million. While not just barely missing its predecessors’ numbers, Conjuring 2 managed a respectable $40million suggesting it could match the first film’s $137 million total gross.
Stars Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga return as Lorraine and Ed Warren attempting to help a single mother deal with evil spirits targeting her four children. The sequel also saw the return of Director James Wan, who returned to his horror/thriller roots, after the massive success of Furious 7.
Warcraft, the latest in a seemingly endless string of video game adaptations earned a lackluster $24 million. That would normally be cause for alarm for a film budgeted for $160 million, but it’s already a massive hit overseas. It scored China’s largest Thursday opening ever with $90 million en route to $145 million in China alone.
Even if domestic critics weren’t that thrilled with the film — giving it a 21 percent on RottenTomatoes.com — the international market’s total of $276 million all but assures we’ll be seeing a sequel.
Now You See Me 2 also performed decently for a sequel with $23 million. Expectations weren’t too high for the follow-up to the 2013 film. The original brought in $29 million for its opening weekend and closed out its run with $117 million. Critics weren’t caught up in the illusion this time giving it a mere 36% on Rotten Tomatoes. That 2013 film was a mild surprise as it earned $29 million its first weekend and earning a total $117 million.
In fourth place was the sequel to Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows. Last week’s champ saw a significant fall from grace that wasn’t entirely unexpected. By its eighth day, the first film earned $97.2 million while the sequel managed just $50.2 million. This weekend, the film earned $14.8 million to take its total to $61 million.
Coming in at fifth place was X-Men: Apocalypse. with $10 million for its third week. This film has also fared much worse compared to its predecessor. X-Men: Days of Future Past was riding high as one of the highest grossing installments in the franchise as it closed in on $200 million by its 15th day with $178.9 million. In that time frame, Apocalypse earned $129 million. Apocalypse’s total gross now stands at $136.4 million