The Nun delivers highest opening weekend of Conjuring Universe

The latest film from The Conjuring Universe, The Nun, took $3.708m over its first weekend in the Australian box office, making it the highest opening weekend of the five films to date.

Distributed by Warner Brothers, The Nun is based on the lives of a priest and a novice who are sent to the Vatican in 1952 to investigate the death of a young nun. It ran across 325 screens.

With almost $4m in sales, The Nun had the highest opening weekend for the ‘universe’, which includes The Conjuring, The Conjuring 2, Annabelle and Annabelle: Creation.

The Conjuring made $1.785m on its opening weekend in 2013, while The Conjuring 2, which premiered in 2016, took $3.527m on its opening weekend.

Annabelle made $1.904m in 2014 when it premiered and Annabelle: Creation, which ran last year, premiered with $2.287m.

But The Nun failed to earn as much as Crazy Rich Asians, which attracted an additional $4m in earnings on the weekend. Since its premiere, Crazy Rich Asians has collected $13.286m.

Transmission’s Book Club made $795,917 over the weekend, boosting total earnings to $4.983m. The Meg, according to the Motion Picture Distributors Association of Australia Report, collected an extra $698,541.

A Simple Favour, which stars Blake Lively and Anna Kendrick, entered box office with a number of pre-release screenings over the weekend.  Directed by Paul Feig, the film is based on a mummy blogger who seeks to uncover the truth behind her best friend’s disappearance from their town. It made $615,746 on its first weekend across 314 screens. The movie officially premieres on September 13.

Title (Distributor) Weekend B/O Screens Total B/O
Crazy Rich Asians (Wb) $4,087,157 383 $13,286,740
The Nun (Wb) $3,708,520 325 $3,708,520
Book Club (Transmission) $795,917 279 $4,983,176
The Meg (Wb) $698,541 314 $9,322,662
A Simple Favour (Roadshow) $615,746 208 $615,746
Mile 22 (Roadshow) $561,067 225 $2,079,000
Mission: Impossible - Fallout (Paramount) $494,127 185 $18,728,873
Blackkklansman (Universal) $282,296 149 $3,446,257
Teen Titans Go! To The Movies! (Wb) $247,651 230 $250,529
Mamma Mia!: Here We Go Again (Universal) $145,828 161 $22,241,780
Slender Man (Sony) $121,710 150 $1,702,700
Happytime Murders (Roadshow) $105,414 214 $1,375,811
Luis And The Aliens (Icon) $96,387 169 $315,540
The Merger (Umbrella Ent.) $93,431 80 $186,472
The Wife (Icon) $87,977 76 $2,704,205
The Insult (Palace) $73,075 24 $343,048
Mcqueen (Madman) $71,952 18 $128,453
Working Class Boy (Universal) $67,205 82 $753,162
Big Brother (Magnum) $55,987 16 $55,987
Hotel Transylvania 3: A Monster Vacation (Sony) $46,493 53 $18,888,166

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