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“The Nun 2” and “A Haunting in Venice” broke box office records


NEW YORK – “The Nun 2” and “A Haunting in Venice” nearly clinched the No. 1 spot in U.S. and Canadian theaters over the weekend, beating out the horror sequel to the Hercule Poirot mystery by a slight margin, according to studio estimates. Sunday.

In its second weekend of release, Warner Bros.’ “The Nun 2,” a spinoff of the studio’s lucrative “Conjuring” franchise, grossed $14.7 million. If the numbers hold true, this would push “The Nun 2” ($56.5 million overall and $158.8 million worldwide) to the top spot at the box office for the second consecutive week.

It was immediately followed by the third Agatha Christie adaptation, “A Haunting in Venice”, following Kenneth Branagh’s 2017 film “Murder on the Orient Express” and 2022’s “Death on the Nile”. It opened with $14.5 million.

Final box office figures will be announced on Monday.

The successful release of “Murder on the Orient Express” ($352.8 million worldwide against a $55 million production budget) and the less stellar “Death on the Nile” ($137.3 million against a $90 million budget) Following its global shipping, the stagnation of “A Haunting in Venice” may have signaled the death knell for Branagh’s detective.

Walt Disney Co. Released by 20th Century Studios, the film grossed $22.7 million internationally. And it cost less than its predecessor, carrying a production budget of nearly $60 million.

“The Equalizer 3,” starring Denzel Washington, fell to third place with $7.2 million. It grossed $73.7 million domestically and $132.4 million worldwide in three weeks. Fourth place was taken by “My Big Fat Greek Wedding 3” with $4.7 million in its second weekend. It grossed $18.5 million domestically.

It was one of the quietest weekends in movie theaters this year as Hollywood, which has spent much of the last two weeks promoting its films at the Venice, Telluride and Toronto film festivals, was awash in summer releases of “Barbie” and “Barbie.” “Oppenheimer” awaits the best films of the fall. Some productions, such as “Dune: Part Two,” have already been postponed until next year due to SAG-AFTRA and WGA attacks.

Sony’s “Dumb Money,” one of the anticipated fall films, has opted to debut on the platform, opening in eight theaters over the weekend before expanding next weekend to Sept. 29. The film, a compelling dramatization of the GameStop stock frenzy, grossed $217,000. an average of $27,000 per location.

And “Barbie” remains in the picture, too. Greta Gerwig’s blockbuster was among the top five films for the ninth weekend in a row. It added $4 million to bring its domestic total to $625 million and its global haul to $1.42 billion. Meanwhile, “Oppenheimer” reached $912.7 million, surpassing “Bohemian Rhapsody” to become the highest-grossing biopic ever.

Estimated ticket sales at U.S. and Canadian theaters from Friday through Sunday, according to Comscore. Final domestic figures will be announced on Monday.

1. “Sister II,” $14.7 million.

2. “A Haunted in Venice,” $14.5 million.

3. “Equalizer 3,” $7.2 million.

4. “My Big Fat Greek Wedding 3,” $4.7 million.

5. “Barbie,” $4 million.

6. “Jawan,” $2.5 million.

7. “Blue Beetle,” $2.5 million.

8. “Gran Turismo: Based on a True Story,” $2.4 million.

9. “Oppenheimer,” $2.1 million.

10. “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem,” $2 million.


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