'The Nun' enjoys the biggest opening of the 'Conjuring' series


Another hit landed for Warner Bros. over the weekend, as Corin Hardy’s The Nun secured the highest opening of the Conjuring franchise and the second-highest September opening of all time. The film’s higher-than-expected $53.5 million lags behind only It’s monster $123.4 million bow last year. The second- and fourth-highest grossing films of the weekend are also Warner Bros. releases—Crazy Rich Asians (weekend gross $13.6 million, total gross $136.2 million) and The Meg (weekend gross $6 million, total gross $131.5 million), respectively.

New release Peppermint clocked in right around expectations with $13.2 million, landing it in the number three spot. Searching rounds out the top five with $4.5 million (total gross $14.3 million) in its second week of nationwide expansion.

Faith-based drama God Bless the Broken Road landed outside the top ten with $1.5 million on 1,272 screens; that’s below expectations and well behind the opening grosses of director Harold Cronk’s God’s Not Dead ($9.2 million) and God’s Not Dead 2 ($7.2 million).

The highest per-theatre average of the week belonged to the documentary Kusama: Infinity, debuting with $30,400 on two screens for a PTA of $15,200. Also new to theatres in limited releases were Bisbee ’17 ($6,650), Hal ($5,150) and Nelly ($1,500), all debuting on a single screen, and Realms ($118) on three.