LOS ANGELES (AP) — The horror pic “The Nun” scared off the competition and dominated the North American box office in its first weekend in theaters, grossing $53.8 million.
A spinoff of a character seen in “The Conjuring 2,” ”The Nun” banked the most successful launch of the “Conjuring” universe, which also includes the “Annabelle” films.
Another newcomer, STX’s “Peppermint,” starring Jennifer Garner as a mother out for vengeance, moved up to second place with $13.4 million, and ahead of “Crazy Rich Asians,” which fell to third place with $13.1 million.
Fourth place went to the shark thriller “The Meg,” with $6.1 million, while the John Cho screen mystery “Searching” placed fifth with $4.6 million.
The top 20 movies at U.S. and Canadian theaters Friday through Sunday, followed by distribution studio, gross, number of theater locations, average receipts per location, total gross and number of weeks in release, as compiled Monday by comScore:
1. “The Nun,” Warner Bros., $53,807,379, 3,876 locations, $13,882 average, $53,807,379, 1 Week.
20. “The Wife,” Sony Pictures Classics, $639,857, 153 locations, $4,182 average, $1,964,144, 4 Weeks.
Universal and Focus are owned by NBC Universal, a unit of Comcast Corp.; Sony, Columbia, Sony Screen Gems and Sony Pictures Classics are units of Sony Corp.; Paramount is owned by Viacom Inc.; Disney, Pixar and Marvel are owned by The Walt Disney Co.; Miramax is owned by Filmyard Holdings LLC; 20th Century Fox and Fox Searchlight are owned by 21st Century Fox; Warner Bros. and New Line are units of Time Warner Inc.; MGM is owned by a group of former creditors including Highland Capital, Anchorage Advisors and Carl Icahn; Lionsgate is owned by Lions Gate Entertainment Corp.; IFC is owned by AMC Networks Inc.; Rogue is owned by Relativity Media LLC.