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‘The Conjuring 2’ Tops Week’s Revenue Charts With $40M

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[dropcap]T[/dropcap]hree new releases rearranged the top 10 list for U.S. movie revenues this week, as The Conjuring 2, Warcraft and Now You See Me 2 swept into first, second and third place, displacing Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping, which dropped out of the top 12 altogether after one week in seventh place and sending Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows, X-Men: Apocalypse and Me Before You to fourth, fifth and sixth place.

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‘The Conjuring 2’ scared its way to the top.

The Angry Birds Movie, which held onto fifth place last week, skidded to seventh, followed by Alice Through The Looking Glass, Captain America: Civil War and The Jungle Book. This squeezed out The Nice Guys, which dropped from the 10th to the 12th spot and Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising, which was in seventh place a week ago.

All told, from first to sixth place on the weekend’s revenue list, there are six movies released on the past two weeks, starting with a new top three last week and a fresh top three this week.

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The fright fest had a strong opening with $40 million.

This week, The Conjuring 2 earned $40 million over the weekend in 3,343 theaters, followed by Warcraft ($24.3 million) and Now You See Me 2 ($23 million). Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows earned $14.8 million, while X-Men: Apocalypse‘s take was $10 million. Me Before You followed at $9.2 million with The Angry Birds Movie ($6.7 million), Alice Through The Looking Glass ($5.5 million), Captain America: Civil War ($4.3 million) and The Jungle Book ($2.7 million) filling out the top 10.

The Conjuring 2 is fun, says famed reviewer Roger Ebert, because director James Wan was able to combine two of his beloved horror movie influences, which would be horror movies of the ’70s and ’80s, with a true-to-life story, which was the investigation of the murders that became known as the Amityville Horror. We’ll just have to take his word on that. I check out a horror movie when it transcends the genre and isn’t ranked as “one of the best horror films of the decade,” but makes it all the way to “one of the best films of the decade.”

As such, I will applaud Silence of the Lambs and rave about Nightcrawler. But I’ll let others review any film named The Conjuring whether it has a number after it or not. I like to sleep at night. Ebert can go to the movies on my behalf in a case like this.

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“Glass” Glows Amid Dim Weekend

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The weekend of the Super Bowl found the box office low about as expected with not a single film making over $10 million for the weekend. As such, there were very few surprises with which films ended up where. Just as with last week, Glass is at #1 for its third weekend, coming in with $9.5 million, shaping up to be another financially successful film from M. Night, though it’ll start dropping as we head into February. Just behind it is the dramedy The Upside, pulling up close with $8.8 million as it expanded into a few more theaters for the weekend.

The premiere for the weekend, Miss Bala, a cartel thriller, only debuted at #3 with a box office debut of $6.7 million. Not a very strong opening but it did manage to get just above the December box office hang-on superhero movies of Aquaman and Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, still in the top 5. Green Book, coming up on awards season, soared higher in the box office upon expansion and The Kid Who Would Be King, unfortunately, won’t be seeing much of an audience going into February.

Debuting in a very limited engagement is Peter Jackson’s They Shall Not Grow Old, a WWI documentary with restored footage. The film had originally opened the last week of December in a handful of theaters but thankfully expanded into more theaters where it was strong enough to make it to #10.

Glass ($9,535,000)
The Upside ($8,850,000)
Miss Bala ($6,700,000)
Aquaman ($4,785,000)
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse ($4,410,000)
Green Book ($4,317,000)
The Kid Who Would Be King ($4,200,000)
A Dog’s Way Home ($3,510,000)
Escape Room ($2,900,000)
They Shall Not Grow Old ($2,405,000)

Next weekend is all about the LEGO. LEGO Movie 2, the animated sequel, will be hitting over 4,000 theaters. Also opening will be the thriller Cold Pursuit in 2,500 theaters, the killer-kid horror The Prodigy opening in 2,500 theaters, and the gender comedy What Men Want in 2,800 theaters.


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“Glass” Holds Firm, “King” and “Serenity” Sink

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M. Night’s Glass already had a lot of hype for being the most anticipated movie of January and the popularity is proving it. Now in its second weekend, the thriller has made another $19 million and has shown itself to be a box office success even in the colder months of January where it’s not exactly pulling in the largest of box office numbers. Not exactly a twist from a director known for twists.

The premieres for the weekend didn’t fare well at all. The Kid Who Would Be King, Joe Cornish’s kid-oriented fantasy of modern knights and demons, debuted only at #4 with a weekend gross of $7.2 million, lagging not far behind Aquaman which made $7.3 million. It seems strange that family entertainment wouldn’t be a bigger hit in a month with little of that. But then again, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is still in theaters and still doing well at #5, proving to have the legs to stick around into February as it continues to win awards for being a groundbreaking animated film.

Also debuting lower is Serenity, a new drama by Steven Knight. This one doesn’t seem as surprising given both the lack of promotion for the picture and the abysmally negative critic reviews, declaring the film as an early front-runner for the worst of the year. The movie only came in at #8 for the weekend with a gross of $4.8 million.

Worth noting is that Dragon Ball Super: Broly is still hanging in the top 10, latching onto the #10 spot with a gross of $3.6 million. Though not the biggest box office compared to its competition, it’s a big success for FUNimation pushing anime into theaters given they’ve yet to have as big of a release as this one and for such a long time. Most anime they release in theaters are only present for a weekend if that and tend not to crack the top 10 as often. Dragon Ball Super has become the exception and may lead to more anime screenings to larger theater counts in the future.

See the full top 10 for the weekend below:
Glass ($19,049,000)
The Upside ($12,240,000)
Aquaman ($7,350,000)
The Kid Who Would Be King ($7,250,000)
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse ($6,150,000)
Green Book ($5,413,000)
A Dog’s Way Home ($5,225,000)
Serenity ($4,800,000)
Escape Room ($4,275,000)
Dragon Ball Super: Broly ($3,600,000)


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While “Glass” Cracks Box Office Top, “Dragon Ball” Dashes In

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Given that there was only one hugely wide release for the weekend of M. Night’s Glass, one may expect that the superhero thriller would be the only one climbing the box office chart to the top. Well, you’d be wrong as one unexpected film shot straight into the top 5 for being in less than 2,000 theaters.

But first, the obvious winner. Yes, Glass did hit #1 for the weekend considering it was one of the most anticipated movies of January, given that its the movie tying together Unbreakable and Split for a trilogy closer. The movie made $40 million, easily conquering its budget of $20 million and making the film another box office success for the veteran director of twists.

Now for the surprise. While the disabled drama of The Upside only took a slight step down at #2, coming in at #3 was Dragon Ball Super: Broly. The anime movie based on the hit Japanese animated television series debuted to a strong $10 million, making it one of FUNimation’s most successful limited theatrical run films to date. You may recall that FUNimation has released a number of theatrical animes over the course of many years, including the wildly inspirational romance Your Name, so strong it’s getting an American remake. But, of course, the fast and violent action of Dragon Ball has always been the distributor’s bread and butter, since the television debut of Dragon Ball Z in the late 1990s.

A few films worth noting in the top 10 include Aquaman and On the Basis of Sex. If you’ve been following the box office as of late, you’re probably used to seeing Aquaman dominating the top 5 since its December debut. Though taking another dip this weekend, the DC Comics superhero epic has finally crossed over $300 million domestic and has been at $1 billion internationally for a while now, making it one of DC’s most successful movies to date. Marvel has some competition. Also creeping into the top 10 since its awards time, On the Basis of Sex, the biopic on Ruth Bader Ginsburg, came in at #10 with a weekend gross of $3.9 million.

View the full top 10 box office results for the weekend below:

Glass ($40,586,000)
The Upside ($15,670,000)
Dragon Ball Super: Broly ($10,657,442)
Aquaman ($10,330,000)
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse ($7,255,000)
A Dog’s Way Home ($7,110,000)
Escape Room ($5,275,000)
Mary Poppins Returns ($5,244,000)
Bumblebee ($4,660,000)
On the Basis of Sex ($3,965,000)

Next weekend will be all about the kid fantasy. While the Steven Knight drama Serenity will be premiering 2,500 theaters, the young adventure fantasy of The Kid Who Would Be King will be hitting 3,400 theaters. Will the kid with a sword be able to slay Glass? Find out next weekend.


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