BOX OFFICE REPORT
September 7-9, 2018
(estimates from BoxOfficeMojo.com)
|The Nun||$53.5 million|
|Crazy Rich Asians||$13.6 million|
|The Meg||$6.0 million|
Who knew The Conjuring would end up being one of the most viable franchises of the decade? The modestly budgeted horror flick without any A-list stars has been a wild success. The fifth film in the series, The Nun, opened with a massive $53.5 million, the best debut yet. And keep in mind, both The Nun and the two Annabelle films didn't even have the recognizable faces of Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga. That makes The Nun the second-best September debut after the record-breaking opening of It last year.
Crazy Rich Asians finally slipped to second place, but only dropped 38 percent in its fourth weekend, which proves it's still one of the summer's biggest success stories. And that was still more than Peppermint could manage in its first weekend ($13.3 million). That's on par with what Bruce Willis' dreadful Death Wish remake earned in its opening frame earlier this year.
The Meg slipped to fourth, and it's now made less than Crazy Rich Asians, despite opening with $44 million. Still, it's a huge international hit and the biggest shark movie ever that's not named Jaws. Searching added even more theaters, though it fell 25 percent. However, it's turning a healthy profit for a low-budget movie with an Asian-American lead.
Outside the top 5:
- This Weekend's Indie Champ: Kusama: Infinity, a documentary on the artist Yayoi Kusama. The doc averaged $15,200 on its pair of screens. I'm still hoping to catch her Infinity Mirrors exhibit when it comes to Atlanta later this fall.
- You can put Kin on the year's list of major flops. Despite its lower budget, the film dropped 72 percent despite playing on more than 2,000 screens. It dropped from 12th to 17th place.
- AXL is on that list, too. In its third weekend, it shed more than 1,100 screens. It's only made $6 million to date.
The Predator will deliver the goods. Despite the recent behind-the-scenes controversy, it should open with at least $40 million. That would be the best debut of the franchise. And that should be more than enough to take care of A Simple Favor and White Boy Rick, neither of which should make more than $10 million next weekend.