Weekend box office: The Nun easily takes the top spot

Last week I incorrectly predicted CRAZY RICH ASIANS would take the weekend box office again, clearly underestimating the appeal of THE NUN and breaking my rule of never betting against the lone horror movie.  Since I’m not a horror fan, I forgot that THE NUN was part of the Conjuring universe, which of course helped its case.  So although I’m was slightly surprised the film is heading towards a $50 million opening, I might be the only one.  Once again, this shows that audiences are constantly starved for horror movies, even if they’re poorly reviewed and poorly received.  The other new movie of the weekend is Jennifer Garner’s PEPPERMINT, which opened with around $12 million.  Now that may not seem great compared to the $50 million of THE NUN, but I don’t think anyone would have thought she could open her own action movie and crack the top three at the weekend box office.  I’m not her biggest fan, but it’s nice to see her start to make a comeback.

Next week will belong to THE PREDATOR, but there are question marks all over the film.  Recently, Olivia Munn has caused a ruckus after exposing there was a known sex offender that appeared in the film. I don’t think that will impact the film’s success at all, but it’s something for people to talk about before the movie opens.  I think the bigger question around the film is whether or not the Predator franchise has any legs.  The sequels were moderately fun, but I haven’t seen anything to make me think there’s a franchise waiting to be reborn.  There are a couple other movies opening as well, including the drama A SIMPLE FAVOR starring Anna Kendrick and WHITE BOY RICK starring Matthew McConaughey.  Both of those movies feel like rentals to me, so THE PREDATOR should have a direct line to the top spot.  Note: the numbers below will be updated as they become final.

1. The Nun $50m

2. Crazy Rich Asians $12.9m

3. Peppermint $12m

4. The Meg $5.2m

5. Searching $4.5m

6. Mission: Impossible – Fallout $3.7m

7. Christopher Robin $3.1m

8. Operation Finale $3m

9. Blackkklansman $2.6m

10. Alpha $2.4m


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