Weekend box office: Warcraft can’t beat The Conjuring 2

It was another strange weekend at theaters across America where a sequel no one wanted went up against a video game movie no one was sure about and a horror sequel no one was sure would work.  One of the rules of finding success at the weekend box office is to make sure your movie opens with zero genre competition and so THE CONJURING 2 easily took the top spot while the other two movies underperformed.  NOW YOU SEE ME 2 (click the link to read our review) is a perplexing movie as far as its very existence.  The original did surprisingly well, flirting with $30 million and so Lionsgate put a lot of money into the marketing of the sequel.  The sequel won’t make quite as much, but it seems to be pleasing audiences, so it should do fine on home video.  Finally, poor WARCRAFT never really had a chance.  Video game fans typically don’t show up in theaters and the movie was too genre specific to have a mass appeal.  That, coupled with average reviews led to a $26 million opening.

Next weekend will again belong to Disney as the sequel FINDING DORY hits theaters.  I don’t really think FINDING NEMO needed a sequel, but FINDING DORY will find a ton of success given the lack of available options as far as kids movies go.  It won’t break any records and it may not beat the original’s $70 million opening, but it should do fine.  We also get CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE starring Dwayne Johnson and Kevin Hart.  It should do okay, but comedies like that usually start getting some buzz around this time and it has been quiet on CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE, leading me to believe the studio is relying on the names to sell tickets.  Note: the numbers below will be updated as they become final.

1. The Conjuring 2 $37.2m

2. Warcraft $26.5m

3. Now You See Me 2 $22.6m

4. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows $13.23m

5. X-Men: Apocalypse $10.7mm

6. Me Before You $9.4m

7. The Angry Birds Movie $7.4m

8. Alice Through the Looking Glass $6.2m

9. Captain America: Civil War $5m

10. The Jungle Book $2.8m

(Deadline)

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