In a world where horror reigns supreme, ‘The Nun II’ is clawing its way to maintain its number one spot at the global box office, even as it faces off against India’s blockbuster ‘Jawan,’ with earnings that could range from a spine-chilling $60 million to a terrifying $80 million.
The Conjuring Universe, known for its supernatural scares, took a hit during the pandemic, but it’s back with a vengeance thanks to ‘The Nun II.’ In its debut weekend, this eerie installment conjured up a staggering $85 million globally. However, while it’s a promising start, it’s still trailing behind its predecessor, which cast a spell over audiences with a franchise-best $131 million during its global opening weekend.
After dominating the domestic box office in its opening weekend, ‘The Nun II’ now faces an unexpected challenge from India’s cinematic juggernaut, ‘Jawan.’ While ‘The Nun II’ scared up an estimated $85 million, ‘Jawan’ is lurking in the shadows, poised to deliver a four-day gross ranging from $60 million to $80 million. The final showdown between these cinematic titans will only be revealed tomorrow.
‘The Nun II’ made an impressive $32.6 million during its domestic debut, and it added an additional $52.7 million from 70 overseas markets, amassing a cumulative global haul of $85 million. This resurrection of the Conjuring Universe is a welcome sight for horror aficionados, especially after Warner Bros. decided to simultaneously release all its 2021 films on the Max streaming service during the pandemic, causing a dip in box office performance for ‘The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It.’
Within the expansive Conjuring Universe, ‘The Nun’ remains a fan favorite. The original film still holds records for the biggest debut ($53 million) and the largest worldwide haul ($363 million) in the franchise’s history. Despite the occasional bump in the road, this universe consistently delivers spine-tingling hits, with only one exception – ‘The Curse of La Llorona.’ However, director Michael Chaves’ recent comments clarified that ‘La Llorona’ isn’t part of the franchise. His work on that film, though, caught the attention of series producers James Wan and Peter Safran, leading to his direction of ‘The Conjuring 3’ and, subsequently, ‘The Nun II,’ where he took the helm from original director Corin Hardy.
Now, the burning question is whether mixed reviews will cast a dark shadow over ‘The Nun II’s’ performance. Currently, it lurks in the eerie depths of a “rotten” 45% score on review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes. Additionally, it received a rather lukewarm C+ CinemaScore from opening day audiences, although FilmSweep’s Samantha Coley was more forgiving, awarding it a favorable B+. However, horror films often defy the critics, with their box office fate determined more by audience reactions and second-weekend drops. As of now, it’s too early to predict whether ‘The Nun II’ will continue to haunt the box office or fade into the shadows, but one thing is clear: it’s trailing behind its predecessor, which set a terrifyingly high bar with $131 million during its global opening weekend.
Set in the spooky backdrop of 1950s France, ‘The Nun II’ reunites audiences with Taissa Farmiga as Sister Irene, alongside a stellar cast including Jonas Bloquet, Storm Reid, Anna Popplewell, and Bonnie Aarons as the titular Nun. For those hungry for more supernatural thrills, the Conjuring Universe has promised a fourth film in the central series, tantalizingly titled ‘The Conjuring: Last Rites.’ As for ‘The Nun II,’ it’s currently haunting theaters, so stay tuned at FilmSweep for updates on its chilling box office journey!
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Box Office Performance
Q: How much did ‘The Nun II’ earn in its debut weekend at the global box office?
A: ‘The Nun II’ scared up an impressive $85 million globally in its debut weekend.
Q: How does ‘The Nun II’ compare to its predecessor in terms of box office performance?
A: While ‘The Nun II’ had a strong start, it’s currently trailing behind its direct predecessor, which grossed a franchise-best $131 million in its global opening weekend.
Q: What challenges is ‘The Nun II’ facing at the global box office?
A: ‘The Nun II’ faces unexpected competition from India’s blockbuster ‘Jawan,’ which is expected to gross anywhere between $60 million and $80 million.
Q: How did the pandemic impact the Conjuring Universe’s box office performance?
A: The Conjuring Universe experienced a setback during the pandemic when Warner Bros. released its 2021 films simultaneously on the Max streaming service, leading to lower box office figures for ‘The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It’ compared to previous installments.
Q: How have reviews and audience reactions influenced ‘The Nun II’s’ box office fate?
A: ‘The Nun II’ received mixed reviews, with a “rotten” 45% score on Rotten Tomatoes and a C+ CinemaScore from opening day audiences. However, horror films often rely more on audience reactions than critics’ opinions, and it’s too early to predict its long-term performance.
Q: What’s next for the Conjuring Universe after ‘The Nun II’?
A: The Conjuring Universe is set to continue with the fourth film in the central series, titled ‘The Conjuring: Last Rites,’ promising more supernatural thrills for fans.