Weekend Box Office: ‘Annabelle: Creation’ Conjuring Up $36M-Plus Debut Weekend, $4M Thursday Late-Night Shows

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New Line’s Annabelle: Creation is scaring up strong business in its box-office debut for a projected domestic launch in the $36 million-$39 million range, according to early Friday returns. The origin film,  directed by David F. Sandberg, is the fourth installment in the studio’s Conjuring horror franchise. It’s pacing to gross as much as $17 million from 3,502 theaters on Friday, including a strong $4 million in Thursday previews._T2A0373.dng

Annabelle, which opened in October 2014, earned $2.1 million in late-night showings on its way to a $37.1 million domestic debut. It earned $256.9 million worldwide. Conjuring 2 took in $3.4 million in previews in June 2016 on its way to a $40.4 million debut in North America. The highest earner in the Conjuring universe, it has grabbed $320.3 million worldwide.

 

The new installment follows a doll maker and his wife who, after losing their little girl, welcome a nun and several girls from a shuttered orphanage into their home. But they soon become the target of the doll maker’s possessed creation, Annabelle.

 

Annabelle: Creation is also impressing overseas, where it has grossed $9.5 million in its first two days, including a Thursday haul of $1.2 million in South Korea.

 

Elsewhere in North America, Open Road’s animated sequel The Nut Job 2: Nutty by Nature is projected to open to a subdued $8 million-$10 million from 4,003 theaters. Friday’s gross will include $330,000 in Thursday previews.

 

The first Nut Job film debuted to $19.4 million in January 2014.

Written By: Tommy Lightfoot Garrett
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