The Conjuring Universe is proving its resilience, making a robust comeback with The Nun II. The horror sequel has managed to secure the leading position in the U.S. box office for the second consecutive weekend, fending off stiff competition from Kenneth Branagh’s latest Hercule Poirot film, ‘A Haunting in Venice.’
In just about 10 days since its release, The Nun II has amassed an impressive $158 million globally, with $56 million from the U.S. and $102 million from international markets. This past weekend alone, the movie raked in an additional $30 million, holding its ground against Indian film ‘Jawan’ last weekend and overshadowing ‘A Haunting in Venice this week.
Currently being screened in 72 countries, the film is especially making waves in Mexico, Brazil, Indonesia, Italy, and, most recently, France. Anticipation is high for its forthcoming openings in Germany, Austria, Korea, and Japan. Warner Bros. reveals that, in comparable markets, ‘The Nun II’ is outperforming all other movies in the Conjuring franchise, except for the original ‘The Nun.’
‘The Conjuring’ Franchise: A Rare Success Story in the Post-Marvel Era
The original The Nun, which hit theatres in 2018, still holds the franchise record for global earnings with $365 million. Apart from ‘The Curse of La Llorona,’ each instalment in the Conjuring Universe has earned over $200 million worldwide, making it a unique success story in a landscape largely dominated by Marvel.
Director Michael Chaves, who helmed both The Nun II and the pandemic-released The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It, recently clarified that The Curse of La Llorona should not be counted as part of the Conjuring series. The latest addition to the franchise, The Conjuring: Last Rites, is in the works, although a release date has yet to be announced. Set in the 1950s in France, The Nun II brings back Taissa Farmiga as Sister Irene and Bonnie Aarons as the eponymous Nun/Valak.