In a summer of disappointing box office performances for sequels — see: Alice Through the Looking Glass, Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising, and X-Men: Apocalypse — The Conjuring 2 broke the curse and nearly equalled the opening of the first movie.
The Conjuring 2 earned an estimated $40-million domestically, just shy of the $42-million The Conjuring earned its opening weekend in 2013. Worldwide, it pulled in an estimated $90-million.
Second-place belonged to the poorly received Warcraft, which earned an estimated $24-million across Canada and the United States.
Whereas North American victor The Conjuring 2 may have more than doubled its domestic cume, Warcraft earned more a whopping $286-million worldwide, more than than ten times what it achieved locally.
China’s box offices are credited with the majority of that, where Warcraft earned $156 over its first five days of release.
Coming in close behind was Now You See Me 2, with an estimated $23-million domestically. The original Now You See Me opened in 2013 to $29-million, on its way to a domestic total of $118-million.
Overall, the weekend saw an increase of 14% over last weekend box office numbers, but was a pale shadow of last year’s numbers at this same time, when Jurassic World opened with a record-breaking $209-million.
1. The Conjuring 2 ($40,350,000)
2. Warcraft ($24,356,000)
3. Now You See Me 2 ($23,025,000)
4. TMNT: Out of the Shadows ($14,800,000)
5. X-Men: Apocalypse ($10,000,000)
6. Me Before You ($9,210,000)
7. The Angry Birds Movie ($6,700,000)
8. Alice Through the Looking Glass ($5,544,821)
9. Captain America: Civil War ($4,300,195)
10. The Jungle Book ($2,721,250)
(Source: Box Office Mojo)