It was a measured but still positive weekend at the box office. Two new horror sequels battled out for number one, with one on pace to break $100M this week. "F9" sped past $250M globally. While last week's box office haul was bigger -- and while "A Quiet Place: Part II" took a 59% drop in its second week -- there's still much to be optimistic about.
Warner Bros.' latest "Conjuring" entry, "The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It" took in a three-day total of $24M. This bested last week's box office hit, Paramount's "A Quiet Place: Part II" which topped out at $19.5M. The eighth in a franchise that includes the "Annabelle" movies, "Conjuring 3" even beat the lowest-performing opening weekend of the series, the $20.3M initial take for 2019's "Annabelle Comes Home."
The fact that two movies of similar genres are topping the box office and pulling in similar numbers, especially with "Conjuring 3" available on same-day streaming, is a positive sign that the box office is robust. While WB did not provide intel on HBO Max streaming numbers for "Conjuring 3" it's likely that the same-day release shaved approximately $10-12M from its final gross. As for "A Quiet Place: Part II," the horror sequel is on pace to become the first domestic release since the start of the pandemic to cross $100M this week.
Disney's "Cruella" took the third spot with $11.2M. While this was a 47% drop from last week, Disney has been pleased with both the box office and premium streaming success of the movie and has greenlit a sequel.
Universal's "Spirit Untamed" was the only other major newcomer, which also competed for family audiences. Based on a popular Netflix series, the animated feature took in $6.2M. The rest of the box office was filled out by holdovers, most of which are also currently available at home. Disney's "Raya and the Last Dragon" led the pack. Next week Disney is set to launch Pixar's "Luca" as a Disney+ exclusive, and at no extra cost for subscribers. Considering a Pixar film would be a welcome return to the cinema for families, one can only speculate on how this experiment will play out.
This week the summer season should start to sizzle, with WB's anticipated musical "In the Heights" opening. Following the week after are action-comedy "The Hitman's Wife's Bodyguard" and the family-friendly "Peter Rabbit 2."
Box Office Top Ten: June 4-6
- "The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It" (Warner Bros.) - $24,010,000 [NEW]
- "A Quiet Place: Part II" (Paramount) - $19,500,000 / Overall: $88,610,985
- "Cruella" (Disney) - $11,243,000 / Overall: $43,684,673
- "Spirit Untamed" (Universal) - $6,200,000 [NEW]
- "Raya and the Last Dragon" (Disney) - $1,306,000 / Overall: $53,528,146
- "Wrath of Man" (United Artists) - $1,274,996 / Overall: $24,678,710
- "Spiral" (Lionsgate) $890,000 / Overall: $21,798,344
- "Godzilla vs. Kong" (Warner Bros) - $463,000 / Overall: $99,118,668
- "Demon Slayer: Mugen Train" (FUNimation) - $457,500 / Overall: $47,157,500
- "Dream Horse" (Bleecker Street) - $230,053 / Overall: $2,326,454
Box office data comes to us from Box Office Mojo.
Matt Lissauer is a writer & data manager for Noovie. When he is not busy writing listicles, Matt is enjoying life in New Jersey with his lovely wife and three kids.