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The Conjuring 2 scares off the box office competition

Two sequels and a new franchise debut at the box office this weekend, but only one of them could be categorized a big success. Here’s what went down:

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The Conjuring 2, the sequel to the blockbuster 2013 horror film, had an exceptionally strong showing this weekend, debuting in the top spot with an estimated $38.3 million. That’s only slightly off from the original’s $41 million debut. Combined with the fact that critics and audiences both gave it top marks, everyone involved should be pretty pleased with this result, even if The Conjuring 2 may not hit the first film’s $137 million total in North America.

Debuting in second place with $25.7 million was Warcraft. That’s a fairly unimpressive number to go along with the critical drubbing the film is taking. However, overseas Warcraft has already made $276 million with more to come, so while the film is a dud in North America, it should wind up in the black by the end of its run.

Now You See Me 2 debut in third place with $23.3 million, a pedestrian number that was off from the original’s $29.5 million debut. That one finished its 2013 run with $117 million in North America, and it’s unlikely the sequel will come anywhere close to that.

As for the rest of the top five, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2: Out of the Shadows had a steep 68% drop to land in fourth place with $13.9 million, while X-Men: Apocalypse closed things out in fifth with $9.5 million.

So, to recap, here were our predictions:

1) The Conjuring 2 – $35 million
2) Now You See Me 2 – $28 million
3) Warcraft – $20 million
4) Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2: Out of the Shadows – $13 million
5) Me Before You – $10 million

And here’s how the weekend is estimated to turn out:

1) The Conjuring 2 – $38.3 million
2) Warcraft – $25.7 million
3) Now You See Me 2 – $23.3 million
4) Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2: Out of the Shadows – $13.9 million
5) X-Men: Apocalypse – $9.5 million

Next weekend sees the release of Central Intelligence and Finding Dory. Be sure to check back on Friday to see our predictions!

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About Andy Burns

Andy Burns is the Interactive Content Editor for SiriusXM Canada, and has been the Editor-In-Chief of the pop culture website Biff Bam Pop! since its inception in 2008. He is also a Staff Writer for Rue Morgue Magazine. Andy's book, Wrapped In Plastic: Twin Peaks, was published in 2015 by ECW Press. His next book, on Stephen King's The Stand, will be published by Cemetery Dance in 2018.

Posted on June 12, 2016, in Andy Burns, Andy Burns/Andy B, box office predictions, General, movies and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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