Friday Update: Warner Bros.’ horror prequel Annabelle: Creation is the belle of the ball with $9.5 million overseas.
The film opened in 22 markets on Thursday, bringing in $5.6 million. That’s in addition to the eight markets where it opened on Wednesday and earned $4.0 million.
Top early markets include France with $1.3 million and South Korea with $1.2 million.
The fourth film in the Conjuring/Annabelle horror franchise, the most recent installment The Conjuring 2 set the overseas record for the franchise with $217.8 million last year. Annabelle: Creation is a prequel to the 2014 spinoff Annabelle, which earned $172.6 million overseas — the lowest in the franchise.
The film opens Friday in the U.S. and nine more overseas markets. It’s expected to lead the domestic box office with a projection of around $30 million.
Thursday Update: Warner Bros.’ horror prequel Annabelle: Creation has earned $4.0 million overseas. The film has opened in seven markets so far, with an additional 22 on Thursday and nine more on Friday, including the U.S.
Starting with $775 thousand in France and $456 thousand on their opening days, the film also ranks as the highest opening day ever for a horror film in Belgium, Iceland, and Singapore.
The original The Conjuring earned $180.6 million overseas in 2013, followed by a slight dip to $172.6 million overseas for spinoff Annabelle in 2014. The most recent installment, The Conjuring 2, set the overseas record for the franchise with $217.8 million last year. (Annabelle: Creation is a prequel to Annabelle.)
The film is expected to open with an easy first place domestically this weekend, with a projection of around $30 million.