Weekend Box Office: THE NUN II Edges Out A HAUNTING IN VENICE for #1

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Monday Update: The Nun II barely beat out A Haunting in Venice for the top spot, $14.5M to $14.2M.

Both films came in slightly below their original Sunday estimates: Nun at $14.5M instead of $14.7M, Haunting at $14.2M instead of $14.5M.

Nun ultimately won out by +1.7%, slightly more than its +1.5% lead as of Sunday studio estimates.


The Nun II

Last weekend, Warner Bros. horror sequel opened with $32.6M in first place. However, that was -39% below 2018’s The Nun: $53.8M.

Now in its sophomore frame, it falls -55% to $14.7M to tentatively repeat in first place. That’s milder than the sophomore drop for The Nun: -66%.

Through 10 days, the sequel has earned $56.5M. That’s -33% below The Nun through the same point in release: $85.1M.

Overseas / global

This weekend, The Nun II fell -49% overseas in holdover markets, milder than its -55% domestic drop.

The Nun II has earned $102.3M overseas and $158.8M globally, or 64% from overseas.

The Nun earned $248.1M overseas and $365.5M globally, or 68% from overseas.

The sequel’s top five overseas market totals are:

  1. Mexico: $14.9M
  2. Indonesia: $7.6M
  3. Brazil: $7.2M
  4. Italy: $5.5M
  5. U.K.: $4.9M

A Haunting in Venice

20th Century Studios’ horror-mystery debuted with $14.5M, tentatively in second place.

The third installment in Kenneth Branagh’s ‘Hercule Poirot’ franchise, it opens:

  • -49% below 2017’s Murder on the Orient Express: $28.6M
  • +12% above February 2022’s Death on the Nile: $12.8M, during a shaky period in the post-pandemic recovery

Here’s how Haunting compares to Nile on several key metrics:

Metric

A Haunting in Venice

Death on the Nile

CinemaScore

B

B

Ages 45+

31%

28%

IMAX

9%

8%

Premium Large Format

27%

24%

Overseas / global

Haunting opened with $22.7M overseas and $37.2M globally.

That global opening is +11% higher than Nile: $33.5M. (Although, again it was a tenuous period in the post-pandemic recovery.)

Haunting’s top five overseas market totals are:

  1. U.K.: $2.6M
  2. China: $2.4M
  3. Italy: $2.1M
  4. France: $1.7M
  5. Spain: $1.2M

The Equalizer 3

Last weekend, Sony Pictures’ R-rated action sequel dropped a steep -65% in its sophomore frame, steeper than the sophomore drops for both the two prior installments:

  • 2014’s The Equalizer: -45%
  • 2018’s The Equalizer 2: -61%

Now in its third frame, it falls -40% to $7.2M and third place.

Through 17 days, it’s earned $73.6M. That’s below both of its two predecessors, through the same point in release, despite opening above the original installment:

  • -7% below 2014’s The Equalizer: $79.8M
  • -7% below 2018’s The Equalizer 2: also $79.8M

Overseas / global

This weekend, Equalizer 3 fell -32% in overseas holdover markets, milder than its -40% domestic drop.

The third installment has now earned $58.7M overseas and $132.4M globally, or 44% overseas.

That’s a similar percentage to the first two films, which earned $190M (47%) and $192M (46%) overseas.

Top five markets to date are:

  1. U.K.: $7.9M 
  2. Germany: $5.7M 
  3. France: $5.6M 
  4. Australia: $4.9M 
  5. Spain: $4.0M

My Big Fat Greek Wedding 3

Last weekend, Focus Features’ comedy sequel opened to $10.0M in third place. That was -44% below 2016’s My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2: $17.8M.

Now in its sophomore frame, the third installment falls -53% to $4.7M and fourth place. That’s steeper than Its predecessor, which fell -37%.

Through 10 days, the third installment has earned $18.5M. That’s -49% below its predecessor through the same point in release: $36.5M.

Barbie

In its ninth frame, Warner Bros.’ comedy declines -30% to $3.9M and fifth place.

That’s its second-mildest percentage drop yet, steeper than only a -26% decline in its sixth frame.

Last weekend, falling -44%, marked its sharpest weekend decline to date.

All time, Barbie has now earned the:

  • #20 opening weekend: $162.0M
  • #7 sophomore weekend: $93.0M
  • #11 third weekend: $53.0M
  • #9 fourth weekend: $33.9M
  • #11 fifth weekend: $21.0M
  • #16 sixth weekend: $15.1M
  • #28 seventh weekend: $10.2M
  • #78 eighth weekend: $5.7M

Now on its ninth weekend, it finally drops out of the top 100 – though barely, and could crack the lowest rungs if its Monday actuals come in a bit higher than its Sunday estimate.

With $626.1M total through 59 days, it now ranks as the #11 biggest movie of all time domestically, between 2015’s Jurassic World with $653.4M and 2012’s The Avengers with $623.3M.

Overseas / global

Barbie has earned $790.6M overseas and $1.41B globally, or 55% from overseas.

Globally, that’s the #14 film of all time, ranking between 2019’s Frozen II with $1.45B and 2015’s Avengers: Age of Ultron with $1.40B.

Barbie’s top four overseas markets totals are:

  1. U.K.: $121.6M
  2. Germany: $57.5M
  3. Australia: $56.1M
  4. Mexico: $54.3M

It’s also earned $35.1M in China.

Jawan

In a surprise finish that many didn’t anticipate, Yash Raj Films’ Indian foreign-language action thriller Jawan opened with a $6.1M weekend last frame in fourth place.

Now in its sophomore frame, it falls -59% to $2.49M and sixth place.

Compared to some other prominent Indian action films of recent years, that’s steeper than:

  • 2016’s Dangal: -35% on New Year’s weekend
  • 2022’s RRR: -47%

And milder than:

  • January’s Pathaan: -61%
  • 2017’s Baahubali 2: The Conclusion (-67%)
  • 2022’s Brahmastra Part 1: Shiva (-76%)

Dumb Money

In the first step of a three-week expansion, Sony Pictures’ comedy opened with $217K in eight locations, for a $27,080 per-theater average.

That marks the #10 per-theater average of 2023 so far, behind six similar limited openings and three wide ones: Barbie, The Super Mario Bros. Movie, and Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse.

Money will expand to a moderate release next weekend, September 22, and reach a wide release on September 29.

Read Boxoffice PRO’s interview with Dumb Money director Craig Gillespie here:

https://www.boxofficepro.com/get-rich-or-die-laughing-dumb-money-director-craig-gillespie-brings-the-gamestop-meme-stock-saga-to-the-big-screen/ 

Weekend comparisons

Total box office this weekend came in around $61.3M.

Here’s how this weekend compares to last weekend, the same weekend last year, and the same weekend in the last pre-pandemic year of 2019:

Weekend

Total

This weekend is:

Leader

Last weekend

$88.3M

-30%

The Nun II: $32.6M

Same weekend in 2022

$51.4M

+19%

The Woman King: $19.0M

Same weekend in 2019

$110.7M

-44%

It: Chapter Two – $91.0M, second frame

YTD comparisons

Year-to-date box office stands around $6.89B.

Here’s how that compares to last year and the last pre-pandemic year of 2019, through the equivalent point:

Year

YTD total

2023 YTD now:

2023 YTD after last weekend:

Trend

2022

$5.43B

+26.9%

+26.1%

Up

2019

$8.13B

-15.1%

-14.9%

Down

Top distributors

Grouped by parent company, the YTD leaders are:

  1. Disney + 20th Century + Searchlight + Star: $1.64B
  2. Universal + Focus Features: $1.53B
  3. Warner Bros.: $1.10B
  4. Sony Pictures + Sony Classics + Crunchyroll: $829.6M
  5. Paramount: $703.4M

Sunday’s Studio Weekend Estimates:

Title  Estimated weekend  % change Locations Location change Average  Total  Weekend Distributor
The Nun II $14,730,000 -55% 3,743 15 $3,935 $56,523,000 2 Warner Bros.
A Haunting in Venice $14,500,000   3,305   $4,387 $14,500,000 1 20th Century Studios [Disney]
The Equalizer 3 $7,235,000 -40% 3,528 -437 $2,051 $73,679,930 3 Sony Pictures
My Big Fat Greek Wedding 3 $4,700,000 -53% 3,678 28 $1,278 $18,572,000 2 Focus Features [Universal]
Barbie $3,965,000 -30% 3,012 -269 $1,316 $626,122,000 9 Warner Bros.
Jawan $2,493,986 -59% 776 -50 $3,214 $12,193,700 2 Yash Raj Films
Blue Beetle $2,475,000 -35% 2,386 -400 $1,037 $67,281,000 5 Warner Bros.
Gran Turismo: Based on a True Story $2,350,000 -33% 2,202 -563 $1,067 $39,422,852 4 Sony Pictures
Oppenheimer $2,100,000 -32% 1,799 -292 $1,167 $318,639,000 9 Universal
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem $2,000,000 -28% 2,066 -434 $968 $114,148,000 7 Paramount
Bottoms $1,201,885 -41% 1,182 -83 $1,017 $9,872,000 4 MGM
Meg 2: The Trench $695,000 -43% 976 -598 $712 $81,732,000 7 Warner Bros.
Talk To Me $567,472 -35% 570 -350 $996 $46,923,334 8 A24
Haunted Mansion $515,000 -22% 650 -175 $792 $66,247,443 8 Walt Disney
Strays $380,000 -55% 761 -739 $499 $23,616,000 5 Universal
The Hill $356,000 -41% 805 -403 $442 $7,175,000 4 Briarcliff Entertainment
Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part One $340,000 -39% 356 -210 $955 $171,999,000 10 Paramount
Dumb Money $216,000   8   $27,000 $217,000 1 Sony Pictures
The Inventor $201,061   700   $287 $201,061 1 Blue Fox Entertainment
Elemental $100,000 -69% 255 -455 $392 $154,341,946 14 Walt Disney
Amerikatsi $91,932 62% 3   $30,644 $168,598 2 Variance Films
Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe $32,329 -86% 95 -430 $340 $373,363 2 Blue Fox Entertainment
Catvideofest 2023 $30,870 -52% 20 -67 $1,544 $502,001 7 Oscilloscope
Fremont $28,139 -21% 28 4 $1,005 $174,773 4 Music Box Films
Theater Camp $25,000 -47% 45 -25 $556 $3,960,123 10 Searchlight [Disney]
Canary $8,350   3   $2,783 $8,350 1 Oscilloscope
Radical Wolfe $8,270   1   $8,270 $8,270 1 Kino Lorber
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