You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Box Office: ‘Conjuring 2’ Spooks ‘Warcraft’ With $3.4 Million on Thursday Night

The Conjuring 2” scared up a solid $3.4 million on Thursday night, topping the $3.1 million debut of “Warcraft” and “Now You See Me 2’s” $1.75 million gross.

New Line’s horror sequel is expected to win the weekend box office handily with more than $35 million at 3,343 sites, coming in ahead of Universal’s “Warcraft” at 3,400 venues and Lionsgate’s “Now You See Me 2” at 3,232 locations. The Thursday night number for “The Conjuring 2” came in slightly above the $3.3 million preview gross for 2013’s “The Conjuring,” which went on to open with $41.9 million.

“The Conjuring 2” reunites director James Wan with Vera Farmiga and Patrick Wilson, who return as a husband-wife team of paranormal investigators, three years after the original became a surprise hit with $320 million worldwide. The duo deals with an 11-year-old, played by Madison Wolfe, who shows signs of demonic possession, in a story set in 1977 London.

“The Conjuring 2” and “Now You See Me 2” are coming into a sequel-heavy market that’s recently seen disappointing performances from “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows,” “The Huntsman: Winter’s War” and “Alice Through the Looking Glass.”

“Warcraft,” Legendary and Universal’s video game adaptation, carries a pricey $160 million budget, but has performed impressively overseas with $90 million in its first two days  in China and another $80 million from the rest of the international market.

“Now You See Me 2,” which carries a $90 million budget, is bringing back Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson, Dave Franco, Morgan Freeman and Mark Ruffalo, and adding Daniel Radcliffe and Lizzy Caplan to the mix. The original caper thriller performed above expectations with $350 million worldwide in 2013.

The original “Now You See Me” grossed $1.5 million in previews on its way to a $29.4 million domestic opening weekend and finished with $117 million

Salvation should arrive next weekend when “Finding Dory,” Disney-Pixar’s follow-up to 2003’s smash “Finding Nemo,” is projected to rack up more than $115 million.

More Film

  • Steve Bannon appears in The Brink

    Sundance Film Review: Stephen K. Bannon in 'The Brink'

    Stephen K. Bannon drinks Kombucha (who knew?), the fermented tea beverage for health fanatics that tastes like…well, if they ever invented a soft drink called Germs, that’s what Kombucha tastes like. In “The Brink,” Alison Klayman’s fly-on-the-wall, rise-and-fall-and-rise-of-a-white-nationalist documentary, Bannon explains that he likes Kombucha because it gives him a lift; he drinks it for [...]

  • Walt Disney Archives Founder Dave Smith

    Walt Disney Archives Founder Dave Smith Dies at 78

    Walt Disney Archives founder Dave Smith, the historian who spent 40 years cataloging and preserving the company’s legacy of entertainment and innovation, died Friday in Burbank, Calif. He was 78. Smith served as Disney’s chief archivist from 1970 to 2010. He was named a Disney Legend in 2007 and served as a consultant to the [...]

  • Oscar OScars Placeholder

    Cinematographers Praise Academy Reversal: 'We Thank You for Your Show of Respect'

    Cinematographers who fought the decision to curtail four Oscar presentations have praised the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for reversing the exclusions. “We thank you for your show of respect for the hard-working members of the film community, whose dedication and exceptional talents deserve the public recognition this reversal now allows them to enjoy,” [...]

  • Peter Parker and Miles Morales in

    'Spider-Man: Into the Spiderverse' Colored Outside the Lines

    The well-worn superhero genre and one of its best-known icons are unlikely vehicles for creating a visually fresh animated feature. But Sony Pictures Animation’s work on the Oscar-nominated animated feature “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” shows throwing out the rule book and letting everyone play in the creative sandbox can pay off big. “I think we [...]

  • Denis Villeneuve

    Denis Villeneuve's 'Dune' Gets November 2020 Release Date

    Warner Bros. has scheduled Legendary’s science-fiction tentpole “Dune” for a Nov. 20, 2020, release in 3D and Imax. “Aquaman” star Jason Momoa is in negotiations to join the “Dune” reboot with Timothee Chalamet, Javier Bardem, Rebecca Ferguson, Stellan Skarsgard, Dave Bautista, Josh Brolin, Oscar Isaac, and Zendaya. Production is expected to launch in the spring [...]

  • James Bond Spectre

    Bond 25 Moved Back Two Months to April 2020

    James Bond will arrive two months later than planned as MGM moved back the release date on the untitled Bond 25 movie from Feb. 14 to April 8, 2020 — a Wednesday before the start of Easter weekend. It’s the second delay for Bond 25. MGM and Eon originally announced in 2017 that the film [...]

  • Fast and Furious 8

    'Fast and Furious 9' Release Date Pushed Back Six Weeks

    Universal Pictures has shifted “Fast and Furious 9” back six weeks from April 10 to May 22, 2020 — the start of the Memorial Day weekend. It’s the second backwards shift for the title. In 2017, Universal moved the film back a year from April 19, 2019, to April 10, 2020. Both dates fall on [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content