NEW YORK — “The Nun 2” and “A Haunting in Venice” nearly tied for the No. 1 spot in U.S. and Canadian theaters over the weekend, with a slight edge carrying the horror sequel over the Hercule Poirot thriller, based on studio estimates Sunday.
In its second weekend of launch, Warner Bros.’ “The Nun 2,” a by-product from the studio’s profitable “Conjuring” franchise, grossed $14.7 million. If numbers maintain, that can give “The Nun 2” (as much as $56.5 million whole and $158.8 million worldwide) the highest spot on the field workplace for the second straight week.
Very shut behind was “A Haunting in Venice,” Kenneth Branagh’s third Agatha Christie adaptation following 2017’s “Murder on the Orient Express” and 2022’s “Death on the Nile.” It opened with $14.5 million.
Final box-office figures will probably be launched Monday.
After the profitable run of “Murder on the Orient Express” ($352.8 million worldwide towards a manufacturing funds of $55 million) and the less-stellar international haul of “Death on the Nile” ($137.3 million towards a $90 million funds), the sluggish begin for “A Haunting in Venice” might have signaled the dying knell for Branagh’s detective.
The twentieth Century Studios movie, launched by the Walt Disney Co., grossed $22.7 million internationally. And it price lower than its predecessor, carrying a manufacturing funds of about $60 million.
“The Equalizer 3,” starring Denzel Washington, dropped to 3rd place with $7.2 million. In three weeks, its grossed $73.7 million domestically and $132.4 million worldwide. Fourth place went to “My Big Fat Greek Wedding 3” with $4.7 million in its second weekend of launch. It’s grossed $18.5 million domestically.
It was one of many quietest weekend in film theaters this yr, as Hollywood — which has spent a lot of the final two weeks selling its movies on the Venice, Telluride and Toronto movie festivals — treads water in between the summer time smashes of “Barbie” and “Oppenheimer” and awaits its high fall films. Some of these, like “Dune: Part Two,” have already postponed till subsequent yr because of the SAG-AFTRA and WGA strikes.
One anticipated fall movie, Sony’s “Dumb Money,” opted for a platform launch, debuting in eight theaters over the weekend earlier than increasing subsequent weekend and going large Sept. 29. The movie, a rollicking dramatization of the GameStop inventory frenzy, grossed $217,000, for a per-location common of about $27,000.
And “Barbie” additionally stays within the image. For the ninth straight weekend, Greta Gerwig’s box-office sensation ranked within the high 5 movies. It added $4 million to deliver its home whole to $625 million and its international haul to $1.42 billion. Meanwhile, “Oppenheimer” has reached $912.7 million, making it the very best grossing biopic ever, passing “Bohemian Rhapsody.”