Nun II holds onto #1 spot at the box office


The Nun II managed to hold onto its #1 spot at the box office for a second weekend. The film saw a 55% drop from its opening weekend but its ten-day earnings of $56.5 million are quite impressive, showing strong overall performance.

A Haunting in Venice secured the #2 spot, which may be seen as a bit of a letdown, particularly when stacked against Kenneth Branagh‘s previous adaptations of Agatha Christie mysteries. Murder on the Orient Express and Death on the Nile did well enough to warrant another go, but it seems A Haunting in Venice might not have resonated with audiences as deeply. Nevertheless, Branagh’s portrayal of Hercule Poirot has received acclaim, so there’s still potential for future adaptations in the series.

Kenneth Branagh has adapted several Agatha Christie novels for the big screen. His first endeavor, Murder on the Orient Express, released on 11/10/2017, received mixed reviews from critics and audiences, with Rotten Tomatoes scores of 60% and 54% respectively. Nevertheless, it opened strong at the domestic box office with $28.7 million and went on to gross a total of $102.8 million domestically and an impressive $352.8 million worldwide, all while operating on a $55 million production budget, resulting in a remarkable box office gross to budget ratio of 6.4.

Branagh continued his Christie adaptations with Death on the Nile, released on 2/11/2022, which also garnered a Rotten Tomatoes score of 61% from critics but fared better with an 82% audience score. The film opened with $12.9 million domestically and ultimately earned $45.6 million domestically and $137.3 million worldwide. However, it had a higher production budget of $90 million, resulting in a less impressive box office gross-to-budget ratio of 1.5.

Now, Branagh’s latest project, A Haunting in Venice, released on 9/15/2023, seems to be off to a good start with a Rotten Tomatoes score of 78% from critics and 77% from the audience. The film opened with a promising $14.5 million at the domestic box office. With a production budget of $60 million, it will be interesting to see how it performs in terms of its box office gross-to-budget ratio compared to his previous Christie adaptations.

The Equalizer 3 held onto its #3 spot at the box office with a respectable $7.2 million and a 40% drop in earnings. Impressively, the film’s seventeen-day total reached $73.7 million, marking 92% of the original The Equalizer and 93% of The Equalizer 2 at the same point in their respective runs.

This franchise has exhibited remarkable consistency across three films, and it’s likely that the producers are eager to persuade Denzel Washington to reconsider his retirement from portraying the ex-CIA action hero, Robert McCall.

My Big Fat Greek Wedding 3 slipped from #3 to #4 in its second weekend, bringing in $4.7 million, a decline of 53%. After ten days in theaters, the comedic sequel has accumulated $18.6 million in domestic ticket sales, which is only half of what My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 earned at the same point in its release.


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Unfortunately, the international market hasn’t been kind to the film, with only $5 million in earnings to date. This situation signals a disappointing outcome for the project, especially considering that Focus Features invested $20 million in production. It appears unlikely that creator Nia Vardalos will have the opportunity to craft a fourth installment in the series.

Barbie continued its impressive run, holding onto the #5 spot at the box office for the second consecutive weekend and adding $4.0 million to its record-setting 2023 domestic total, which now stands at a staggering $626.1 million. Barbie seems determined to extend the summer vibe with her enduring beach party. Remarkably, the film has maintained a spot in the top five for all nine weeks since its release, even while contending with a dozen other wide-release titles during this period.

The international Indian hit Yash Raj’s Jawan experienced a 59% drop in ticket sales, landing the #6 spot at the box office. In the #7 spot, Warner Bros’ Blue Beetle is holding on for its fifth week, although it slipped from the #6 position last week. It brought in $2.5 million reflecting a 35% decrease.

In the #8 spot, Sony’s Gran Turismo maintained its presence for the fourth week, down from last weekend’s #7 place. The movie earned $2.4 million, showing a 33% decrease. Universal’s Oppenheimer saw a 32% decrease in earnings, securing the $9 spot at the box office while Paramount’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, ranked at #10 and managed to hold even better with only a 28% decline in earnings.

The Top 10

1. The Nun II (WB) Week 2; Last weekend #1

$14,730,000 (-55%) in 3,743 (+15) theaters; PTA (per theater average): $3,395; Cumulative: $56,523,000

2. A Haunting in Venice (Disney) NEW – Cinemascore: B; Metacritic: 64; Est. budget: $60 million

$14,500,000 in 3,305 theaters; PTA: $4,387; Cumulative: $14,500,000

3. The Equalizer 3 (Sony) Week 3; Last weekend #2

$7,235,000 (-40%) in 3,528 (-437) theaters; PTA: $2,051; Cumulative: $73,680,000

4. My Big Fat Greek Wedding 3 (Focus) Week 2; Last weekend #3

$4,700,000 (-53%) in 3,678 (+28) theaters; PTA: $1,278; Cumulative: $18,572,000

5. Barbie (Warner Bros.) Week 9; Last weekend #5

$3,965,000 (-30%) in 3,012 (-269) theaters; PTA: $1,316; Cumulative: $626,122,000

6. Jawan (Yash Raj) Week 2; Last weekend #4

$2,494,000 (-59%) in 800 (-13) theaters; PTA: $3,214; Cumulative: $12,194,000

7. Blue Beetle (Warner Bros.) Week 5; Last week #6

$2,475,000 (-35%) in 2,386 (-400) theaters; PTA: $1,037; Cumulative: $67,281,000

8. Gran Turismo (Sony) Week 4; Last weekend #7

$2,350,000 (-33%) in 2,202 (-563) theaters; PTA: $1,067; Cumulative: $39,423,000

9. Oppenheimer (Universal) Week 9; Last weekend #8

$2,100,000 (-32%) in 1,799 (-292) theaters; PTA: $1,167; Cumulative: $318,639,000

10. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem (Paramount) Week 7; Last weekend #9; also on PVOD

$2,000,000 (-28%) in 2,066 (-34) theaters; PTA: $968; Cumulative: $114,148,000

The total box office earnings for all movies this weekend amounted to $62.5 million, which is notably higher than the earnings for the same weekend one year ago, when it generated just $51 million. Leading the way this weekend was The Woman King, which had a strong opening with $19.1 million in box office revenue last year.

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