'Conjuring' Series Gets More Terrifying With 'Annabelle: Creation'

'Conjuring' Series Gets More Terrifying With 'Annabelle: Creation'

One of the lone bright spots in a generally dismal summer for the box office, Christopher Nolan's World War II epic should make an additional $11.4 million this weekend, pushing its domestic total past the $150 million mark.

Despite an admirable debut for Annabelle: Creation at $35 million, more damage is done by unsettling results for The Nut Job 2: Nutty by Nature (shocking that no one saw it with that title), and The Glass Castle, a downbeat drama that opened in only 1,461 theaters. Creation easily beat the $30 million tracking estimate and fits in with the franchise, as 2014's Annabelle opened to $37.1 million, The Conjuring 2 opened to $40.4 million in 2016, and the original Conjuring debuted with $41.9 million in 2013.

While "Spider-Man: Homecoming" demonstrated a sharp decline after its first weekend, the news from overseas is far better, with the latest Marvel movie topping $700 million at the global box office, while comedy "Girls Trip" is projected to exceed $100 million domestically - which is seen as an impressive number for an R-rated comedy with an all-female cast. In fifth place was Sony's The Emoji Movie which made an estimated $6.6M this weekend bringing its total up to $63.6M after three weeks. Overseas the film stands at $210M making for a worldwide total of $363M with big box office countries like China and Japan still to come.

The same studio's "Dunkirk" continues to show strong during its fourth weekend, as it holds on to second place. And while Disney's "Pete's Dragon" faltered, Sony's "Sausage Party" surprised with $34.3 million, or about the same as "Annabelle: Creation" this year.

Last week's top film, the poorly received Stephen King adaptation "The Dark Tower", slid dramatically.

Per ComScore, overall box office is down 4.1 percent from the same frame from a year ago. It'll be interesting to see how the box office gets shaken up next week when The Hitman's Bodyguard and Logan Lucky open next week. That was bettered, though, by the $47,000-per-screen average of Neon's "Ingrid Goes West", with Aubrey Plaza, on three screens. They chose to release a sequel into an ultra-wide 4,003 theaters and The Nut Job 2 crashed and burned on impact with an estimated $8.9M for a per screen average of only $2,232. And A24's Robert Pattinson-starrer "Good Time" is opening in four theaters to $137,625.

The #7 movie is Spider-Man: Homecoming with $6.1 million.