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Battle at the Box Office 9/18/23

The Nun II managed to fend off fellow spooky offering A Haunting in Venice to stay on the top of the box office for its second week of release.

The Nun II dropped 55% from last weekend, which is actually fairly good for a horror movie, and took in another $14.5 million, bringing it to $56.3 million domestically. Worldwide, the movie has $158.6 million so far and it’s on pace to outgross Annabelle Comes Home and The Conjuring 3.

A Haunting in Venice debuted at $14.2 million, just barely missing the top spot.  The latest Poirot movie from Kenneth Branagh was the second-best opening in the trilogy, up from Death on the Nile but less than half of what Murder on the Orient Express made in 2017.  Worldwide, A Haunting in Venice has $36.9 million so far.  The movie has a B CinemaScore, which means the word of mouth might be iffy, so we’ll have to see how it does this coming weekend.

The Equalizer 3 took third place with another $7.2 million, bringing it to $73.6 million domestically and $132.3 million worldwide.  It’s about $29 million from topping the Equalizer franchise domestically and about $60 million or so from topping the franchise worldwide.  Its performance seems to be lagging behind the other two movies on a day-to-day basis, so it may have to settle for third place.

My Big Fat Greek Wedding 3 and Barbie rounded out the top 5, with the former dropping 55% from last weekend’s already disappointing opening.  Barbie may surge back up the charts this coming weekend, as it is finally getting a release in IMAX.

Further down the list, Indian blockbuster Jawan fell 61% from last weekend, making another $2.4 million and taking 7th place.  It has $12.1 million domestically and $16.6 million worldwide.

The special preview of Dumb Money took the Per Theater average this weekend, making $27,625 in each of the 8 theaters it was playing in.  It expands wide on September 29th.

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