‘Annabelle’ scares up $35M, jolt­ing sleepy box of­fice

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - ENTERTAINMENT -

NEW YORK — The “Con­jur­ing” spinoff “Annabelle: Cre­ation” scared up an es­ti­mated $35 mil­lion in North Amer­i­can the­atres over the week­end, mak­ing it eas­ily the top film and giv­ing the lag­ging Au­gust box of­fice a shot in the arm. The open­ing came close to match­ing the film’s pre­de­ces­sor, “Annabelle,” which opened with $37.1 mil­lion in Oc­to­ber 2014. Warner Bros. could cel­e­brate not only the month’s big­gest de­but but also hav­ing the week’s top two films. Christo­pher Nolan’s “Dunkirk” fol­lowed in se­cond with $11.4 mil­lion in its fourth week­end, ac­cord­ing to stu­dio es­ti­mates Sun­day.

Even amid an es­pe­cially weak Au­gust, the well-re­viewed hor­ror se­quel and mod­estly bud­geted “Annabelle: Cre­ation” found ea­ger au­di­ences.

The film, the third to spi­ral out of 2013’s “The Con­jur­ing,” cost only about $15 mil­lion to make. More se­quels and spinoffs are be­ing de­vel­oped in what has be­come for Warner Bros. a steadily prof­itable hor­ror fran­chise bent on old-school frights.

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