Vera Farmiga and Patrick Wilson’s return as paranormal investigators Lorraine and Ed Warren scared up $25 million at the domestic box office this weekend. The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It outperformed A Quiet Place Part II by $5 million according to Variety, a rare weekend in which horror pictures were in the top two slots.
The Conjuring’s win is even more impressive considering that, as with all Warner Bros. movies this year, it was released simultaneously in theaters and on the streaming platform HBO Max.
The Numbers, which publishes movie industry data, puts the total for the series’ shared universe at just shy of $2 billion worldwide. The only horror franchise to make more dough is Godzilla, but mentioning this might demand an immediate break so message boards can argue whether Godzilla is really a horror franchise or if creature features are their own thing.
The newest film is the third in the Conjuring trilogy, but eighth in the series that includes origin stories and sidequels. Farmiga and Wilson also appeared in 2019’s Annabelle Comes Home as the real-life founders of the New England Society for Psychic Research.
During opening weekend, Conjuring fans hit social media to share some wholesome memes inspired by the onscreen sparks between ghost hunters Farmiga and Wilson.
Continuing the appreciation for this duo, V.F.‘s Richard Lawson has offered up some suggestions for future collaborations. As he puts it, “they can’t do this demon stuff forever.”
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