Box Office Report for the Week of September 10

It’s been a rather packed week at the movies for the first time in a while, with The Nun II predictably being the highest-grossing movie of the weekend. Even if The Conjuring universe has been experiencing diminishing returns for quite some time, it has still largely been a critic-proof franchise, no matter how bad installments there have been. I believe the difference between The Nun and The Nun II is night and day, and the film pulled off a decent $32.6 million cume over a $85 million budget.

Part of the reason The Conjuring movies have been successful at the box office is their relatively restrained budget, always ensuring a box office hit no matter what. My Big Fat Greek Wedding 3 also opened strong, with a $10 million tally on its first weekend, a bit less than the second installment, but will also likely be a success due to its small budget, even if its reviews are not very good. The second movie made over $90 million against an $18 million budget (and the first is one of the biggest sleeper hits of all time). Naturally, the third movie may finish in that same area.

Shah Rukh Khan also made a splash at the domestic box office this weekend, with his latest magnum opus, Jawan, beating his records previously held by Pathaan (which was released this January) in India and around the world. The film made over $6.1 million domestically, finishing behind My Big Fat Greek Wedding 3 in only 813 theatres in the U.S. The film also benefited from an IMAX release, but King Khan’s pull domestically shows that he isn’t solely lauded in his home country. The film also set the biggest-ever opening day for a Bollywood film worldwide and is currently on track to be Khan’s most profitable film.

These box office results come after a stint of critical and commercial duds for Khan, who took a five-year acting hiatus. The actor planned a return to the screen with Pathaan and Jawan, cementing him again as the King of Bollywood. The actor will also appear in Maneesh Sharma‘s Tiger 3 later this year, alongside Salman Khan and Katrina Kaif (which will set the stage for Tiger vs. Pathaan), and will finish the year with Dunki, which will bow out on December 22.

Here is the full list of the ten highest-grossing films of the weekend:

  1. The Nun II (Warner Bros.): $32.6M – 3,728 theatres
  2. The Equalizer 3 (Sony): $12.1M (-65%) – 3,965 theatres
  3. My Big Fat Greek Wedding 3 (Universal): $10.0M – 3,650 theatres
  4. Jawan (Red Chillies Entertainment): $6.1M – 813 theatres
  5. Barbie (Warner Bros.): $5.9M (- 42.2%) – 3,281 theatres
  6. Blue Beetle (Warner Bros/DC): $3.7M (-46.9%) – 2,786 theatres
  7. Gran Turismo (Sony): $3.3M (-48.9%) – 2,765 theatres
  8. Oppenheimer (Universal): $3.0M (-47.9%) – 2,091 theatres
  9. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem (Paramount): $2.6M (-44.3%) – 2,500 theatres
  10. Bottoms (Amazon Studios): $2.0M (-32.7%) – 1,265 theatres

Source: Box Office Mojo


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Written by Maxance Vincent

Maxance Vincent is a freelance film and TV critic, and a recent graduate of a BFA in Film Studies at the Université de Montréal. He is currently finishing a specialization in Video Game Studies, focusing on the psychological effects regarding the critical discourse on violent video games.

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