The Conjuring 2 tops domestic box office

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Between Neighbors 2, Alice Through the Looking Glass, and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows, 2016’s summer box office hasn’t been too kind to sequels. The Conjuring 2 has seemingly broken this curse, however.

According to Box Office Mojo, the followup to the 2013 paranormal thriller opened at #1 with $40.35 million. That’s only slightly less than what the original film made during its weekend debut.

Although Warcraft broke box office records overseas, North American audiences weren’t quite as interested. The fantasy epic opened at #2 with $24.35 million. China’s movie market already significantly helped Warcraft, which has made $286 million worldwide. Domestic audiences, however, seemed turned off by the film’s negative reviews.

Now You See Me 2 claimed the #3 spot, making an estimated $23 million. TMNT 2 dropped from #1 to #4 with $14.8 million, bringing its domestic total to slightly over $61 million. X-Men: Apocalypse claimed the #5 spot, becoming the eighth highest-grossing X-Men movie with $136.3 million domestically.

Check out the full weekend box office estimates below:

1. The Conjuring 2 – $40,350,000
2. Warcraft – $24,356,000
3. Now You See Me 2 – $23,025,000
4. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows – $14,800,000
5. X-Men: Apocalypse – $10,000,000
6. Me Before You – $9,210,000
7. The Angry Birds Movie – $6,700,000
8. Alice Through the Looking Glass – $5,544,821
9. Captain America: Civil War – $4,300,195
10. The Jungle Book – $2,721,250

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About Nick Spake

Nick Spake has been working as an entertainment writer for the past ten years, but he's been a lover of film ever since seeing the opening sequence of The Lion King. Movies are more than just escapism to Nick, they're a crucial part of our society that shape who we are. He now serves as the Features Editor at Flickreel and author of its regular column, 'Nick Flicks'.

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