Conjuring 2 Scares Off Sequels Slump

Sorry, 'Warcraft'
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jun 12, 2016 12:02 PM CDT
Conjuring 2 Scares Off Sequels Slump
Patrick Wilson in a scene from the New Line Cinema thriller, "The Conjuring 2."   (Matt Kennedy/Warner Bros. via AP)

The old-school horror film The Conjuring 2 was the top movie in weekend theaters, opening with estimated $40.4 million, reports the AP, a strong result that broke the recent sequels slump at the box office. The big-budget video-game adaptation Warcraft came in second with $24.4 million, according to studio estimates Sunday. That was a more middling debut, but the film, taken from the World of Warcraft video game franchise, has been a lucrative hit in overseas markets, particularly China. The magician heist film Now You See Me 2 opened with $23 million in third place, a drop from the original's $29.4 million debut in 2013. Last week's top film, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows, slid to fourth with $14.8 million. (Read more box office stories.)

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