On the heels of James Wan’s next co-production Lights Out opening this weekend, the filmmaker’s The Conjuring 2 has eclipsed the $300M mark at the worldwide box office, taking the entire Conjuring franchise’s grosses to $882M and becoming the third-highest-grossing horror franchise ever.
The New Line/Warner Bros franchise, which includes 2013’s The Conjuring ($318M) and spinoff Annabelle ($259.9M), overtakes Lionsgate’s Saw series (seven films with $874M B.O.) and now trails only Screen Gems’ Resident Evil (five titles, $915.7M) and Paramount/Blumhouse’s Paranormal Activity ($889.5M). The fourth title in The Conjuring series, Annabelle 2, opens on May 19.
The Conjuring 2, Wan’s second foray into the world of demonologists Ed and Lorraine Warren (Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga), has taken in $101.4 million at the domestic box office so far and $204.5 million on about 3,000 screens in 60 markets internationally, with a few small territories yet to release.
After 1973’s The Exorcist ($441.3M), also a Warner Bros title, The Conjuring and The Conjuring 2 are the second- and third-highest-grossing horror films at the global B.O.
Said Warner Bros. president of worldwide distribution Veronika Kwan Vandenberg: “Like its predecessors, The Conjuring 2 is resonating with moviegoers everywhere as an exhilarating cinematic experience, and its fans are spreading the word. We are delighted with the response to the film and congratulate New Line, the filmmakers and cast on its success.”
Moviegoers are drawn to The Conjuring because it’s like Ghostbusters, but in real life. The series follows the Warrens’ actual cases, and the sequel sees them travel to north London to help a single mother raising four children alone in a house plagued by malicious spirits.
When it opened at the domestic B.O. on June 10 to $40.4M, The Conjuring 2 ranked third behind The Conjuring ($41.9M) and the 2009 edition of Friday the 13th ($40.6M) on the best horror debuts of all time. Conjuring 2 also was the best debut for the genre in June, beating The Purge‘s $34.1M.