The Conjuring 3 Beats A Quiet Place 2 for Top Spot at Weekend Box Office

The Conjuring 3 takes the top spot at the box office in its opening weekend, beating last weekend’s top earner, A Quiet Place 2, which fell to second.

The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It beat A Quiet Place Part II for the number one spot at the weekend box office. A Quiet Place Part II was the number one film over the Memorial Day weekend with a four-day opening weekend of $58.5 million, beating out Disney’s big-budget reimagining Cruella. The film was the biggest opening weekend since theaters shut down in March 2020 and its success has been seen as a sign the box office is returning to normal.

The Conjuring franchise has been one of the most profitable horror franchises since the first film debuted in 2013 to $41.9 million in its opening weekend. The sequel, The Conjuring 2, opened to $40.4 million and the franchise has spawned multiple spin-off films, with the Annabelle trilogy, The Nun, and The Curse of La Llorona being consistent box-office performers. However, with The Conjuring 3 also receiving a simultaneous release on HBO Max, there was a chance the theater-exclusive A Quiet Place 2 would retain its top spot at the box office, but that has not been the case.

The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It took the top spot at the weekend box office. According to THR, the third entry in the main Conjuring series grossed $24 million in its opening weekend while A Quiet Place Part II came in second with $19.5 million, dropping 59% from the previous week. Rounding out the top five were Cruella at number three with $11.2 million, Spirit: Untamed at number four with $7 million, and The Wrath of Man rounding out the top five with $1.3 million.

The opening weekend for The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It is lower than both The Conjuring and The Conjuring 2 but there are a number of factors as to why. While theaters are open, many are still not at full capacity so some audiences may not have been able to get tickets this weekend, but could try and catch it throughout the week or save it till next weekend. The other major factor is the fact that the film was also released on HBO Max, which undoubtedly cut into the movie’s box office somewhat. HBO Max has not released the numbers yet for how the film performed on the streaming service.

The summer 2021 film season so far has also been dominated by horror films. Spiral: From the Book of Saw, A Quiet Place Part II and now The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It have all taken the number one spot in their opening weekends, suggesting that audiences want to share the experience of being scared in a theater. While there are still plenty of horror films set to open through the summer, like The Forever Purge, Escape Room: Tournament of Champions, and Candyman, they will be facing stiffer competition from higher-profile blockbusters like In The Heights, Black Widow, and The Suicide Squad, just to name a few. Still, it’s proven to be another strong weekend at the box office, and that’s a good sign as more movie theaters welcome audiences back.