This weekend, three relatively huge movies hit U.S theaters; The Conjuring 2, Warcraft and Now You See Me 2, three big movies with a lot of money making potential, but which came out on top? These are the top 5 movies at the U.S Box Office this past weekend.
1) The Conjuring 2 - $40.3 Million
It's no surprise that James Wan's sequel to the 2013 mega hit got the number one spot this weekend. Out of all the three big releases, The Conjuring 2 garnered the most positive reviews and you should always guarantee on a horror to bring in an audience. This sequel just came shy of making more than it's predecessor which hit $41.9 Million on it's opening, but the first film wasn't going up against two franchise pictures. 2016 has not been a great year for sequels at the Box Office, with films such as X-Men: Apocalypse and Alice Through The Looking Glass seriously under performing, so it's genuinely great to see The Conjuring 2 succeed.
2) Warcraft - $24.3 Million
As soon as I saw Warcraft I predicted that it wouldn't break $30 Million on it's opening weekend in the U.S, but I did think it would make slightly more than it did. $24.3 Million for a CGI heavy film that cost around $160 Million to make is not a good number. Thankfully for Legendary, the film has been making serious bank internationally, especially in China where it's already grossed $156 Million. China is quickly becoming the largest movie market in the world and Warcraft just serves as the latest example of how important global markets are.
3) Now You See Me 2 - $23 Million
Now You See Me back in 2013 received mixed reviews but went on to become quite a successful film at the box office, but with this sequel garnering little to no buzz in the run up to the release, I'm surprised it made this much. It did fall short of the first film's $29 Million opening but for a sequel that many think has arrived to late, it's not done all that bad. Of course, the budget was upped for Now You See Me 2, reports saying the production cost around $90-$100 Million.
4) Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out Of The Shadows - $14.8 Million
The Ninja Turtles sequel dropped around 58% in it's second week, taking it's domestic gross up to $61 Million.
5) X-Men: Apocalypse - $10 Million
The X-Men sequel has now grossed $136 Million domestically and $478 Million worldwide. This third weekend for the film was a 56% drop from last week.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and X-Men: Apocalypse should be out of the top 5 next weekend with the arrival of Pixar's Finding Dory and the Dwayne Johnson & Kevin Hart action comedy, Central Intelligence.
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