Box Office: ‘Annabelle: Creation’ Conjuring $36 Million Domestic Debut

Annabelle: Creation
isn’t just fleshing out New Line Cinema’s self-proclaimed
“Conjuring Universe,” it’s also helping to save the back half of the summer box office. The
prequel to 2014’s “Annabelle” is conjuring up a $36 million
domestic debut.

According to estimates, Warner Bros.’ supernatural horror will
easily win its opening weekend after taking in $15 million from
3,502 locations on Friday, including Thursday night previews. Talitha
Bateman, Lulu Wilson, Stephanie Sigman, Miranda Otto, and
Anthony LaPaglia star in the origin story behind the killer,
antique doll from director David F. Sandberg.

Also in the double digits for WB, “Dunkirk” continues to
steamroll its blockbuster competition in second place. Despite
being in its fourth frame, Christopher Nolan’s World War II
drama is expected to add just under $11 million to its total
after making just over $3 million from 3,762 screens on Friday.
That number is also expected to officially put “Dunkirk” over
the $150 million marker domestically with $153 million.

New entry “Nut Job 2: Nutty by
Nature
” also managed to snag a spot in the top 3, despite
only pulling off an $8 million heist. The sequel to 2014’s “The
Nut Job” scored just shy of $3 million from 4,003 screens on
Friday. Will Arnett, Maya Rudolph, Brendan Frasier, Katherine
Heigl, Liam Neeson, and Jackie Chan lend their voices for the
Open Road animation.

Elsewhere, last week’s winner “The Dark Tower” falls from No. 1
to No. 4. It seems the negative word of mouth/press has halted
Sony’s Stephen King adaptation in its second frame. After
making just over $2 million from 3,451 locales on Friday, “The
Dark Tower” is only expected to make $7.5 million this time
around.

Last but certainly not least, “Girls Trip” is still going
strong. Universal’s Queen Latifah, Jada Pinkett Smith, Regina
Hall, and Tiffany Haddish R-rated comedy took in another $2
million from just 2,303 venues on Friday. That number will
translate to a solid $6 million fourth frame, bringing “Girls
Trip” to a near-milestone — $96 million domestic.

“The Emoji Movie,” “Spider-Man: Homecoming,” “Kidnap,” new
entry “The Glass Castle,” and “Atomic Blonde” round out the
rest of the top 10.

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