The Nun tracking for $32 million plus opening
Variety reports that The Nun is on track to debut between $32 million and $37 million domestically for its opening weekend. Though the numbers are promising for the spin-off, it is unlikely that the film will hit the record breaking numbers that IT garnered this same weekend last year. The film is on track for an opening within the range of other films in The Conjuring universe films, the lowest of which opened to $35 million (Annabelle: Creation) and the highest opened to $41.8 million (The Conjuring).
The horror movie The Nun tells the story of a young nun at a cloistered abbey in Romania who takes her own life. In the wake of the tragedy, a priest with a haunted past and a novitiate on the threshold of her final vows are sent by the Vatican to investigate. Together, the two of them uncover the order’s unholy secret. Risking not only their lives but their faith and their very souls, they confront a malevolent force in the form of the same demonic nun that first terrorized audiences in The Conjuring 2, as the abbey becomes a horrific battleground between the living and the damned.
The Nun stars Oscar-nominated Demian Bichir (A Better Life) as Father Burke, Taissa Farmiga (American Horror Story) as Sister Irene, Jonas Bloquet (Elle) as local villager Frenchie, Charlotte Hope (Game of Thrones) as the abbey’s Sister Victoria, Ingrid Bisu (Toni Erdmann) as Sister Oana, and Bonnie Aarons, reprising her Conjuring 2 role as the title character.
Filmmaker James Wan, who’s currently working on the Aquaman movie, directed both the record-setting horror hits The Conjuring and The Conjuring 2. Now, Wan explores another dark corner of that universe with The Nun. Directed by Corin Hardy (The Hallow), the new fright-fest is produced by Wan and by Peter Safran, who has produced all the films in The Conjuring franchise.
The Nun will hit theaters on September 7th.