“The Nun” reigned supreme in international territories for the second weekend in a row.
Warner Bros.’ “The Nun” generated $33.1 million in 62 overseas markets, taking its international tally to $143.6 million. It picked up another $18 million in North American for a global total of $228.7 million.
It’s now the highest grossing film in the “Conjuring” universe in 18 markets, including Romania, Spain, Ukraine, and Brazil. “The Nun” is also the biggest Warner Bros. title of the year in 19 territories. The horror film saw the best holdover in Brazil ($3.5 million on 1,266 screens), followed by Mexico ($3.3 million on 2,600 screens), and the United Kingdom ($2.3 million on 637 screens). In Indonesia, it surpassed “Batman v Superman” to become Warner Bros.’ highest grossing film ever in that territory.
The fifth film in the Conjuring Cinematic Universe, Corin Hardy’s “The Nun” looks to flesh out the story of Valak, a demonic nun first glimpsed in “The Conjuring 2,” and here seen taking hold of a remote Romanian abbey. But it never manages to answer the one question a spinoff would seem to exist to provide: What, exactly, does this otherworldly demon actually want? It certainly knows all of the tools of the trade – slowly turning crosses upside-down, casting ominous shadows, switching on old-timey radios, emerging from walls to grab terrified novitiates from behind, only to let go as soon as they scream. But as for its endgame, it doesn’t seem to have much in mind beyond punking the local clergy.As for the film itself, “The Nun” knows exactly what it wants to do. Employing just about every trick from the Hammer Horror playbook without wasting time trying to make any sense, it provides a serviceable 96 minutes of standard-issue jump scares and supernatural hokum, keeping the franchise fresh in moviegoers’ minds and raking in some easy cash while we wait for the next proper installment.